The Weeknd dominates the 2021 Billboard Music Awards

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The Weeknd was the king of the 2021 Billboard Music Awards on Sunday night, taking home a total of 10 honours.

The singer picked up seven accolades before the live portion of the show even began, claiming prizes such as Top Male Artist, Top R&B Artist, and Top R&B Album for After Hours, and he added a further three - including Top Artist - to his haul during the main ceremony.

Late rapper Pop Smoke, who was killed in February 2020, was another big winner with five titles in the lead up to the event, earning Top New Artist, Top Rap Artist, and Top Rap Album for his posthumously-released debut, Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon.

It was also a good night for Morgan Wallen, who emerged victorious in the categories of Top Country Artist, Top Country Male Artist, and Top Country Album for Dangerous: The Double Album, despite being banned from attending or performing at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles following his N-word controversy, which emerged in early February.

Meanwhile, Drake was joined by his three-year-old son Adonis as he collected the prestigious Artist of the Decade accolade, which he dedicated to his "beautiful family" as he picked up his boy - who promptly burst into tears.

As part of his speech, he said: "I'm really self-conscious about my music. I rarely celebrate anything, and just for anyone watching this that's wondering how this happened, that's really the answer. It's being so unsure how you're getting it done, that you just keep going in the hopes of figuring out the formula. Feeling so lucky and blessed that the fear of losing it keeps you up at night."

"I didn't write a grandiose speech about how to make it work or what it took, 'cause to be honest, I don't really understand it myself," Drake continued. "I just know that I've spent an incalculable amount of hours trying to analyse all the things I did wrong, but tonight, for once, I'm sure as hell we did something right."

Taylor Swift was named Top Female Artist and Top Billboard 200 Artist, while BTS claimed the Top Duo/Group and Top Social Artist accolades.

There were also special salutes for Change Maker recipient Trae Tha Truth, and Icon Award winner Pink, who treated viewers to a pre-recorded aerial performance alongside her nine-year-old daughter Willow, with the duo showing off powerful gymnastics skills as their hit song Cover Me In Sunshine played in the background.

Nick Jonas hosted the event with a little help from his actress wife, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, with the show featuring additional sets by Alicia Keys, The Weeknd, BTS, and DJ Khaled with H.E.R. and Migos.

The full list of winners at the 2021 Billboard Music Awards is:

Top Artist:

The Weeknd

Top New Artist:

Pop Smoke

Top Male Artist:

The Weeknd

Top Female Artist:

Taylor Swift

Top Duo/Group:

BTS

Top Billboard 200 Artist:

Taylor Swift

Top Hot 100 Artist:

The Weeknd

Top Streaming Songs Artist:

Drake

Top Song Sales Artist:

BTS

Top Radio Songs Artist:

The Weeknd

Top Social Artist (Fan Voted):

BTS

Top R&B Artist:

The Weeknd

Top R&B Male Artist:

The Weeknd

Top R&B Female Artist:

Doja Cat

Top Rap Artist:

Pop Smoke

Top Rap Male Artist:

Pop Smoke

Top Rap Female Artist:

Megan Thee Stallion

Top Country Artist:

Morgan Wallen

Top Country Male Artist:

Morgan Wallen

Top Country Female Artist:

Gabby Barrett

Top Country Duo/Group:

Florida Georgia Line

Top Rock Artist:

Machine Gun Kelly

Top Latin Artist:

Bad Bunny

Top Latin Male Artist:

Bad Bunny

Top Latin Female Artist:

Karol G

Top Latin Duo/Group:

Eslabon Armado

Top Dance/Electronic Artist:

Lady Gaga

Top Christian Artist:

Elevation Worship

Top Gospel Artist:

Kanye West

Top Billboard 200 Album:

Pop Smoke, Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon

Top R&B Album:

The Weeknd, After Hours

Top Rap Album:

Pop Smoke, Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon

Top Country Album:

Morgan Wallen, Dangerous: The Double Album

Top Rock Album:

Machine Gun Kelly, Tickets to My Downfall

Top Latin Album:

Bad Bunny, YHLQMDLG

Top Dance/Electronic Album:

Lady Gaga, Chromatica

Top Christian Album:

Carrie Underwood, My Gift

Top Gospel Album:

Maverick City Music, Maverick City Vol. 3 Part 1

Top Hot 100 Song Presented by Rockstar:

The Weeknd, Blinding Lights

Top Streaming Song:

DaBaby ft. Roddy Ricch, ROCKSTAR

Top Selling Song:

BTS, Dynamite

Top Radio Song:

The Weeknd, Blinding Lights

Top Collaboration (Fan Voted):

Gabby Barrett ft. Charlie Puth, I Hope

Top R&B Song:

The Weeknd, Blinding Lights

Top Rap Song:

DaBaby ft. Roddy Ricch, ROCKSTAR

Top Country Song:

Gabby Barrett, I Hope

Top Rock Song:

AJR, Bang!

Top Latin Song:

Bad Bunny & Jhay Cortez, Dakiti

Top Dance/Electronic Song:

SAINt JHN, Roses (Imanbek Remix)

Top Christian Song:

Elevation Worship ft. Brandon Lake, Graves Into Gardens

Top Gospel Song:

Kanye West ft. Travis Scott, Wash Us In The Blood

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