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BBMAs 2015: Van Halen Delivers Rowdy Performance of 'Panama'

by Ryan Middleton   May 17, 2015 20:38 PM EDT

After the world premiere of Taylor Swift's "Bad Blood" video featuring the two new verses from Kendrick Lamar, the "Blank Space" singer introduced "one of the greatest rock bands in the world, Van Halen." The legendary rock group with David Lee Roth in tow launched into a rowdy rendition of their classic track "Panama." The Billboard Music Awards (BBMA) are generally all about chart-topping artists like Wiz Khalifa and Kanye West, but they decided to open up the show with an act who once graced the top of charts decades ago, but remain a band with relevance today.

The rock band delivered a performance that let fans know they can still stand the time as big-time rockers. David Lee Roth sang his heart out and added a modern twist, with the line that normally goes "Ah, you reach down, between my legs, ease the seat back" and replaced that with newly engaged hip-hop starlet Nicki Minaj, "I am going to get Nicki Minaj to help me ease my seat back."

The production was big, as you might expect from them, with plenty of pyrotechnics and they were flanked by a crowd at either side in all denim going crazy during the whole performance. Watch Van Halen open up the Billboard Music Awards below.

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