Ageless gay icon Cher absolutely steals show at Billboard Music Awards

Lawrence Kim
May 26, 2017

Drake was a high roller in Las Vegas, beating Adele's record for most wins at the Billboard Music Awards. FILE - In this February 12, 2017 file photo, Andrew Taggart, left, and Alex Pall of the musical group The Chainsmokers arrive at the 59th annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

After a quick costume change, in which she swapped her silver wig for a black one and donned a leather jacket, she returned to the stage for Turn Back Time.

Cher, who has had a career lasting more than five decades, collected the award after treating the audience at the T-Mobile Arena to performances of Believe and Turn Back Time.

Rock fans were stunned to learn about the death of rocker Chris Cornell, who was found dead Thursday in his hotel room in Detroit.

Also, on the 20th anniversary of the film Titanic, the bestselling Canadian songstress Celine Dion will be taking a trip down memory lane with her classic hit My Heart will go on, which she will be performing LIVE at the awards.

Singing under a giant sparkling chandelier, Dion was resplendent in white with giant puffy sleeves and her voice was as strong as ever on Sunday in Las Vegas. With its ongoing partnership with the leading global smartphone brands Vivo Electronic Corp, for eight of their worldwide awards, the 2017 Billboard Music Awards will be the second award show in the partnership. Once known for her shocking performances of twerking and dangling naked from a wrecking ball, the singer performed the slow-burning love song "Malibu", without much of her signature in-your-face sexiness.

But the singer, who is engaged to Liam Hemsworth, couldn't hide her emotion by the end when her eyes teared up. The song ended with shimmering lights reflecting on to the crowd.

BTS is the first group and second artist from Korea to win an award at the BBMAs, with Psy of Gangnam Style fame becoming the first ever Korean artist to win in 2013 for Top Streaming Song.

Dan Reynolds, of Imagine Dragons, presents a tribute to Chris Cornell, pictured on screen at the Billboard Music Awards at the T-Mobile Arena on Sunday, May 21, 2017, in Las Vegas.

At various points, she was joined by Lil Wayne, DJ David Guetta and Jason Derulo. "Literally, make some noise for Celine Dion".

The award for Top Social Artist was one of two fan-voted categories at the Billboard Music Awards, with the other being the Billboard Chart Achievement Award.

The rapper and the electronic dance duo the Chainsmokers were top contenders with 22 nominations each.

Hosts Ludacris, left, and Vanessa Hudgens speak at the Billboard Music Awards at the T-Mobile Arena on Sunday, May 21, 2017, in Las Vegas. Miley Cyrus delivered an emotional, but low-key performance and Vanessa Hudgens shined as co-host.

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