Billboard Music Awards: Drake Nabs Top Artist, Sets Record for Most Wins Ever

4:59 PM 5/1/2019

by Kimberly Nordyke

Kelly Clarkson returned as host of the show, which aired live Wednesday night from Las Vegas on NBC.

Drake accepts Top Male Artist award at Billboard Music Awards - Getty - H 2019
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The 2019 Billboard Music Awards were handed out Wednesday night.

Drake was the night's big winner, taking home the top artist award among his many honors. With his 12 wins Wednesday, Drake now holds the record for most wins in BBMA history, with a total of 27. Other winners included Ariana Grande, BTS and Imagine Dragons.

Music's biggest stars were at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas for the show, which aired live from 8-11 p.m. ET (tape-delayed on the West Coast) on NBC. Kelly Clarkson returned as host and performed during the show.

Taylor Swift opened the kudocast with the worldwide premiere performance of her new song "ME!," featuring Brendon Urie from Panic! at the Disco. Mariah Carey received the Icon Award and also performed a medley of her greatest hits.

Other performers included Grande, who sang "7 Rings"; Madonna and Maluma, who performed "Medellín"; Paula Abdul, with a medley of her greatest hits; BTS and Halsey, with “Boy With Luv"; and the Jonas Brothers, who performed "Sucker."

In addition, Halsey took the stage for a solo performance of "Without Me," Ciara debuted her new single "Thinkin Bout You" for the first time on television, and country singers Dan + Shay performed with Tori Kelly. Lauren Daigle and Khalid also performed.

Presenters included Asher Angel, Becky G, Chrissy Metz & Justin Hartley, Cobie Smulders, Dave Bautista & Kumail Nanjiani, David Guetta, Erin & Sara Foster, Eva Longoria, Florida Georgia Line, Jennifer Hudson, Jesse Spencer, Julia Michaels, Julianne Hough, Kane Brown, Olivia Wilde, Beanie Feldstein & Kaitlyn Dever, Ralph Macchio, Rob Gronkowski, Ross Lynch & Kiernan Shipka, Sabrina Carpenter, Sophie Turner & Tye Sheridan, Terry Crews and William Zabka.

Cardi B was the most-nominated artist for the 2019 Billboard Music Awards, receiving a total of 21 nominations in categories such as top artist, top female artist, top rap artist and top rap album to name a few. Drake and Post Malone had the second-highest number of noms, with each artist gaining 17.

The Billboard Music Awards are produced by Dick Clark Productions — a division of Valence Media, the parent company of the Billboard-Hollywood Reporter Media Group.

  • Top Artist

    Drake (WINNER)
    Cardi B
    Ariana Grande
    Post Malone
    Travis Scott

  • Top New Artist

    Juice WRLD (WINNER)
    Bazzi
    Lil Baby
    Dua Lipa
    Ella Mai

  • Billboard Chart Achievement Award

    Ariana Grande (WINNER)
    Dan + Shay
    Drake
    Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper
    Dua Lipa

  • Top Male Artist

    Drake (WINNER)
    Post Malone
    Travis Scott
    Ed Sheeran
    XXXTENTACION

  • Top Female Artist

    Ariana Grande (WINNER)
    Cardi B
    Halsey
    Ella Mai
    Taylor Swift

  • Top Duo/Group

    BTS (WINNER)
    Dan + Shay
    Imagine Dragons
    Maroon 5
    Panic! At The Disco

  • Top Billboard 200 Artist

    Drake (WINNER)
    Ariana Grande
    Post Malone
    Travis Scott
    XXXTENTACION

  • Top Hot 100 Artist

    Drake (WINNER)
    Cardi B
    Ariana Grande
    Juice WRLD
    Post Malone

  • Top Streaming Songs Artist

    Drake (WINNER)
    Cardi B
    Ariana Grande
    Post Malone
    XXXTENTACION

  • Top Song Sales Artist

    Drake (WINNER)
    Ariana Grande
    Imagine Dragons
    Lady Gaga
    Post Malone

  • Top Radio Songs Artist

    Cardi B
    Drake
    Ariana Grande
    Maroon 5
    Post Malone

  • Top Social Artist

    BTS (WINNER)
    EXO
    GOT7
    Ariana Grande
    Louis Tomlinson

  • Top Touring Artist

    Ed Sheeran (WINNER)
    Beyonce & Jay-Z
    Bruno Mars
    Taylor Swift
    Justin Timberlake

