Celine Dion found her Billboard performance very special

At the Billboard Music Awards Sunday night, the singer performed for the first time since the 2002 ceremony, where she won the Billboard Music Artist Achievement Award. Drake won 10 of his BBMAs in the award show's pre-telecast categories.

Cher famously wore a black thong under a bodysuit for her video for If I Could Turn Back Time back in 1989.

Drake has made a habit of skipping awards shows in recent years - even the 2016 Grammys, for which he was a top-nominated artist.

And accepting the Icon award later on, Cher joked to the audience: "This is not an applause thing".

From its big-name performances to stars' acceptance speeches, the night's big moments were more subdued than years past.

Hosts Ludacris and Vanessa Hudgens at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas, Nevada May 22, 2017.

She noted she was told early on that she never was the most handsome or the most talented, but she was special and added that "luck has so much to do with my success with a little bit of something thrown in".

However, Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons summed up his career succinctly, noting he was "a true innovator", "a musical architect", "a prolific songwriting" and "a legendary performer".

Miley Cyrus sang her new song "Malibu", a mid-tempo, jam-rock ballad about kindling love on the beach that marks a more mature sound for the former child star famous for her brazen sexuality. While the stage's robotic vocal effects and the gang of background vocals did the heavy lifting during her performance of Believe, she was still a natural, strutting across the stage looking fantastic in a basically-naked crystal dress.

Yes, the woman behind some of the greatest ballads of all time took to the stage to perform undoubtedly one of her most beloved.

But the singer, who is engaged to Liam Hemsworth, couldn't hide her emotion by the end when her eyes teared up.

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