Billboard Music Awards 2017: 10 Best and Worst Moments

Celine brings the tears, Drake quotes memes and more moments from the annual celebration

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BEST: Nicki Minaj Dominates
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BEST: Nicki Minaj Dominates

Nicki Minaj's opening performance was like a mini-concert that embodied her maddening contradictions. She appeared regally in an ornamented, dominatrix-like outfit for "No Frauds," then paraded amidst a regiment of dancers as David Guetta pretended to DJ on "Light Me Up." She observed coolly from a sideline as underrated pop hitmaker Jason DeRulo attempted to wring magic out of "Swalla"; then she sang the treacly ballad "Regret in Your Tears" while a waterfall gushed behind her. Plus, there were gas masks and Lil Wayne in a fur coat. At nearly 10 minutes, the entire set had operatic peaks and decadent valleys that confirmed Nicki as a dominant rap performer of her era.

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