The 2016 Billboard Music Awards took place tonight and music’s biggest names were on hand. Below is a recap of the big show!


Millenium Award winner Britney Spears kicked off the show with a medley of her hits (shockingly, no ‘Baby One More Time’).


Pickering’s own Shawn Mendes performed an acoustic cover of his hit song ‘Stitches’ at the big show tonight.


The beautiful ladies of Fifth Harmony performed their smash hit collaboration with Ty Dolla $ign, ‘Work From Home’ (see that below). The ladies will release their new album ‘7/27’ this Friday!


Justin Bieber performed two hits off his Purpose album, ‘Company’ and ‘Sorry’:


Nick Jonas and Demi Lovato are set to head out on their Future Now tour at the end of next month and at tonight’s Billboard Music Awards, they gave fans a taste of what to expect!


Joe Jonas and his band DNCE took the Billboard Music Award stage and performed their catchy hit, ‘Cake By The Ocean’!


Pink gave a FLAWLESS performance of her hit song from the Alice Through The Looking Glass soundtrack, ‘Just Like Fire’.


Voice coaches Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani performed their duet ‘Go Ahead and Break My Heart’; The song is featured on Shelton’s new album, If I’m Honest. 

There wasn’t a dry eye in the house as Kesha took the stage at the Billboard Music Awards to perform Bob Dylan’s ‘It Ain’t Me, Babe’. Considering all that she’s been through over the last year, it was an incredible sight to see her take the stage:


In a personal favourite of mine tonight, Rihanna performed ‘Love On The Brain’ from her ANTI album, a song that’s very different from traditional, pop, Hip-Hop Rihanna. Check out her performance below!


Meghan Trainor performed her hit ‘No’, but it was one of her fans who happened to be taking a selfie video during her performance that stole the show!

Celine Dion picked up the Icon Award and demonstrated how deserving she was of the award by performing a rendition of Queen’s ‘The Show Must Go On’! Celine got quite emotional when her son surprised her by presenting her with the award.


Ariana Grande performed her album title track ‘Dangerous Woman’ and gave a world premiere performance of her new single ‘Into You’, off her new album Dangerous Woman, which was released this past Friday.


The most anticipated performance of the night came from Madonna, who – with the help of Stevie Wonder- paid tribute to her friend, the late icon Prince in what will go down as one of the most memorable performances in Billboard history.


One of the more moving speeches came from The Weeknd, who picked up the award for Hot 100 Artist; he dedicated his speech to the late Prince.

He also had the best night of ANY male artist in history as he took home EIGHT awards!

Here’s a full list of winners:


Icon Award: Celine Dion


Millenium Award: Britney Spears


Billboard Chart Achievement Award: Rihanna


Top Artist:
Adele – WINNER 
Justin Bieber
Taylor Swift
The Weeknd


Top New Artist:
Fetty Wap – WINNER 
Charlie Puth
Bryson Tiller


Top Male Artist:
Justin Bieber – WINNER 
Fetty Wap
Ed Sheeran
The Weeknd


Top Female Artist:
Adele – WINNER 
Selena Gomez
Ariana Grande
Taylor Swift


Top Duo/Group:
Maroon 5
One Direction – WINNER 
twenty one pilots
The Rolling Stones


Top Billboard 200 Artist:
Adele – WINNER 
Justin Bieber
Taylor Swift
The Weeknd


Top Hot 100 Artist:
Justin Bieber
Fetty Wap
Taylor Swift
The Weeknd – WINNER


Top Song Sales Artist:
Justin Bieber
Fetty Wap
The Weeknd – WINNER 


Top Radio Songs Artist:
Justin Bieber
Ellie Goulding
Ed Sheeran
Taylor Swift
The Weeknd – WINNER 


Top Streaming Songs Artist:
Justin Bieber
Fetty Wap
The Weeknd – THE WINNER 


Top Social Media Artist:
Justin Bieber – WINNER 
Selena Gomez
?Ariana Grande
Demi Lovato
Taylor Swift


Top Touring Artist:
One Direction
The Rolling Stones
Taylor Swift – WINNER 


Top R&B Artist:
Chris Brown
Bryson Tiller
The Weeknd – WINNER 


Top Rap Artist:
Drake – WINNER 
Fetty Wap
Wiz Khalifa


Top Country Artist:
Zac Brown Band
Luke Bryan – WINNER 
Sam Hunt
Chris Stapleton
Carrie Underwood


Top Rock Artist:
Fall Out Boy
Elle King
twenty one pilots – WINNER 
Walk the Moon
X Ambassadors


Top Latin Artist:
Banda Sinaloense MS De Sergio Lizárraga
Juan Gabriel
Nicky Jam
Ariel Camacho y Los Plebes del Rancho
Romeo Santos – WINNER 


Top Dance/Electronic Artist:
The Chainsmokers
DJ Snake
David Guetta – WINNER 
Major Lazer


Top Christian Artist:
Casting Crowns
Lauren Daigle
Hillsong United – WINNER 
Chris Tomlin


Top Gospel Artist:
Anthony Brown and group therAPy
Tasha Cobbs
Kirk Franklin – WINNER 
Travis Greene
Marvin Sapp


Top Billboard 200 Album:
Adele, 25 – WINNER 
Justin Bieber, Purpose
Ed Sheeran, x
Taylor Swift, 1989
The Weeknd, Beauty Behind The Madness


Top Soundtrack:
Empire: Original Soundtrack from Season 1
Fifty Shades of Grey
Furious 7
Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1
Pitch Perfect 2 – WINNER 


