Drake has broken Adele's record for the most Billboard Music Awards wins in a single year, beating Adele‘s 2012 record of 12 wins! The rapper took home 13 of the 22 award for which he was nominated at the show, held at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
During his final acceptance speech, Drake noted that Adele could take the honor back from him one day with another hit record. Drake also brought his whole crew on stage, including his dad (in the purple suit!). He also performed on a platform set up inside the Bellagio Hotel fountains, framed by synchronized bursts of pyrotechnics.
HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE SHOW:
Nicki Minaj's 9-Minute Opening Performance
Nicki Minaj opened the show with a nine-minute performance featuring special guests Lil Wayne, Jason Derulo and David Guetta. Minaj began her performance with dancers before making her grand entrance in a black leather and silver bedazzled costume. Lil Wayne took the stage first, rapping on "No Frauds." Guetta then performed with Minaj, performing "Light My Body Up." Derulo was the last special guest of the opening act performing on "Swalla." Vanessa Hudgens Channels Celine DionAfter praising Nicki Minaj's opening act and rapping as a "test" for co-host Ludacris during the Billboard Music Awards, Vanessa Hudgens aced another one of his "pop quizzes" by performing a Celine Dion song. The actress chose to perform "The Power of Love," the song originally recorded by Jennifer Rush in 1984 before several other artists went on to cover the tune, including Dion in 1994.
Drake Said Vanessa Hudgens "Looks Incredible Tonight" in Acceptance Speech
Drake mentioned that co-host Vanessa Hudgens "looks incredible tonight" (as Nicki Minaj reacted from her seat in the audience, ‘what about me?’).
Celine Dion Gives Powerful Performance of "My Heart Will Go On"Celine Dion took the stage to perform her hit song "My Heart Will Go On" from Titanic. Celine performed the infamous ballad while scenes of Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet from the Oscar-winning film played in the background. She also wore a white gown with enormous sleeves as she sang in the middle of the T-Mobile Arena, earning a long standing ovation at the end of her powerful performance celebrating the 20th anniversary of the song, after which she became visibly emotional.
Drake Performs Inside the Bellagio Fountains
Drake performed his new song "Gyalchester" in the middle of the Bellagio Fountains in Las Vegas. As the rapper performed, blasts of fire and water emerged around him, with fireworks going off in the background in unison with the rhythm of the beat.
Moment of Silence for Chris Cornell
After performing his band's song "Believer" at Sunday's Billboard Music Awards, Imagine Dragons frontman Dan Reynolds took the stage once again but this time to pay tribute to his friend and fellow musician, the late Chris Cornell, who died last week at age 52. Reynolds said, "Although tonight is a time to celebrate the music and artists of the past year, it is also a time to recall a member of our community we lost this past week. Soundgarden and Audioslaves' Chris Cornell was a true innovator, a musical architect and a pioneer on the Seattle grunge movement."After his touching tribute, the rock star lead the audience in the T-Mobile arena in a moment of silence to honor the life and career of the pioneering rock star. Cornell's death was ruled a suicide by a medical examiner.
Cher Performs "Believe," "If I Could Turn Back Time"
Cher delivered a heartfelt speech after performing two of her biggest hits when she accepted the Icon award at the Billboard Music Awards. She received the prize, presented by Gwen Stefani, after performing "Believe" and "If I Could Turn Back Time."
Diddy Pays Tribute to the Notorious B.I.G.
Sean "Diddy" Combs made a surprise appearance on what would have been The Notorious B.I.G.'s 45th birthday. B.I.G. was killed 20 years ago this March, just weeks before the release of his sophomore album, "Life After Death". Diddy said, "It all started with the Notorious B.I.G.," referencing Bad Boy's creation and its 500 million albums sold over the past 20-plus years. "Big sold over 25 million records worldwide; his Ready to Die album, his Life After Death album, classics... Biggie was the best rapper I ever had the chance to work with. Watching him and seeing him work is something that words can't explain." Diddy then led the crowd in a standing ovation and ran a clip of himself presenting Big's mother, Ms. Voletta Wallace, with a special award at the BBMAs shortly after her son's death. He then introduced Big's son, CJ Wallace, himself an aspiring actor and artist, who delivered a short but poignant tribute to his dad, saying, "I know my father is looking down on all of us tonight."
Source: Hollywood Reporter