The Weekend made history, Adele dominated and there was the Britney Spears epic opening performance, which completed the 2016 Billboard Music Awards! This year’s awards were quite emotional for some artists and with some of the biggest names in music dominating the stage, the night was pretty ‘lit’ as the music took over. The Weekend simply owned the night from the beginning as he led with a whopping 19 nomination in a total of 16 categories.
Drake, Justin Bieber and Fetty Wap were also finalists in 10 categories. Adele won 5 awards, including Top Female artist, Top Artists and Top Billboard 200 Artist to name a few. The British singer was absent from the ceremony as she is currently in the middle of her sold-out European tour. Adele returned to the charts with her 2015 album, 25 which proved that the three-year break was just what she needed to make amazing music.
The singer debuted the video for her latest single – Send My Love (To Your New Lover) at the star-studded event. History was made by Canadian singer The Weekend who took home 8 awards, which made him the first male artists in Billboard history to ever win so many awards in one night. Real name Abel Tesfaye The Weekend took the top R&B song for The Hills, top Hot 100 artists and top R&B album for Beauty Behind the Madness. Fellow Canadians also took home prizes, Drake won Top Rap Artist and singer, Justin Bieber took home the Top Male Artist and Top Social Media Artist Awards.
The Billboard Awards took an emotional turn as Celine Dion was given the Lifetime Achievement Award, which was presented by her son, Rene-Charles. Dion performed Queen’s The Show Must Go On and dedicated her award to her late husband Rene Angelil who died of cancer in January. Kesha received a standing ovation for her rendition of It Ain’t Me Babe by Bob Dylan. This was Kesha’s first public appearance after her legal battle with Dr Luke. The ceremony closed with Madonna’s tribute to Prince as she performed Nothing Compares 2 U while adoring a purple metallic suit. The singer was quickly joined by Stevie Wonder who sang a beautiful rendition of Purple Rain.