The Wins And Fails Of Billboard’s Hot 100 Fest

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Billboard keeps tabs on the hottest acts with its Hot 100 chart. For 2015, the esteemed music brand rolled out the carpet for its first ever Hot 100 festival. With over 40 artists and three performance stages, the fest invaded New York’s Jones Beach with up to 25,000 concertgoers in attendance.

From hip-hop heavyweights, Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj, to pop’s leading luminaries, Little Mix and Halsey, to a VIP yacht frequented by fans and industry notables alike, BB lived up to the hype and then some.

VIBE assessed the two-day turn up and listed the wins and L’s below.


Lil Wayne’s high-energy stage domination and “A Milli” crowd favorite

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The Weeknd’s sultry set, even prompting a fan to toss her underwear at the OVO crooner

Little Mix’s fiery rendition of their famed girl power anthem “Salute”

Nicki Minaj’s flawless performance with hip-pop throwbacks “Super Bass” and “Did It On ‘Em”

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The Bieber Hive practically fainting over Justin Bieber’s set, where he performed “Where Are Ü Now” with Diplo

Christina Millian and Lil Wayne’s crowd-charming PDA

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Nicki’s brief technical difficulties

Fetty Wap’s explosive set list could have benefitted from a bigger stage

Fetty’s dangerous stage leap that resulted in two teenagers being sent to medics

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The smoldering heat causing a girl to faint right before Lil Wayne’s raucous set