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RECAP: Drake Slays Billboard Music Awards 2017

The 24th annual Billboard Music Awards opened things off with a stellar performance from pop superstar Nicki Minaj, who opened with a medley of her biggest hits, including “Anaconda” and “Moment 4 Lyfe” to name a few.

Nicki “the Ninja,” now dressed in all black leather, was joined by Lil Wayne for her performance of the hit single, “No Frauds,” and her new song, featuring David Guetta, “Light Up My Body.” Jason Derulo would also join in the madness, for a performance of their track, “Swalla”  and “Regret in Your Tears.”

Camila Cabello, formerly of the girl group, Fifth Harmony, would take the stage for a solo performance of her debut single, “Crying in the Club,” which was co-written by Sia, Benny Blanco, Cashmere Cat and Happy Perez, as well as a brand new song, “I Have Questions.”

The Chainsmokers were next, with a performance of their millennial anthem, “Young,” followed by pop singer-songwriter Julia Michaels, who took the stage at the BBMAs for the first time in her career, to perform her brand new single, “Issues.”

Ed Sheeran wowed audience members on Sunday night when he busted out the guitar for a performance of his most successful single of his career, “Castle on the Hill.”

Thankfully, the 24-year-old former Disney Channel starlet, Miley Cyrus, managed to keep things to a PG-rating this time, with her performance of her new single, “Malibu.” Cyrus seemed far more relaxed and comfortable on stage, channeling her country music roots with a certain pop music flare. The balloons were a nice touch too.

New Zealand pop artist Lorde graced the stage at the 2017 BBMAs, with a faux-karaoke party for her performance of “Green Light,” her latest single from her forthcoming album, Melodrama.

To commemorate the 20th anniversary of the James Cameron film, Titanic, Canadian singer Celine Dion performed her Academy Award-winning hit, “My Heart Will Go On.” Following the release of the 1997 film, the song went on to become Dion’s biggest hit as well as one of the best-selling singles of all-time.

The Billboard Music Awards continued with a performance of Imagine Dragons‘ hit single, “Believer,” which first made waves when it was shown in a commercial for Nintendo Switch, during Super Bowl LI.

If that wasn’t all, Canadian hip-hop recording artist Drake to listeners inside the fountains of the Bellagio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas for a rousing performance of his “Gyalchester,” from his More Life playlist. Check out the Billboard Top 200 artist’s stoic performance below.

After receiving an award for Top Hot 100 song—for her collaboration with The Chainsmokers—electropop artist Halsey, returned to the stage for a solo performance of “Now or Never,” the lead single off her sophomore album, Hopeless Fountain Kingdom. 

The evening continued, as fans listened intently for a surprising collaboration between singer-songwriter John Legend and country pop group, Florida Georgia Line. The end result was a shockingly sweet medley consisting of Legend’s “Surefire,” and FGL’s “H.O.L.Y.”

Perhaps the most shocking performance of all came towards the end when Cher hit the stage for a performance of “Believe” wearing nipple pasties like Lil Kim back in 1999.

She then donned the signature black wig and stockings for an encore performance of “Turn Back Time,” before being awarded the Billboard icon award for her many years in the music industry.

The awards evening concluded with one final performance from Bruno Mars, doing his latest track, “Versace on the Floor.”

As far as the awards, themselves, Drake broke the Billboard Music Award record for most awards won in a night.

Top Artist: Drake
Top Male Artist: Drake
Top Female Artist: Beyoncé
Top New Artist: Zayn
Top Duo: Twenty One Pilots
Top Billboard 200 Artist: Drake
Top Billboard 200 Album: Views – Drake
Billboard Chart Achievement*: Twenty One Pilots
Top Hot 100 Artist: Drake
Top Hot 100 Song: “Closer” – The Chainsmokers feat. Halsey
Top Song Sales Artist: Drake
Top Selling Song: “Can’t Stop The Feeling” – Justin Timberlake
Top Radio Songs Artist: Twenty One Pilots
Top Radio Song: “Can’t Stop The Feeling” – Justin Timberlake
Top Collaboration: “Closer” – The Chainsmokers feat. Halsey
Top Streaming Artist: Drake
Top Streaming Song: “One Dance” – Drake feat. WizKid and Kyla
Top Streaming Video: “Panda” – Desiigner
Top Touring Artist: Beyoncé
Top Social Artist*: BTS
Top Christian Artist: Lauren Daigle
Top Christian Song: “Thy Will” – Hillary Scott and the Family
Top Christian Album: How Can It Be – Lauren Daigle
Top Gospel Artist: Kirk Franklin
Top Gospel Song: “Made a Way” – Travis Greene
Top Gospel Album: One Way – Tamela Mann
Top Country Artist: Blake Shelton
Top Country Song: “H.O.L.Y.” – Florida Georgia Line
Top Country Album: Traveller – Chris Stapleton
Top Country Collaboration: “Setting the World on Fire” – Kenny Chesney feat. P!nk
Top Country Tour: Kenny Chesney
Top Dance/Electronic Song: “Closer” – The Chainsmokers feat. Halsey
Top Dance/Electronic Album: Brave Enough – Lindsey Sterling
Top Latin Artist: Juan Gabriel
Top Latin Song: “Hasta El Amanecer” – Nicky Jam
Top Latin Album: Los Dos, Vol. 2 – Juan Gabriel
Top R&B Artist: Beyoncé
Top R&B Song: “One Dance” – Drake feat. WizKid and Kyla
Top R&B Album: Lemonade – Beyonce
Top R&B Collaboration: “One Dance” – Drake feat. WizKid and Kyla
Top R&B Tour: Beyoncé
Top Rap Artist: Drake
Top Rap Song: “Panda” – Desiigner
Top Rap Album: Views – Drake
Top Rap Collaboration: “Black Beatles” – Rae Sremmurd feat. Gucci Mane
Top Rap Tour: Drake
Top Rock Artist: Twenty One Pilots
Top Rock Song: “Heathens” – Twenty One Pilots
Top Rock Album: Hardwired to Self Destruct – Metallica
Top Rock Tour: Coldplay
Top Soundtrack / Cast Album: Hamilton: An American Musical – Lin-Manuel Miranda
Icon Award: Cher

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