Madonna, Maria Carey and Paula Abdul shine on 'Billboard Music Awards"

Wednesday's Billboard Music Awards, broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, mostly celebrated today's hottest artists, but the show also gave a nod to the past with performances by some of our favorites – MadonnaMariah Carey and Paula Abdul.

Madonna went big for her epic take on her new single “Medellin,” complete with holograms, CGI and an eye patch. It supposedly cost the Material Girl a pretty penny – five million bucks of her own cash – but it didn’t really add any spice to the shapeless song itself.

Producers lured Mariah Carey to the show by handing over this year’s Icon Award, which she accepted after belting out a series of hits, including “Always Be My Baby” and “Emotions.” Yes, she can still hit those crazy high notes.

And Paula Abdul proved she still has all those crazy moves, ending the show with a throwback mini-set of all her biggest hits. She didn’t do a lot of live singing, but she did dance up a storm – and so did her old cartoon pal, MC Skat Kat, who looks as good as ever.

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