Saturday , October 21 2017

Singer Cher receives Icon Award – Dion gives emotional performance

He already had 10 awards by the time the show began, but made sure to give a shout out during his acceptance speeches to his friends in the audience including Nicki Minaj, co-host Ludacris and Lil Wayne. The Chainsmokers, who tied Drake with 22 nominations, won four awards, while other top winners, Beyonce and twenty one pilots, both won five each, but did not attend.

When Cher got up to accept her Icon Award, she wasn’t afraid to do a little bragging. The singer and actress noted that she had been lucky to have a dream career for more than five decades, and at the age of 71, she said she can still hold a plank for five minutes.

She certainly showed off that athletic bod in a revealing outfit with pasties and a blonde wig as she performed her ‘90s dance hit “Believe,” then changed into a teased up curly black mane and leather jacket for her performance of “If I Could Turn Back Time.”

She noted she was told early on that she never was the most beautiful or the most talented, but she was special and added that “luck has so much to do with my success with a little bit of something thrown in.”

Rock fans were stunned to learn about the death of rocker Chris Cornell, who was found dead Thursday in his hotel room in Detroit. The lead singer of Soundgarden and Audioslave and leader of the Seattle grunge movement was honored with a moment of silence during the awards show, which was a shorter than expected tribute to the 52-year-old singer and songwriter.

However, Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons summed up his career succinctly, noting he was “a true innovator,” “a musical architect,” “a prolific songwriting” and “a legendary performer.”

Two decades after a movie and a song captivated the country, Celine Dion revisited her iconic hit “My Heart Will Go On,” with the same passion as ever. The Canadian singer returned to celebrate the Oscar-winning song 20 years after it topped the charts as the theme to the blockbuster “Titanic.”

Under a glittering chandelier and dressed in a Met-worthy white gown, Dion wowed the audience with her performance and earned one of the biggest cheers of the night.

New co-host Vanessa Hudgens was acting more like a fan than an emcee with her enthusiastic intros as well as singing and dancing throughout the night. She impressed early with her rapping skills to show her love for Nicki Minaj, then tried a heartfelt rendition of Dion’s “The Power of Love.”

Later on she showed up in one of Cher’s iconic stage costumes and danced along to Cher’s performance from the audience.

Even Drake took notice in his acceptance speech, adding that Hudgens looked “amazing,” which drew envious looks from Nicki Minaj.

Winners

* Top Artist: Drake

* Top New Artist: Zayn

* Billboard Chart Achievement Award Presented by Xfinity: Twenty One Pilots

* Top Male Artist: Drake

* Top Female Artist: Beyonce

* Top Duo/Group: Twenty One Pilots

* Top Billboard 200 Artist: Drake

* Top Hot 100 Artist: Drake

* Top Song Sales Artist: Drake

* Top Radio Songs Artist: Twenty One Pilots

* Top Streaming Songs Artist: Drake

* Top Social Artist: BTS

* Top Touring Artist: Beyonce

* Top R&B Artist: Beyonce

* Top R&B Tour: Beyonce

* Top Rap Artist: Drake

* Top Rap Tour: Drake

* Top Country Artist: Blake Shelton

* Top Country Tour: Kenny Chesney

* Top Rock Artist: Twenty One Pilots

* Top Rock Tour: Coldplay

* Top Latin Artist: Juan Gabriel

* Top Dance/Electronic Artist: The Chainsmokers

* Top Christian Artist: Lauren Daigle

* Top Gospel Artist: Kirk Franklin

* Top Billboard 200 Album: Drake, Views

* Top Soundtrack/Cast Album: Hamilton: An American Musical

* Top R&B Album: Beyonce, Lemonade

* Top Rap Album: Drake, Views

* Top Country Album: Chris Stapleton, Traveller

* Top Rock Album: Metallica, Hardwired…To Self Destruct

* Top Latin Album: Juan Gabriel, Los Duo 2

* Top Dance/Electronic Album: Lindsey Stirling, Brave Enough

* Top Christian Album: Lauren Daigle, How Can It Be

* Top Gospel Album: Tamela Mann, One Way

* Top Hot 100 Song: The Chainsmokers Featuring Halsey, “Closer”

* Top Selling Song: Justi* Timberlake, “Can’t Stop The Feeling!”

* Top Radio Song: Justi* Timberlake, “Can’t Stop The Feeling!”

* Top Streaming Song (Audio): Drake Featuring WizKid & Kyla, “One Dance”

* Top Streaming Song (Video): Desiigner, “Panda”

* Top Collaboration: The Chainsmokers Featuring Halsey, “Closer”

* Top R&B Song: Drake Featuring WizKid & Kyla, “One Dance”

* Top R&B Collaboration: Drake Featuring WizKid & Kyla, “One Dance”

* Top Rap Song: Desiigner, “Panda”

* Top Rap Collaboration: Rae Sremmurd Featuring Gucci Mane, “Black Beatles”

* Top Country Song: Florida Georgia Line, “H.O.L.Y.”

* Top Country Collaboration: Kenny Chesney Featuring Pink, “Setting The World On Fire”

* Top Rock Song: Twenty One Pilots, “Heathens”

* Top Latin Song: Nicky Jam, “Hasta El Amanecer”

* Top Dance/Electronic Song: The Chainsmokers Featuring Halsey, “Closer”

* Top Christian Song: Hillary Scott & The Family, “Thy Will”

* Top Gospel Song: Travis Greene, “Made A Way”

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