The time has come once again for the annual Billboard Music Awards. Let's be honest: Awards shows these days are a dime a dozen. Everywhere you look a celebrity is being presented with some sort of trophy for one venture or another. So what sets all of these events apart from one another?
That's right, she who holds the microphone holds the fate of the event's success in her skilled or clumsy hands. In honor of that mantra, we are going to take a look at the hosts of Billboard past.
5. Phil Collins, 1992 & 1993.
If you asked me who was most likely to host, well, ANYTHING, it certainly wouldn't be Phil Collins. He just doesn't seem very host-worthy, you know? But he did a solid job and he was certainly on top of the musical pyramid at that point. I suppose I'm just more accustomed to the flashier hosts of now. But I sure can belt out "In The Air Tonight" with the best of them! He also did some serious multitasking as his band Genesis performed at the 1992 show, as well.
4. Jon Stewart, 1995.
Before he was the affable and much-loved host of The Daily Show, Jon Stewart was an MTV Correspondent. Yes, you read that right. He worked for MTV. But before you knock off a few of his awesome points, remember that, in the '90s, there really was nothing cooler than MTV. His position as a correspondent lead to him hosting the Billboard Music Awards and, since he's Jon Stewart, he was obviously amazing.
3. Chris Rock
Chris Rock never disappoints. Well, I suppose he does if you don't get his particular brand of humor, but I happen to think he's hilarious. Honestly, I just feel bad that the year he hosted, Los Del Rio won the Top 100 Songs category for "Macarena." The '90s were magical, but they too have a dark and storied history.
2. Ken Jeong, 2011.
I'm not sure how I missed this, because Ken Jeong is one of my very favorite people on this earth. From his ridiculous role in The Hangover movies, to his brilliant turn as Señor Chang in Community, there is literally nothing this *licensed medical doctor* can't do! He is unlike anyone in the business right now and I have a feeling we've only seen but a fraction of his talent. He and Nicki Minaj clearly made an outstanding hosting team.
1. *NSYNC, 2000.
Oh yes, OF COURSE my boys are in the #1 spot! I'm not a fan of co-host Kathy Griffin, in fact I think she's intolerably obnoxious; it was all about *NSYNC for me. I love them so much that I'm willing to overlook JC's shiny, snake-skin suit and Justin's blinding metallic shirt. I think we all know that early 2000s fashion left quite a lot to be desired. But they put on a good show with no shortage of theatrics and bits, not to mention one of their coolest performances to date. Plus, they won the award for Album of the Year and Biggest One Week Sales EVER for No Strings Attached so, BONUS!
Who was your favorite Billboard host? Be sure to vote in our poll below and let us know! And be sure to tune in Sunday to see if this year's hosts, Ludacris and Chrissy Teigen, can live up to their predecessors!
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