The Billboard Music Awards returned Sunday evening for its 2021 edition, just seven months after the last (pandemic-delayed) ceremony.
The Weeknd, who led the pack of nominees as a finalist in 16 categories, swept the ceremony, picking up 10 trophies, including the biggest win of the night, for Top Artist. He also took home awards for Top 100 Artist and Top Hot 100 Song for his inescapable smash “Blinding Lights.”
BTS also dominated the awards, winning every category they were nominated for, including Top Duo/Group, Top Song Sales Artist, Top Social Artist, and Top Selling Song, for their hit “Dynamite.” The group performed their latest single, “Butter,” which they dropped Friday, during the ceremony.
Bad Bunny also snagged four awards — Top Latin Artist, Top Latin Male Artist, Top Latin Album, and Top Latin Song — and the late rapper Pop Smoke, who received record-breaking posthumous recognition as a finalist in 10 categories, won five, including Top Billboard 200 Album for Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon. His mother, Audrey Jackson, accepted the award on his behalf,
Drake dedicated one of the proudest achievements of his career to his three-year-old son, Adonis, who joined the Canadian rapper on stage at the Billboard Music Awards
The “God’s Plan” hitmaker — real name Aubrey Graham — was honored as Artist of the Decade.
After his OVO label team and parents presented him with the prestigious accolade, Drake raised the cuteness levels by walking out with Adonis.