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Big Night for Drake at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards

Billboard charting artists from all genres were under the same roof Sunday evening (May 21st) for the 2017 Billboard Music Awards at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. With almost 60 awards and more than a dozen live performance, the Billboard Music Awards are always a wild ride and this year was no exception.

The electronic pop duo the Chainsmokers led the noms with 23 while Drake nipped at their heels with 22.

  • Drake ihad a huge night, breaking the all-time record set by Adele for most wins in a year, bringing home 13 awards.
  • Hip hop MC Nicki Minaj kicked the party off with a bang.
  • She smoked through a nine-minute medley of fan favorites with a huge team of backup dancers behind her as she danced and writhed through her set wearing various sexy S&M bodysuits, patent leather thigh-highs and a pyrotechnic display blazed in the background for the first part, followed by a mesmerizing display of waterfalls for the finale.
  • Jason Derulo, Davie Guetta and Lil Wayne also joined Nicki onstage.
  • Ludacris returned to the BBMA’s for his fourth consecutive year as host, with Vanessa Hudgens as his co-pilot this time. She was more than up to the task, appearing to enjoy a cozy rapport with Ludacris and sporting a rotating array of killer frocks.
  • There were several somber moments as well. Imagine Dragons paid tribute to former Soundgarden and Audioslave singer Chris Cornell, who died on Thursday at age 52.

WINNERS

TOP ARTIST
Drake

TOP NEW ARTIST
Zayn

BILLBOARD CHART ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Twenty One Pilots

TOP MALE ARTIST
Drake

TOP FEMALE ARTIST
Beyoncé

TOP DUO/GROUP
Twenty One Pilots

TOP BILLBOARD 200 ARTIST
Drake

TOP HOT 100 ARTIST
Drake

TOP SONG SALES ARTIST
Drake

TOP RADIO SONGS ARTIST
Twenty One Pilots

TOP STREAMING SONGS ARTIST
Drake

TOP SOCIAL ARTIST
BTS

TOP TOURING ARTIST
Beyoncé

TOP R&B ARTIST
Beyoncé

TOP R&B TOUR
Beyoncé

TOP RAP ARTIST
Drake

TOP RAP TOUR
Drake

TOP COUNTRY ARTIST
Blake Shelton

TOP COUNTRY TOUR
Kenny Chesney

TOP ROCK ARTIST
Twenty One Pilots

TOP ROCK TOUR
Coldplay

TOP LATIN ARTIST
Juan Gabriel

TOP DANCE/ELECTRONIC ARTIST
The Chainsmokers

TOP CHRISTIAN ARTIST
Lauren Daigle

TOP GOSPEL ARTIST
Kirk Franklin

TOP BILLBOARD 200 ALBUM
Views, Drake

TOP SOUNDTRACK/CAST ALBUM
Hamilton

TOP R&B ALBUM
Lemonade, Beyoncé

TOP RAP ALBUM
Views, Drake

TOP COUNTRY ALBUM
Traveller, Chris Stapleton

TOP ROCK ALBUM
Hardwired . . . To Self-Destruct, Metallica

TOP LATIN ALBUM
Los Dúo 2, Juan Gabriel

TOP DANCE/ELECTRONIC ALBUM
Brave Enough, Lindsay Stirling

TOP CHRISTIAN ALBUM
How Can It Be, Lauren Daigle

TOP GOSPEL ALBUM
One Way Tamela Mann

TOP HOT 100 SONG
"Closer" by The Chainsmokers feat. Halsey

TOP SELLING SONG
"Can't Stop the Feeling!" by Justin Timberlake

TOP RADIO SONG
"Can't Stop the Feeling!" by Justin Timberlake

TOP STREAMING SONG (AUDIO)
"One Dance" by Drake feat. Wizkid and Kyla

TOP STREAMING SONG (VIDEO)
"Panda" by Desiigner

TOP COLLABORATION
"Closer" by The Chainsmokers feat. Halsey

TOP R&B SONG
"One Dance" by Drake feat. Wizkid and Kyla

TOP R&B COLLABORATION
"One Dance" by Drake feat. Wizkid and Kyla

TOP RAP SONG
"Panda" by Desiigner

TOP RAP COLLABORATION
"Black Beatles" by Rae Sremmund feat. Gucci Mane

TOP COUNTRY SONG
"H.O.L.Y." by Florida Georgia Line

TOP COUNTRY COLLABORATION
"Setting the World on Fire" by Kenny Chesney feat. P!nk

