The Weeknd Wins Big At The Billboard Music Awards 2021, Find Out Other Surprises

The Weeknd’s 10 awards bring his career total to 19.

The Billboard Music Awards returned Sunday evening for its 2021 edition, and The Weeknd, nominated for a leading 16 awards, stole the show. He took home not one, but 10 trophies, including the biggest win of the night, for Top Artist. 

Have a look at The Weeknd’s nomination categories

Among the many talented names, The Weeknd swept away trophies in the following categories: Top Artist, Top male artist, Top Streaming Songs Artist, Top Radio Songs Artist, Top R&B Artist, Top R&B Male Artist, Top Hot 100 Song, Top R&B Album – The Weeknd, After Hours, Top R&B Song- “Blinding Lights”

On winning the Billboard Music Awards 2021, The Weeknd in his acceptance speech thanked his parents. “I wanna take this opportunity to thank you, my parents,” he said. “I am the man I am today because of you. And thank you to my fans, of course. I do not take this for granted.”

The Weeknd, who picked up awards in person on Sunday evening also had a surprise in store for fans.

One of the highlights of the three-hour telecast was a pre-recorded music video performance by the pop star, swapped by automobiles for backup dancers — of his single “Save Your Tears.” 

This year marks the first victory for The Weeknd in three nominations in the top artist category. He was previously nominated in 2016 and 2017, losing to Adele and Drake, respectively. The Weeknd’s 10 Billboards Music awards 2021 bring his career total to 19.

The surprise moments

Joining the list of big wins was also Drake, who was honored with the Artist of the Decade accolade at the Billboard Music Awards 2021. The rapper brought a very special guest with him on stage. As he gave his speech, his three-year-old son Adonis held his hand and stood on the stage. 

Drake lifted his son up, who was holding the trophy, in front of the crowd and told him that he wanted to dedicate his award to him. 

K-Pop superstars BTS extended their reign over this year’s Billboard Music Awards, as they won four prizes. The band took home all four awards for which they were nominated, including Top Selling Song, Top Duo/Group, Top Song Sales Artist, and the fan-voted Top Social Artist.

In the Top Song Sales Artist category, BTS beat the likes of Justin Bieber, Megan Thee Stallion, Morgan Wallen and The Weeknd. 

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NickJonas, who hosted the show, also put up a musical performance with his brothers #JoeJonas, #KevinJonas, alongside DJ Marshmellow. His wife-actor Priyanka Chopra was one of the presenters. 

P!nk received the Icon Award. The veteran superstar took the Billboard Music Awards 2021 stage for the first time in five years. She is the 10th artist to receive the Icon Award at the Billboard Music Awards, and at 41 years old, the youngest recipient of the award to date.

P!nk was joined onstage by her 9-year-old daughter, Willow Sage Hart. The duo showed off their powerful aerial gymnastic skills in a jaw-dropping performance.

“Willow, you nailed it,” P!nk said after the performance. “I love what I do and I love the people that I get to do it with, and we’re pretty good at what we do, but it wouldn’t matter if no one came to see us and play with us. So all you guys out there … thank you for coming out!”

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