Thursday, May 2, 2019

Drake Is The New King Of The BBMAs

Brendon Urie, Taylor Swift At The BBMAs
Drake surpassed Taylor Swift to become the top award recipient in BBMA history. He won 12 awards, bringing his career total to 27. Swift has won 23 BBMA awards. Among Drake's awards: top artist and top Billboard 200 album, each for the second time in three years. Drake won the latter award for Scorpion, two years after winning for Views.

Ariana Grande took top female artist for the first time. She also won the fan-voted Billboard chart achievement award.

BTS became the first K-Pop act to win top duo/group. BTS also took the fan-voted top social artist award for the third year in a row. The group is now halfway to matching Justin Bieber's six-year lock on that award.

Juice WRLD took top new artist. This provided a measure of vindication for the hip-hop star, who wasn't nominated in any categories at the 61st annual Grammy Awards in February. The other contenders for the top new artist BBMA included Dua Lipa, who won best new artist at the Grammys.

The Maroon 5/Cardi B collabo "Girls Like You" took top Hot 100 song. It's the second time in four years that a pop/hip-hop pairing has taken top honors in that category. Wiz Khalifa's "See You Again" (featuring Charlie Puth) won in 2016. This award was among six for the night for Cardi B; four for Maroon 5.

Luke Combs's This One's for You took top country album, breaking Chris Stapleton's three-year hold on that award. Combs also took top country artist.

Florida Georgia Line became the first three-time winner for top country song. The duo won for "Meant to Be," its record-breaking collaboration with Bebe Rexha. It won in 2014 for "Cruise" (featuring Nelly) and in 2017 for "H.O.L.Y."

Imagine Dragons took top rock artist for the second year in a row and the third time overall. They previously won in 2014. This makes them the top winners in the category since the BBMAs relaunched in 2011 following a brief hiatus. But Panic! at the Disco took both top rock album and top rock song.

Ella Mai took three awards, including top R&B artist. She's the third woman to win in that category since the BBMAs relaunched in 2011. The first two were Rihannaand Beyoncé.

The Chainsmokers became the first three-time winners for top dance/electronic artist. They also took top dance/electronic album for the second year in a row.

Lauren Daigle became the first female solo artist to win twice as top Christian artist. She previously won the award in 2017. Lauren also took top Christian album and top Christian song. She is the only artist to sweep all three of these awards in a given genre this year.

A list of winners in the top categories at the 2019 Billboard Music Awards, held Wednesday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
  • Top Hot 100 song: “Girls Like You,” Maroon 5 featuring Cardi B
  • Top Billboard 200 album: Drake, “Scorpion”
  • Top artist: Drake
  • Top new artist: Juice WRLD
  • Top female artist: Ariana Grande
  • Top male artist: Drake
  • Top streaming songs artist: Drake
  • Top song sales artist: Drake
  • Top radio songs artist: Drake
  • Top duo/group: BTS
  • Top R&B artist: Ella Mai
  • Top rap artist: Drake
  • Top country artist: Luke Combs
  • Top rock artist: Imagine Dragons
  • Top Latin artist: Ozuna
  • Top dance/electronic artist: The Chainsmokers
  • Top Christian artist: Lauren Daigle
  • Top gospel artist: Tasha Cobbs Leonard
  • Top social artist: BTS
  • Top touring artist: Ed Sheeran
  • Chart achievement award: Ariana Grande
  • Icon award: Mariah Carey
Click Here for The Complete List of Billboard Music Awards Winners

Dancer and singer Paula Abdul has brought out her tap shoes to close out the Billboard Music Awards with a performance of songs from her debut 1988 album “Forever Your Girl.”

Starting with her tap performance from “Straight Up,” she strolled through her hits “The Way that You Love Me,” ″Cold Hearted” and even brought out the dancing cartoon cat from her music video for “Opposites Attract.”

Abdul proved she still has the moves, leading host Kelly Clarkson to declare “that was insane.”

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