Billboard Music Awards: Drake breaks record for number of prizes

Drake has broken the record for the number of Billboard Music Awards received by an artist – after picking up another 12 at Wednesday’s event.

It means the rapper now has a total of 27 Billboard Awards to his name.

He won the biggest prize of the night – the award for top artist – beating the likes of Cardi B, Ariana Grande, Post Malone and Travis Scott.

Drake thanked his mum for her “relentless effort” in his life during his acceptance speech.

He said: “No matter how long it took me to figure out what I wanted to do, you were always there to give me a ride and now we’re all on one hell of a ride.”

Drake also won top male artist, top streaming songs artist, top rap artist and top Billboard 200 album for Scorpion as well as seven others.

Other winners on the night included Ariana Grande, who picked up the award for top female artist, BTS, who took home the top duo/group award, and Luke Combs, who won top country artist.

Cardi B won 12 awards, including the top 100 song prize for Girls Like You – which features Maroon 5.

Ed Sheeran and Ella Mai were among the British winners. Ed won top touring artist while Ella Mai won top R&B artist.

Picking up her award, Ella – who was born in London – thanked God and her fans, as well as her family.

She said: “My mum, my brother and my grandma, for always being my number one supporters.”

Imagine Dragons won the award for top rock group and its lead singer Dan Reynolds used his acceptance speech to speak out against the use of gay conversion therapy in the US.

He said: “I just want to take this moment to say that there are 34 states that have no laws banning conversion therapy.

“And on top of that 58% of our LGBTQ population live in those states.

“This can change but it’s going to take all of us talking to our state legislation, pushing forward laws to protect our LGBTQ youth.”

The event saw performances from a range of artists including Taylor Swift, Jonas Brothers, Madonna and Mariah Carey – who won the icon award,

During her acceptance speech, Mariah said she’d “always felt like an outsider” and “someone who doesn’t quite belong anywhere”.

She added: “Icon? I really don’t think of myself in that way. I started making music out of a necessity to survive and to express myself.”

ARTIST AWARDS

Top Artist – Drake

Top New Artist – Juice WRLD

Billboard Chart Achievement Award – Ariana Grande

Top Male Artist – Drake

Top Female Artist – Ariana Grande

Top Duo/Group – BTS

Top Billboard 200 Artist – Drake

Top Hot 100 Artist – Drake

Top Streaming Songs Artist – Drake

Top Song Sales Artist – Drake

Top Radio Songs Artist – Drake

Top Social Artist – BTS

Top Touring Artist – Ed Sheeran

Top R&B Artist – Ella Mai

Top R&B Male Artist – The Weeknd

Top R&B Female Artist – Ella Mai

Top R&B Tour – Beyoncé & JAY-Z

Top Rap Artist – Drake

Top Rap Male Artist – Drake

Top Rap Female Artist – Cardi B

Top Rap Tour – Beyoncé & JAY-Z

Top Country Artist – Luke Combs

Top Country Male Artist – Luke Combs

Top Country Female Artist – Carrie Underwood

Top Country Duo/Group – Dan + Shay

Top Country Tour – Kenny Chesney

Top Rock Artist – Imagine Dragons

Top Rock Tour – Elton John

Top Latin Artist – Ozuna

Top Dance/Electronic Artist – The Chainsmokers

Top Christian Artist – Lauren Daigle — WINNER

Top Gospel Artist – Tasha Cobbs Leonard

ALBUM AWARDS

Top Billboard 200 Album – Drake “Scorpion”

Top Soundtrack – “The Greatest Showman”

Top R&B Album – XXXTentacion “17”

Top Rap Album – Drake “Scorpion”

Top Country Album – Luke Combs “This One’s For You”

Top Rock Album – Panic! At This Disco “Pray For The Wicked”

Top Latin Album – Ozuna “Aura”

Top Dance/Electronic Album – The Chainsmokers “Sick Boy”

Top Christian Album – Lauren Daigle “Look Up Child”

Top Gospel Album – Tori Kelly “Hiding Place”

SONG AWARDS

Top Hot 100 Song – Maroon 5 ft. Cardi B “Girls Like You”

Top Streaming Song (Audio) – Travis Scott “SICKO MODE”

Top Streaming Song (Video) – Drake “In My Feelings”

Top Selling Song – Maroon 5 ft. Cardi B “Girls Like You”

Top Radio Song – Maroon 5 ft. Cardi B “Girls Like You”

Top Collaboration – Maroon 5 ft. Cardi B “Girls Like You”

Top R&B Song – Ella Mai “Boo’d Up”

Top Rap Song – Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin “I Like It”

Top Country Song – Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line “Meant to Be”

Top Rock Song – Panic! At The Disco “High Hopes”

Top Latin Song – Casper Magico, Nio Garcia, Darell, Nicky Jam, Bad Bunny & Ozuna “Te Bote”

Top Dance/Electronic Song – Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey “The Middle”

Top Christian Song – Lauren Daigle “You Say”

Top Gospel Song – Koryn Hawthorne “Won’t He Do It”

Source BBC News
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