Billboard Music Awards: Drake’s son joins him to simply accept artist of the last decade

By Mark Savage
BBC music reporter

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picture captionThe star devoted his artist of the last decade prize to Adonis, three

Drake’s son Adonis made a shock look at Sunday’s Billboard Music Awards, becoming a member of his father onstage as he received an artist of the last decade prize.

The rapper, 34, gripped his son’s shoulder all through his speech, earlier than hoisting him into the air and saying: “I wish to dedicate this award to you.”

The three yr previous burst into tears, and left the stage clinging to his father’s leg.

In the meantime, The Weeknd was the evening’s massive winner, taking dwelling 10 awards.

Amongst his prizes had been finest artist; high Sizzling 100 album for After Hours; and high Sizzling 100 track for Blinding Lights.

The star, whose actual title is Abel Tesfaye, greater than doubled his profession whole of Billboard Music Awards, having beforehand acquired 9 trophies.

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picture captionThe Weeknd posed along with his trophies backstage

Korean pop band BTS additionally picked up 4 prizes, successful finest group for the second time in three years; and high social artist for the fifth consecutive yr.

The band are actually only one yr wanting equalling Justin Bieber’s six-year maintain on the social award from 2011- 2016.

Listed below are a number of the different highlights and speaking factors from the present.

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Machine Gun Kelly painted his tongue black

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Greatest rock artist winner Machine Gun Kelly arrived on the ceremony with a relatively uncommon oral situation: A jet-black tongue. Had he gone overboard with the charcoal toothpaste? Developed a crippling liquorice behavior? Been cursed by an evil dentist?

Sadly not. A go to to his Instagram reveals that the musician had somebody paint his tongue rigorously with a cotton bud.

On the purple carpet, he made positive everybody observed, sticking his tongue out for followers, sticking his tongue out for the cameras, and (maintain your stomachs) touching tongues along with his girlfriend, Megan Fox.

His causes are nonetheless unclear. Is it a reference to The Rolling Stones Paint It Black? Or is he merely a giant fan of giraffes? We might by no means know.

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Pink admitted her childhood crush

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picture captionPink accepted her prize from Bon Jovi

Pink accepted the Icon Award from rock star Bon Jovi, and confessed she’d been obsessive about the star when she was eight – locking herself in her bed room for every week after he obtained married.

“I am very glad you discovered lasting love, Jon, however you broke my coronary heart. I take this as an apology,” she laughed, indicating her trophy.

To have fun her prize, the star carried out a career-spanning medley of hits, together with Who Know, Get The Social gathering Began and Simply Give Me A Purpose.

However the spotlight was a panoramic aerial acrobatic routine, carried out along with her nine-year-old daughter Willow, set to their duet Cowl Me In Sunshine.

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BTS debuted their new single, Butter

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picture captionThe star’s gave the primary TV efficiency of their new single from a studio in Seoul

BTS joined the ceremony remotely from South Korea, posing on their very own purple carpet (!) to simply accept the prize for top-selling track – their first English-language single, Dynamite.

“It is actually an honour to be the winner of such a major title,” mentioned RM. “We needed to share some contemporary power with everybody by means of Dynamite, and we expect [with] this award, we achieved that aim.”

Wearing suave black fits, the band additionally gave a sensationally-choreographed efficiency of their new single, Butter, which broke Spotify information on its launch final Friday.

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Late rapper Pop Smoke’s mom accepted his prizes

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picture captionPop Smoke’s trophies had been accepted by his mom Audrey and brother Obasi

Pop Smoke, who died in February 2020 on the age of 20, received 5 prizes, together with high new artist and high Billboard Sizzling 200 album, for he posthumously-released Shoot for the Stars, Intention for the Moon.

His mom Audrey Jackson gave an emotional speech as she collected the latter award on his behalf.

“Thanks to the followers for honouring the life and spirit of my son, a lot that he continues to manifest as if he had been nonetheless right here in flesh,” she mentioned.

“He created music for the child who has to sleep 4 in a room, the child who has to determine methods to get to highschool every day so he can graduate and make his mother proud. He did this in order that 14 yr olds wouldn’t need to kill to show they’re someone.”

“That’s the irony on this,” she added. “So thanks to the Billboard Awards management for honouring my younger warrior. Bashar Barakah Jackson, we name your title.”

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Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas turned heads

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picture captionPriyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas pose on the purple carpet
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The Jonas Brothers reunited to shut the ceremony, with host Nick Jonas becoming a member of brothers Joe and Kevin to carry out a medley of hits together with Sucker, Solely Human and new single Love Me Earlier than You Go away Me.

Nick was accompanied for the evening by his spouse, the actress Priyanka Chopra – and, as ordinary, they put collectively a surprising ensemble for the purple carpet.

Chopra wore a customized shimmering gold robe with a thigh-high slit, designed by Dolce and Gabbana, embellished with a belt that is beforehand been worn by Naomi Campbell and Beyonce.

Jonas complemented her with an emerald inexperienced designer go well with from Fendi – prompting Chopra to submit a photograph captioned with the drooling mouth emoji.

Listed below are a number of the different eye-catching purple carpet seems.

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picture captionRapper DaBaby, who received two trophies, wore a vibrant inexperienced and pink ensemble.
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picture captionPink dressed up as her personal stage title and introduced alongside her youngsters Jasmine and Willow
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The Weeknd gave a death-defying efficiency of Save Your Tears

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One improper step and… splat.