  • Top R&B Artist

    Ella Mai (WINNER)
    H.E.R.
    Khalid
    The Weeknd
    XXXTENTACION

  • Top R&B Male Artist

    The Weeknd (WINNER)
    Khalid
    XXXTENTACION

  • Top R&B Female Artist

    Ella Mai (WINNER)
    H.E.R.
    Queen Naija

  • Top R&B Tour

    Beyonce & Jay-Z (WINNER)
    Childish Gambino
    Bruno Mars

  • Top Rap Artist

    Drake (WINNER)
    Cardi B
    Juice WRLD
    Post Malone
    Travis Scott

  • Top Rap Male Artist

    Drake (WINNER)
    Post Malone
    Travis Scott

  • Top Rap Female Artist

    Cardi B (WINNER)
    City Girls
    Nicki Minaj

  • Top Rap Tour

    Beyonce & Jay-Z (WINNER)
    Drake
    Travis Scott

  • Top Country Artist

    Luke Combs (WINNER)
    Jason Aldean
    Kane Brown
    Dan + Shay
    Florida Georgia Line

  • Top Country Male Artist

    Luke Combs (WINNER)
    Jason Aldean
    Kane Brown

  • Top Country Female Artist

    Carrie Underwood (WINNER)
    Maren Morris
    Kacey Musgraves

  • Top Country Duo/Group Artist

    Dan + Shay (WINNER)
    Florida Georgia Line
    Old Dominion

  • Top Country Tour

    Kenny Chesney (WINNER)
    Luke Bryan
    Shania Twain

  • Top Rock Artist

    Imagine Dragons (WINNER)
    lovelytheband
    Panic! At The Disco
    Queen
    twenty one pilots

  • Top Rock Tour

    Elton John (WINNER)
    The Rolling Stones
    U2

  • Top Latin Artist

    Ozuna (WINNER)
    Anuel AA
    Bad Bunny
    J Balvin
    Romeo Santos

  • Top Dance/Electronic Artist

    The Chainsmokers (WINNER)
    Calvin Harris
    Kygo
    Marshmello
    ODESZA

  • Top Christian Artist

    Lauren Daigle (WINNER)
    Cory Asbury
    for KING & COUNTRY
    Hillsong Worship
    MercyMe

  • Top Gospel Artist

    Tasha Cobbs Leonard (WINNER)
    Kirk Franklin
    Koryn Hawthorne
    Tori Kelly
    Marvin Sapp

  • Top Billboard 200 Album

    Drake, Scorpion (WINNER)
    Cardi B, Invasion of Privacy
    Post Malone, beerbongs & bentleys
    Travis Scott, ASTROWORLD
    XXXTENTACION, ?

  • Top Soundtrack

    The Greatest Showman (WINNER)
    13 Reasons Why: Season 2
    A Star is Born
    Bohemian Rhapsody
    Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

  • Top R&B Album

    XXXTENTACION, 17 (WINNER)
    Ella Mai, Ella Mai
    H.E.R., H.E.R.
    Khalid, American Teen
    The Weeknd, My Dear Melancholy

  • Top Rap Album

    Drake, Scorpion (WINNER)
    Cardi B, Invasion of Privacy
    Post Malone, beerbongs & bentleys
    Travis Scott, ASTROWORLD
    XXXTENTACION, ?

  • Top Country Album

    Luke Combs, This One's For You (WINNER)
    Jason Aldean, Rearview Town
    Kane Brown, Kane Brown
    Dan + Shay, Dan + Shay
    Carrie Underwood, Cry Pretty

  • Top Rock Album

    Panic! At The Disco, Pray For The Wicked (WINNER)
    Dave Matthews Band, Come Tomorrow
    Imagine Dragons, Origins
    Mumford & Sons, Delta
    twenty one pilots, Trench

  • Top Latin Album

    Ozuna, Aura (WINNER)
    Anuel AA, Real Hasta la Muerte
    Bad Bunny, X 100PRE
    J Balvin, Vibras
    Maluma, F.A.M.E.

