These Pics From the 2002 Billboard Music Awards Will Make You Nostalgic AF

Ahead of the 2022 Billboard Music Awards on May 15, we’re taking a stroll down memory lane to revisit what that night looked like 20 years ago. See the pics of Nick Cannon, Jessica Biel and more.

By Kisha Forde May 15, 2022 1:00 PMTags
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Picture it: The year is 2002 and you're probably about to get the party started.
In honor of the 2022 Billboard Music Awards on May 15, we're stepping back in time to what the big night looked like exactly 20 years ago. Back then, artists like Jennifer Lopez, Pink, and Eminem dominated the music charts and earned themselves numerous nominations during the awards ceremony.
But they weren't the only stars who were just getting started in 2002. After all, it would be three years before Nickelback—who attended and performed as one of the most popular groups at the time—would capture the height of nostalgia with their 2005 single, "Photograph."
And in a twist of fate that they probably didn't see coming, Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake attended the star-studded show separately—only to start dating 5 years later. While Jessica came as a guest and shined on the red carpet, her future hubby was there to perform, hitting the stage to sing his hit "Cry Me a River."

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As for the night's big winners, singer Ashanti walked away from the evening with an impressive eight trophies, followed by rapper Nelly, who took home six. Oh—and the legendary Cher was honored with the Artist Achievement Award during the show.
But enough about the epic event from us, keep reading to take a look back for yourself: