The Weeknd took home the top artist trophy at the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday (May 23) — beating out fellow nominees Drake, Juice WRLD, Pop Smoke, and Taylor Swift. T
Performing from an empty parking lot in the sprawl of downtown Los Angeles, The Weeknd started the performance by riding out the top of the leading cherry red drop-top, beauty queen style, with six more of the same cars trailing him. These rides were followed by six white vintage Mercedes driving in perfect unison, make sure you watch his acceptance speech, performance, and more.
Drake, who extended his record as the most decorated winner in the history of the awards show to 29 wins Sunday, was surrounded by family and friends who presented him with the Artist of the Decade Award. He walked onstage outside the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles with his son Adonis holding his hand.
“I wanna dedicate this award to my friends, to my longtime collaborators … to my beautiful family, and to you,” he said, looking to Adonis and picking him up to kiss him.
Drake placed his first song on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 2009 and since has logged the most songs ever on the chart, with 232 entrees. He’s also logged a record of 45 Top 10 hits on the Hot 100 and a record 22 No. 1s on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop songs chart.
Pink received the Icon Award and was joined onstage by her 9-year-old daughter .
Willow, you nailed it,” Pink said after the performance. “I love what I do and I love the people that I get to do it with, and we’re pretty good at what we do, but it wouldn’t matter if no one came to see us and play with us. So all you guys out there … thank you for coming out!”