The Billboard 100 Festival saw performances from Justin Bieber, Nicki Minaj, Jason Derulo and more.
The two-day music festival kicked off on Friday (Aug. 21) at Jones Beach Theater on in Wantagh, New York.
Justin Bieber closed out the show, but we felt it was appropriate to put him first. “It’s been a while since I’ve done any shows or anything,” Bieber told the crowd Sunday night. “You guys miss me?”
He performed a tringle from his 2012 record Believe, including “Boyfriend,” “Beauty and a Beat” and sang an a cappella outro of “As Long As You Love Me.”
He slowed things down for “Hold Tight,” “All That Matters” and “Be Alright.”
Nowhere to be found was Bieber’s new single, “What Do You Mean,” which sees a proper release on Friday (Aug. 28). “You guys wanna hear some new music? Well too bad, because I’m playing an old song,” he teased, then invited Skrillex on stage for a special performance of “Where Are U Now.” And what Bieber performance wouldn’t be complete without removing his shirt?
The Weeknd performed tracks from his upcoming Beauty Behind The Madness record along with Beyonce’s “Drunk In Love” and his new Lana Del Rey collaboration, “Prisoner.”
Nicki Minaj came on 30-minutes late, forcing her to cut down her 70-minute set, but still killed it. “It feels good to be home!” Nicki said before performing “Anaconda,” “Super Bass” and her David Guetta assisted collabo “Hey Mama” then “Pound the Alarm.”
“I wanna say you guys are f–king amazing,” said Nicki before she left the stage. “I wanna thank you from the bottom of my heart for loving and supporting me.” It was brief, and even with technical problems, Nicki killed it.
Jason Derulo told Billboard that his music is a reflection of his daily life. “I write songs based on things that I go through, things that I’m dealing with, things that are happening in my life,” he explained, noting that “Want to Want Me” is based on a true story.
“If a song is singing your life you feel like that song was made for you,” he continued. “I go through that all the time with being a fan of music.”
He performed a cover of Fetty Wap’s “Trap Queen.”
Lil Wayne and Christina Milian grind on each other during their performance together. She also premiered her new song “Like Me” which features Snoop Dogg.
Little Mix also took the stage amidst their summer tour. “This is the first song we wrote together as a group,” the girls said of their song “Change Your Life.” They followed it up with “DNA,” then slowed the pace for “Little Me.” “If you want to get emotional, you can get emotional,” said Thirwall. “That’s acceptable at Billboard Festival.”
The girls finished up with “Wings” an a capella rendition of “How Ya Doin'” and finally “Black Magic.” “You’ve been such an incredible audience, thank you so much!” said Nelson, as Little Mix left the stage, reports Billboard.
For a complete detail of what went down, check out Billboard’s highlights.