Published Sunday, May 21, 2017|8:03 a.m.
Upgraded Sunday, May 21, 2017|8:17 p.m.
Hello, Drake has surpassed Adele’s record at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards on Sunday, picking up 13 awards.
Adele set a record at the program in 2012 with 12 wins. The rapper, who strolled into the program Sunday with 22 elections, won leading artist, top male artist and top Billboard 200 album (“Views”), to name a few, at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
“I got my entire family up here,” stated Drake, who stood onstage with nearly 2 lots individuals, including his father, Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj.
Drake was presented the leading artist award by Prince Jackson, the late Michael Jackson’s eldest son. Drake beat out Beyonce, Justin Bieber, Rihanna, Adele, Ariana Grande, the Weeknd, twenty one pilots, Shawn Mendes and the Chainsmokers for the top prize. Of those candidates, only Drake and the Chainsmokers participated in the Billboard Awards.
But other big names showed up, though.
Cher, who received the Icon award, sang her dance anthem “Believe” in a glittery number that consisted of pasties and blonde hair with pink tips. She later on altered wigs– this time in a huge, curly black ‘do– and wore a black sheer bodysuit and leather coat for “If I Might Turn Back Time.” Her performance made the most audience participation of the night.
“I wished to do what I do because I was 4 years old and I’ve been doing it for 53 years,” said Cher, who turned 71 on Saturday. “And I can do a five-minute plank. Simply stating.”
“I think luck has a lot to do with my success with a bit of something thrown in,” she added.
Korean kid band BTS, who won top social artist, made one of the night’s loudest ovations. Another highlight was Celine Dion.
In a stunning, Met Gala-ready white gown, she belted out “My Heart Will Go On,” the Oscar-winning tune from “Titanic.” The film is commemorating its 20th anniversary this year. John Legend and Florida Georgia Line likewise had a shining minute when they sang a duet version of the country duo’s soft hit, “H.O.L.Y.”
Dan Reynolds of the rock band Envision Dragons led a minute of silence for Chris Cornell, who passed away Thursday. He called the Soundgarden and Audioslave singer “a true innovator,” “a musical architect,” “a respected songwriting” and “a famous performer”– as a large picture of Cornell singing with his eyes closed was shown behind him.
“We send our aspects as well as our love to Chris’ family at this time,” Reynolds stated.
Miley Cyrus sang her breezy brand-new single, “Malibu,” delivering a sound and soft design that marked departure from the hits that made her a pop star years ago. She was teary considered at the end of the efficiency.
“And for the very first time in years with pants on,” Noah Cyrus, standing beside dad Billy Ray Cyrus, presented her older sister, who was using white shorts and a stetson.
Nicki Minaj started the program with an explosive nine-minute efficiency of her hit tunes along with her mentor Lil Wayne and frequent collaborator David Guetta. She just recently broke Aretha Franklin’s record for the majority of tunes placed on the Signboard Hot 100 chart by a female artist.
The Chainsmokers– who connected Drake with 22 nominations– won the very first televised award, leading partnership, for “Closer” with singer Halsey. The tune, which invested 12 weeks at No. 1 in 2015, likewise won leading Hot 100 tune.
“This feels good but it feels so incorrect due to the fact that I enjoy Drake so much,” stated Halsey (Drake’s “One Dance” was likewise nominated).
The Chainsmokers performed “Young” with Andrew Taggart on vocals and Alex Pall behind the board (they were also backed by a drummer). Ed Sheeran sang “Castle on the Hill” from Santiago, Chile, while Bruno Mars performed his smooth brand-new single, “Versace on the Flooring,” from Amsterdam. Other performers include Lorde, Sam Hunt, Halsey, Camila Cabello and Julia Michaels.
At the program, Diddy honored his former friend and artist Notorious B.I.G, who would have turned 45 on Sunday. Diddy likewise presented CJ Wallace, B.I.G’s boy, who discussed his dad’s tradition. Then Diddy showed the trailer of the documentary, “Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop: A Bad Kid Story,” which will be readily available on Apple Music on June 25.
Blake Shelton won leading country artist and revealed love for his beau and fellow vocalist Gwen Stefani.
“I felt like the luckiest guy in the room ’cause Gwen was here with me anyhow,” he said.
In a statement early Sunday, Beyonce and twenty one pilots won multiple awards.