Top R&B Album:
Chris Brown, Royalty
Rihanna, Anti
Bryson Tiller, T R A P S O U L
Tyrese, Black Rose
The Weeknd, Beauty Behind The Madness – WINNER 


Top Rap Album:
Drake, If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late
Drake & Future, What A Time To Be Alive
Dr. Dre, Compton
Kendrick Lamar, To Pimp A Butterfly
Meek Mill, Dreams Worth More Than Money – WINNER 


Top Country Album:
Chris Stapleton, Traveller – WINNER 
Luke Bryan, Kill The Lights
Sam Hunt, Montevallo
Zac Brown Band, Jekyll + Hyde
Carrie Underwood, Storyteller


Top Rock Album:
Alabama Shakes, Sound & Color
David Bowie, Blackstar
Coldplay, A Head Full Of Dreams
Mumford & Sons, Wilder Mind
twenty one pilots, Blurryface – WINNER 


Top Latin Album:
Juan Gabriel, Los Dúo – WINNER 
Juan Gabriel, Mis Número 1…40 Aniversario
?Mana, Cama Incendiada
Gerardo Ortiz, Hoy Más Fuerte
Romeo Santos, Formula, Vol. 2


Top Dance/Electronic Album:
David Guetta, Listen
Major Lazer, Peace Is The Mission
ODESZA, In Return
Skrillex & Diplo, Skrillex and Diplo Present Jack Ü
Zedd, True Colors – WINNER 


Top Christian Album:
Lauren Daigle, How Can It Be – WINNER 
Hillsong UNITED, Empires
Joey + Rory, Hymns That Are Important To Us
TobyMac, This Is Not A Test
Chris Tomlin, Adore: Christmas Songs of Worship


Top Gospel Album:
Anthony Brown & group therAPy, Everyday Jesus
Tasha Cobbs, One Place Live
Kirk Franklin, Losing My Religion – WINNER 
Jonathan McReynolds, Life Music: Stage Two
Marvin Sapp, You Shall Live


Top Hot 100 Song:
Adele, “Hello”
Fetty Wap, “Trap Queen”
Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth, “See You Again” – WINNER 
The Weeknd, “Can’t Feel My Face”
The Weeknd, “The Hills”


Top Selling Song:
Adele, “Hello” – WINNER 
Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth, “See You Again”
OMI, “Cheerleader”
Rachel Platten, “Fight Song”
The Weeknd, “The Hills”


Top Radio Song:
Adele “Hello”
Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth, “See You Again”
Mark Ronson Featuring Bruno Mars, “Uptown Funk!”
Walk the Moon, “Shut Up And Dance” – WINNER 
The Weeknd, “Can’t Feel My Face”


Top Streaming Song (Audio):
Justin Bieber, “Sorry”
Justin Bieber, “What Do You Mean”
Fetty Wap, “Trap Queen”
The Weeknd, “The Hills” – WINNER 
Drake, “Hotline Bling”


Top Streaming Song (Video):
Fetty Wap, “Trap Queen”
Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth, “See You Again”
Mark Ronson Featuring Bruno Mars, “Uptown Funk!”
Silentó, “Watch Me” – WINNER 
The Weeknd, “The Hills”


Top R&B Song:
Alessia Cara “Here”
?Omarion Featuring Chris Brown & Jhene Aiko, “Post To Be”
The Weeknd, “Can’t Feel My Face”
The Weeknd, “Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey)”
The Weeknd, “The Hills” – WINNER 


Top Rap Song:
Drake, “Hotline Bling”
Fetty Wap, “Trap Queen”
Fetty Wap, “679” feat. Remy Boyz
Silentó, “Watch Me”
Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth, “See You Again” – WINNER 


Top Country Song:
Sam Hunt, “Break Up In A Small Town”
Sam Hunt, “Take Your Time”
Little Big Town, “Girl Crush”
Thomas Rhett, “Die A Happy Man” – WINNER 
Chris Young, “I’m Comin’ Over”


Top Rock Song:
Fall Out Boy, “Uma Thurman”
Elle King, “Ex’s & Oh’s”
twenty one pilots, “Stressed Out”
Walk the Moon, “Shut Up And Dance” – WINNER 
X Ambassadors, “Renegades”


Top Latin Song:
J Balvin “Ginza”
Ariel Camacho y Los Plebes del Rancho, “Te Metiste”
Nicky Jam & Enrique Iglesias, “El Perdon” – WINNER 
Maluma, “Borro Cassette”
Romeo Santos, “Propuesta Indecente”


Top Dance/Electronic Song:
The Chainsmokers Featuring ROZES, “Roses”
DJ Snake & AlunaGeorge, “You Know You Like It”
David Guetta feat. Nicki Minaj, Bebe Rexha & Afrojack, “Hey Mama”
Major Lazer & DJ Snake Featuring MØ, “Lean On” – WINNER 
Skrillex & Diplo, “Where Are Ü Now” with Justin Bieber


Top Christian Song:
Hillsong UNITED, “Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)” – WINNER 
Hillsong UNITED, “Touch The Sky”
MercyMe, “Flawless”
NEEDTOBREATHE Featuring Gavin DeGraw, “Brother”
Chris Tomlin, “Good Good Father”


Top Gospel Song:
Anthony Brown and group therAPy, “Worth”
Erica Campbell feat. Big Shizz, “I Luh God”
Kirk Franklin, “Wanna Be Happy?” – WINNER 
Travis Greene, “Intentional”
Brian Courtney Wilson, “Worth Fighting For”


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