Drake beats Adele’s record at Billboard Music Awards


Nicki Minaj and Drake

Drake, Celine Dion and Dennis Graham (Drake’s Dad)

Toronto rapper Drake picked up 13 awards at Sunday’s Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas, beating the previous record of 12 held by Adele.

Drake had earned 10 awards in early winners announced Sunday morning and won an 11th for top male artist in the first minutes of the show

He beat out Beyoncé, Justin Bieber, Rihanna, Adele, Ariana Grande, the Weeknd, twenty one pilots, Shawn Mendes and the Chainsmokers for top artist.

The top artist award was presented by Prince Jackson, the late Michael Jackson’s eldest son.

Some of Drake’s early wins included top Billboard 200 artist, top Hot 100 artist, top rap artist, top rap album (Views) and top R&B song (“One Dance”).

Beyoncé earned five awards  in the early winners and two more by the end of the night.

Trinidad-born Nicki Minaj opened the show at T-Mobile Arena with a nine-minute set of her top songs.

Celine Dion performed  an old favourite “My Heart Will Go On,” which won an Academy Award for best original song.

Drake and the Chainsmokers are two of the few top-nominated acts who attended the show. Beyoncé, Rihanna, Adele, Ariana Grande, twenty one pilots and Canadian favourites The Weeknd and Shawn Mendes did not attend.