Drake has surpassed Adeleâs record at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards on Sunday, picking up 13 awards.
The Canadian 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. Adele set a record at the show in 2012 with 12 wins.
âI got my whole family up here,â said Drake, who stood onstage with nearly two dozen people, including his father, Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj.
Drake was presented with the top artist award by Prince Jackson, the late Michael Jacksonâs 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 nominees, only Drake and the Chainsmokers attended the Billboard Awards.
But other big names showed up. Cher, who received the Icon award, sang her dance anthem Believe in a glittery number that included pasties and blonde hair with pink tips. She later changed to a huge, curly black âdo â and wore a black sheer bodysuit and leather jacket for If I Could Turn Back Time. Her performance had the audience on its feet, singing and dancing.
âI wanted to do what I do since I was four years old and Iâve been doing it for 53 years,â said Cher, who turned 71 on Saturday. âAnd I can do a five-minute plank. Just saying.â
âI think luck has so much to do with my success with a little bit of something thrown in,â she added.
Korean boy band BTS, which won top social artist, earned one of the nightâs loudest ovations. Another highlight was Celine Dion. In a beautiful, Met Gala-ready white gown, she belted out My Heart Will Go On, the Oscar-winning song from Titanic. The film is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. John Legend and Florida Georgia Line also had a shining moment when they sang a duet version of the country duoâs soft hit, H.O.L.Y.
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 âa true innovatorâ and âa legendary performerâ â as a large photo of Cornell singing with his eyes closed was displayed behind him.
âWe send our respects as well as our love to Chrisâ family at this time,â Reynolds said.
Miley Cyrus sang her breezy new single, Malibu, delivering a sound and muted style that marked a departure from the hits that made her a pop star years ago. She was teary eyed at the end of the performance.
âAnd for the first time in years with pants on,â Noah Cyrus, standing next to father Billy Ray Cyrus, introduced her older sister, who was wearing white shorts and a cowboy hat.
Beyonce and twenty one pilots each won five awards, while the Chainsmokers â who tied Drake with 22 nominations â won four awards, including top Hot 100 song for Closer with Halsey.
âThis feels good but it feels so wrong because I love Drake so much,â said Halsey (Drakeâs One Dance was also nominated for top Hot 100 song).
The Chainsmokers performed Young with Andrew Taggart on vocals and Alex Pall behind the board (they were also backed by a drummer), and Drake performed from the Fountains of Bellagio. Ed Sheeran sang Castle on the Hill from Santiago, Chile, while Bruno Mars performed his silky new single, Versace on the Floor, from Amsterdam.
Other performers include Lorde, Sam Hunt, Halsey, Camila Cabello and Julia Michaels.
At the show, Diddy honoured his former friend and artist Notorious B.I.G, who would have turned 45 on Sunday. Diddy also introduced CJ Wallace, B.I.Gâs son, who spoke about his fatherâs legacy. Then he showed the trailer of the documentary, âCanât Stop, Wonât Stop: A Bad Boy Story,â which will be available on Apple Music on June 25.