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The Weeknd Dominates 2021 Billboard Music Awards With 10 Wins

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Canadian singer, The Weeknd has emerged at the biggest winner at 2021 Billboard Music Awards at Microsoft Theatre on Sunday evening with a epic 10 wins and the final award of the night for Top Artist.

Since 1990, Billboard, a publication covering the music business and popularity chart, has been giving out awards annually.

The finalists are based on album and digital songs sales, streaming, radio airplay, touring, and social engagement. These measurements are tracked year-round by Billboard and its data partners.

The ceremony was being hosted by injured Nick Jonas, who was making his debut at the helm. He was nominated for the top award alongside late rappers Juice WRLDPop Smoke, Drake and Taylor Swift.

The 28-year-old singer and actor was soldiering through his hosting job despite recently injury his ribs while filming a new stunt-based show for NBC, which is also broadcasting the Billboard Awards.

Producer DJ Khaled opened the show with singer-songwriter H.E.R. and rap group Migos, performing their collaboration We Going Crazy. 

Doja Cat and SZA were also among the early performers with their song Kiss Me More.

Pop Smoke won five awards including top new artist while BTS, K-pop band, and Bad Bunny earned four apiece.

Drake, who holds the title for most Billboard Music Award wins of all time, received the Artist of the Decade Award, while Pink was honoured with the icon award.

It was a triumphant win for The Weeknd, who had recently been snubbed by the Grammy Awards after his album ‘After Hours’ didn’t receive a single nomination.

Since that kerfuffle, he’s decided to boycott the ceremony, and even after Grammys eliminated some of its secret committees that determine the nominees he kept up his boycott.

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The Weeknd is now in fifth place on the all-time BBMA winners list, behind Drake (29), Taylor Swift (25), Justin Bieber (21) and Garth Brooks (20).

Receiving his award, the artist said;

What a night it’s been. I want to take this opportunity to thank my parents. I love you guys so much. I am the man I am today because of you, so thank you, and thank you to my fans, of course. I do not take this for granted.

American actor, Lil Rel Howery presented the first award of the night for Top Hot 100 Artist, which also went to The Weeknd.

Meanwhile, the “Starboy” singer shocked many fans after he stepped out at 2021 Billboard Music Awards on Sunday rocking a black suit – the first one he has worn on a red carpet in more than a year.

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The 31-year-old superstar has since January 2020 been rocking a sparkling red suit and bandage on his face to every appearance.

The Weeknd, real name Abel Tesfaye, the. joked that he was happy to be done wearing the red suit he’s worn in almost all of his music videos and performances in the wake of After Hours.

Meanwhile, BTS was the next winner of the night for Top Selling Song with its hit single Dynamite.

The K-pop group were featured virtually from Seoul and accepted their award saying;

Thank you for the top-selling song award, which is amazing and huge it’s really an honor to be the winner of such a significant title. We want to share some fresh energy with everyone through Dynamite. We think with this award, we achieved that goal.

Top Country Female Artist went to Gabby Barrett, who had already won Top Country Song for her single I Hope and was clearly emotional.

Alicia Keys put on a show-stopping performance with a medley from her debut album, Songs In A Minor.

Also, Master Of None star, Lena Waithe presenting the award for Top Latin Artist to Bad Bunny, who had already won several trophies.

Up next, Drake was honored with the prestigious Artist of the Decade Award with his friends and family presenting.

Once he came out on stage, Drake brought a surprise guest: his son Adonis, three.

After admitting that the video was full of braggadocio, he thanked his ‘beautiful family‘ and held his son aloft.

I want to dedicate this award to you,’ he said as Adonis started crying from all the attention. Drake gave him a quick kiss before they shuffled off the stage.

See full list of winners below:

Top Artist

Drake

Juice WRLD

Pop Smoke

Taylor Swift

The Weeknd — WINNER

Top New Artist

Gabby Barrett

Doja Cat

Jack Harlow

Pop Smoke — WINNER

Rod Wave

Top Male Artist

Drake

Juice WRLD

Lil Baby

Pop Smoke

The Weeknd — WINNER

Top Female Artist

Billie Eilish

Ariana Grande

Dua Lipa

Megan Thee Stallion

Taylor Swift — WINNER

Top Duo/Group

AC/DC

AJR

BTS — WINNER

Dan + Shay

Maroon 5

Drake

Juice WRLD

Pop Smoke

Post Malone

Taylor Swift — WINNER

Top Hot 100 Artist

DaBaby

Drake

Dua Lipa

Pop Smoke

The Weeknd — WINNER

Top Streaming Songs Artist

DaBaby

Drake — WINNER

Lil Baby

Pop Smoke

The Weeknd

Top Song Sales Artist

Justin Bieber

BTS — WINNER

Megan Thee Stallion

Morgan Wallen

The Weeknd

Top Radio Songs Artist

Justin Bieber

Lewis Capaldi

Dua Lipa

Harry Styles

The Weeknd — WINNER

Top Social Artist (Fan Voted)

