Canadian rapper Drake just made history at the 2019 Billboard Music Awards where he won 12 awards.
The ‘God’s Plan’ rapper picked up top artist, beating Cardi B, Ariana Grande, Post Malone, and Travis Scott. He won 12 awards Wednesday (01.05.19) in Las Vegas, USA making his career total 27 and highest thus far singer Taylor Swift has 23 wins reported AP News.
During his acceptance speech he looked up to the ceiling as he held the trophy, then said: “I just want to thank my mom for her relentless effort in my life.”
“I want to thank my mom for all the times you drove me to the piano. All the times you drove me to basketball and hockey — that clearly didn’t work out. All the times you drove me to ‘Degrassi.’ No matter how long it took me to figure out what I wanted to do, you were always there to give me a ride, and now we’re on one hell of a ride,” Drake said.
“Game of Thrones” actress Maisie Williams, who plays Arya Stark on the HBO series and shined brightly on last week’s episode and Drake apparently is a huge GOT fan as he gave her a shout out. “Shout-out to Arya Stark for putting in that work last week,” Drake said onstage after winning his first award of the evening reported CNN.
Family bonding was a theme at the three-hour show, which aired live on NBC and was hosted by Kelly Clarkson,
Ciara’s young son and husband, NFL player Russell Wilson, danced along while she worked the stage. Nick and Joe Jonas gave kisses to Priyanka Chopra and Sophie Turner of “Game of Thrones” fame when they sang in the audience before hitting the stage. Brendon Urie of Panic! at the Disco looked to his parents as he accepted top rock song, quoting the name of his current hit: “Hey look Ma, I made it!” Mariah Carey’s twins cheered her on as she sang a medley of her hits and accepted the Icon award. She was in diva form before taking the award from Jennifer Hudson, throwing her napkin on the floor after dabbing her face with it.
Cardi B, the night’s top nominee with 21 nods, locked lips with husband Offset on the red carpet and the couple sat closely inside the venue. She won six awards, including top Hot 100 song for “Girls Like You” with Maroon 5.
“I remember when Maroon 5 hit me up to do this song. I was like, ‘Bro I’m five months pregnant. I can’t even breathe.’ But this record to me was so amazing. I was like, ‘Oh this is going to be a hit.’ And now I sing this song to my daughter because she’s the girl that I need,” she said.
Swift kicked off the show when she brought her new music video to life with a colorful, eye-popping performance of her song “ME!” Madonna, wearing an eye-patch, teamed up with Colombian singer Maluma for a performance of their new hit song ‘Medellin’.
South Korean boy band BTS, who performed alongside Halsey, also had a major night. At the Billboard Awards and American Music Awards, the K-pop band had only previously won “social” awards based off their fanatic fan base, but on Wednesday BTS picked up top duo/group, besting Grammy-winning groups like Maroon 5 and Imagine Dragons.