TOP ROCK SONG
"Heathens" by Twenty One Pilots

TOP LATIN SONG
"Hasta El Amanecer" by Nicky Jam

TOP DANCE/ELECTRONIC SONG
"Closer" by The Chainsmokers feat. Halsey

TOP CHRISTIAN SONG
"Thy Will" by Hillary Scott and The Scott Family

TOP GOSPEL SONG
"Made a Way" by Travis Greene

PERFORMANCES

  • Camila Cabello made her world premiere as a solo performance and put on a haunting, beautiful and heartfelt show. She performed "I Have Questions" and "Crying in the Club."
  • The Chainsmokers’ duo consisting of Andrew Taggart and Alex Pall performed their latest hit single "Young" after taking home the first win of the night with Halsey for "Closer."
  • The chart-topping Julian Michaels delivered an emotionally charged peformance of her debut single "Issues."
  • Ed Sheeran performed "Castle on the Hill" to a visibly hysterical crowd of phone-wielding superfans. He merrily cruised through with his trademark cool chill.
  • Miley Cyrus rocked her new single "Malibu," appearing to return to her country roots with a simple, pared back performance, wearing a cowgirl hat, white crop shorts and a classic peasant shirt. Near the end she appeared overcome by emotion, tearing up and thanking the crowd.
  • The always quirky Lorde recreated a karaoke bar onstage during her endearingly enthusiastic performance of "Green Light."
  • Sam Hunt played a super laid-back version of "Body Like a Back Road."
  • The iconic Celine Dion performed "My Heart Will Go On" to mark the 20th anniversary of the film Titanic’s release. Her performance of the timeless classic was flawless and as compelling as the gigantic, inexplicable poufs of fabric that seemed to wrap her shoulders in a sateen cloud storm.
  • Imagine Dragons performed a dark and brooding, infectious "Believer."
  • Expectations were sky-high for Drake’s performance, and he didn’t disappoint. Drake performed "Gyalchester" inside the Las Vegas Bellagio Fountains, with fireworks and rockets going off. Lit.
  • Halsey had a tough act to follow, but pulled it off with a soulful rendition of "Now or Never."
  • John Legend and Florida Georgia Line pulled off an enchanting and unexpected duo performing "H.O.L.Y." and "Surefire." Sexy, spiritual, all-American magic.
  • Cher proved she still has it and more, performing "Believe" in full, angelic, bedazzled glory. She returned to the stage embracing her inner rebel in a sexy, see through fishnet bodysuit, black motorcycle jacket and big hair with "If I Could Turn Back Time."
  • Bruno Mars brought the fairy tale performing "24K Magic" in a blaze of starlight.

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Harry Styles Breaks Record With No. 1 Debut, Kills It On Late Late Show

Harry Styles established a new record for best-selling first week by a British male artist’s debut album on the Billboard 200 as the One Direction singer sold 230,000 total copies of his self-titled solo LP to cruise to No. 1. Harry Styles toppled the previous record of 166,000 copies held by Sam Smith’s In the Lonely Hour, Billboard reports.

Styles is also only the second British male artist to debut at No. 1 with their first LP, joining his former bandmate Zayn Malik, who accomplished the feat with Mind of Mine in April 2016. One Direction now joins an exclusive club of groups that have yielded No. 1 albums for multiple members who went solo, with Styles and Malik joining the Beatles’ John Lennon, George Harrison and Paul McCartney as well as Destiny’s Child Beyoncé and LeToya Luckett.

