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BBMAs 2016

Top 10 Performances of the 2016 Billboard Music Awards

Here are our picks for the standout moments of the night, from Troye to Kesha, from Justin to Demi!

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Britney Spears

LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 22: Recording artist Britney Spears performs onstage during the 2016 Billboard Music Awards at T-Mobile A
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Some like to forget that Britney Spears still holds the crown of being the Princess of Pop, but at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards, she proved why that title will always belong to her! The artist looked every bit of a sex symbol onstage while performing a mix of deep cuts and chart-smashing hits like "Work Bitch," "Breathe on Me" and "Womanizer."

Read more about Britney Spears' performance here.

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Pink

LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 22: Recording artist Pink performs onstage during the 2016 Billboard Music Awards at T-Mobile Arena on Ma
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It's been a surprisingly long time since Pink issued a new album, and although "Just Like Fire" is just a single for a new soundtrack, the pop star's performance was a nice reminder why we miss her so much. Putting a twist on her aerial dynamic, Pink played in front of a burning clock for a few precious seconds that we didn't want to see tick away.

Read more about Pink's performance here.

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Troye Sivan

LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 22: Recording artist Troye Sivan performs onstage during the 2016 Billboard Music Awards at T-Mobile Aren
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Welcome to the big show, Troye! The Australian singer-songwriter has had a huge year, and brought his striking single "Youth" to the biggest TV audiences he's ever had. Sivan performed admirably, and when that dance mix of the track hit, one couldn't help but wiggle along.

Read more about Troye Sivan's performance here.

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Fifth Harmony

LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 22: (L-R) Recording artists Camila Cabello, Lauren Jauregui, Ally Brooke, Dinah-Jane Hansen and Normani H
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Fifth Harmony's BBMAs performance solidified their dominant girl group status with a stomping rendition of "Work From Home." The ladies, who finally looked like a cohesive unit in their shimmering metallic outfits, strutted, popped and showcased their beautiful vocals on the bouncing track. Oh, and a Ty Dolla $ign guest appearance doesn't hurt, either!

Read more about Fifth Harmony's performance here.

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Demi Lovato

LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 22: Recording artist Demi Lovato performs onstage during the 2016 Billboard Music Awards at T-Mobile Aren
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Demi Lovato rocked through her seasonal hit "Cool For The Summer" while donning a gender-inclusive shirt, in a possible protest for recent restroom politics. It was a fiery performance, one that championed not only her musical persona but also her activism.

Read more about Demi Lovato's performance here.

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Justin Bieber

LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 22: Recording artist Justin Bieber performs onstage during the 2016 Billboard Music Awards at T-Mobile Ar
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When he's not saying "Sorry," he's making a real case as to why he should stop apologizing. Justin Bieber's Billboard Music Awards performance only further confirmed what we've always known to be true: the guy has hooks, and has won the pop world back over. 

Read more about Justin Bieber's performance here.

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Ariana Grande

LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 22: Recording artist Ariana Grande performs onstage during the 2016 Billboard Music Awards at T-Mobile Ar
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Ariana Grande started her performance of "Dangerous Woman" behind a synthesizer—an important image, considering we don't typically view her as an instrumentalist. The song unraveled into a high-energy set, with Grande serving up unrivaled vocals on "Into You," a sure-to-be smash this summer.

Read more about Ariana Grande's performance here.

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Céline Dion

LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 22: Singer Celine Dion performs onstage during the 2016 Billboard Music Awards at T-Mobile Arena on May 2
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Céline Dion was awarded the Icon Award, an honor gifted to the late Prince three years prior. Her performance reflected the title: Brilliant and resilient. After a trying year of losing her husband and brother, Dion's take on Queen's "The Show Must Go On" sounded endlessly inspiring.

Read more about Céline Dion's performance here.

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Rihanna

LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 22: Recording artist Rihanna performs onstage during the 2016 Billboard Music Awards at T-Mobile Arena on
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One would assume Rihanna planned to hit the BBMAs stage with her chart-ruling "Work" single, but the singer brought a slow, more emotive vibe to the awards show. Performing the ANTI highlight "Love on the Brain," she allowed her improved vocals to tell the song's impassioned story.

Read more about Rihanna's performance here.

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Kesha

LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 22: Recording artist Kesha performs onstage during the 2016 Billboard Music Awards at T-Mobile Arena on M
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Kesha performed a stripped-down cover of Bob Dylan's "It Ain't Me Babe," and made it something we so rarely see on televised award shows: an essential cover. She wore a white pantsuit and stood inanimately, but as opposed to opting for massive pop production, she played the song with somber seriousness, sharing an intimate moment we won't soon forget in the midst of a horrible legal battle. Welcome back, Kesha.

Read more about Kesha's performance here.

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