This Sunday’s 2017 Billboard Music Awards was hosted by Ludacris and Vanessa Hudgens, seeing Canadian Rapper Drake with 22 nominations; leaving the show with his talents well recognised and 13 awards under his belt. Competing against artists such as Adele, Beyoncé, Shawn Mendes, The Chainsmokers and Justin Bieber for categories such as ‘Top Artist’, ‘Top Male Artist’, ‘Top Billboard 200 Artist’ and ‘Top Sales Song Artist’, Drake certainly came out on top.
British Singer Adele previously held the record for artist that has won the most Billboard awards in one night with 12 awards in 2012, now being surpassed by the ‘Hotline Bling’ singer. Drake did however send a humble message of reassurance to her as he accepted the reward, saying:
“I just want to say hold tight Adele because when a new ting drops you will crawl your way back to get the record back.”
While accepting the award for ‘Top Artist’, the 30-year-old brought many close family and friends up on stage with him such as Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj and his father, stating that Minaj is ‘the love of my life’. He later performed his track ‘Gyalchester’ from his newest album ‘More Life’.
The night was filled with more entertaining performances from artists such as Nicki Minaj who began the show with a nine-minute medley performance of her greatest hits alongside Lil Wayne and David Guetta. Minaj has surpassed Aretha Franklin for the female artist with the most songs that has been placed on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart.
Cher, also made an appearance, performing her greatest hits ‘Believe’ and ‘If I could Turn Back Time’ in traditional Cher attire of a glittery bodysuit and leather jacket. That night the 71-year-old walked away with the ‘Icon Award’ that has been previously awarded to Celine Dion, Jennifer Lopez and Prince. On her career, she stated “I wanted to do what I do since I was 4 years old and I’ve been doing it for 53 years”.
Previous ‘Icon Award’ winner Celine Dion also performed the classic ‘My Heart Will Go On’ from the Academy Award winning film ‘Titanic’ that will celebrate its 20th Anniversary later this year. Actress and artist Miley Cyrus made her musical comeback by performing her latest release ‘Malibu’ after being introduced by her fellow musician family members, father Billy Ray Cyrus and sister Noah Cyrus. The performance was a vast contrast to her shocking display at the MTV Video Music Awards in 2014, proving the singer has matured and evolved in her music style. John Legend collaborated with Country singers Florida Georgia Line to perform their song ‘H.O.L.Y.’
Imagine Dragons’ frontman Dan Reynolds paid tribute and held a moment of silence to remember artist Chris Cornell of the bands Soundgarden and Audioslave who had died on the 17th May 2017.
The Notorious B.I.G who passed away in 1997, who would have turned 45 on Sunday received tribute from his son CJ Wallace and close friend Diddy. Diddy then presented the trailer for the new documentary ‘Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop: A Bad Boy Story’ that debuts on Apple on the 25th June 2017 about the creation of hip-hop label Bad Boys Records.