BLACKPINK

BTS — WINNER

Ariana Grande

SB19

Seventeen

Top R&B Artist

Jhené Aiko

Justin Bieber

Chris Brown

Doja Cat

The Weeknd — WINNER

Top R&B Male Artist

Justin Bieber

Chris Brown

The Weeknd — WINNER

Top R&B Female Artist

Jhené Aiko

Doja Cat — WINNER

SZA

Top Rap Artist

DaBaby

Drake

Juice WRLD

Lil Baby

Pop Smoke — WINNER

Top Rap Male Artist

Juice WRLD

Lil Baby

Pop Smoke — WINNER

Top Rap Female Artist

Cardi B

Megan Thee Stallion — WINNER

Saweetie

Top Country Artist

Gabby Barrett

Kane Brown

Luke Combs

Chris Stapleton

Morgan Wallen — WINNER

Top Country Male Artist

Luke Combs

Chris Stapleton

Morgan Wallen — WINNER

Top Country Female Artist

Gabby Barrett — WINNER

Maren Morris

Carrie Underwood

Top Country Duo/Group

Dan + Shay

Florida Georgia Line — WINNER

Maddie & Tae

Top Rock Artist

AC/DC

AJR

Five Finger Death Punch

Machine Gun Kelly — WINNER

twenty one pilots

Top Latin Artist

Anuel AA

Bad Bunny — WINNER

J Balvin

Maluma

Ozuna

Top Latin Male Artist

Bad Bunny — WINNER

J Balvin

Ozuna

Top Latin Female Artist

Becky G

Karol G — WINNER

Rosalía

Top Latin Duo/Group

Banda MS de Sergio Lizárraga

Eslabón Armado — WINNER

Los Dos Carnales

Top Dance/Electronic Artist

The Chainsmokers

Kygo

Lady Gaga — WINNER

Marshmello

Surf Mesa

Top Christian Artist

Casting Crowns

Elevation Worship — WINNER

for KING & COUNTRY

Carrie Underwood

Zach Williams

Top Gospel Artist

Kirk Franklin

Koryn Hawthorne

Tasha Cobbs Leonard

Maverick City Music

Kanye West — WINNER

Top Billboard 200 Album

Juice WRLD, Legends Never Die

Lil Baby, My Turn

Pop Smoke, Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon — WINNER

Taylor Swift, folklore

The Weeknd, After Hours

Top R&B Album

Jhené Aiko, Chilombo

Chris Brown & Young Thug, Slime & B

Doja Cat, Hot Pink

Kehlani, It Was Good Until It Wasn’t

The Weeknd, After Hours — WINNER

Top Rap Album

DaBaby, Blame It On Baby

Juice WRLD, Legends Never Die

Lil Baby, My Turn

Lil Uzi Vert, Eternal Atake

Pop Smoke, Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon — WINNER

Top Country Album

Gabby Barrett, Goldmine

Sam Hunt, Southside

Chris Stapleton, Starting Over

Carrie Underwood, My Gift

Morgan Wallen, Dangerous: The Double Album — WINNER

Top Rock Album

AC/DC, Power Up

Miley Cyrus, Plastic Hearts

Glass Animals, Dreamland

Machine Gun Kelly, Tickets to My Downfall — WINNER

Bruce Springsteen, Letter to You

Top Latin Album

Anuel AA, Emmanuel

Bad Bunny, El Último Tour Del Mundo

Bad Bunny, Las que no iban a salir

Bad Bunny, YHLQMDLG — WINNER

J Balvin, Colores

Top Dance/Electronic Album

DJ Snake, Carte Blanche

Gryffin, Gravity

Kygo, Golden Hour

Lady Gaga, Chromatica — WINNER

Kylie Minogue, Disco

Top Christian Album

Bethel Music, Peace

Elevation Worship, Grave Into Gardens

Carrie Underwood, My Gift — WINNER

We The Kingdom, Holy Water

Zach Williams, Rescue Story

Top Gospel Album

Koryn Hawthorne, I AM

Tasha Cobbs Leonard, Royalty: Live at the Ryman

Maverick City Music, Maverick City Vol. 3 Part 1 — WINNER

Maverick City Music, Maverick City Vol. 3 Part 2

Kierra Sheard, Kierra

Top Hot 100 Song Presented by Rockstar

24kGoldn ft. iann dior, “Mood”

