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Billboard Music Awards 2016: The 10 Best & Worst Moments

From Britney's big entrance to Ludacris' awkward banter, here are the biggest wins and losses of the 2016 BBMAs

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Best: Britney Spears Opening the Show

LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 22: Singer Britney Spears performs onstage during the 2016 Billboard Music Awards at T-Mobile Arena on Ma
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What better way to kick off a Las Vegas extravaganza, and immediately wash the taste of last year’s “Pretty Girls” performance out of our mouths? Admit it: you’re still a slave 4 Brit’s biggest hits.

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Worst: Shawn Mendes’ Too-Serious Turn

LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 22: Recording artist Shawn Mendes performs onstage during the 2016 Billboard Music Awards at T-Mobile Are
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“Stitches” was worthy of a mainstream breakthrough for the teen singer-songwriter, yet the deathly serious version of the single Mendes performed on Sunday night deflated its inherent energy. Points for the cool stage setup, though.

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Best: Céline Dion’s Tearful Speech

LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 22: Honoree Celine Dion accepts the Billboard Icon-Award from son Rene Charles Angelil onstage during the
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The performance of Queen’s “The Show Must Go On” was special on its own, but when Dion was surprised by her son onstage, her emotional response was clearly genuine, and definitely affecting. Can we get a Céline performance and acceptance speech at every awards show, please?

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Worst: Ludacris’ Jokes About Threesomes

LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 22: Co-hosts Ciara (L) and Ludacris speak onstage during the 2016 Billboard Music Awards at T-Mobile Aren
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What is this, a Jeff Foxworthy Joint? You’re 38, Luda! We don’t need multiple winking jokes about threesomes each hour!

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Best: Kesha’s Stage Return

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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Her somber performance of Bob Dylan’s “It Ain’t Me Babe” felt delightfully out of place in the uptempo festivities, and returned an embattled pop star to where she belongs: in front of a huge crowd. We’ll never stop rooting for you, Kesha.

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Worst: No One Else Speaking Up for 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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The pop singer couldn’t mention her legal battle with Dr. Luke during the show on Sunday night, but literally anybody else could have. Why wasn’t any of the #FreeKesha movement vocal on such a huge platform? This felt like a giant missed opportunity.

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Best: Adele’s “Send My Love (To Your New Lover)” Video

Adele won the major award on Sunday night but wasn’t able to make the ceremony; no matter, as the U.K. superstar dropped a visual as bewitching as any performance in Vegas. It also helps that “Send My Love (To Your New Lover)” is one of the strongest songs on 25, and one that we’ll hopefully get to hear on pop radio for months on end.

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Worst: Demi Lovato Does “Cool For The Summer”

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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It’s not that Demi’s performance was bad—it was actually one of the best of the evening! But why was she singing a song that came out 10 months ago? We were having strange flashbacks to staying cool in the summer...of 2015.

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Best: Troye Sivan’s Grand Debut

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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For those who didn’t know that Troye Sivan was a pop star prior to Sunday night, they certainly know now, after a rousing rendition of “Youth” in the final hour of the telecast. The singer-songwriter shone bright on a crowded stage, and more than lived up to the hype.

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Worst: Madonna’s Prince Tribute

LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 22: Recording artists Stevie Wonder (L) and Madonna perform a tribute to Prince onstage during the 2016 B
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No, it wasn’t worthy of all the Twitter derision, but...even with Stevie Wonder joining as a surprise guest, this just didn’t do justice to the Purple One. Maybe (hopefully!) future awards shows will learn from the Billboard Music Awards and get this one right.

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