Billboard Music Awards: Drake Wins Top Artist, Breaks Record for Most Wins in One Year

4:54 PM 5/21/2017

by Kimberly Nordyke

Beyonce, The Chainsmokers and Twenty-One Pilots also were among the night's big winners.

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Drake broke the record for most Billboard Music Awards wins in one year Sunday night.

He went home with a total of 13 wins, including top artist and top male artist. That beat the previous record set by Adele. Heading into the show, Drake and The Chainsmokers led the pack of nominees with 22 apiece.

Vanessa Hudgens and Ludacris hosted the show, which featured performances by Cher, who also won the Icon Award; Celine Dion; Florida George Line with John Legend; Drake; and more.

The Billboard Music Awards aired live on ABC. Read all the news from Sunday night's show here.

A list of winners follows.

Billboard Music Awards nominees are based on key fan interactions with music, including album and digital songs sales, streaming, radio airplay, touring and social engagement. These measurements are tracked year-round by Billboard and its data partners, including Nielsen Music and Next Big Sound. The awards are based on the reporting period of March 18, 2016, through March 16, 2017.

  • Top Artist

    Drake (WINNER)
    Adele
    Beyonce
    Justin Bieber
    The Chainsmokers
    Ariana Grande
    Shawn Mendes
    Rihanna
    Twenty One Pilots
    The Weeknd

  • Top New Artist

    Zayn (WINNER)
    Alessia
    Cara
    Desiigner
    Lil Uzi Vert
    Lukas Graham

  • Billboard Chart Achievement Award Presented by Xfinity

    Twenty One Pilots (WINNER)
    Luke Bryan
    Nicki Minaj
    The Chainsmokers
    The Weeknd
     

  • Top Male Artist

    Drake (WINNER)
    Justin Bieber
    Future
    Shawn Mendes
    The Weeknd

  • Top Female Artist

    Beyonce
 (WINNER)
    Adele

    Ariana Grande
    
Rihanna

    Sia

  • Top Duo/Group

    Twenty One Pilots (WINNER)
    The Chainsmokers
    
Coldplay

    Florida Georgia Line

    Guns N’ Roses

     

  • Top Billboard 200 Artist

    Drake
 (WINNER)
    Beyonce

    Prince

    Twenty One Pilots

    The Weeknd


  • Top Hot 100 Artist

    Drake (WINNER)
    The Chainsmokers
    Rihanna
    Twenty One Pilots
    The Weeknd

  • Top Radio Songs Artist

    Twenty One Pilots (WINNER)
    Justin Bieber
    The Chainsmokers
    Drake
    Rihanna
     

  • Top Streaming Songs Artist

    Drake (WINNER)
    The Chainsmokers
    Desiigner
    Rihanna
    Twenty One Pilots

  • Top Song Sales Artist

    Drake (WINNER)
    The Chainsmokers
    Prince
    Justin Timberlake
    Twenty One Pilots

  • Top Radio Song

    Justin Timberlake, “Can’t Stop The Feeling!” (WINNER)
    The Chainsmokers Featuring Halsey, “Closer”
    The Chainsmokers Featuring Daya, “Don’t Let Me Down”
    Drake Featuring WizKid & Kyla, “One Dance”
    Sia Featuring Sean Paul, “Cheap Thrills”
     

  • Top Social Artist

    BTS (WINNER)
    Justin Bieber
    Selena Gomez
    Ariana Grande
    Shawn Mendes

  • Top Touring Artist

    Beyonce (WINNER)
    Justin Bieber
    Coldplay
    Guns N’ Roses
    Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band

  • Top R&B Artist

    Beyonce (WINNER)
    Bruno Mars
    Frank Ocean
    Rihanna
    The Weeknd
     

  • Top R&B Tour

    Beyonce (WINNER)
    Lionel Richie
    Rihanna

  • Top Rap Artist

    Drake (WINNER)
    J. Cole
    Desiigner
    Future
    Rae Sremmurd

  • Top Rap Tour

    Drake (WINNER)
    Future
    Kanye West

  • Top Country Artist

    Blake Shelton (WINNER)
    Florida Georgia Line
    Keith Urban
    Chris Stapleton
    Jason Aldean

     
  • Top Country Tour

    Kenny Chesney (WINNER)
    Luke Bryan
    Dixie Chicks

  • Top Rock Artist

    Twenty One Pilots (WINNER)
    Coldplay
    The Lumineers
    Metallica
    X Ambassadors