Meanwhile, Harry has been hanging with James Cordon on the Late Late Show and proved to be quite the late-night funnyman. Styles had a week-long guest residency on the series last week in honor of the release of his debut self-titled solo album.

During his first appearance as part of his week-long residency, Styles played a game called Flinch, in which he had to avoid flinching and continuing to drink a cup of tea while liquidated fruits were hurled at a Plexiglas screen in front of his face.

The next day, Harry performed the The Late Late Show monologue in Corden’s place and also did a Side Effects May Include segment.

The following day, Harry and Corden appeared in a sketch in which they play doctors who burst into song and dance during a patient’s surgery, then at their funeral.

On day four, Harry appeared on Corden’s popular Carpool Karaoke segment, belting out some of his new solo tracks, such as "Sweet Creature" and "Sign of the Times."

On Friday night, Harry performed at L.A.’s Troubadour club in a surprise charity gig, and his special guest was rock legend Stevie Nicks. Harry and Stevie sang his song "Two Ghosts," as well as Fleetwood Mac’s classic "Landslide" and Stevie’s "Leather and Lace," originally a duet with Don Henley. Harry bowed down to Stevie, who he called "The Queen of Everything," and added, "I am losing my s**t in a cool way."

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Katy Perry Surprises Museum Goers, Performs On SNL

Visitors at New York’s Whitney Museum of American Art expected a low-key afternoon admiring masterworks. However, they were treated to a strange encounter with Katy Perry, who took up exhibition space and posed as the album art from her single "Bon Appetit." Vanity Fair’s Derek Blasberg rounded up museum goers and led them to a room promising an art installation by "Katheryn Hudson," Perry’s birth name.

The volunteers are shuffled into a small, dark room baring the table, before Blasberg removes the metal dome, revealing Perry’s head. In a video of the prank, some of the visitors looked a little lost, others applauded, and many others didn’t know what to say as Perry’s disembodied head started singing The Sound of Music soundtrack and "I’m A Little Teapot."

Meanwhile, Perry made her third-ever appearance as musical guest on Saturday Night Live on May 20th. She kicked off the season finale performance with an energetic "Swish Swish." The new single from her upcoming album, "Witness," was released on May 19th and features rapper Nicki Minaj. Her second song, of "Bon Appétit," was performed with the singer laying on a dinner table, spread out – as the song says – like a buffet.

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Lady Gaga's Friend Sonja Durham Dies After Cancer Battle

Lady Gaga’s longtime friend Sonja Durham has lost her battle with cancer. Sonja‘s husband Andre Dubois confirmed the news on Friday by saying she passed away "peacefully and beautifully" at her home. Gaga wrote the song "Grigio Girls" about Sonja, and then she dedicated her performance of "The Edge of Glory" to her pal at Coachella last month.

Gaga wrote an emotional tribute to Sonja on her Instagram account on the day of her death. "Watching one of my best friends in the world show unfathomable courage, strength, and positivity while battling cancer has really changed my life," Gaga wrote. "Thank you Sonja for inspiring me and all of us everyday with your joy. I love you so much it brings tears to my eyes just to think of all the years we’ve spent together backstage running the show, taking care of each other. You are one of a kind. I’m so proud of you. And you and Andre, your unbreakable beautiful love is what life is all about. You can see it in this photo. Wanted to share this with the world and show them what true beauty looks like."

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Nicki Minaj Has Donated To Help A Village In India

Nicki Minaj has been doing great deed, after great deed as of late. According to Rap-Up, the Queens rapper took to Instagram and revealed that she has been financially assisting a village in India to build their infrastructure. Nicki posted a video, which shows the area receiving fresh water, and captioned the clip, "This is the kind of thing that makes me feel the most proud. The money I’ve sent to this village in India for the last couple years via my Pastor Lydia Sloley, has gotten them a Computer Center, a Tailoring Institute, a Reading Program and 2 WATER WELLS. We complain about the most ridiculous little things when some ppl don’t even have clean water."

