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Drake beats Adele's Billboard Music Awards record with 13 wins

Drake has beaten Adele's record for the most wins at the Billboard Music Awards.

22nd May 2017

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Drake picked up 13 prizes at the Billboard music awards last night (May 21st), surpassing Adele's record of 12 awards. He also won best artist and was joined on stage by Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne and his father.

Upon receiving the awards, he said "I just want to say hold tight Adele because when a new ting drops you will crawl your way back to get the record back." Adele set the former record at the 2012 awards when she won prizes including top artist, top female artist and top pop artist.

Drake also won top male artist and top Billboard 200 album for Views after getting 22 nominations at the event as well as performing Gyalchester inside the T-Mobile arena.

Zayn Malik won best new artist but didn't collect the prize in person, telling fans he was working to finish new songs. Twenty One Pilots picked up top duo/group and top rock artist with Metallica winning in the rock album category. Beyonce's Lemonade was picked as the best R&B album and The Chainsmokers won top dance/electronic artist and top Hot 100 Song for Closer featuring Halsey. K-pop group BTS beat the likes of Justin Bieber to win the top social artist award.

Cher also receieved the icon award. The singer, who turned 71 on May 20th, said that her success was "mostly luck", as she was handed the honour from Gwen Stefani.

Most of the categories were decided by song sales over the past year, streaming, radio airplay, touring and social media interactions as tracked by Billboard. There were also performances from Nicki Minaj, Bruno Mars, Lorde, The Chainsmokers, Camila Cabello, John Legend, Miley Cyrus, Imagine Dragons and country music stars Florida Georgia Line and Sam Hunt plus Selena Gomez songwriter Julia Michaels.

Meanwhile, P. Diddy celebrated Notorious B.I.G. on what would have been the hip-hop legend's 45th birthday. Biggie was killed in a drive-by shooting in 1997. The late rapper's son CJ Wallace told the audience: "I know my father's looking down on all of us tonight. My sister and I will continue to carry on his memory with tremendous pride and live my life by his words."

The event was hosted by Vanessa Hudgens and Ludacris.

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