See Doja Cat, SZA, Bad Bunny perform at the Billboard Music Awards

Other memorable moments include Drake’s speech with his son Adonis and Swizz Beatz’s shoutout to DMX.

Doja Cat, SZA, Bad Bunny and more artists performed at the 2021 Billboard Music Awards on 23 May, which also featured memorable speeches by Drake and Swizz Beatz

Doja Cat and SZA gave their collaborative single “Kiss Me More” its live debut at the awards show, delivering a performance characterised by a ’60s-inspired psychedelic aesthetic. Meanwhile, Bad Bunny delivered a striking performance of “Te Deseo Lo Mejor,” from his album El Último Tour del Mundo, backed by a live band and fiery pyrotechnics.

Also turning in a high-octane performance was The Weeknd, who was nominated for 16 awards and won ten. Introduced by British actor Henry Golding, Abel Tesfaye sang “Save Your Tears” as a platoon of luxury cars and trucks zoomed by him.

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DJ Khaled put on a stacked performance of Khaled Khaled cut “We Going Crazy” alongside featured guests Migos and HER. They were backed by a dancing brass band while Khaled dropped his signature ad-libs.

Drake won the Artist of the Decade award, and dedicated it to his son, Adonis Graham, who took the stage with him. Drizzy also took time to encourage up-and-coming musicians. “Even if I do a good job I always wonder if I could have done better,” he said in his speech.

“For anyone who’s watching this that’s wondering how this happened, you know that’s really the answer. It’s being so unsure of how you’re getting it done that you just kind of keep going in the hopes of figuring out the formula.”

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Swizz Beatz also gave a touching tribute to the late DMX, as he took the stage to present the award for Top Rap Song. “I would like to honor my brother, DMX, the great,” he said.

“He made music with raw passion. He spoke to the streets, he spoke to the world. He prayed for others before he could pray for himself. He loved others before he would love himself. His music is iconic magic to the world. His legacy will forever be remembered.”

Watch the performances and speeches from the Billboard Music Awards in part and in full below.

Doja Cat and SZA:

Bad Bunny:

The Weeknd:

DJ Khaled, Migos and HER:

Drake accepts Artist of the Decade:

Swizz Beatz remembers DMX:

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