Drake the big winner at the 2019 Billboard Music Awards

Publish Date
Thursday, 2 May 2019, 8:13PM
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Drake was the big winner at the Billboard Music Awards 2019, taking home 12 awards.

The 32-year-old star took home the Top Artist and Top Rap Artist prizes among his huge haul, which now means he is the most decorated artist in Billboard Music Awards history, at the ceremony at the MGM Garden Arena in Las Vegas tonight.

He took to the stage to collect the Top Billboard 200 Album accolade for 'Scorpion', and also showed his love for 'Game of Thrones' and character Arya Stark - played by Maisie Williams - after she defeated the evil Night King in the epic Battle of Winterfell on Sunday's episode of the HBO fantasy show.

He said: "Thank you to everybody who gave me their time, their energy, stayed away from their family and friends while we were trying to complete this.

"I always had a dream of doing a double album and I finally did it so now I'll never do it again.

"Hey, shout-out to Arya Stark for putting in that work last week."

Drake beat off competition from Cardi B - who led the nominees with 21 nods - in the Top Artist category as well as Ariana Grande, Post Malone and Travis Scott.




Cardi also landed a big haul on the night, taking home six accolades including Top Rap Female Artist and Top Collaboration for her 'Girls Like You' hit with Maroon 5.

But she lost out to Ariana in the Top Female Artist category, which Halsey, Ella Mai and Taylor Swift were also nominated for.

Cardi took to the stage to accept the Best Rap Song prize for her song 'I Like It' with J Balvin and Bad Bunny, but her speech almost got cut short due to such big applause from the audience.

Speaking to the crowd, she joked: "Wait a minute. Let me finish my speech, goddamn it.

"I know y'all love me. If you got a favourite artist, support them. Stream their music. Listen to their music.

"Tell a friend to tell a friend about their music to get them on the chart, an upcoming artist or artists that's already out there. Support their music.

"Be the biggest fan that you can be."

Maroon 5 scored four award wins at the ceremony - which was hosted by Kelly Clarkson - while Ella, Ozuna, Luke Combs and Lauren Daigle each won a hat-trick of prizes.

Ella, 24, defeated H.E.R., Khalid, The Weeknd and XXXTentacion to win Top R&B Artist.

Taylor Swift returned to the spectacle to perform her new single 'ME!', which was her first performance at the event since 2013, and Madonna, Paula Abdul, and Jonas Brothers were among the other performers.

Full List of Winners at the 2019 Billboard Music Awards:

Top Artist:



Top New Artist:

Juice WRLD


Billboard Chart Achievement Award:

Ariana Grande


Top Male Artist:



Top Female Artist:

Ariana Grande


Top Duo/Group:



Top Billboard 200 Artist:



Top Hot 100 Artist:



Top Streaming Songs Artist:



Top Song Sales Artist:



Top Radio Songs Artist:



Top Social Artist:



Top Touring Artist:

Ed Sheeran


Top R&B Artist:

Ella Mai


Top R&B Male Artist:

The Weeknd


Top R&B Female Artist:

Ella Mai


Top R&B Tour:

Beyoncé & JAY-Z


Top Rap Artist:



Top Rap Male Artist:



Top Rap Female Artist:

Cardi B


Top Rap Tour:

Beyoncé & JAY-Z


Top Country Artist:

Luke Combs


Top Country Male Artist:

Luke Combs


Top Country Female Artist:

Carrie Underwood


Top Country Duo/Group:

Dan + Shay


Top Country Tour:

Kenny Chesney


Top Rock Artist:

Imagine Dragons


Top Rock Tour:

Elton John


Top Latin Artist:



Top Dance/Electronic Artist:

The Chainsmokers


Top Christian Artist:

Lauren Daigle


Top Gospel Artist:

Tasha Cobbs Leonard


Top Billboard 200 Album:

Drake 'Scorpion'


Top Soundtrack:

'The Greatest Showman'


Top R&B Album:

XXXTentacion '17'


Top Rap Album:

Drake 'Scorpion'


Top Country Album:

Luke Combs 'This One's For You'


Top Rock Album:

Panic! At This Disco 'Pray For The Wicked'


Top Latin Album:

Ozuna 'Aura'


Top Dance/Electronic Album:

The Chainsmokers 'Sick Boy'


Top Christian Album:

Lauren Daigle 'Look Up Child'


Top Gospel Album:

Tori Kelly 'Hiding Place'


Top Hot 100 Song:

Maroon 5 ft. Cardi B 'Girls Like You'


Top Streaming Song (Audio):

Travis Scott 'SICKO MODE'


Top Streaming Song (Video):

Drake 'In My Feelings'


Top Selling Song:

Maroon 5 ft. Cardi B 'Girls Like You'


Top Radio Song:

Maroon 5 ft. Cardi B 'Girls Like You'


Top Collaboration:

Maroon 5 ft. Cardi B 'Girls Like You'


Top R&B Song:

Ella Mai 'Boo'd Up'


Top Rap Song:

Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin 'I Like It'


Top Country Song:

Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line 'Meant to Be'


Top Rock Song:

Panic! At The Disco 'High Hopes'


Top Latin Song:

Casper Magico, Nio Garcia, Darell, Nicky Jam, Bad Bunny & Ozuna 'Te Bote'


Top Dance/Electronic Song:

Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey 'The Middle'


Top Christian Song:

Lauren Daigle 'You Say'


Top Gospel Song:

Koryn Hawthorne 'Won't He Do It'