2015 The Billboard Music Awards: The Good, The Bad, And The Kanye

After watching the Rockets awesome win last night in game 7 (#rednation baby!) it was time to sink deep into the couch and hunker down for the the 2015 billboard Music Awards. I prefer the BBMA’s over the industry decided award shows, because it’s a ore honest representation of what the public likes, not what people in the ‘biz’ think.

poses in the press room during the 2015 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 17, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

poses in the press room during the 2015 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 17, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Going into it, I was sure it was going to be known the ‘Taylor Swift Awards’ as she went into the night with a whopping 12 nominations, even having two noms in THE SAME CATEGORY! And, I was right, the chick cleaned up, grabbing eight of the twelve awards.

onstage during the 2015 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 17, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

onstage during the 2015 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 17, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Chrissy Tiegen and Luda made a pretty decent hosting team, aside from her half open right eye being a little distracting, they were actually pretty funny and a hosted a pretty good show.

Now, as for the show…that’s a mixed bag. Here are some of the performances I found particularly good;

First off, major props to the artists that actually sang live!

LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 17:  Recording artist Kelly Clarkson performs onstage during the 2015 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 17, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

LAS VEGAS, NV – MAY 17: Recording artist Kelly Clarkson performs onstage during the 2015 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 17, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Kelly Clarkson KILLED it,

LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 17:  Recording artist Mariah Carey performs onstage during the 2015 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 17, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

LAS VEGAS, NV – MAY 17: Recording artist Mariah Carey performs onstage during the 2015 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 17, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Mariah brought her vocal game in hard!

onstage during the 2015 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 17, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

onstage during the 2015 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 17, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Imagine Dragons ‘Stand by Me’ tribute to Ben E. King was ah-MAZING!

LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 17:  Recording artists John Legend (L) and Meghan Trainor perform onstage during the 2015 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 17, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

LAS VEGAS, NV – MAY 17: Recording artists John Legend (L) and Meghan Trainor perform onstage during the 2015 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 17, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

the John Legend/Meghan Trainor duet was beautiful,

onstage during the 2015 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 17, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

onstage during the 2015 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 17, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Ed Sheeran owned the stage,

LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 17:  (L-R) Recording artists Joe Trohman, Patrick Stump, Andy Hurley and Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy perform onstage during the 2015 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 17, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

LAS VEGAS, NV – MAY 17: (L-R) Recording artists Joe Trohman, Patrick Stump, Andy Hurley and Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy perform onstage during the 2015 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 17, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Fall Out Boy and Wiz Kalifa did their ‘Uma Thurman’ thing and it was alright,

onstage during the 2015 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 17, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

onstage during the 2015 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 17, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Pit Bull was on point as always and made Chris Brown look halfway decent, lol

LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 17:  Recording artist Hozier performs onstage during the 2015 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 17, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

LAS VEGAS, NV – MAY 17: Recording artist Hozier performs onstage during the 2015 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 17, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

onstage during the 2015 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 17, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

onstage during the 2015 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 17, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Hozier and Nick Jonas made impressive showings as well!

 

LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 17:  Recording artist Tori Kelly performs onstage during the 2015 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 17, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

LAS VEGAS, NV – MAY 17: Recording artist Tori Kelly performs onstage during the 2015 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 17, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

and a surprisingly incredible performance from newcomer Tori Kelly made me hate myself for not being able to play the guitar…and look so dead sexy doing it!

Check out VIDEO of the performances HERE!

The lip-synchers however, dear sweet baby Jesus swaddled in cloth, they were bad. So. Super. Bad.

attends the 2015 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 17, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

attends the 2015 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 17, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Let’s start with my girl, Brit-Brit (le sigh)…I literally squealed when I saw her arrive and was psyched that she was going to perform; even though I’m not really digging the Iggy Azela track. It’s Britney ON STAGE! Yay right? Not so much. It was awful! It was almost like they had two choreographers teaching each girl a different routine and each girl didn’t know it. Really awkward. I was also under the impression that it helps to know the words to song so you can mouth them…or maybe when you have fake mic headsets the size of a ping-pong ball in front of your mouth it doesn’t matter? Even being a ‘Pretty Girl’ couldn’t mask the fact that it was straight up ugly up there.

onstage during the 2015 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 17, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Nikki couldn’t keep her hands off herself!

Another not-so-pretty performance was Nikki Minaj and David Guetta…David wasn’t all that bad, but I lost count of how many times Nikki grabbed at her own crotch. It was very strange. I don’t suggest turning it into a drinking game because you would probably die of alcohol poisoning. Seriously though, wtf is up with her crotch grabbing?!

And finally; there was one performance of the night that was so bad…even ABC didn’t want to air it.

No joking, they actually would rather broadcast dead air rather than the performance by the one and only (Thank God) Kanye West. And that’s just what they did.

Kanye had ABC censors stroking out when he blindsided the show’s producers by going full tilt with his N-word laced song, All Day. Reports are that he didn’t do a dress rehearsal and the powers that be figured he was going to be a professional and follow the rules of broadcast TV etiquette and perform the clean cut of the song…but this is Kanye we’re talking about here.

LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 17:  Recording artist Kanye West performs onstage during the 2015 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 17, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

What Kanye’s performance looked like…

He didn’t hold back on the N-word and there was certainly no shortage of really badly done pyrotechnics (fancy word for fireworks). The censors had so much trouble keeping up with Kanye’s N-bombs that at one point there was a straight almost 20-seconds of SILENCE! So, not only could you not hear him, you could barely even see him beyond the sparklers and smoke. Needless to say, the audience’s reception of his set was that of the reception given to Kendall and Kylie when they took the stage to introduce him…they booed.

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