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Drake has won his first American Music Award.
The Canadian rapper took home the trophy for favorite rap/hip-hop album for Views at Sunday night’s fan-voted awards show in Los Angeles. Drake would ultimately have a big night, debuting an Apple Music ad of him jamming out to Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood” and winning his second award roughly an hour later, for favorite rap/hip-hop artist. He also won favorite song, rap/hip-hop for “Hotline Bling.”
Drake had already broken a 32-year record for the most AMA nominations with 13, beating Michael Jackson’s previous high mark of 11 from 1984. The rapper was nominated in categories including artist of the year, favorite male artist, favorite album, favorite rap artist, favorite rap song and favorite R&B song, among others.
Drake previously had been nominated a total of nine times — twice in 2015, twice in 2014, three times in 2012 and twice in 2010 — but it wasn’t until this year that his fans finally pulled through to get Drizzy some wins.
The nominations for the fan-voted awards show, produced by Dick Clark Productions, were revealed last month. Rihanna followed Drake’s 13 noms with seven and Adele and Justin Bieber each had five. Beyonce and The Chainsmokers followed closely behind with four and Bryson Tiller, Twenty One Pilots, Carrie Underwood, Fetty Wap and the Weeknd each had three. Keep up with the latest winners from Sunday night’s show here.
The 2016 American Music Awards show, airing on ABC, is executive produced by Allen Shapiro and Mike Mahan, with Larry Klein, Barry Adelman and Mark Bracco serving as producers.
Artists scheduled to perform included Justin Bieber, Niall Horan, Maroon 5 and Kendrick Lamar, James Bay, Carlos Vives, Fifth Harmony, Lady Gaga, Green Day, John Legend, Bruno Mars, Shawn Mendes, Twenty One Pilots, DJ Khaled, The Weeknd, special duets from The Chainsmokers and Halsey, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj, and the American Music Award of Merit honoree and performer Sting.
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