  • Top Rock Tour

    Coldplay (WINNER)
    Guns N’ Roses
    Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band

  • Top Latin Artist

    Juan Gabriel (WINNER)
    J Balvin
    Los Plebes Del Rancho De Ariel Camacho
    Maluma
    Nicky Jam

  • Top Dance/Electronic Artist

    The Chainsmokers (WINNER)
    Calvin Harris
    Major Lazer
    DJ Snake
    Lindsey Stirling

  • Top Christian Artist

    Lauren Daigle (WINNER)
    Hillsong Worship
    Hillary Scott & The Scott Family
    Skillet
    Chris Tomlin

  • Top Gospel Artist

    Kirk Franklin (WINNER)
    Jekalyn Carr
    Travis Greene
    Tamela Mann
    Hezekiah Walker

  • Top Billboard 200 Album

    Drake, Views (WINNER)
    Beyonce, Lemonade
    Rihanna, Anti
    Twenty One Pilots, Blurryface
    The Weeknd, Starboy

  • Top Soundtrack/Cast Album

    Hamilton: An American Musical (WINNER)
    Moana
    Purple Rain
    Suicide Squad: The Album
    Trolls

  • Top R&B Album

    Beyonce Lemonade (WINNER)
    Bruno Mars 24K Magic
    Frank Ocean Blonde
    Rihanna Anti
    The Weeknd Starboy

  • Top Rap Album

    Drake Views (WINNER)
    J. Cole 4 Your Eyez Only
    Kevin Gates Isla
    DJ Khaled Major Key
    A Tribe Called Quest We Got It From Here…Thank You For Your Service

  • Top Country Album

    Chris Stapleton Traveller (WINNER)
    Jason Aldean They Don’t Know
    Florida Georgia Line Dig Your Roots
    Blake Shelton If I’m Honest
    Keith Urban Ripcord
     

  • Top Rock Album

    Metallica Hardwired…To Self Destruct (WINNER)
    The Lumineers Cleopatra
    Radiohead A Moon Shaped Pool
    Red Hot Chili Peppers The Getaway
    Twenty One Pilots Blurryface

  • Top Latin Album

    Juan Gabriel Los Duo 2 (WINNER)
    J Balvin Energia
    CNCO Primera Cita
    Juan Gabriel Vestido De Etiqueta: Por Eduardo Magallanes
    Los Plebes del Rancho de Ariel Camacho Recuerden Mi Estilo

  • Top Dance/Electronic Album

    Lindsey Stirling Brave Enough (WINNER)
    The Chainsmokers Bouquet (EP)
    The Chainsmokers Collage (EP)
    Flume Skin
    Kygo Cloud Nine

  • Top Christian Album

    Lauren Daigle How Can It Be (WINNER)
    Casting Crowns The Very Next Thing
    Joey + Rory Hymns
    Hillary Scott & The Scott Family Love Remains
    Skillet Unleashed

  • Top Gospel Album

    Tamela Mann One Way (WINNER)
    Kirk Franklin Losing My Religion
    Travis Greene The Hill
    Tasha Cobbs One Place: Live
    Hezekiah Walker Better: Azusa- The Next Generation 2
     

  • Top Hot 100 Song

    The Chainsmokers Featuring Halsey, "Closer” (WINNER)
    The Chainsmokers Featuring Daya, “Don’t Let Me Down”
    Drake Featuring WizKid & Kyla, “One Dance”
    Justin Timberlake, “Can’t Stop The Feeling!”
    Twenty One Pilots, “Heathens”

  • Top Selling Song

    Justin Timberlake “Can’t Stop The Feeling!” (WINNER)
    The Chainsmokers Featuring Halsey “Closer”
    The Chainsmokers Featuring Daya “Don’t Let Me Down”
    Drake Featuring WizKid & Kyla “One Dance”
    Twenty One Pilots “Heathens”

  • Top Streaming Song (Audio)

    Drake Featuring WizKid & Kyla “One Dance” (WINNER)
    The Chainsmokers Featuring Halsey “Closer”
    D.R.A.M. Featuring Lil Yachty “Broccoli”
    Rihanna “Needed Me”
    The Weeknd Featuring Daft Punk “Starboy”

  • Top Streaming Song (Video)

