All the Stars Were Nearly Naked at the Billboard Music Awards

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If the dress-wearing celeb isn’t nearly-naked, did she even walk the red carpet? These days, the more skin we see, the bigger the star. Think Beyonce at the Met Gala, or look to Taylor Swift — she of previously demure and sweet attire — with her sexy Balmain cutout jumpsuit at Sunday night’s Billboard Music Awards. Tay Tay wasn’t alone: Rita Ora went hypersexy Marilyn; Jennifer Lopez went predictably bare; Mariah Carey showed off a few of her assets; Celine Dion chose a dress with a thigh-high slit and interesting circular reveal; Meghan Trainor went for a soaring slit; Iggy Azalea got in on it; Zendaya even dared to bare her midriff. Check out the hottest looks from the 2015 Billboard Music Awards — skin is definitely in.

Photo: John Salangsang/

Photo: John Salangsang/

Photo: John Salangsang/

Photo: John Salangsang/

Photo: John Salangsang/

Photo: John Salangsang/ 

Photo: John Salangsang/

Photo: John Salangsang/

Your Daily Guide to Trending Topics

Every day there are some topics that are trending. Since many of them don’t make sense, we provide easy contextualization. Also, this way, you won’t actually have to know anything about anything.

Cory Booker
People are searching Google for information about Booker, the highly visible mayor of Newark, NJ and something of a political Next Big Thing, who dimmed his ascending star Sunday with an appearance on Meet the Press. Booker, a staunch Democrat, made comments about President Obama’s strategy of taking on Mitt Romney’s work a Bain Capital, seemingly equating it with the attacks on Obama (especially those care of billionaire Joe Ricketts). “I have to just say, from a very personal level, I’m not about to sit here and indict private equity,” Booker said. “To me, it’s just we’re getting to a ridiculous point in America, especially that I know I live in a state where pension funds, unions and other people are investing in companies like Bain Capital. If you look at the totality of Bain Capital’s record, they’ve done a lot to support businesses, to grow businesses. And this to me, I’m very uncomfortable with.” Nice knowing you, Cory!

Billboard Music Awards
It’s not the Grammys, it’s not the VMAs, it’s not even the American Music Awards, this one—which aired last night and is topping Google Trends—is presented by Billboard, the folks who actually keep track of how well music sells. Crazy, right? Hosted by Julie Bowen and Ty Burell, the evening reportedly featured an underwear-clad performance from LMAFO, Katy Perry attending with her grandmother as her date, Jordin Sparks and John Legend did a tribute to Whitney Houston and the late Houston’ daughter, Bobbi Kristina, accepted an award on her behalf. What people are looking for are, of course, mostly videos. So check the best part of the night out below.

Emily Maynard
Why, Yahoo! users, why? The most-searched term on your favorite site this morning is “Emily Maynard,” as in the jilted former contestant on The Bachelor, who is now returning to TV in The Bachelorette to give finding love on camera another show. “I had a million reservations about being the Bachelorette,” she said in a recent interview before going on to explain why she would do something like this to herself (and her six-year-old daughter). “You know, they had asked me to do it previously and I said no to anyone who would listen. I told everybody I would never do it – never in a million years.”

Dharun Ravi
Another hot Yahoo! topic is Mr. Ravi, the former roommate of Rutgers University student Tyler Clementi. Clementi jumped to his death from the George Washington Bridge after discovering that Ravi was spying on him during intimate moments via webcam. In March, Ravi was convicted on counts of bias intimidation, invasion of privacy, witness tampering, hindering apprehension and tampering with evidence. Ravis’ sentencing will happen today. He faces up to 10 years in prison and possible deportation to his native India.

Nothing too serious is happening over at Twitter. There are your normal #MondayMorning trends and also this, a list of things that the video game Grand Theft Auto has taught its users.





Britney Spears Gave Two Awkward Performances at the Billboard Music Awards

Beyonce lit up the Billboard Music Awards last night with a well-choreographed performance of her girl power anthem “Run The World(Girls)” that made Britney’s two cameo appearances that much more painful to watch. Brit did a lot of swaying and awkward singing for Rihanna’s opening performance of “S&M,” and more of the same during her stage time with Nicki Minaj for “Super Bass/Till The World Ends.”

Granted, Britney has been putting on the same mediocre performance routine for some time now, but with her North American tour just a few weeks away, fans were probably hoping for a good sign.

The theatrics surrounding “S&M” (that includes crotch grabbing, plus a Rihanna and Britney kiss) were an attempt to compensate for an otherwise lackluster performance.

Attempt number two was just as bad, but the good news is since Nicki will be joining Britney on tour this summer, they’ll have time to practice this routine together.