Las Vegas: Drake’s undisputed hold over pop music was given its just reward at the Billboard Music Awards, staged in the desert city’s T-Mobile Arena on Sunday night, May 21.
The King of 6 was widely tipped to be the star of the show, earning 22 nominations based on his dominance on a swath of music charts that gauge popularity in the digital age through streaming and downloads. He ended the night triumphant, clutching a total of 13, besting Adele who held the previous record with 12 in 2012.
His performance at the event was as spectacular as his career wins in the night, featuring a rendition of the song “Gyalchester” from his 2017 playlist album More Life.
The song takes its name from Jamaican patois and its content is about the rap life, money and loyalty. He performed it in magnificent style from an island surrounded by flames inside the Fountains of Bellagio with Canadian OVO crew member Baka as his side-kick. The show-stopping finale was a firework display that lit up the night sky.
In an acceptance speech, the clearly elated Canadian superstar dissed some of those who have dissed him with a comment that may have made a few award adjudicators in Canada uneasy.
"Life is like toilet paper," he said while accepting his final award. "Either you're on a roll, or taking sh-t from assholes."
Drake has received more than 20 Juno nominations since 2010, but his wins are inversely proportionate to his global achievements.
Drizzy's performance last night was a show-stopper—but Celine Dion’s was the show’s gaga moment with a note-perfect version of her Titanic hit, “My Heart Will Go On” under the glowing light of an over-sized chandelier.
It was a performance tinged with extreme emotion, as was her 2016 performance at the event where she sang “The Show Must Go On” that marked her return to television following the death of husband, René Angelil, who died from cancer in January.
A moment of silence was observed for Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell who was found dead Thursday in his hotel room in Detroit.
— Full coverage and the winners' list can be found on the Billboard website.