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2016 Billboard Music Awards: The Weeknd Wins Big, Prince Tribute a Highlight

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Stevie Wonder and Madonna perform a tribute to Prince at the Billboard Music Awards; Jeff Kravitz/BBMA2016/FilmMagic(LAS VEGAS) — On a night dominated by women, a man, The Weeknd, walked away the big winner at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards Sunday night.

The R&B superstar took home eight awards — the most of any male artist since 2011.  Unsurprisingly, Adele was also a big winner, taking home the Top Artist prize among her five awards. Rihanna won the fan voted Billboard Chart Achievement Award.

The show was bookended by high profile female performances.  Britney Spears opened with a medley of many of her best known hits, while Madonna closed the show with a tribute to Prince, performing the late icon’s “Nothing Compares 2 U” before bringing out Stevie Wonder to help lead a sing along on “Purple Rain.”

Celine Dion made an emotional appearance performing Queen’s “The Show Must Go On” and delivering an emotional acceptance speech with her son, Rene Charles by her side.

In another emotional note, Kesha performed a slow rendition of Bob Dylan’s “It Ain’t Me Babe,” accompanied by Ben Folds on piano, though she made no mention of her legal dispute with producer Dr. Luke.

Other highlights included the debut of Adele’s video for her latest single “Send My Love (to Your New Lover), a duet between couple Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani on “Go Ahead and Break My Heart.”

Here are the 2016 Billboard Music Award winners:
 
TOP ARTIST
Adele
 
Top New Artist:
Fetty Wap
 
Top Male Artist:
Justin Bieber
 
Top Female Artist:
Adele
 
Top Duo/Group:
One Direction
 
Top Billboard 200 Artist:
Adele

Top Hot 100 Artist:
The Weeknd
 
Top Song Sales Artist:
The Weeknd
 
Top Radio Songs Artist:
The Weeknd
 
Top Streaming Songs Artist:
The Weeknd
 
Top Social Media Artist:
Justin Bieber
 
Top Touring Artist:
Taylor Swift
 
Top R&B Artist:
The Weeknd
 
Top Rap Artist:
Drake

Top Country Artist:
Luke Bryan
 
Top Rock Artist:
twenty one pilots
 
Top Latin Artist:
Romeo Santos
 
Top Dance/Electronic Artist:
David Guetta
 
Top Christian Artist:
Hillsong UNITED
 
Top Gospel Artist:
Kirk Franklin

Top Billboard 200 Album:
Adele, 25

Top Soundtrack:
Pitch Perfect 2
 
Top R&B Album
The Weeknd, Beauty Behind the Madness
 
Top Rap Album:
Meek Mill, Dreams Worth More than Money
 
Top Country Album:
Chris Stapleton, Traveller
 
Top Rock Album:
twenty one pilots, Blurryface
 
Top Latin Album:
Juan Gabriel, Los Dúo

Top Dance/Electronic Album:
Zedd, True Colors
 
Top Christian Album:
Lauren Daigle, How Can It Be
 
Top Gospel Album:
*Kirk Franklin, Losing My Religion
 
Top Hot 100 Song:
Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth, “See You Again”
 
Top Selling Song:
Adele, “Hello”

Top Radio Song:
WALK THE MOON, “Shut Up And Dance”
 
Top Streaming Song (Audio):
The Weeknd, “The Hills”
 
Top Streaming Song (Video):
Silentó, “Watch Me”

Top R&B Song:
The Weeknd, “The Hills”
 
Top Rap Song:
Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth, “See You Again”
 
Top Country Song:
Thomas Rhett, “Die A Happy Man”
 
Top Rock Song:
WALK THE MOON, “Shut Up And Dance”
 
Top Latin Song:
Nicky Jam & Enrique Iglesias, “El Perdón
 
Top Dance/Electronic Song:
Major Lazer & DJ Snake ft. MØ “Lean On”
 
Top Christian Song:
Hillsong UNITED “Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)”
 
Top Gospel Song:
Kirk Franklin, “Wanna Be Happy?”
 
Fan Voted Billboard Chart Achievement Award:
Rihanna

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