    Desiigner “Panda” (WINNER)
    The Chainsmokers Featuring Halsey “Closer”
    Zay Hilfigerr & Zayion McCall “JuJu On That Beat (TZ Anthem)
    Rae Sremmurd Featuring Gucci Mane “Black Beatles”
    Twenty One Pilots “Heathens”
     

  • Top Collaboration

    The Chainsmokers Featuring Halsey “Closer” (WINNER)
    The Chainsmokers Featuring Daya “Don’t Let Me Down”
    Drake Featuring WizKid & Kyla “One Dance”
    Sia Featuring Sean Paul “Cheap Thrills”
    The Weeknd Featuring Daft Punk “Starboy”

  • Top R&B Song

    Drake Featuring WizKid & Kyla “One Dance” (WINNER)
    Bruno Mars “24K Magic”
    Rihanna “Needed Me”
    Rihanna Featuring Drake “Work”
    The Weeknd Featuring Daft Punk “Starboy”
     

  • Top R&B Collaboration

    Drake Featuring WizKid & Kyla “One Dance” (WINNER)
    PARTYNEXTDOOR Featuring Drake “Come And See Me”
    Rihanna Featuring Drake “Work”
    The Weeknd Featuring Daft Punk “I Feel It Coming”
    The Weeknd Featuring Daft Punk “Starboy”

  • Top Rap Song

    Desiigner “Panda” (WINNER)
    Drake “Fake Love”
    D.R.A.M. Featuring Lil Yachty “Broccoli”
    Migos Featuring Lil Uzi Vert “Bad And Boujee”
    Rae Sremmurd Featuring Gucci Mane “Black Beatles”

  • Top Rap Collaboration

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

  • Top Country Song

    Florida Georgia Line, “H.O.L.Y.” (WINNER)
    Kenny Chesney Featuring Pink, “Setting The World On Fire”
    Florida Georgia Line Featuring Tim McGraw, “May We All”
    Little Big Town, “Better Man”
    Keith Urban, “Blue Ain’t Your Color”

  • Top Country Collaboration

    Kenny Chesney Featuring Pink “Setting The World On Fire” (WINNER)
    Dierks
    Bentley Featuring Elle King “Different For Girls”
    Eric Church Featuring Rhiannon Giddens “Kill A Word”
    Florida Georgia Line Featuring Tim McGraw “May We All”
    Chris Young Featuring Vince Gill “Sober Saturday Night”

  • Top Rock Song

    Twenty One Pilots, “Heathens” (WINNER)
    Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa & Imagine Dragons with Logic & Ty Dolla $ign Featuring X Ambassadors, “Sucker For Pain”
    Twenty One Pilots, “Ride”
    Twenty One Pilots, “Stressed Out”
    X Ambassadors, “Unsteady”

  • Top Latin Song

    Nicky Jam, “Hasta El Amanecer” (WINNER)
    Daddy Yankee, “Shaky Shaky”
    Enrique Iglesias Featuring Wisin, “Duele El Corazon”
    Shakira Featuring Maluma, “Chantaje”
    Carlos Vives & Shakira, “La Bicicleta”

  • Top Dance/Electronic Song

    The Chainsmokers Featuring Halsey, “Closer” (WINNER)
    The Chainsmokers Featuring Daya, “Don’t Let Me Down”
    Calvin Harris Featuring Rihanna, “This Is What You Came For”
    Major Lazer Featuring Justin Bieber & MO, “Cold Water”
    DJ Snake Featuring Justin Bieber, “Let Me Love You”

  • Top Christian Song

    Hillary Scott & The Family, “Thy Will” (WINNER)
    Lauren Daigle, “Trust In You”
    Skillet, “Feel Invincible”
    Ryan Stevenson Featuring GabeReal, “Eye Of The Storm”
    Zach Williams, “Chain Breaker”

  • Top Gospel Song

    Travis Greene, “Made A Way” (WINNER)
    Kirk Franklin, “Wanna Be Happy??”
    Jekalyn Carr, “You’re Bigger”
    Tasha Cobbs, Featuring Kierra Sheard “Put A Praise On It”
    Hezekiah Walker, “Better”

  • Top Covered Artist

    *Fan-voted award

    The Chainsmokers – “Paris”
    Noah Cyrus – “Make Me (Cry)”
    DJ Khaled – “Shining” ft. Beyonce and Jay-Z
    Julia Michaels – “Issues”
    Hailee Steinfeld – “Most Girls”

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