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The iconic Prince, who passed away late last month, was tributed with a special performance at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards on Sunday night in Las Vegas.

I want to take a moment to remember the great Prince Rogers Nelson,” said Questlove of the Roots before a moment of silence. “It can be a moment of silence, but inside our heads, it should be anything but silent,” he continued before introducing Madonna, who performed “Nothing Compares 2 U.” Dressed in purple from head-to-toe, Madonna was joined by special guest Stevie Wonder, as the two did an emotional cover of Prince’s “Purple Rain.”

Moments after, the performance received plenty of backlash from viewers who took to social media to express their thoughts. The Roots’ Questlove soon took to Twitter shortly after to address those comments.

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The 2016 Billboard Music Awards invaded the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday night. Co-hosted by the Atlanta duo of Ciara and Ludacris, artists like The Weeknd (Top Hot 100 Artist), Adele (Top Album (25)), and Justin Bieber (Top Male Artist) were the big winners of the night. Rihanna, Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, Nick Jonas, Demi Lovato, and served as performers throughout the night, as Celine Dion received this year’s ICON Award, and Madonna paid tribute to the late Prince.

Watch the performances from the 2016 BBMAs below and click here for the red carpet arrivals.

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The baddest is coming to Las Vegas next weekend. Rihanna has been added as a performer to the 2016 Billboard Music Awards lineup. Her performance will come three days after the North American leg on the pop star’s ANTI tour wraps up in Atlanta on May 18.

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The 2016 Billboard Music Awards takes over Sin City next month. Before the main show arrives, nominees (finalists) in key major categories were announced on Good Morning America on Monday (Apr. 11). Ciara and Ludacris, who will serve as co-hosts as this year’s show, appeared on GMA to announced the finalists for Top Artist, Top Male Artist, Top Female Artist, Top New Artist, Top Billboard 200 Album and Top Hot 100 Song.

The Weeknd leads the BBMAs with 19 nominations in 16 categories including Top Artist, Top Billboard 200 Album, and Top Hot 100 Artist. Justin Bieber follows in second with 12 nominations in 11 categories, while Drake and Fetty Wap who are tied with 11 nominations in 10 categories. Adele receives 8 nods, potentially making history by earning the most Billboard Music Awards wins surpassing Taylor Swift’s 20.

The 2016 Billboard Music Awards airs live from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on May 22 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. Check out all the nominees below.

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The 2016 MTV Movie Awards took over Warner Brothers Studios in Burbank, California on Saturday (Apr. 9). Hosted by Kevin Hart and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, the pre-taped show which aired on Sunday night (Apr. 10), featured performances by Ariana Grande and Halsey. Introduced by Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner, the 22-year-old singer delivered a stripped-down jazz rendition of her latest single “Dangerous Woman.” Paying homage to Marilyn Monroe, Ariana performed in a bright pink dress, reminiscent of Marilyn’s look in the 1953 comedy/romance film Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.

Ariana Grande’s appearance comes a month before her new album Dangerous Woman is set to hit stores on May 20. Her third solo LP will feature guest appearances by Nicki Minaj, Lil’ Wayne, Future, and Macy Gray.

Watch Ariana steal the show below.

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It was a historic moment for West Coast rap — and hip-hop as a whole — last night as N.W.A were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. 28 years after the release of their iconic debut album Straight Outta Compton, Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, DJ Yella, MC Ren and the late Eazy-E were finally recognized at a special induction ceremony at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.

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It was the XO invasion at the 2016 Juno Awards on Sunday night (Apr. 3). After performing the song “Earned It” in 2015, The Weeknd returned this year to perform “Acquainted” at The Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta. The Toronto singer was later joined by labelmate Belly, where the two long-time friends performed their “Might Not” collaboration for the first-time.

The night was a success for The Weeknd, who won five awards including Single of the Year and Artist of the Year. The live performance was recorded and used a few hours later, broadcasted during the 2016 iHeartRadio Music Awards in Los Angeles.

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The third annual iHeartRadio Music Awards took over The Forum in Inglewood, California on Sunday night (Apr. 3). Hosted by Jason Derulo, the live show is lead by Taylor Swift and The Weeknd with nominations in seven categories. Adele follows right behind, receiving nominations in five categories. Taking a short break from his “Purpose World Tour,” Justin Bieber showed off his new blonde dreadlocks, opening this year’s show with a medley performance of “Love Yourself” and “Company.”

ZAYN, Iggy Azalea, Chris Brown, G-Eazy, and Fetty Wap are some of the young stars performing throughout the night.

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The stars gathered together at The Forum in Inglewood, California on Sunday (Apr. 3) for the third annual iHeartRadio Music Awards. Hosted by Jason Derulo, the three-hour show was highlighted with performances by Justin Bieber, Chris Brown, ZAYN, Iggy Azalea, Fetty Wap, G-Eazy and Bebe Rexha, and more. Pharrell Williams presented U2’s Bono and The Edge with the Innovator Award, while Justin Timberlake awarded Taylor Swift with Best Tour.

Before all the action inside, many of the industry’s finest showed off their style during red carpet arrivals. Taylor Swift caught the eyes of many with a shiny and sleek cat woman-like outfit, and Iggy Azalea was spotted with her engagement ring on despite recent infidelity issues with fiancée Nick Young. Chris Brown, Wiz Khalifa, 2 Chainz, Diplo, Jhené Aiko, Calvin Harris, and more stopped to pose for photos and interviews before the main show kicked off with Justin Bieber.

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The BET Honors 2016, celebrating the lieves and achievements of African-American luminaries, took over the Warner Theatre in Washington, D.C. earlier this month. Hosted by Arsenio Hall, the 9th annual show aired on Monday night, honoring Patti LaBelle, L.A. Reid, former Attorney General Eric Holder, filmmaker Lee Daniels, and financier Mellody Hobson.

Patti LaBelle, who received the Award for Musical Arts, was tributed with a thrilling vocal performance by Fantasia. Award for Excellence in Entertainment recipient and music executive L.A. Reid was honored by a music icon he discovered, Usher. The R&B superstar delivered a medley set, getting the crowd on their feet with the closing song “U Don’t Have to Call.”

Jazmine Sullivan, Toni Braxton, Raheem DeVaughn, and Babyface also performed at this year’s show, which can be watched over at BET. Check out Usher and Fantasia’s moments on stage below.

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