The 2019 Billboard Music Awards (BBMAs) took place last night in Las Vegas, and overall, I was entertained. There weren’t any moments that blew my mind, but there also weren’t a ton of in-program bathroom breaks, if you know what I mean.

Kelly Clarkson returned to host and her intro medley was [fire emoji]. Drake won 12 awards (including Top Artist), bringing his career total to 27 and making him the most decorated artist in BBMA history. He was also one trophy shy of the record for the most wins in one night, which is also held by Drake.

Cardi B, Maroon 5, Ariana Grande and the Carters were among the night’s winners. The BBMAs are generally predictable, so there were very few surprises. The one award that I could have never predicted was Top New Artist, which went to Juice WRLD. I was so sure Ella Mai had that one. For a full list of winners, click here.

Taylor Swift opened the show with a Great Value Beychella performance, dubbed “Mayochella” by Black Twitter. She was dragged for a solid 16 hours on Twitter and I almost started feeling bad for her, then I remembered that she’s the custodian of numerous awards that she doesn’t deserve (including two Grammys for Album of the Year).

Ariana Grande gave us a forgettable performance of “7 Rings” while Halsey gave us a particularly interpretive performance of “Without Me.” Mariah Carey, who received the Icon Award, performed a medley of her greatest hits, and while the singing wasn’t that great, it was nice to see the audience rooting for her. Taylor Swift was in full lamb mode.

It was a lackluster year for performances, but if I had to pick a winner, it’d be Khalid’s performance — and this is entirely based on the fact that I love “Talk.”

On the 17th anniversary of Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes’ passing, it’s only right that we take a look back at one of TLC’s signature hits, “Waterfalls,” which also has one of Left Eye’s best verses. The song was the third single from the group’s blockbuster album, CrazySexyCool, and spent seven weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Written by Marqueze Etheridge, Organized Noize and Left Eye, “Waterfalls” is one of the finest examples of socially conscious popular music. Its lyrics are primarily about risky behaviors that people engage in — the waterfalls, so to speak — and how they can lead to their untimely demise. The song is notable for touching on the subject of HIV/AIDS, which was claiming lives at an all-time high around the time the song was released.

“Waterfalls” was nominated for two Grammys in 1996, including Record of the Year, and its iconic music video won the group four moonmen at the 1995 MTV Video Music Awards, including Video of the Year. TLC’s Video of the Year win was the first time a black act took home the big prize at the VMAs, which is weird when you consider that Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” was nominated for the award in 1984. The racism jumped out.

In any case, “Waterfalls” — the song and the video — have aged impeccably and I feel fortunate to have been alive when it was released.

Lil Dicky tapped a number of big names to make “Earth,” a song about the environmental crisis facing our planet. Though the subject matter is serious, the song is done in Lil Dicky’s comedic fashion, complete with a video that looks like a trailer for one of the Ice Age movies. The song was produced by Benny Blanco and Cashmere Cat, and includes vocals from Ariana Grande, Halsey, Shawn Mendes, Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa, Kevin Hart, Lil Jon, Miley Cyrus, the Backstreet Boys, Justin Bieber, Zac Brown, Brendon Urie, Hailee Steinfeld, Adam Levine, Sia, Charlie Puth, Rita Ora, Bad Bunny, PSY, John Legend, Tory Lanez, Katy Perry, Miguel, Kris Wu, Lil Yachty, Ed Sheeran, Joel Embiid and Meghan Trainor. Leonardo DiCaprio — Captain Planet himself — closes the song with a spoken cameo.

All proceeds from the song’s sales and streams will be donated to organizations dedicated to environmental causes. Watch the video below.

Lil Dicky also launched a website with information about climate change and what we can all do to perserve our environment. Check it out here.

When people think of the unsung heroes of Bad Boy Entertainment, many names come to mind — Craig Mack, the LOX, Lil’ Cease, the list goes on. The label was stacked with talent even on its secondary roster, and because of that, there are quite a few people who got lost in the mix.

One of such people is Black Rob, who dropped two albums while signed to the label. Most people remember him for his 2000 hit “Whoa!”; but for me, his signature song will always be “I Dare You” (featuring Joe Hooker), which came two years earlier. It wasn’t a hit (it didn’t even crack the Billboard Hot 100), but it is a song that stuck with me over the years. My younger self swore he was a gangsta when “I Dare You” came on, and 20 years later, the song has still has that effect.

After that lukewarm song he released just last week, Chris Brown is back to giving us chunes! Breezy tapped Nicki Minaj and G-Eazy for “Wobble Up,” the third single from his upcoming album, Indigo, and a song that is sure to be part of everyone’s summer playlist. The song was produced by J.R. Rotem and samples Magnolia Shorty’s “Monkey on the D$CK.” Listen below.

It’s amazing how a song that was a huge hit — a song you that loved at the time of its release — could end up being a song you no longer enjoy. That is the story of my relationship with Destiny’s Child’s “Bootylicious.” The song was ginormous in its day, becoming the group’s fourth No. 1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100. And its title, a neologism that merges the words “booty” and “delicious,” became such a staple in the pop culture lexicon that the Oxford Dictionary recognized it as an actual English word.

Unfortunately, 18 years later, I’ve grown completely indifferent to its existence.

The remix, however, has aged beautifully in my heart. The slowed-down vocals and mellow beat produced a timeless cool that the original just doesn’t have. And that verse from Missy is one of the ages, per usual. Also, the video is just so 2001 that you can’t help but love it. What a time.

Jessie Reyez and 6BLACK joined forces for the remix of “Imported,” which originally appears on Jessie’s Being Human in Public EP as a duet with JRM. The song is about two people who are only involved with each other as a way of getting over a failed romance.

The remix stays true to its original besides slight changes in production and new verses from 6LACK. If I had to choose, I’d say the original is slightly better — mainly because JRM is a better singer. However, the remix is solid in its own right and I wouldn’t have any criticisms if I didn’t have another version to which I could compare. Watch the video below.

2 Chainz has blessed us with yet another music video — his third in the past month or so — from Rap or Go to the League. “2 Dollar Bill,” which features Weezy and E-40, was one of the standout tracks from the album and its video is, as the hook of the song goes, rare.

The clip features a variety of oddballs, including a man holding a slice of raw meat — because he’s rare, if you didn’t already figure it out. Watch the video below.

“As We Lay” is a story about a remorseful side chick. After fucking on someone else’s man all night, the protagonist wakes up to a feeling of guilt. She got a man. He got a girl. It’s nothing but sin in this house!

As far as storytelling goes, it doesn’t get much better than this. And as far as vocal performances go, this song is a treat for any true lover of R&B. The original version of this song, performed by Shirley Murdock, was released in 1986; 14 years later, Kelly Price covered the song for her sophomore album, Mirror Mirror. Both versions are absolutely amazing.

Today is Kelly Price’s birthday, so that’s the version I’ve selected. Also, Aunt Shirley’s version doesn’t have a music video — she does, however, play Kelly’s mother in the video for the cover. Watch below.