The 2014 Billboard Awards were one to remember, providing viewers with no shortage of entertainment and buzzworthy topics for weeks to come. Last Sunday’s awards show was the most watched program of the evening with an average audience of 10.5 million people. It also made history by becoming the most watched version of the show in 13 years.
If you keep up with trends on Twitter, you most likely saw the hashtags that came from reality-tv personality Kendall Jenner’s slip-up, as well as the tweets downloading the epic hologram performance of the five years deceased musical legend, Michael Jackson. Kendall Jenner had the opportunity to introduce the Aussie boy band sensation “5 Seconds of Summer,” only to flub her lines and begin introducing instead the popular British boy band, “One Direction.” Jenner blamed the flub on being, “the worst reader ever!” but that didn’t stop the social media fiends from devising the clever hashtag “#kendallyouhadonejob,” which caught on like wildfire.
Through the power of technology and some serious computer engineering, a hologram performance of Michael Jackson shocked and thrilled the TV viewers and live audience alike. Performing his new song “Slave to the Rhythm,” “a stand-in performer who recreated [Michael Jackson’s] steps for a computer that then laid on an image intended to replicate Jackson (CNN).” The performance, which really showcased how technology has recently evolved to do what was once the impossible, was described as “eery” and “interesting.” Overall though, the performance has definitely created buzz and sparked conversation across the nation.
The program featured many memorable moments like a Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood duet, which along with the MJ hologram, generated 4.48 of the average 10.5 million viewers. Other notable performances included new to the music scene Iggy Azalea, country artists Florida Georgia Line and Luke Bryan, Ricky Martin, Shakira, John Legend, and Imagine Dragons, just to name a few.
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