The Weeknd sweeps with 10 wins, BTS register 4 at 2021 Billboard Music Awards

The Weeknd’s ode to lost love Blinding Lights did wonders for the singer as he topped 10 of the 16 categories he was nominated in at the 2021 Billboard Music Awards (BBMA), which also saw Korean pop sensation BTS expand their global reign with four wins.

The Weeknd took home the night’s biggest award of top artist over fellow nominees Drake, Juice WRLD, Pop Smoke, and Taylor Swift.

Padma Lakshmi waves from the stage

The singer also won the top male artist, top hot 100 artist, top radio songs artist, top R&B artist, top R&B male artist, top R&B album (for After Hours), top hot 100 song, top radio song and top R&B song.

The Weeknd thanked his parents and fans, promising them that he does not take success “for granted”.

In the winners’ list, The Weeknd was followed by the late Pop Smoke with five trophies, and BTS and Bad Bunny with four awards each.

Pop Smoke’s posthumous wins included top Billboard 200 album, top new artist, top rap artist, top rap male artist and top rap album.

Drake with his son Adonis Graham at the award function

The ceremony took place in front of a fully vaccinated, fully masked live audience in the plaza outside Los Angeles’s Microsoft Theatre. Korean pop sensation BTS, who joined the ceremony virtually from Seoul, South Korea, emerged winners in all the four categories they were nominated in.

The hit septet, comprising RM, V, Jin, Suga, J-Hope, Jimin, and Jungkook, took home the award for top selling song for their first English single Dynamite and lit the up the BBMA’s stage with their debut performance on Butter, their second English single.

The group also won awards for top duo/group, top song sales artist and the fan-voted top social artist at the Sunday night ceremony here. BTS, whose full name is Bangtan Sonyeondan (Bulletproof Boy Scouts) or Beyond The Scene, their English branding, also received the top social artist award, for the fifth consecutive year.

“Top social artist for the fifth consecutive time. Thank you ARMY and BBMAs for such an incredible title,” J-Hope said in a video shared by the Billboard Music Awards Twitter handle.

R&B artiste Drake received the artist of the decade award for his triumphs in the 2010s. Drake remains the most awarded BBMAs honouree of all time.

The ceremony, hosted by singer-actor Nick Jonas, saw some performances that took place live at the venue, including those by Twenty One Pilots, AJR, Glass Animals and DJ Khaled with H.E.R. and Migos.

Singer Pink’s medley of old and new songs, a Doja Cat/SZA duet, BTS’ Butter performance and Alicia Keys’ medley of songs from her 20-year-old debut album were recorded. — PTI

Our prayers are with India

“Let’s never lose hope.” This is the message from the South Korean music sensation BTS to their fans, known as ARMY, in India as the nation grapples with the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic. The group enjoys a massive following in India and is yet to tour the country. Asked if there was a message for the ARMY in the country amid the pandemic, member V told PTI in an email interaction, “Our prayers are with India. Stay strong ARMY and let’s never lose hope.” The septet, also comprising RM, Jin, Suga, J-Hope, Jimin, and Jungkook, recently released their second English single Butter.

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