Nicki added, "Blessings to India. Our work is far from done. I’ll tell you guys more about my charity work in the near future in case you’d like to be a part of it. Love."

  • She also shared a second photo, where she said, "I'm so proud of our sisters in India. God is so good. Their desire was to have water wells & places where they can worship, places where they can learn technology, computers, reading, etc. We're just getting started. These women are us and we are them!"
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Quickies: The Voice Finale Performers, Darren Criss, Pentatonix's Kirstin Maldonado And More

MILEY CYRUS, CHRIS STAPLETON AMONG VOICE SEASON 12 FINALE PERFORMERS: Season 12 of NBC’s The Voice will come to a close with performances by Miley Cyrus, Chris Stapleton, Zedd and Alessia Cara, CeeLo Green, Little Big Town, and more, sources tell Billboard. The two-hour finale is set for tomorrow. Other finale performers include Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, Gladys Knight, Rascal Flatts, and The Voice Top 4. Competing for this year’s crown are finalists Lauren Duski (Team Blake Shelton), Chris Blue (Team Alicia Keys), Jesse Larson (Team Adam Levine), and Aliyah Moulden (Team Blake).

DARREN CRISS AND HIS BROTHER CHUCK RELEASE ‘EVERY SINGLE NIGHT’ VIDEO: Computer Games, Darren Criss’ band with his brother Chuck, released a music video for their track "Every Single Night" on Sunday. Computer Games’ new video features the band and friends grooving against a solid-colored background in mouse suits, sequined mermaid tails, unicorn horns and more. "Every Single Night" is featured on Computer Games’ debut EP, Lost Boys Life, which arrived in March.

PENTATONIX’S KIRSTIN MALDONADO DROPS FIRST SOLO SINGLE: Kirstin Maldonado has debuted her first solo single "Break a Little" and its music video. Earlier this month, the Pentatonix singer stirred up speculation about the start of a solo career, when she was featured on Helena Legend’s song "Dose of You." "I’m so proud of ‘Break a Little,’" Kirstin says. "I always wanted to write a sad song that sounds happy. I think everyone can relate to this emotion. It’s about longing for something. You’re attracted to a vice or person you know you shouldn’t come back to, but you can’t help it." Along with the single, the music video also made its debut, starring Kirstin herself. The song marks the first single from Maldonado’s debut EP, which is set to be released this summer.

ONEREPUBLIC, HAILEE STEINFELD TO PERFORM ON DANCING WITH THE STARS SEASON FINALE: As we wait to see who will take home the Mirrorball trophy on this season’s Dancing with the Stars finale, we’ll be entertained by some big names. The two-night finale of the ABC reality competition will feature performances from OneRepublic and Hailee Steinfeld on Tuesday. Hailee will sing her latest hit "Most Girls," while OneRepublic will perform their new single "No Vacancy." Superstar country group Lady Antebellum will also perform, as well as DWTS Season 10 champion and former Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger. Scherzinger is appearing in ABC’s TV movie musical version of Dirty Dancing Wednesday night; she and one of her co-stars, Colt Prattes, will dance to "Do You Love Me" from the movie. The Season 24 champ will be announced Tuesday night live.

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Rita Ora Designs Wave Sculpture For Ocean Conservation, Releases Artwork For New Single

Rita Ora joined luxury skin care brand La Mer to help raise awareness and funds for ocean conservation. The philanthropic initiative, called La Mer Wave Walk, kicked off on Saturday, placing 50 unique "waves" designed by entertainment influencers all throughout Manhattan. Observers can purchase the pieces through art and design auction house Paddle8.

Ora and actress Sienna Miller’s sculptures are on view at the Oculus in the World Trade Center in New York’s Financial District. The exhibition, which concludes on June 23rd and offers a live auction at Sotheby’s on June 21st, will donate 100% of the proceeds to La Mer Blue Heart Oceans Fund for Project 0.

