The Weeknd and Pop Smoke have been among the many early winners on the Billboard Music Awards.
he ceremony, which celebrates chart success, befell on the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles and was hosted by Nick Jonas.
Canadian R&B star The Weeknd led the best way in nominations with 16 and picked up the primary televised award – for prime sizzling 100 artist – and in his acceptance speech stated “it’s been a darkish 12 months”.
He additionally joked about not having to put on the pink go well with that has turn out to be synonymous along with his chart-topping album After Hours.
Jonas described the final 12 months as “an insane rollercoaster trip” earlier than explaining the masked, in-person viewers was potential attributable to following pandemic security pointers.
Producer DJ Khaled opened the present with singer-songwriter H.E.R. and rap group Migos, performing their collaboration We Going Loopy.
Doja Cat and SZA have been additionally among the many early performers with their track Kiss Me Extra.
A number of the trade’s greatest names, together with Alicia Keys, Dangerous Bunny and BTS, are scheduled to carry out.
Pop star P!nk is because of carry out on a night she is going to obtain Billboard’s icon award whereas Drake, the most-awarded artist within the present’s historical past, will probably be named artist of the last decade.
Many winners have been introduced off-air earlier than the TV broadcast.
The Weeknd gained seven awards, together with prime male artist, whereas Swift gained the feminine equal.
Drake gained prime streaming songs artist.
Late rapper Pop Smoke, who was shot useless aged 20 in Los Angeles final 12 months, was named prime new artist.
Nation music star Morgan Wallen gained three prizes – prime nation album, prime nation artist and prime nation male artist – however didn’t attend the ceremony after being filmed utilizing a racial slur.