The Best Behind-The-Scenes Instagrams From The BBMAs

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The Billboard Music Awards feature the best and the brightest of the music scene. On the glamorous, for-the-fancy-cameras side of things, America's favorite musical acts will perform. That includes The Chainsmokers, Miley Cyrus, Celine Dion, and Drake. There will be glitz! There will be glamour! There will be disco lights onstage and, if we're lucky, a few mind-blowing stage reveals.
But that's all onstage. The real show will be on Instagram. Think of it this way: The Billboard Music Awards is your slinkiest cocktail attire, and your Instagram feed is the tee-shirt-and-sweats combo you'd rather be wearing. Miley Cyrus will give you a polished performance of her song "Malibu" during the night's proceedings. On her Instagram, she's a little less polished (and way more fun.) The same goes for Drake, a.k.a. @champagnepapi and even influencers like Rachel Lindsay or the actor Ansel Elgort. (Elgort in particular is very forthcoming on social media).
Instagrams from big events come in three categories: pre-show process pics, mid-show selfies, and after-the-fact fun times. The pre-shows usually involve face masks and glam squad. Mid show, we get the "look who I just met!!!" pics. And post-show is all about the burgers.
Ahead, find the best Instagram moments from the Billboard Music Awards — the social media peek behind the ceremony's curtains.
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alright #BBMAs

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The New Zealand sensation Lorde, who performed at the ceremony, snuck a pic of pre-show prep.
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Magenta carpet today at the billboard awards! #bbmasunlimited #tmobile #breakthrough

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Julia Michaels, who sings the song "Issues," shared a quick pic of herself on the red carpet.
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Thank you @bbmas!!! #BestDanceElectronicAlbum

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Lindsey Stirling won Best Dance Electronic Album and then promptly snuck into a bathroom to vlog a "thank you" vid. Despite the atmosphere — you can hear a toilet flushing in the background — Stirling is undeterred.
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Las Vegas here comes trouble! @leamichele and I are ready for the #BBMAs 🔥💥

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Lea Michele and Ashley Tisdale, longtime friends, took a pre-show pic in front of the jet that would take them to Vegas.
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Getting ready for the @bbmas in #vegas w/ @melaniemakeup & @sarahpotempa 💋✨

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For Lea Michele, it takes a village.
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Ed Helms and Kevin Hart, who star in the upcoming Captain Underpants movie, grabbed a blurry selfie on stage after they presented at the ceremony.
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Now, this is how a queen like Celine Dion arrives at an awards ceremony.
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Billboard Music Awards 📸 @willnichols

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When you're G-Eazy, it takes a slideshow of pictures to encapsulate your BBMAs experience.
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Congrats on the win guys! This is a massive moment for kpop! Love!!!!!!! #BTS

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About that time Halsey gushed over BTS...
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Family. For. Life. #MulaBayybeh!!! @liltunechi @champagnepapi @mackmaine4president

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Is this the greatest selfie of all time or is this the greatest selfie of all time?
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Taylor Gang Or Die

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Ty Dolla Sign had a very... relaxed time at the BBMAs.
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@oliviamunn you are my favorite 👯 @bbmas ✨

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If you look closely, you can spot Halsey in the background of this Olivia Munn-Lea Michele lovefest.
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According to Ludacris, the real after party was in the Kid Rock Suite. (Whatever that may be.)
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Infiltrator!!! 🤣🤣 #BBMAs

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The award for Most Charming Instagram of the Night goes to Ludacris for his wife's guest appearance in his dressing room.
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Just joined a K pop band 👌

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Despite the caption, we can confirm that Ansel Elgort did NOT join BTS, the beloved K-pop group.
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Just hanging out w this winner @blakeshelton @billboards2017 #topcountryartist #proud #deserving #myfavorite gx

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Post-show, celeb couple Gwake grabbed a sweet selfie. (Note: Stefani is wrapped in what looks like a very comfy hoodie. Props for cozy clothes, ma'am.)
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