Nicki Minaj kicks off Billboard Music Awards

Nicki Minaj kicks off Billboard Music Awards

Nicki Minaj kicks off Billboard Music Awards

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.

Adele set a record at the show in 2012 with 12 wins.

Under a glittering chandelier and dressed in a Met-worthy white gown, Dion wowed the audience with her performance and earned one of the biggest cheers of the night. The 24-year-old singer gave fans a look at what a toned-down, responsible Miley Cyrus sounds like, and admittedly, it sounds pretty great.

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The Canadian songstress rolled back the years by performing the iconic hit from Titanic.

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The seven-member K-pop super group took the BBMAs by storm, and stole the spotlight with their fresh energy, enthusiasm and genuine excitement to be part of the show. If one or the other artist reach the record with more than a dozen at Sunday's award ceremonies, they can beat the current record owner Adele for the most wins ever at a single Bill Board Music Awards. Tonight's show, hosted by Ludacris and Vanessa Hudgens, will feature performances from several of the music industry's hottest acts, Celine Dion, Cher, Bruno Mars, Drake and many others. Cher kicked things off in a skin-toned bodysuit and diamond-encrusted silver beaded strands that gave her a racy, nearly nude appearance as she belted out "Believe".

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In a handsome, Met Gala-ready white gown, she belted out "My Heart Will Go On, " the Oscar-winning song from "Titanic". Minaj also performed "Light Up My Body", during which she danced seductively on the floor. The film's soundtrack hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart and was named soundtrack album of the year at the 1998 Billboard Music Awards.

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"Chris Cornell was a true innovator".

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