Gabby Barrett ft. Charlie Puth, “I Hope”

Chris Brown & Young Thug, “Go Crazy”

DaBaby ft. Roddy Ricch, “ROCKSTAR”

The Weeknd, “Blinding Lights” — WINNER

Top Streaming Song

Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion, “WAP”

DaBaby ft. Roddy Ricch, “ROCKSTAR” — WINNER

Future ft. Drake, “Life Is Good”

Jack Harlow ft. DaBaby, Tory Lanez, & Lil Wayne, “WHATS POPPIN”

The Weeknd, “Blinding Lights”

Top Selling Song

Gabby Barrett ft. Charlie Puth, “I Hope”

BTS, “Dynamite” — WINNER

Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion, “WAP”

Megan Thee Stallion ft. Beyoncé, “Savage”

The Weeknd, “Blinding Lights”

Top Radio Song

Gabby Barrett ft. Charlie Puth, “I Hope”

Chris Brown & Young Thug, “Go Crazy”

Dua Lipa, “Don’t Start Now”

Harry Styles, “Adore You”

The Weeknd, “Blinding Lights” — WINNER

Top Collaboration (Fan Voted)

24kGoldn ft. iann dior, “Mood”

Gabby Barrett ft. Charlie Puth, “I Hope” — WINNER

Chris Brown & Young Thug, “Go Crazy”

DaBaby ft. Roddy Ricch, “ROCKSTAR”

Jack Harlow ft. DaBaby, Tory Lanez, & Lil Wayne, “WHATS POPPIN”

Top R&B Song

Jhené Aiko ft. H.E.R., “B.S.”

Justin Bieber ft. Quavo, “Intentions”

Chris Brown & Young Thug, “Go Crazy”

Doja Cat, “Say So”

The Weeknd, “Blinding Lights” — WINNER

Top Rap Song

24kGoldn ft. iann dior, “Mood”

Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion, “WAP”

DaBaby ft. Roddy Ricch, “ROCKSTAR” — WINNER

Jack Harlow ft. DaBaby, Tory Lanez, & Lil Wayne, “WHATS POPPIN”

Megan Thee Stallion ft. Beyoncé, “Savage”

Top Country Song

Jason Aldean, “Got What I Got”

Gabby Barrett, “I Hope” — WINNER

Lee Brice, “One of Them Girls”

Morgan Wallen, “Chasin’ You”

Morgan Wallen, “More Than My Hometown”

Top Rock Song

AJR, “Bang!” — WINNER

All Time Low ft. blackbear, “Monsters”

Glass Animals, “Heat Waves”

Machine Gun Kelly ft. blackbear, “my ex’s best friend”

twenty one pilots, “Level of Concern”

Top Latin Song

Bad Bunny, “Yo Perreo Sola”

Bad Bunny & Jhay Cortez, “Dákiti” — WINNER

Black Eyed Peas & J Balvin, “RITMO (Bad Boys For Life)”

Maluma & The Weeknd, “Hawái”

Ozuna x Karol G x Myke Towers, “Caramelo”

Top Dance/Electronic Song

Lady Gaga, “Stupid Love”

Lady Gaga & Ariana Grande, “Rain on Me”

SAINt JHN, “Roses (Imanbek Remix)” — WINNER

Surf Mesa ft. Emilee, “ily (i love you baby)”

Topic & A7S, “Breaking Me”

Top Christian Song

Elevation Worship ft. Brandon Lake, “Graves Into Gardens” — WINNER

for KING & COUNTRY, Kirk Franklin & Tori Kelly, “TOGETHER”

Kari Jobe, Cody Carnes, & Elevation Worship, “The Blessing (Live)”

Tauren Wells ft. Jenn Johnson, “Famous For (I Believe)”

Zach Williams & Dolly Parton, “There Was Jesus”

Top Gospel Song

Koryn Hawthorne, “Speak To Me”

Jonathan McReynolds & Mali Music, “Movin’ On”

Marvin Sapp, “Thank You For It All”

Tye Tribbett, “We Gon’ Be Alright”

Kanye West ft. Travis Scott, “Wash Us In The Blood” — WINNER

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