Top Moments From E! Live From the Red Carpet at the 2015 Billboard Music …

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Billboard Music Awards 2015: What’s the point again?.

If you still haven’t watched Taylor Swift’s elaborate, star-studded and wonderfully over-the-top music video for “Bad Blood,” we recommend you take four minutes and do that. From Jennifer Lopez’s nearly naked moment to the sexy Balmain looks on Kylie Jenner and Kendall Jenner, stars stepped out in curve-hugging ensembles that set many a tongue wagging.For a spectacle that billed itself as “the greatest musical party of the year,” Sunday’s Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas on Sunday felt more like a popularity contest — and not a very exciting one at that.

Okay, great, now that everybody’s caught up: Swift posted a clip on Instagram Monday that shows she did at least some of her own stunts in the futuristic crime-fighting video: In the final version of the video, we see Tay confidently breaking through a wall. Celebrating the most high-profile acts in the country, the show’s winners are determined by sales, radio airplay, streams and social-media interactions.

Head scratch-inducing looks included Dencia’s lite-brite pantsuit and mismatching shoes combo, as well as Rita Ora’s asking-for-a-wardrobe-malfunction Fausto Puglisi confection. John Legend’s onstage looks throughout the night, John created one versatile eye and face look for the model. “The look was all eyes — a very warm, bronze eye with bronze glitter onto the ball of the eye in Infallible Single, Nude Palette). Iggy Azalea kept it fresh by debuting pink tips on the red carpet (taking hair inspo from Madonna, perhaps?) while Chrissy Teigen stunned in a striped Balmain jumpsuit (yes, Olivier Rousteing’s brand essentially ran the show last night—and will rule H&M stores with an upcoming collaboration).

The promo and song are said to be a dig at pop rival Katy Perry and the superstar appeared to get together as many of her famous gal pals as possible to fire back at her. In what’s become a tradition for Swift at these ceremonies, she looked Surprised!, dancing in approval to predictable wins by other artists and their performances. Once Teigen switched into a black-and-white V-neck mini, John stained her pout with a darker hue using Infallible Pro Last Lipcolor in Raisin Revival. Featuring the likes of Lena Dunham, Kendrick Lamar, Cara Delevingne and Selena Gomez, it took inspiration from Sin City and there was plenty of leather and flames.

And to round out the event and complement Teigen’s last look, John layered shade Always Almond over the previous shade for a “maple syrup, molasses-type ’90s vibe,” he said. “I love layering these colors, they give almost a prismatic, multidimensional effect.” Now that’s what we call lip service. British band One Direction was another multiple winner, winning top touring artist and top duo or group, while Iggy Azalea was a triple winner for top rap artist, rap song and top streaming artist. Rock band Van Halen opened the show with a throwback performance of their hit song Panama, while Hozier later performed his smash hit Take Me To Church. Everyone got VERY excited on Twitter with one fan posting: “OH MY GOSH @taylorswift13 AND @selenagomez AND EVERYONE ELSE FREAKING KILLED IT IN TAYLOR’S NEW BAD BLOOD MUSIC VIDEO THAT WAS SO AMAZING.” “Um Hell ya! @taylorswift13 remix with #kendricklamar badblood was freaking amazing!!! #BBMAs,” another follower posted on the social media site tonight.

Britney Spears was beamed in from her Planet Hollywood residency for a mimed performance of her “Fancy” remake, “Pretty Girls” featuring Iggy Azalea, as they both looked on from the crowd — which was laughably strange. Other musical highlights included Kelly Clarkson’s Invincible, Britney Spears and Iggy Azalea who let loose with Pretty Girls and Nicki Minaj rapping The Night Is Still Young. Pharrell Williams swept the R&B categories, taking honours for top song, album and artist while Jason Aldean took the prizes for top country song and album. Billboard magazine, which covers the music industry, said the finalists were based on fan interactions with music, including album and digital sales, touring, radio airplay, streaming and interactions on social media websites and other online sites for music. Imagine Dragons singing “Stand By Me” was borderline offensive, even though the crowd could care less as they hoisted cameraphones up to snap pictures and videos.

The crowd at the Billboard awards was a combination of bored industry professionals, Swift and One Direction admirers, overdressed tourists and loudmouthed drunks. It’s a scene that’s become familiar at awards shows, where fans buy tickets to hopefully gain access to their favorite stars, or at least see them live along with a dozen other major artists. Most frustrating about second-tier award shows such as Billboard, the American Music Awards, iHeart Radio, etc. is that producers refuse to wisen up to who’s actually watching their productions.

Bruno Mars was in Vegas literally the night before to headline Rock in Rio; why wasn’t he onstage tearing up “Uptown Funk,” which ruled radio for the bulk of this year? Fifth Harmony has been the only girl group to make any noise worth caring about since the Pussycat Dolls, and Sunday they were relegated to presenting.

Go ask 10 rap fans what their favorite record is right now and most of them would pinpoint Fetty Wap’s “Trap Queen.” He’s having a major moment and even the MTV Movie Awards — which no music fan cares about — was smart enough to book him. Sure, the echoes of boos that came at the end of the show were meant for Kanye West’s pyrotechnic-filled closer, but my jeers are aimed at this predictable mess.

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