The 2014 Billboard Awards aired Sunday night and boy was it a show. I hate that I always miss it and have to watch it from the DVR. I never get to join in on the Twitter and Facebook conversations. Jennifer Lopez tbrought the party with her “We Are One” performance with Pitbull, then changed outfits four other times before receiving her Icon Award, presented to her by Ricky Martin and rapstress Iggy Azalea. First bringing back memories of the Versace dress from the 2000 Grammy’s, she chose this red chiffon number from Donna Karan. Then she wowed everyone in this fitted white dress by Sen Couture. Before accepting her award, she rocked the stage again in a performance of “First Love” wearing a black sequined body suit. As she accepted her award, she appeared wearing a gold skirt over it to switch it up. See her performances and tribute below. Then you had Michael Jackson appear in hologram form to bring fans to tears as he performed the jam”Slave to the Rhythm” from his new album. He appeared before a throne and was joined on stage with dancers. I will not lie, I did tear up. It really did look like him. It took almost six months to put the show together and was almost squashed by a tech company’s lawsuit claiming that some techniques were stolen to create the life-like image of Michael. Thankfully, the show was allowed to go on. Finally, Robin Thicke got up on stage all freshly buzz-cut and pleaded for his estranged wife, actress Paula Patton to come back in song form. Robin specially penned the song “Get Her Back” and chose to perform the song as a public plea for forgiveness. The pair split back in February. As he accepted his award for Best R&B Single, he fawned over her, saying ““Most importantly, I’d like to thank my wife for her love and support, and for putting up with me for all these years.” I appreciated the low-key, simple performance without all the lights and extra that he tends to go for. It seemed much more heartfelt. Only time will tell if it worked.
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