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Lucky 13 for Drake

With 13 trophies, Drake steals the show at Billboard Music Awards23 May 2017 | 12:43 AM

Stealing the limelight on Sunday evening at the 2017 Billboard music awards, Drake, with a stupendous win of 13 trophies, surpassed Adele as the artist with most BBMAs in one night!

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Stealing the limelight on Sunday evening at the 2017 Billboard music awards, Drake, with a stupendous win of 13 trophies, surpassed Adele as the artist with most BBMAs in one night! The Hotline Bling hitmaker, who beat Adele, Beyonce, Justin Bieber, The Chainsmokers, Ariana Grande, Shawn Mendes, Rihanna, Twenty One Pilots and The Weeknd in the top artist category, brought his whole team onstage with him to accept the award. While accepting the honour the 30-year-old rapper said, “I wanna say hold tight, Adele, ‘cause when a new ting drops yeah you’ll fall back to get the record back.” Beyonce earned top female artist award, while Zayn Malik bagged top new artist trophy.

Twenty One Pilots and Beyonce were also big winners on the night, with five BBMAs apiece, while The Chainsmokers earned four. Vanessa Hudgens and Ludacris-hosted ceremony featured performances by Cher, Celine Dion, Florida George Line with John Legend.

Cher, who was honoured with the prestigious icon award at the ceremony, gave a high-powered performance of her classic hits Believe and If I Could Turn Back Time. “I’ve been doing it for 53 years. This is not an applause thing. I’m 71 yesterday. Yes. And I can do a five-minute plank, just saying,” Cher said in her acceptance speech.

Nicki Minaj opened the show with a star-studded medley that included her track No Frauds, which she performed with Lil Wayne. Dion received a standing ovation as she performed her iconic song My Heart Can’t Go On 20 years after its initial prominence as the main song from the blockbuster Leonardo DiCaprio-Kate Winslet film “Titanic”. Diddy also took the stage to pay tribute to The Notorious BIG on the legendary rapper’s 45th birth anniversary. 

Miley gets emotional

Miley Cyrus performed her new single Malibu for the very first time on Live TV at 2017 Billboard Music Awards. The Wrecking Ball hit-maker treated fans to a performance that left the audience very emotional. Introduced to the stage by her father Billy Ray Cyrus and sister Noah Cyrus, Miley choked up at the end of the song while thanking fans. 

Nicki rocks

Nicki Minaj surely knows how to make an entrance! The 34-year-old-rapper kicked off the 2017 Billboard Music Awards with a nine-minute performance featuring artists like David Guetta, Jason Derulo and Lil Wayne. The Anaconda hit-maker began her performance with dancers before making her grand entrance in a black leather and silver bedazzled costume. — Agencies

My Heart Will Go On

Music icon Celine Dion owned the stage at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards as she celebrated the 20th anniversary of her smash hit My Heart Will Go On. Decked in a white gown, the singer performed the ballad from the movie Titanic while scenes of Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet from the Oscar-winning film played in the background. Her magical performance prompted a standing ovation from the crowd. 

Winning note

Top Artist: Drake 

Top New Artist: Zayn

Top Male Artist: Drake 

Top Female Artist: Beyonce 

Top Duo/Group: Twenty One Pilots

Top Billboard 200 Artist: Drake 

Top Hot 100 Artist: Drake 

Top Song Sales Artist: Drake 

Top Radio Songs Artist: Twenty One Pilots 

Top Streaming Songs Artist: Drake 

Top Social Artist: BTS 

Top Touring Artist: Beyonce 

Top R&B Artist: Beyonce 

Top Rap Artist: Drake 

Top Country Artist: Blake Shelton 

Top Rock Artist: Twenty One Pilots 

Top Latin Artist: Juan Gabriel

Top Dance/Electronic Artist: The Chainsmokers 

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