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The Top 10 all-time Billboard Music Awards performances

May 12, 2022 - Thursday 1:05 PM by Ryan Louis Mantilla

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The Billboard Music Awards are honors given to artists in the music scene whose work achieved a high level of popularity on the charts. Billboard celebrates the event annually, but when the world paused due to—you-all-know-what-we’re-talking-about—they understandably tightened its stage performance protocols. 

And now, with decreasing cases, the 29th Annual Billboard Music Awards—happening on May 15th—marks the first all-inclusive attendance since 2019. 

This year’s event is set to be a big one, with a star-studded lineup of musicians confirming their attendance. But before you get all excited about your faves dominating the Billboard stage once again, let us look back on some of the best Billboard Awards performances from the last thirty years. 

Using the view count data from YouTube, experts at RantCasino uncovered the past memorable performances in the said event.

Top 10 most prominent Billboard Music Award performances:

1. Bruno Mars, ‘Treasure’ — 19th May 2013 | 19,148,106 views views
2. Whitney Houston, ‘I Have Nothing’ — 8th December 1993 | 13,298,533 views
3. Celine Dion, ‘The Show Must Go On’ — 22nd May 2016 | 3,038,166 views
4. Rihanna & Britney Spears, ‘S&M Remix’ — 22nd May 2011 | 1,923,963 views
5. Kesha, ‘It Ain't Me, Babe’ — 22nd May 2016 | 966,086 views
6. NSYNC. ‘Just Got Paid’ — 5th December 2000 | 655,704 views
7. Beyoncé, ‘Me, Myself and I’ — 10th December 2003 | 654,813 views
8. Janet Jackson, ‘The Pleasure Principle/So Excited’ — 6th December 2006 | 497,086 views
9. Mariah Carey, ‘I Still Believe’ — 7th December 1998 | 238,371 views
10. Miguel, ‘Adorn’ — 19th May 2013 | 133,627 views

Bruno Mars sure got the attention of the audiences with a 19 million-views performance of ‘Treasure’ in 2013. The singer and his band 'The Hooligans' performed under a shimmering disco ball, donning a 70s boyband fashion. With the popularity of Bruno Mars and the disco genre combined, the record reached number five in the United States.

Coming from the subsequent success of ‘I Will Always Love You’ and ‘I’m Every Woman,’ Whitney Houston ranked second with her performance of ‘I Have Nothing’ in 1993. The song peaked at number four on the Billboard Hot 100, with the performance becoming Houston’s one of the best, bagging over 13 million YouTube views.

Ranking third is one of the members of ‘Vocal Trinity of Pop,’ Celine Dion, slaying the cover of Queen’s ‘The Show Must Go On' in 2016. Celine Dion chose the song to honor her late husband and brother, whom she lost the same week that year, proving that the show must continue despite the circumstances.  

Rihanna and Britney Spears felt “so good being bad,” bringing dominatrix on stage with their performance of ‘S&M Remix’ because, well, “sticks and stones may break” their bones but “chains and whips excite” them, apparently. 

Before TikTok was a thing, Kesha made it relevant years ago, back when she had the dollar sign on her name. Removing the “Ke$ha” facade after her rehab due to an eating disorder, the singer emotionally performed ‘It Ain't Me, Babe’ in 2016, which ranked her fifth on the list. 

The rent was due when NSYNC flawlessly performed ‘Just Got Paid’ on the Billboard Music Awards in 2000, but “thank god it's Friday night,” and it shows! 

Beyoncé didn’t just come to slay but had all the wigs snatched with her performance of ‘Me, Myself and I’ in 2003, leaving the viewers in awe with her all-black ensemble and ever-amazing vocals. The fans are probably mumbling “Yes Queen!” at the back, and yes, ~SAME~

We all know the Jacksons never fail to provide amazing performances—particularly Janet (And we mean, all of them)—but Janet Jackson's performance of ‘The Pleasure Principle/So Excited’ took home the cake, trailing in eighth place. 

In ninth, Mariah Carey’s rendition of ‘I Still Believe in 1998’ garnered 238,000 YouTube views. And by “rendition,” we mean, her trademark whistle note included. 

Lastly, and for all the bad reasons, Miguel’s performance of ‘Adorn’ in 2013 ranked ten. Don’t get us wrong, Miguel is a great performer (excellent, even) but his attempt to stage jump didn’t end up well. He accidentally knocked an audience member in the head with his foot, proceeding in a lawsuit two years later. Ouch!
 
The 29th Annual Billboard Music Awards, one of the biggest nights in music, is just around the corner! And best believe everyone is anticipating another talked-about performance. 

To choose the finalists and winners, Billboard and its data partners track important fan engagements with music, such as album and digital song sales, streaming, radio airplay, and social engagement. Billboards will be based on the chart period of Apr. 10, 2021, through Mar. 26, 2022.

Confirmed performers are Mary J. Blige, Megan Thee Stallion, Ed Sheeran, Travis Scott, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Miranda Lambert, among others. Sean “Diddy'' Combs will host the event.

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