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the billboard awards go off

Everything you need to know about last night’s memorable ceremony.

by Jack Sunnucks
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23 May 2016, 2:47pm

Last night's Billboard awards were one for the books - it's not often an awards ceremony has so many noteworthy performances. Britney opened with an incredible medley of hits, from Work Bitch to Slave 4 U, before being presented with the Millennium Award. It's a timely reminder of why she's the Princess of Pop ahead of the release of Make Me (Ooh) later this year.

Prince was obviously on a lot of artists' minds - The Weeknd dedicated his Top 100 award to the purple paisley God, whilst Madonna took to the stage for a performance of Nothing Compares and Purple Rain with Stevie Wonder. Whilst her vocals might not quite of been Prince standard, she did an almighty impression of him in a metallic violet suit and ruffled collar. Oh and descended from a purple throne.

Kesha also made a surprise appearance - it was alleged that Dr Luke had blocked her from performing until she promised not to comment on their legal battle. Resplendent in a white suit decorated with rainbows, she gave a touching, mournful performance of the Bob Dylan classic It Ain't Me Babe, accompanied by Ben Folds on piano and Y Music on violin.

Also of note was Demi Lovato's stadium shredding performance of hit Cool For the Summer, for which she donned a t-shirt adorned with the all gender bathroom logo. Rounding it out, Rihanna brought the house down adorned in fluffy green feathers, with Love on the Brain

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