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Billboard Music Awards 2016: The Tears, The Trophies And The Tributes

Showbiz May 23, 2016

The Weeknd swept up the trophies, Céline Dion got emotional and Priyanka Chopra shut down the red carpet last night at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards.

The Weeknd took home eight awards, which is more than any male artist in Billboard history!

He won for Top Radio Song award for "Can't Feel My Face," the Top Hot 100 Artist award, the Top Radio Songs Artist award, the Top Streaming Song (Audio) award for "The Hills," the Top R&B Artist award, and the Top R&B Song award for "The Hills."

The Toronto pop star also dedicated one of his wins to legend Prince, saying the late artist would still help him "push the envelope."

"I love him so much. I didn't know him, but he was so close to me," he said. "He will always be an inspiration."

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Justin Bieber wowed the crowd with performances of his songs "Company" and "Sorry" from his latest album, Purpose. He also took home an award for Top Male Artist and thanked his family, friends and fans for "believing in him."

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The night opened with a power-packed performance from Britney Spears. She performed a medley of her songs, including "I'm a Slave 4 U" and "Womanizer."

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Fans were highly anticipating Kesha's performance last night as well. The star's record label had refused to let her perform but later gave in under the condition that she refrain from mentioning her ongoing legal battle with them while on stage.

Kesha performed a rendition of Bob Dylan's "It Ain't Me Babe," which earned her a standing ovation from the audience.

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Then there were tributes to music legend Prince. Although people were looking forward to Madonna’s tribute to the late singer, they were surprised to witness tributes from Questlove and Stevie Wonder as well.

Questlove gave a special speech in honour of Prince. After Madonna’s performance of "Nothing Compares 2 U," Stevie Wonder wowed everyone as he took the stage alongside Madonna to perform "Purple Rain."


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Among the night's most memorable moments, Céline Dion’s emotional speech definitely hit the spot.

Just four months after losing her husband, the artist gave a powerful performance of Queen’s "The Show Must Go On," first released in 1991 in honour of Freddie Mercury, who was dying of HIV/AIDS.

Dion dazzled the audience with her performance, but her acceptance speech and her son René-Charles's surprise visit was what really warmed the hearts of the audience and Dion herself. 

The songstress accepted the Icon Award from her son and thanked her fans, the people she loves and her husband, whom she says  “will continue to watch over [her] from up above.”

Last but not least, the Billboard awards were blessed with some South Asian flavour with the presence of Bollywood belle Priyanka Chopra.

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The stunning beauty never fails to impress the world or her fans. PeeCee royally slayed the red carpet in a backless blue Atelier Versace gown.

She also let everyone know she's "all about the bass" after revealing her favourite singer of the moment, Meghan Trainor

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Farah Quraishi

Farah Quraishi


Farah Quraishi is a Journalism graduate from Sheridan College, she teaches story writing to young adults, has won a best documentary award at BEAC Awards, and enjoys fashion, nature, and Bollywood. She always had a passion for writing and decided to pursue that path.