Meanwhile, Ora is stripping things back to basics for her brand new single. The 26-year-old has shared the single artwork for her brand new song – her first in two years. She teamed up with Ed Sheeran on her new track, titled "Your Song," due for release May 26th.

The former America’s Next Top Model host rocked a jaw-dropping dress that did some baring of its own at the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas last night. She wore a sheer lace skirt over a black thong bodysuit, which she said was a direct nod to Cher. Ora said she went for the daring look not only because Cher’s received the ICON award last night, but because it’s her birthday. Ora flew into Las Vegas for the awards show after seeing the legendary singer perform in London, and she wanted to pay her a tribute. Inside the event, Rita hit the show again to introduce The Chainsmokers before their performance.

Rita also has a new television project coming up to keep her busy – she’ll be teaming up with Nick Carter and Spice Girl Emma Bunton to groom the next boy band sensation on ABC’s new Boy Band competition series.

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Chris Cornell's Wife And Lawyer Question Suicide Ruling

Vicky Cornell, the wife of late Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell, and an attorney representing the Cornell family have questioned the results of a medical examiner's report that said the 52-year-old musician committed suicide by hanging himself. The lawyer, Kirk Pasich, released a statement on Friday (May 19th) in which he expressed doubt that Chris intentionally killed himself, saying, "Without the results of toxicology tests, we do not know what was going on with Chris -- or if any substances contributed to his demise. Chris, a recovering addict, had a prescription for Ativan and may have taken more Ativan than recommended dosages. The family believes that if Chris took his life, he did not know what he was doing, and that drugs or other substances may have affected his actions."

  • Pasich noted that some medical literature indicates that Ativan can cause paranoid or suicidal thoughts, slurred speech and impaired judgment.
  • The drug is taken mainly for anxiety, but can also be used to treat insomnia, panic attacks, and alcohol withdrawal. Common side effects include drowsiness, dizziness, tiredness, amnesia, difficulty concentrating and more.

In a separate statement, Vicky Cornell said the medication may have played a role in her husband's death. She said:

"Chris's death is a loss that escapes words and has created an emptiness in my heart that will never be filled. As everyone who knew him commented, Chris was a devoted father and husband. He was my best friend. His world revolved around his family first and, of course, his music, second. He flew home for Mother's Day to spend time with our family. He flew out mid-day Wednesday, the day of the show, after spending time with the children.

"When we spoke before the show, we discussed plans for a vacation over Memorial Day and other things we wanted to do. When we spoke after the show, I noticed he was slurring his words; he was different. When he told me he may have taken an extra Ativan or two, I contacted security and asked that they check on him.

"What happened is inexplicable and I am hopeful that further medical reports will provide additional details. I know that he loved our children and he would not hurt them by intentionally taking his own life.

"The outpouring of love and support from his fans, friends and family means so much more to us than anyone can know. Thank you for that, and for understanding how difficult this is for us."

  • Cornell was found dead in his hotel room after performing a show in Detroit with Soundgarden last Wednesday evening (May 17th). Police and the medical examiner later concluded that he had hanged himself, although toxicology results are pending.
  • According to a report by the Detroit News, Chris kept repeating to his wife, "I am just tired," before hanging up the phone during their second conversation, after the show.
  • Vicky contacted Chris' security guard, Martin Kirsten, just after midnight and asked him to check on her husband.
  • Kirsten had been in Cornell's room an hour earlier to help him fix his computer. At that time he gave the singer two Ativan pills.
  • When the bodyguard returned after getting the call from Vicky, he had to kick in two locked doors before he found Chris slumped on the bathroom floor, "with blood running from his mouth and a red exercise band around (his) neck," according to an official police report.
  • Medics arrived on the scene and performed emergency procedures on the singer, but he was pronounced dead at 1:30 a.m.


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