Taylor Swift, One Direction & Iggy Azalea Win Big at the 2015 Billboard Music …

18 May 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Britney Spears and Iggy Azalea Perform “Pretty Girls” for the First Time at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards!.

This year’s event was hosted by none other than Ludacris and Chrissy Teigen—who were quite the dynamic duo, to say the least—and held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

One Direction, Britney Spears, Kelly Clarkson, Mariah Carey, Kanye West and many, many more brought the house to their feet with their unique performances throughout the night. The star-studded cast—which included Selena Gomez, Karlie Kloss, Ellen Pompeo, Mariska Hargitay, Cara Delevingne, Lena Dunham, and basically every other famous friend of the pop star—was action-packed and definitely didn’t disappoint. Working blond extensions and a latex ensemble, the pop star joined to perform their brand-new collaboration “Pretty Girls” for the first time live at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards. The single is meant to promote Spears’s ongoing residency in that city, and the performance served as an apt advertisement for the pop star’s stage show: Spears, who’s performed on television rarely since her 2007 “Gimme More” fiasco at the MTV Video Music Awards, seemed both with-it and truly delighted to be onstage. Or trying to understand why Tilda Swinton took a bunch of unscheduled naps inside a glass box at New York’s Museum of Modern Art in 2013 as visitors peered at her snoozing body and wondered, “What does it mean?” But in a world that already includes Vanilla Sky, Naked Lunch, Carrot Top and the lyrics to Lionel Richie’s “All Night Long,” the canon of Art That Makes No Sense welcomed a new entry this week.

T.Swift had been slowly releasing the cast members for the Joseph Kahn-directed video on Twitter and finally gave fans what they’d been waiting for tonight! Inside the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, the duo traveled to outer space where they showed off new dance moves and embraced with a special hug in the final seconds. It happened when a space alien played by Iggy Azalea crash landed in a pool belonging to Britney Spears and the intergalactic BFFs made one of the worst music videos in history, a pastiche of ’80s clichés and dance moves that throbbed with all the energy of a three-toed sloth on Valium. “Pretty Girls,” a collaboration with alleged supernova potential, was expected to be a pop cultural highlight of 2015. T.Swift then walked away the winner for the Top Billboard 200 Award and turned heads when she hugged her new beau Calvin Harris on her way up to the stage.

Fall Out Boy and Wiz Khalifa followed by Meghan Trainor and John Legend gave two separate performances that perfectly highlighted their respective styles. Best Rap Song at the BBMAs went to, drumroll, Iggy Azalea and Charli XCX for “Fancy” shortly before Khalifa sang his Paul Walker tribute track, “See You Again.” Celine Dion gave the award for Top Male Artist to the night’s major winner: Sam Smith—who proudly accepted silently via video as he was resting from vocal surgery. A concussion would be preferable to the sight and sound of a heavily Auto-Tuned Brit flinging the women’s movement back 50 years by finger-wagging and gyrating in a leopard-print halter top while warbling about how pretty girls “pour the drinks” and “jump the line.” You’d also be spared many unanswerable questions, such as why is Spears’ first instinct upon coming cleavage-to-laser-eyes with an E.T. not to flee but to give the intruder clothes, perfume and nail polish?

Several familiar faces from the hit show Empire then got up and showed off their musical chops during an awesome performance presented by Cookie Taraji P. In fact, the proud mother of two has been selling out night after night at her residency inside Planet Hollywood. “There’s a lot of different, interesting aspects to the show and a lot of moments where the audience feels like they’re in the show with us,” Brit Brit recently shared with Ryan Seacrest. “A lot of special effects like that and it’s the most dancing I’ve ever done.” got up on stage to pay tribute to the 30th anniversary of The Breakfast Club when she confessed the No. 1 thing that we all can relate to: she wants to be ‘s BFF.

Fellow Brit Ed Sheeran then gave a beautiful acoustic performance of “Bloodstream” just moments before “All About That Bass” won Billboard’s Top Hot 100 Song. And as if she couldn’t win another award, Swift took home the top prize for Billboard Chart Achievement. #CongratsTaylor quickly began trending around the world on Twitter—and understandably so!

Not only were Ringwald and Swift seen shaking their groove thangs to the hit 1985 track, but right before the awards show cut to a commercial break, the Grammy winner appeared to be giving her phone number (or showing off personal photos, whatevs, either works) to the famous redhead. Not the parts where Britney is tooling around in a Jeep that must be on loan from Google’s Self-Driving Car fleet since driving it requires neither her arms nor legs. Iggy attempts to fuse the “Take me to your leader” dull inflection of a sci-fi visitor with Valley Girl patter and like tot-al-ly ends up sounding like a demonic parrot with a speech impediment. “Pretty Girls” is an homage to the 1988 film Earth Girls Are Easy.

Isn’t lampooning airhead stereotypes with performers who probably have P.S.I. warning labels stuck to the insides of their cheeks unwise, a bit like trying to spoof hard work by enlisting farmers? Assuming you’re not under the couch with cotton balls jammed in your ears, listen carefully to whenever they sing, “We’re just so pretty!” Does it not sound like, “We’re just so creepy!”?

If this was the hotly anticipated music video of the year, it’s also the Tofurky of all music videos: gross to think about, of questionable construction and sure to leave a bad aftertaste. The only way this thing could have made less sense is if Lionel Richie suddenly appeared in the climactic dance club sequence and, as those beams of alien light shone down from high above, everyone broke into a refrain of gibberish.

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