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The Worst and Best VMA Performances according to Billboard

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Ranked from worst to best:

15. Lorde

Lorde has always marched to the beat of her own drum, and her 2017 VMAs performance may be the strangest, most fearless thing she's done yet. Sidelined by a bad flu (she tweeted she was on an IV prior to her performance), Lorde was unable to sing "Homemade Dynamite," but that didn't stop her from taking the stage and dancing and miming to the song. It wasn't bad – in fact, it was impossible to look away from – but considering that she wasn't actually singing during her performance, we gotta put this in last place. But major props to Lorde for her the-show-must-go-on mentality (and we hope her backup dancers had some hand sanitizer ready after carrying Lorde around the stage).

14. 30 Seconds to Mars

Using a heat vision filter on the cameras, 30 Seconds to Mars brought a trippy, colorful aesthetic – and Travis Scott – to the 2017 VMAs. The Imagine Dragons-esque song isn't one of their finest, but it's solid, and the visual was a welcome dose of something different.

13. Julia Michaels

Michaels' red, poofy dress was stunning, and her voice sounded gorgeous on her irresistible hit "Issues." Sadly, MTV cut it off after about a minute, but we still loved seeing her represent, if only for a minute. 

12. Kyle

Same as Julia Michaels, Kyle's performance of "iSpy" was abbreviated during the VMAs telecast, with the full thing available online. Kyle's a dynamic live performer though, and he made the most of his short time.


5. DNCE and Rod Stewart

Good-time party band DNCE teamed up with rock legend Rod Stewart for a Studio 54-themed performance of his chart-topping disco classic "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?" Wearing a silvery blazer, Rod strutted through the Saturday Night Fever-esque set, smoothly crooning the sensual jam like it was still 1978. Joe Jonas with a mustache duetting with Rod Stewart? It was the collaboration the world never knew it needed.

4. Logic, Alessia Cara and Khalid

Logic, Alessia Cara, Khalid and a troupe of people wearing the phone number for the suicide prevention hotline – 1-800-273-8255, also the name of their collaboration – brought strong visuals and a powerful message to the 2017 VMAs. Toward the end of the performance, Logic spoke out against racism, sexism, mental health awareness and a number of issues that don't get enough attention. He also dropped this truth bomb: "We are born equal, bur we are not treated equally."

3. Fifth Harmony

Unnecessary Camila Cabello shade aside, Fifth Harmony's "Angel"/"Down" combo – complete with on-stage rain, a synchronized mic drop and Gucci Mane – was one of the show's highlights. Their voices melded beautifully together, and their choreography was the strongest of any 2017 VMA performer. If you were worried the show was lagging, 5H gave it a much-needed jolt of fresh energy.

2. P!nk

Recipient of this year's Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, P!nk delivered easily the best speech of the night at the 2017 VMAs. But before that, she took the stage for a career-spanning run of her greatest hits, from "Get the Party Started" and "Raise Your Glass" – performed in a car that floated over the crowd – to "Just Give Me a Reason," which she augmented with snippets of "Don't Let Me Get Me" and some of "Fuckin' Perfect" before closing with current single "What About Us." Oh, and she sang "So What" while driving a tractor around, with naked chainsaw-wielding dancers following her the whole time. So yeah, it was classic P!nk: Inventive, crazy, memorable, and effortlessly cool.

1. Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick Lamar's VMAs performance was fire – literally. In addition to rapping with an unbridled fury on "DNA.", he brought on a ninja who was actually on fire for some astonishing footwork. And during "HUMBLE.", his backup ninja dancers scaled a flaming fence -- giving us serious Super Mario World Ludwig's Castle vibes -- while he continued to destroy the mic. As far as awards show openers go, this was a GOAT. 

For the full list check: http://www.billboard.com/articles/events/vma/7942165/vmas-2017-performances-ranked-worst-best

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