  • Top Dance/Electronic Album

    The Chainsmokers, Sick Boy (WINNER)
    Clean Bandit, What Is Love?
    David Guetta, 7
    Kygo, Kids in Love
    Major Lazer, Major Lazer Essentials

  • Top Christian Album

    Lauren Daigle, Look Up Child (WINNER)
    Cory Asbury, Reckless Love
    for KING & COUNTRY, Burn The Ships
    Hillsong Worship, There Is More
    Zach Williams, Chain Breaker

  • Top Gospel Album

    Tori Kelly, Hiding Place (WINNER)
    Snoop Dogg & Various Artists, Snoop Dogg Presents Bible of Love
    Aretha Franklin, Gospel Greats
    Koryn Hawthorne, Unstoppable
    Jonathan McReynolds, Make Room

  • Top Hot 100 Song

    Maroon 5 featuring Cardi B. "Girls Like You" (WINNER) 
    Juice WRLD, "Lucid Dreams"
    Post Malone, "Better Now"
    Travis Scot, "SICKO MODE"
    XXXTENTACION, "SAD!"

  • Top Streaming Song (Audio)

    Travis Scott, "SICKO MODE" (WINNER)
    Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin, "I Like It"
    Juice WRLD, "Lucid Dreams"
    Post Malone, "Better Now"
    XXTENTACION, "SAD!"

  • Top Streaming Song (Video)

    Drake, "In My Feelings" (WINNER)
    Juice WRLD, "Lucid Dreams"
    Maroon 5 ft. Cardi B, "Girls Like You"
    Travis Scott, "SICKO MODE"
    XXXTENTACION, "SAD!"

  • Top Selling Song

    Maroon 5 ft. Cardi B, "Girls Like You" (WINNER)
    Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin, "I Like It"
    Drake, "In My Feelings"
    Halsey, "Without Me"
    Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper, "Shallow"

  • Top Radio Song

    Maroon 5 ft. Cardi B, "Girls Like You" (WINNER)
    Khalid & Normani, "Love Lies"
    Post Malone, "Better Now"
    Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line, "Meant to Be"
    Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey, "The Middle"

  • Top Collaboration

    Maroon 5 ft. Cardi B, "Girls Like You" (WINNER)
    Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin, "I Like It"
    Khalid & Normani, "Love Lies"
    Post Malone ft. Ty Dolla $ign, "Psycho"
    Marshmello & Bastille, "Happier"

  • Top R&B Song

    Ella Mai, "Boo'd Up" (WINNER)
    DJ Khaled ft. Justin Bieber, Chance The Rapper & Quavo, "No Brainer"
    Ella Mai, "Trip"
    Khalid, "Better"
    Lil Dicky ft. Chris Brown, "Freaky Friday"

  • Top Rap Song

    Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin, "I Like It" (WINNER) 
    Drake, "In My Feelings"
    Juice WRLD, "Lucid Dreams"
    Post Malone, "Better Now"
    Travis Scott, "SICKO MODE"

  • Top Country Song

    Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line, "Meant to Be" (WINNER)
    Kane Brown, "Heaven"
    Luke Combs, "She Got the Best of Me"
    Dan + Shay, "Speechless"
    Dan + Shay, "Tequila"

     

  • Top Rock Song

    Panic! At The Disco, "High Hopes" (WINNER)
    Foster The People, "Sit Next to Me"
    Imagine Dragons, "Natural"
    Imagine Dragons, "Whatever It Takes"
    lovelytheband, "broken"
     

  • Top Latin Song

    Casper Magico, Nio Garcia, Darell, Nicky Jam, Bad Bunny & Ozuna, "Te Bote"
    Bad Bunny ft. Drake, "Mia"
    Daddy Yankee, "Dura"
    DJ Snake ft. Selena Gomez, Ozuna & Cardi B, "Taki Taki"
    Nicky Jam & J Balvin, "X"

  • Top Dance/Electronic Song

    Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey, "The Middle" (WINNER)
    DJ Snake ft. Selena Gomez, Ozuna & Cardi B, "Taki Taki"
    Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa, "One Kiss"
    Marshmello & Bastille, "Happier"
    Tiesto & Dzeko ft. Preme & Post Malone, "Jackie Chan"

  • Top Christian Song

    Lauren Daigle, "You Say" (WINNER)
    Cory Asbury, "Reckless Love"
    for KING & COUNTRY, "joy."
    Hillsong Worship, "Who You Say I Am"
    Tauren Wells, "Known"

  • Top Gospel Song

    Koryn Hawthorne, "Won't He Do It" (WINNER)
    Todd Dulaney, "Your Great Name"
    Tori Kelly ft. Kirk Franklin, "Never Alone"
    Jason Nelson, "Forever"
    Brian Courtney Wilson, "A Great Work"