Accepting an award for Top 200 Billboard Artist, the rapper became thoughtful, saying, "It's insane that we're all here on Earth for a limited amount of time, and we gotta show love while we're here". If he wins just one more award before the night's end, he'll hold the new record.
- Top Latin artist: Juan Gabriel.
When picking up the top Billboard 200 album for "Views", he told co-host Vanessa Hudgens she looks "incredible" and said to fellow host Ludacris, who Drake had problems with at one point, that he's "always been a big fan". The rapper, who walked into the show Sunday with 22 nominations, won top artist, top male artist and top Billboard 200 album ("Views"), among others, at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
- Top duo/group: twenty one pilots.
Cher, who received the Icon award, sang her dance anthem "Believe" in a glittery number that included pasties and blonde hair with pink tips. And she fittingly channeled an angel for the performance in what might be one of her most spectacular stage outfits of all time. Hudgens also sang some of Celine Dion's "I'm Your Lady" (Dion will perform later in the show).More news: Trump Tells Russians That Comey Firing Relieved Pressure
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- Top dance/electronic artist: The Chainsmokers.
The Chainsmokers, a leading nominee, picked up the first televised award of the night with Halsey for top collaboration for their song "Closer".
- Chart achievement award: twenty one pilots.
A moment of silence was observed during the 2017 Billboard Music Awards on Sunday for Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell who was found dead Thursday in his hotel room in Detroit. Other nominees include Drake's "One Dance" (10 weeks at No. 1); Justin Timberlake's Oscar-nominated "Can't Stop the Feeling!".