Drake Has Record-Breaking Night at Billboard Music Awards

He picked up 13 awards
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 22, 2017 12:09 AM CDT
Drake Has Record-Breaking Night at Billboard Music Awards
Celine Dion performs "My Heart will Go On" at the Billboard Music Awards.   (Chris Pizzello)

Drake surpassed Adele's record at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards on Sunday, picking up 13 awards. The rapper, who walked into the show Sunday with 22 nominations, won top artist, top male artist, and top Billboard 200 album ("Views"), among others, at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, the AP reports. Adele set a record in 2012 with 12 wins. "I got my whole family up here," said Drake, who stood onstage with his father and nearly two dozen other people, including Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj. Drake was presented the top artist award by Prince Jackson, the late Michael Jackson's eldest son.

Beyonce and twenty one pilots each won five awards, while the Chainsmokers—who tied Drake with 22 nominations—won four awards, including top Hot 100 song for "Closer" with Halsey. Cher, who received the Icon award, sang her dance anthem "Believe." Miley Cyrus sang her new single, "Malibu," delivering a sound and muted style that marked a departure from the hits that made her a pop star. Dan Reynolds of the rock band Imagine Dragons led a moment of silence for Chris Cornell, who died Thursday. He called the Soundgarden and Audioslave singer "a true innovator" and "a legendary performer." Click for a full list of winners. (More Billboard Music awards stories.)

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