The Weeknd wins big at Billboard Music Awards

Canadian rapper/singer The Weeknd cleaned up at the annual Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas last night, winning eight awards, including the prize for top R&B album for Beauty Behind The Madness.

Rihanna, Justin Bieber and One Direction were also among the winners, while Madonna and Stevie Wonder teamed up for a duet of Purple Rain in honour of Prince. Watch the performance below.

Britney Spears opened the awards ceremony with a medley of her biggest hits –  including Womanizer and I Love Rock and Roll.

There were also live performances from Meghan Trainor, Ariana Grande and Fifth Harmony.

Londoner Adele was another winner on the night including taking the top prize when she was named artist of the year.

“Oh my god, I can’t believe I’ve won,” the Hello hitmaker said in a video message.

Adele was unable to attend the star-studded event as she’s currently on tour in Europe.

“I never ever thought that this album would be received like this. Have a great night, have a drink on me and a party.”

The night also saw a rare performance from Kesha.

Although she had originally been told by her label that she wouldn’t be able to take the stage.

Kesha’s been in a long-running legal battle with her formed producer Dr Luke after she accused him of sexually and emotionally abusing her – claims he’s always denied.

The singer’s record label agreed to let her perform only days before the ceremony.

Wiz Khalifa’s song See You Again featuring Charlie Puth won the award for best rap song.

Several musicians used their performances and acceptance speeches to honour dearly-departed pop legend Prince.

The Raspberry Beret singer died at his home in April aged 57.

The Weeknd was close to tears as dedicated one of his wins to the Minneapolis maestro.

The 26-year-old  said: “I didn’t know him but he was very close to me. He helped me push the envelope as well as doing the same to every artist forever. Rest in peace Prince.”

 

Billboard Music Award winners:

Top Artist – Adele

Billboard Chart Achievement Award (Fan-Voted) – Rihanna

Top R&B Song – The Weeknd, The Hills

Top Male Artist – Justin Bieber

Top Hot 100 Song – Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth, See You Again

Top New Artist – Fetty Wap

Top Female Artist – Adele

Top Duo/Group – One Direction

Top Social Media Artist – Justin Bieber

Top Touring Artist – Taylor Swift

Top Rap Artist – Drake