Top 10 Moments From the Billboard Awards 2017

Top 10 Moments From the Billboard Awards 2017

The BBMA's this year did not disappoint

Yesterday, the 2017 Billboard Music Awards were on last night and many musicians, as well as actors, were out to perform and receive awards. The performances and the outfits shown on the carpet were sights to see. Everyone came dressed in their best and were definitely ready to impress. While watching there were definitely memorable moments so here are my top 10 moments from the night

1. The many wardrobe changes of Ludacris and Vanessa Hudgens

These two came dressed to impress. Each time they reappeared on the screen, it was always with a new outfit. The rapper and singer made sure to complement each other when it came to the outfits.

2. Vanessa Hudgens singing Celine Dion

It can now be said that Vanessa does not back down from a challenge, no matter what. Early on in the show, native to the BBMA's, Ludacris, challenged his co-host Vanessa Hudgens to sing her favorite karaoke song by Celine Dion and she did not disappoint.

3. Camilla Cabello's solo performance

This is the first time Cabello has been back on stage to perform since she took her separation from Fifth Harmony. I had no clue of what to expect but was surprised with her performance. Her debut as a solo performance had a definite wow factor and sets her up for her album release that is expected soon.

4. Miley Cyrus performance of her new song "Malibu"

Miley has definitely gone back to her country roots with her new song. She came out with a new appearance: dressed in all white and long hair--providing the audience with country music vibes. The song took me back to the "Hannah Montana Movie" when Miley goes back to her hometown in Tennessee. She has definitely revamped herself and I can't wait to see what else she has in store.

5. P Diddy celebrates Biggie's Birthday

If anyone can come on stage and speak for more than 5 minutes, it's P-Diddy. P-Diddy reminded everyone of the icon and that he should be celebrated, not only on his 45th birthday but on any day that we listen to his music.

6. Celine Dion celebrating Titanic

Who doesn't love the iconic song to the movie that made us all fall in love with Leonardo DiCaprio? Dion gave a spectacular performance to the song "My Heart Will Go On." However, her performance was not the only highlight of the show. The crowd shocked Dion as they all sang along with her creating a memorable moment for all.

7. Drake's outside performance

Drake always goes outside of the box to give a spectacular performance. At the award show, he took his performance outside to the Bellagio Fountain with fire and water coordinated to his song "Gylachester." Drake broke boundaries with this performance and broke records with the number of awards he has won.

8. K-Pop group BTS group wins award

Korean pop music is making its way up the charts in America. Being a fan of K-Pop myself I was elated when this seven-member group BTS won an award as Top Social Artist. BTS displays the influence music can have. Korean music is finally getting international appreciation in the United States

Even the members are getting some praise with their carpet debut. The internet has come to love BTS especially their member Jin who has been named "Third Guy From The Left"

9. FGL and John Legend perform "H.O.L.Y"

An odd trio, but an amazing performance nonetheless. FGL who won for Top Country Song came to perform H.O.L.Y with the legend himself, John Legend. The three went on stage and sung their hearts out, giving the audience a mellow yet unforgettable performance.

10. Prince Michael Jackson coming out as a presenter

I adore Michael Jackson and his music. His legacy continues to live on not just through his music but through his children. One of the best highlights of my night was to see Michael's oldest son Prince come on stage to present an award. It's been forever since anyone has seen them, so to see them doing well was amazing for me. It was a great way to end the night.

Comment what your favorite moments were from the night?

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6 Best Music Styles For Studying

Music follows us everywhere, sometimes at inconvenient moments.

Music follows us everywhere, sometimes at inconvenient moments.

We automatically reach for it to replace the silence. Whether at a party or in the car, it is second nature to immediately use it to fill the surroundings.

It arouses emotion during an on-screen kiss and heightens suspense as the hero saves the day. It pulses through your headphones, fueling your adrenaline as you run.

As students, it is a vital instrument to keep us going throughout the day. However, some have not quite yet mastered the ability to concentrate on tasks while listening to music. With that being said, my Spotify experience has allowed me to compile the perfect playlist to get in the right headspace.

1. Television Soundtracks

Lately, this has been my go-to when trying to do homework assignments. 13 Reasons Why came out around this time last year, but it never gets old. The soundtrack is diverse in its moods and styling. Yet each individual song carries a calming quality.

I finally watched the much-admired NBC show This Is Us. Like the show, the soundtrack is just as awe-inspiring. The opening score itself is the perfect backtrack for study sessions. Jazz pieces and folksy, acoustic tracks provide a pleasing blend of sounds.

2. Film Scores

The greatest films are accompanied with likewise arrangements. Scores set the atmosphere and intensify moments. Music from movies like UP! and Harry Potter give an air of lightness and curiosity. Since there are no lyrics, this type of music can be listened to mindlessly while focusing on heavy material.

3. Disney

I accredit this one to my incredibly avid, Disney-goer friend, Alex. Knowing these words by heart, it is easy to tune out Ariel's longing to explore the human world. Growing up with these songs, there is a feeling of contentment that comes with playing it lightly in the background.

4. Old School Jazz

I am talking Frank Sinatra crooning about flying to the moon. Similar beautiful pieces like Sam Cooke's "Bring It On Home To Me," Billie Holliday's "I'll Be Seeing You," and Nat King Cole's "L-O-V-E" are classics. The slow tempo commonly found through these kinds of songs create a sense of comfort. It eases anxieties and allows one to focus on the task at hand.

5. Coffee Shop

There is a reason that half of UF's population can be found at coffee shops. Not only is it feeding into students' coffee addiction, but it is also because of the music. The music creates the atmosphere. Songs played are specifically tailored for people to concentrate. Several coffeehouse playlists can be found on Spotify.

6. Acoustic Calm

If you are into listening to popular hits but cannot fully focus on homework or studying, the playlist Acoustic Calm on Spotify offers acoustic and instrumental versions of top songs.

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Get ready to sing along.

Let's get together and sing and dance. Everybody loves a good musical, especially when it brings out their inner Broadway star. Everyone loves the movies that randomly burst into song mid-conversation. There are movie musicals for all of us, now let's go find our inner Broadway star.

1. "Grease"

"Tell me more, tell me more." Friendships, romances and adventures of high school kids in the 1950's. Follow along this summer love story and sing along their journey.

2. "High School Musical"

As the star athlete falls in love with the nerdy new girl, we fall in love with the two as well. "We're all in this together" as we watch the three movie musicals and sing along knowing every word.

3. "Mamma Mia!"

"Mamma Mia, here I go again"... This musical keeps you on your toes as the music is so enjoyable, as you are on the journey of discovering who the father is. There is so much to keep up with you will not get bored.

4. "Camp Rock"

"We rock!" This Disney Channel movie gets you singing along, following Demi Lovato and the Jonas Brothers, what else could we need?

5. "The Greatest Showman"

This new movie has caught peoples attention of all ages. Inspired by P.T. Barnum, this musical celebrates the birth of an amazing show business and the man who came from nothing to create something spectacular. "This is the greatest show."

6. "Beauty and the Beast"

As everything came to life in this movie, we were able to see Beauty and the Beast in a new light and fell even more in love with the two. "Don't believe me? Ask the dishes."

7. "Hairspray"

Hairspray is one you will most definitely be singing along to as it has one of the catchiest soundtracks ever. The storyline is very meaningful as Tracy is looking to make a difference in her community, "Good morning Baltimore!"

8. "Rent"

One of the most popular musicals to date brings attention to the LGBTQ+ community in a good way. "Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes, how do you measure a year in the life?"

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