PhotographyKevin Winter
Show DirectorBaz Haplin
Production ManagerJoe Sanchez


Billboard Music Awards

For the 2016 Billboard Music Awards, P!NK delivered a soulful, action-packed, star-studded and powerful show. As acknowledged by both Billboard and Rolling Stone, P!NK flew away (literally!) with one of the best performances of the night. Consistent with her infamous live performances, P!NK took flight and soared above the Billboard Music Awards audience, for her world television debut of her latest single “Just Like Fire,” a song from the Alice Through the Looking Glass soundtrack. To accomplish this seemingly dare-devil like feat, TAIT provided P!NK’s performer flying elements and proprietary automation software, TAIT Navigator, which ensured her safety by controlling the speed and movements.

Despite previous performances where P!NK typically uses a harness for her flight expeditions, this time, she performed without a harness – LIVE ON TV!

“Every project we do for P!NK is always unique. Given her acrobatic background, there is always a desire to do something more thrilling and more extravagant each time she performs. This performance was particularly unique because P!NK fly’s through the air without using a harness. Obviously, safety and reliability are key, and we were able to utilize our TAIT Navigator to control her speed and execution.”
Ben Gasper, Project Manager, TAIT

TAIT provided a performing flying package that included five single line performer flying T-winches and a 50-foot 2D trolley system. At the opening of “Just Like Fire,” P!NK wrapped herself in a golden rope trapeze and took flight above the audience while applying her silk acrobatic technique. The golden rope trapeze hung from a pocket watch prop that was attached to TAIT’s single line performer flying winch. After approximately thirty seconds, P!NK returned to the stage and she strutted the runway to the opposite end. At that time, TAIT’s performer flying winches lifted P!NK’s two backup dancers into the air to perform synchronized acrobatic moves. To end her fiery performance, P!NK boarded a giant scenic clock hand that ascended into the air, to meet a massive, fire-lit clock above the stage.

“Being that the 2016 Billboard Music Awards are performed on live TV, we only had one shot to pull off safe automation for P!NK’s courageous performance. Being in the live entertainment and automation business for so long, we are used to working in “first time right” constraints. It takes a special breed to work under that amount of pressure, provide the safest gear, and adapt to any changing needs at a moment’s notice. TAIT was very pleased to have the opportunity to be involved in one of the best performances of the evening,”
Ben Gasper

“TAIT was very pleased to have the opportunity to be involved in one of the best performances of the 2016 Billboard Music Awards.”
Ben Gasper, Project Manager, TAIT

2016 Billboard Music Awards