Drake Breaks Records and Wins Big at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards

What a time to be alive. The 2017 Billboard Music Awards were lit, especially for Toronto’s very own More Life rapper Drake. Aubrey “Drake” Graham broke Adele’s previous all-time record of most wins in one night by an artist (12). He also set a new record by walking away from the event last night (May 21) with 13 awards. So, Drake is now the titleholder for Most BBMAs Wins in a Night.

The VIEWS rapper managed to acquire 10 wins before the live show had even started broadcasting. Among those wins were Top Rap Artist, Top Rap Tour, Top Rap Album, Top R&B Collaboration, Top R&B Song, Top Hot 100 Artist, Top Streaming Song (Audio), Top Billboard 200 Artist, Top Streaming Songs Artist, and Top Song Sales Artist. Wow, what a time to be alive.

His eleventh award aired during the show and was for Top Male Artist. While his twelfth was for Top Billboard 200 Album. His thirteenth, and undoubtedly the night’s biggest award, was for Top Artist Award.

“I want to dedicate this award to all the managers, to all the producers, all the engineers. I want to dedicate this award to the fans. I promise you – I promise you that any artist – we’re nobody without the people that keep up with us, put up with us, and stay up with us,” Drake said during his acceptance speech for the Top Male Artist award.

Drake also took to the stage that night to perform his More Life hit “Gyalchester” with an iconic performance in Vegas’ renowned Fountains of Bellagio. It was a dope contrast from other performers who chose to perform inside of the T-Mobile Arena. Drizzy Drake took things up another notch with the help of his hype man Baka, water works, and pyrotechnics. It was truly one of the more noteworthy performances of the night.

Other BBMA big winners included Beyoncé who took home five awards, Rae Sremmurd who took home one, and Desiigner who also took home one award. Some additional winners and their categories, as well as Drake’s acceptance speech, can be viewed below. Winners are in bold with an asterisk.

Top Artist
Justin Bieber
The Chainsmokers
Ariana Grande
Shawn Mendes
Twenty One Pilots
The Weeknd

Top Streaming Song (Audio)
The Chainsmokers ft. Halsey – “Closer”
Drake ft. WizKid & Kyla – “One Dance”*
D.R.A.M. ft. Lil Yachty, “Broccoli”
Rihanna – “Needed Me”
The Weeknd ft. Daft Punk – “Starboy”

Top Rap Song
Desiigner – “Panda”*
Drake – “Fake Love”
D.R.A.M. ft. Lil Yachty – “Broccoli”
Migos ft. Lil Uzi Vert – “Bad And Boujee”
Rae Sremmurd ft. Gucci Mane – “Black Beatles”

Top Rap Collaboration
D.R.A.M. ft. Lil Yachty – “Broccoli”
Zay Hilfigerr & Zayion McCall – “JuJu On That Beat (TZ Anthem)
Machine Gun Kelly & Camila Cabello – “Bad Things”
Migos ft. Lil Uzi Vert – “Bad and Boujee”
Rae Sremmurd ft. Gucci Mane – “Black Beatles”*

Top Rap Album
J. Cole – 4 Your Eyez Only*
Drake – VIEWS
Kevin Gates – Isla
DJ Khaled – Major Key
A Tribe Called Quest – We Got It From Here…Thank You For Your Service

Top R&B Song
Drake Featuring WizKid & Kyla – “One Dance”
Bruno Mars – “24K Magic”
Rihanna – “Needed Me”
Rihanna ft. Drake – “Work”
The Weeknd ft. Daft Punk – “Starboy”

Top R&B Collaboration
Drake ft. WizKid & Kyla – “One Dance”*
PARTYNEXTDOOR ft. Drake – “Come And See Me”
Rihanna ft. Drake –  “Work”
The Weeknd ft. Daft Punk “I Feel It Coming”
The Weeknd ft. Daft Punk, “Starboy”

Top R&B Album
Beyoncé – Lemonade*
Bruno Mars – 24K Magic
Frank Ocean – Blonde
Rihanna – ANTI
The Weeknd – Starboy

Squad. And just like that, Drake set a new #BBMAs record. 13 awards in one night.

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Sheriden Chanel is a twenty-something writer, Beyoncé enthusiast, and lover of all things visual art. Keep up with her and her musings on social via @indiebyline.