'Puzzle' is Well Made, but a Few Pieces are Missing

Based on the film Rompecabezas, Puzzle is one of those little-known independent films that sneaks into theaters with little to no fanfare, although the fact that it is being promoted “from the producer of Little Miss Sunshine” should help it get noticed somewhat. Puzzle is a quiet, little film about a woman who discovers that jigsaw puzzles are the key to changing her life. While the subject matter doesn’t sound all that exciting, the film really isn’t about puzzles but instead about one finding their voice, or so it appears. It’s also a message film that has its own agenda expecting the audience to agree with the choices of the main character and applaud her “brave” behavior. Frankly, it just feels manipulative.

Directed by Marc Turtletaub, Puzzle’s most impactful scene comes within the first few minutes. We see Agnes (Kelly MacDonald) cleaning up the house and they decorating it for a birthday party. Then we see her serving appetizers while being ignored by the guests. …

Lauren Daigle Wins Two at 2017 Billboard Music Awards

2017 Billboard Music Awards
Lauren Daigle (Billboard)


Despite the name, the 2017 Billboard Music Awards was more of a music performance broadcast rather than an actual awards show. Though it can be argued that watching three hours of music performances can be more entertaining than watching a lot of award speeches, many genres of music have been left out of tonight’s presentation and many winners will go virtually unnoticed.

Some of tonight’s “non-televised” award recipients include Lauren Daigle for Top Christian Artist (beating out Hillsong Worship, Hillary Scott & the Scott Family, Skillet and Chris Tomlin) and Top Christian album. "Wow! What an honor! I'm just blown away by the response of people who have connected with this music," said Daigle in response. "In the pursuit of creative passion, it takes a village to accomplish dreams like this. I'm so thankful for all of my team, label, family, and friends who have believed in me from the beginning, and to all those who have invested in my work through purchasing or streaming this record. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. A major thank you to Billboard for giving a platform for our music to live, and also thanks to the fans. I am forever grateful. Much love!"

2017 Billboard Music Awards
Ludacris and Vanessa Hudgens. (ABC)
Kirk Franklin won for Top Gospel Artist (beating out Jekalyn Carr, Travis Greene, Tamela Mann and Hezekiah Walker), Travis Greene won Top Gospel song for his “Made a Way”, Tamela Mann won for Top Gospel Album and Hillary Scott & the Family won Top Christian Song for “Thy Will.”

This year's award show was hosted by Ludacris and Vanessa Hudgens and highlights included a performance from 71-year-old Cher (who hasn't performed on an award show for 15 years) singing her hits, "Believe" and "If I Could Turn Back Time." She also accepted the ICON Award which was presented by Gwen Stefani. Last year's ICON winner, Celine Dion, sang “My Heart Will Go On,” in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the movie Titanic.

2017 Billboard Music Awards
Drake (ABC)
By now, you've heard that the big winner of the night went to Drake who won 13 of the 22 awards that he was nominated for including Top Artist, Top Male Artist, Top Billboard 200 Album, Top Billboard 200 Artist, Top Hot 100 Artist, Top Song Sales Artist, Top Streaming Songs Artist, Top Rap Artist, Top Rap Tour, Top Rap Album, Top Streaming Song (Audio), Top R&B Song, and Top R&B Collaboration. He surpassed Adele’s record of winning 12 awards.

2017 Billboard Music Awards
Cher (ABC)
BeyoncĂ© won five trophies for Top Female Artist, Top Touring Artist, Top R&B Artist, Top R&B Tour, and Top R&B Album. Twenty One Pilots also won in five categories – Top Duo/Group, Top Radio Song Artist, Top Rock Artist, Top Rock Song, and Billboard Chart Achievement Award.

Both Twenty One Pilots and Beyonce won in five categories (Top Duo/Group, Top Radio Song Artist, Top Rock Artist, Top Rock Song, and Billboard Chart Achievement Award for Twenty One Pilots and Top Female Artist, Top R&B Artist, Top Touring Artist, Top R&B Tour and Top R&B Album for Beyonce). The Chainsmokers won in four categories (Top Hot 100 Song, Top Dance/Electronic Artist, Top Collaboration, and Top Dance/Electronic Song.)

Justin Timberlake’s “Can’t Stop the Feeling,” which was featured in last year’s animated movie Trolls, won for both Top Selling Song and Top Radio Song and Trolls was among the nominees for Top Soundtrack/Cast Album but lost to Hamilton: An American Musical.

This year’s other winners are:

  • Zayn (Top New Artist)
  • Blake Shelton (Top Country Artist)
  • BTS (Top Social Artist)
  • Kenny Chesney (Top Country Tour, Top Country Collaboration with Pink on “Setting the World on Fire”)
  • Coldplay (Top Rock Tour)
  • Juan Gabriel (Top Latin Artist, Top Latin Album)
  • Chris Stapleton (Top Country Album)
  • Metallica (Top Rock Album)
  • Lindsey Stirling (Top Dance/Electronic Album)
  • Desiigner (Top Streaming Video, Top Rap Song)
  • Rae Sremmurd (Top Rap Collaboration with Gucci Mane on “Black Beatles”)
  • Nicky Jam (Top Latin Song)
  • Florida Georgia Line (Top Country Song)


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