Wild, wacky and always a blast, the 2016 Billboard Music Awards aired on Sunday night and got a passing grade from most viewers; except for the weird Madonna debacle. This is typically the night of the more freakish fashion. It is where the more creative, or questionable looks in some designer’s vault may rear their heads and claim the spotlight on some of the top A-list celebrities. Secretly, this is the night we look forward to all year!
She looked great, but sounded like hell! Madonna paid tribute to the late singer Prince and her performance drew major criticism from most.
Let’s backtrack. The Billboard Music Awards are a celebration of all things Music. With categories that include, Top Artist, Top New Artist, Top Male Artist, Top Female Artist, Top Duo/Group, Top Billboard 200 Artist, and so on these awards reflects public opinion and album sales. With dollars harder and harder to come by in the music business singers have to find ways to remain relevant, moving at the speed of light to keep up with the insatiable demand for new material faster and more frequently. One quick way to stay on top is to make a splash with your wardrobe and get people talking!
Queen of the Night
Hands down, singer Ciara, who was also one of the evening’s co-hosts, was on fashion fire all night! With seven wardrobe changes, one more gorgeous and flattering than the next, she showed us all how to hold court and stay on top!
Ciara-Philipp Plein halter dress
Ciara wearing a black asymmetrical Galia Lahav dress
Ciara in a velvet burgundy gown
Cara is stunning in a Grecian-inspired Michael Costello jumper
Ciara slaying in a sheer, beaded Naeem Khan gown
What would the red carpet be without the peek-a-boo flash of some x-rated “skintimates”? If you’ve got it, flaunt it we say. Just make sure you don’t get scorched in the process… in other words, make sure you do it right!
Britney Spears in Reem Acra was everything that the Billboard Awards red carpet should be. Fresh and dangerous; pushed to the edge of style and on the edge of greatness! It’s Britney bitch!
Because this was so nice we had to mention it twice
Gwen Stefani in a Falguni Shane illusionist gown. Did you notice the barely there makeup? It made us think there was something to the rumor that her beau, Mr. Shelton, was having major problems with the buffet table of makeup that she always packs on.
You are supposed to report the news, not be the story. E! News Correspondent Sibley Scoles looked a little “much” in this sheer black “Lee press on bikini” gown.
Britney is b-a-c-k!
It’s time to put the pony back in the stable little girl! We are bored to death of this juvenile hairstyle on Ariana Grande! Nice Atelier Versace dress though.
A huge trend for the night was the black dress. Notice we didn’t refer to it as the little black dress because it came in multiple variations and lengths.
Jessica Alba in Zuhair Murad was checking all the right boxes for us.
We were a little surprised to see Kristen Bell there, wearing a Jonathan Simkhai jumpsuit, but at least she delivered an edgy look
Heidi Klum in Alfredo Villalba
The girls of Fifth Harmony
If you’ve ever contemplated the “fairness” of life; stop debating. Look at Laverne Cox in this Michael Costello dress! Stunning
Rewind & ReDos
There is a wide bandwidth of fashion forgiveness when it comes to the Billboard Music Awards. We never aim to stifle anyone’s creativity but we are not trying to get an aneurysm trying to figure out why the following celebrities would leave their house looking the way they did… Oh, and pay someone to help them at that!
We are mentioning this only because it’s like the 10,000lb elephant in the room. Electro-pop singer Z LaLa ASSumed she was making a statement in this dress. Well, you know what they say about assuming.
Aunt Gertrude is that you? Though it pains us to say this, Rihanna in her vintage, and matronly looking, Thierry Mugler frock was an epic fail for us. There’s a time an a place for everything and this was not the time nor the place for Richanna to turn into a desperate housewife.
We wish we could quit you Demi Lovato! This look was a confusing mess of wrongness. Are you punk rock, or office luncheon ready?
Olé! The only thing we hate more than this Mariachi -inspired suite , is how Kesha looks wearing it.
Megan Trainor needed to show a little more skin if you ask us. She looked like she was suited up to go into battle.
Yawn! Should have, would have, could have, but didn’t! Not bad, but you could have done, and deserve, better than this lack-luster Calvin Klein dress Zendaya.
Please let this be a bad dream! Please let this be a bad dream!
Over all there were no real contraband looks, except for the obvious, that couldn’t be fixed with a little tweaking. We just get a little nervous when our go-to gals disappoint and deliver a bad performance. Not mentioning any names of course. Cough….Rihanna!