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Michael Jackson Hologram, Jennifer Lopez “Icon” Speech + More From Billboard Music Awards!

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MJ came back, J. Lo showed off that butt and Robin Thicke hit the stage begging for Paula Patton to take him back — the 2014 Billboard Music Awards was one for the record books!

Before the big show began, HipHollywood hit the red carpet at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas to chat with all the stars about the highly anticipated Michael Jackson hologram. While everyone was placing bets on which MJ they’d see, 2 Chainz told us he wanted it to be “Thriller” Mike, while Floyd Mayweather wanted a version of the King of Pop from “the 7os, 80s, 90s and beyond.”

Outside of the reincarnation of Michael Jackson, other major performances included, Jason Derulo’s high-intensity dance number, John Legend serenading Chrissy Teigen, Robin Thicke’s “take me back please” plea and Jennifer Lopez, who shut the stage down TWICE! The big booty, Bronx girl also was honored with the Icon Award and gave an empowering speech on never giving up on your dreams.

Other highlights included Justin Timberlake winning BIG with 7 trophies, then thanking “everyone of Earth…except Donald Sterling” and Kendall Jenner embarrassingly calling 5 Seconds of Summer, One Direction.

Catch all the highlights from the 2014 Billboard Music Awards in our video below!

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5 Reasons You Need To Know Daveed Diggs

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If you don’t know the name Daveed Diggs you will now! The Oakland native is definitely one to watch in Hollywood. Here are five reasons why.

1. He has already taken Broadway by storm.

In 2016 Diggs nabbed a Tony and a Grammy award for his role as Marquis de Lafayette/ Thomas Jefferson in “Hamilton.” Believe it or not Diggs didn’t even audition for the role. While substitute teaching in Marin County, CA he met Hamilton’s eventual star and creator Lin Manuel-Miranda and director, Thomas Kail who invited him to join their free-style rap group and later helped them craft the fast-rapping revolutionary. 

2. He’s funny. 

Diggs is proving he’s also got some amazing comedy chops with two memorable recurring sitcom roles: one as Perry, the crush du jour for Kimmy (Ellie Kemper) on Netflix’s Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and the other on ABC’s black-ish as Johan, the free-spirited brother of Rainbow (Tracee Ellis Ross). In fact, Black-ish creator Kenya Barris wrote the role for Diggs after being “blown away” by his performance on stage.

3. His first feature film Wonder is in theaters now.

In the film based on the New York Times best-selling novel of the same name, Diggs plays Mr. Browne the fifth grade teacher at the school where lead Jacob Tremblay attends. Diggs landed the role after wrapping his run in “Hamilton” and told HH it was like a crash course in film acting alongside Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson.

4. He’s a rapper. 

His experimental noise rap group Clipping has garnered a major cult following on Youtube. Their LP CLPPNG was an Album Of The Week back in 2014. And in 2016 the trio performed on The Late Late Show with James Corden to promote the release of their six-track EP Wriggle. 

5. He is executive producer of ABC’s The Mayor.  

The show about a struggling young rapper (Brandon Micheal Hall) who runs for local office (and wins) to boost his popularity, debuted this Fall and already is garnering wave reviews. Not surprisingly Diggs and his Clipping bandmates William Hutson and Jonathan Snipes, also produce all the music for the show.

 

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