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Drake had a stirring message about self-doubt

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picture captionDrake received high streaming songs artist and artist of the last decade

Drake used his artist of the last decade speech to reassure up-and-coming musicians that even probably the most profitable artists fear in regards to the high quality of their songs.

“Even when I do job I at all times marvel if I may have accomplished higher,” he mentioned.

“For anybody who’s watching this that is questioning how this occurred, that is actually the reply. It is being so not sure of the way you’re getting it accomplished that you simply simply form of preserve going within the hopes of determining the method.”

“I did not actually write a grandiose speech about methods to make it work or what it took, ‘trigger , to be actually trustworthy with you I do not fairly perceive it myself,” he added.

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Doja Cat and SZA sizzled on stage

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picture captionThe celebs’ duet is at present at quantity three within the UK charts

Doja Cat and SZa’s Kiss Me Extra is shaping as much as be 2021’s track of the summer season – and their debut efficiency of the observe solely amplified its irresistible charms.

Doja sported a monochrome look with 60s-inspired make-up, as she snapped out and in of sync with a troupe of dancers carrying spherical orange helmets.

For her verse, SZA appeared on a revolving staircase, her golden-sunset waves bringing a burst of color to the stage; as kaleidocopic graphics swept throughout the video screens.

Their vocals had been flawless, regardless of two Janet Jackson-level dance breakdowns, with the singers ending the efficiency with a gravity-defying, muscle-shredding double backbend.

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Alicia Keys celebrated 20 years of Songs In A Minor

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picture captionThe star’s efficiency was preceded by a speech from Michelle Obama

Alicia Keys’ breakthrough album was launched 20 years in the past subsequent month, and the star celebrated the anniversary by taking viewers by means of the file’s largest songs.

Seated at a white upright piano, she performed the opening observe Piano & I, which riffs on Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata, whereas reflecting on her profession to this point.

“I keep in mind after they doubted me – however we flipped it,” she mentioned. “And now I obtained all this knowledge, and I am by no means leaving the keys, as a result of I do know what I am price”.

That was the cue for A Lady’s Price, which she performed on a purple keyboard, earlier than switching devices once more – hammering out her Prince cowl How Come You Do not Name Me on a rainbow-splattered piano.

Keys wrapped up the efficiency along with her debut single, Fallin’ – which, in a video introduction, Michelle Obama had described listening to for the primary time.

“It was edgy and soulful, sleek but uncooked,” mentioned the previous first girl. “This younger singer was taking us to church and to the symphony and to a candlelight dinner and {couples} remedy and in all places else all in a bit of greater than three minutes.

“I knew proper then and there that this would not be the final we would hear from Alicia Keys, and within the years since she’s amazed us time and again in so some ways.”

Full listing of winners

  • Prime Artist: The Weeknd
  • Icon Award: Pink
  • Artist of the Decade: Drake
  • Change Maker Award: Trae Tha Fact
  • Prime New Artist: Pop Smoke
  • Prime Male Artist: The Weeknd
  • Prime Feminine Artist: Taylor Swift
  • Prime Duo/Group: BTS
  • Prime Billboard 200 Artist: Taylor Swift
  • Prime Billboard 100 Artist: The Weeknd
  • Prime Streaming Track Artist: Drake
  • Prime Track Gross sales Artist: BTS
  • Prime Radio Songs Artist: The Weeknd
  • Prime Social Artist: BTS
  • Prime R&B Artist: The Weeknd
  • Prime R&B Male Artist: The Weeknd
  • Prime R&B Feminine Artist: Doja Cat
  • Prime R&B Male Artist: The Weeknd
  • Prime R&B Feminine Artist: Doja Cat
  • Prime Dance/Digital Artist: Girl Gaga
  • Prime Christian Artist: Elevation Worship
  • Prime Gospel Artist: Kanye West
  • Prime Billboard 200 Album: Pop Smoke, Shoot for the Stars, Intention for the Moon
  • Prime R&B Album: The Weeknd, After Hours
  • Prime Rap Album: Pop Smoke, Shoot for the Stars, Intention for the Moon
  • Prime Nation Album: Morgan Wallen, Harmful: The Double Album
  • Prime Rock Album: Machine Gun Kelly, Tickets to My Downfall
  • Prime Latin Album: Dangerous Bunny, YHLQMDLG
  • Prime Dance/Digital Album: Girl Gaga, Chromatica
  • Prime Christian Album: Carrie Underwood, My Present
  • Prime Gospel Album: Maverick Metropolis Music, Maverick Metropolis Vol. 3 Half 1
  • Prime Sizzling 100 Track Introduced by Rockstar: The Weeknd, Blinding Lights
  • Prime Streaming Track: DaBaby ft. Roddy Ricch, Rockstar
  • Prime Promoting Track: BTS, Dynamite
  • Prime Radio Track: The Weeknd, Blinding Lights
  • Prime Collaboration: Gabby Barrett ft. Charlie Puth, I Hope
  • Prime R&B Track: The Weeknd, Blinding Lights
  • Prime Rap Track: DaBaby ft. Roddy Ricch, Rockstar
  • Prime Nation Track: Gabby Barrett, I Hope
  • Prime Rock Track: AJR, Bang
  • Prime Latin Track: Dangerous Bunny & Jhay Cortez, Dákiti
  • Prime Dance/Electrical Track: SAINt JHN, Roses (Imanbek Remix)
  • Prime Christian Track: Elevation Worship ft. Brandon Lake, Graves Into Gardens
  • Prime Gospel Track: Kanye West ft. Travis Scott, Wash Us In The Blood
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