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A Deeper Look Back At The 2016 Billboard Music Awards

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Last night was a big deal for the chart toppers of the music world as ABC brought you the 2016 Billboard Music Awards hosted by Ciara and Ludacris. It was a big night for The Weeknd, who walked away with 8 awards out of his 19 nominations. He made headlines after winning his first award of the night when he dedicated his Top 100 Artist award to Prince. Prince famously made his last TV appearance before his death also on ABC, on November of 2015, when he presented the American Music Award for Favorite Soul/R&B album to The Weeknd for his breakthrough album, Beauty Behind The Madness. It was that album that allowed The Weeknd to sweep last night’s award show thanks to hits like, “I Can’t Feel My Face,” “The Hills,” “In The Night”, and “Earned It” also from Fifty Shades Of Grey.

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Justin Bieber and Adele were also big winners of the night, each nabbing more than one award, including Adele winning the big award of the night of Top Artist. Even though she could not be there due to her tour commitments, her presence certainly was felt. Along with sending some very gracious thank yous, she also gave the ABC viewers the gift of premiering the new video for her new single  “Send My Love (To Your New Lover).” Thatis the second video from her blockbuster album, 25 following her massive hit “Hello.”

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Like many award shows these days however, the broadcast was packed with more live performances than awards. With that said, you will find a complete list of the night’s nominees and winners that were and were not seen on TV below.

But As you can probably imagine, the night was full of some great TV moments, and exclusive premieres. The all-star line up on the stage included Britney Spears, Shawn Mendes, Justin Bieber, Pink, DNCE, Blake Shelton with Gwen Stefani , Celine Dion, Madonna, and more! Among these was also the much talked about tribute to Prince with special guest Stevie Wonder. As can be expected with last night’s show and many other award shows on network TV, many of these performances are hard to find online without having them taken down due to a copyright claim shortly after they are found. Therefore as we work on bringing you stories related to the music heard on last night’s show, check out the award show’s recaps and interviews from Billboard and others.

Complete Winner’s List For The 2016 Billboard Music Awards

Top Artist:
Adele — WINNER
Justin Bieber
Drake
Taylor Swift
The Weeknd

Billboard Chart Achievement Award (Fan-Voted):
Rihanna — WINNER
Adele
Drake
The Weeknd
Little Big Town

Top R&B Song:
Alessia Cara “Here”
​Omarion Featuring Chris Brown & Jhene Aiko, “Post To Be”
The Weeknd, “Can’t Feel My Face”
The Weeknd, “Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey)”
The Weeknd, “The Hills” — WINNER

Top Billboard 200 Album:
Adele, 25 — WINNER
Justin Bieber, Purpose
Ed Sheeran, x
Taylor Swift, 1989
The Weeknd, Beauty Behind The Madness

Top Male Artist:
Justin Bieber — WINNER
Drake
Fetty Wap
Ed Sheeran
The Weeknd

Top Country Song:
Sam Hunt, “Break Up In A Small Town”
Sam Hunt, “Take Your Time”
Little Big Town, “Girl Crush”
Thomas Rhett, “Die A Happy Man” — WINNER
Chris Young, “I’m Comin’ Over”

Top Hot 100 Song:
Adele, “Hello”
Fetty Wap, “Trap Queen”
Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth, “See You Again” — WINNER
The Weeknd, “Can’t Feel My Face”
The Weeknd, “The Hills”

Top Hot 100 Artist:
Justin Bieber
Drake
Fetty Wap
Taylor Swift
The Weeknd — WINNER

Top New Artist:
Fetty Wap — WINNER
OMI
Charlie Puth
​Silentó
Bryson Tiller

Top Female Artist:
Adele — WINNER
Selena Gomez
​Ariana Grande
Rihanna
Taylor Swift

Top Duo/Group:
Maroon 5
One Direction — WINNER
twenty one pilots
The Rolling Stones
U2

Top Billboard 200 Artist:
Adele — WINNER
Justin Bieber
Drake
Taylor Swift
The Weeknd

Top Song Sales Artist:
Adele
Justin Bieber
Drake
Fetty Wap
The Weeknd — WINNER

Top Radio Songs Artist:
Justin Bieber
Ellie Goulding
Ed Sheeran
Taylor Swift
The Weeknd — WINNER

Top Streaming Songs Artist:
Justin Bieber
Drake
Fetty Wap
​Silentó
The Weeknd — WINNER

Top Social Media Artist:
Justin Bieber — WINNER
Selena Gomez
​Ariana Grande
Demi Lovato
Taylor Swift

Top Touring Artist:
Madonna
One Direction
The Rolling Stones
Taylor Swift — WINNER
U2

Top R&B Artist:
Chris Brown
​Jeremih
Rihanna
Bryson Tiller
The Weeknd — WINNER

Top Rap Artist:
Drake — WINNER
Fetty Wap
Future
Wiz Khalifa
Silentó

Top Country Artist:
Zac Brown Band
Luke Bryan — WINNER
Sam Hunt
Chris Stapleton
Carrie Underwood

Top Rock Artist:
Fall Out Boy
Elle King
twenty one pilots — WINNER
Walk the Moon
X Ambassadors

Top Latin Artist:
Banda Sinaloense MS De Sergio Lizárraga
Juan Gabriel
Nicky Jam
Ariel Camacho y Los Plebes del Rancho
Romeo Santos — WINNER

Top Dance/Electronic Artist:
The Chainsmokers
DJ Snake
David Guetta — WINNER
Major Lazer
​Zedd

Top Christian Artist:
Casting Crowns
Lauren Daigle
​Hillsong United — WINNER
MercyMe
Chris Tomlin

Top Gospel Artist:
Anthony Brown and group therAPy
Tasha Cobbs
Kirk Franklin — WINNER
Travis Greene
Marvin Sapp

Top Soundtrack:
Empire: Original Soundtrack from Season 1
Fifty Shades of Grey
Furious 7
Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1
Pitch Perfect 2 —
WINNER

Top R&B Album:
Chris Brown, Royalty
Rihanna, Anti
Bryson Tiller, T R A P S O U L
​Tyrese, Black Rose
The Weeknd, Beauty Behind the Madness — WINNER

Top Rap Album:
Drake, If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late
Drake & Future, What A Time To Be Alive
Dr. Dre, Compton
Kendrick Lamar, To Pimp A Butterfly
Meek Mill, Dreams Worth More Than Money — WINNER

Top Country Album:
Chris Stapleton, Traveller — WINNER
Luke Bryan, Kill The Lights
Sam Hunt, Montevallo
Zac Brown Band, Jekyll + Hyde
Carrie Underwood, Storyteller

Top Rock Album:
Alabama Shakes, Sound & Color
David Bowie, Blackstar
Coldplay, A Head Full Of Dreams
Mumford & Sons, Wilder Mind
twenty one pilots, Blurryface — WINNER

Top Latin Album:
Juan Gabriel, Los Dúo — WINNER
Juan Gabriel, Mis Número 1…40 Aniversario
​Mana, Cama Incendiada
Gerardo Ortiz, Hoy Más Fuerte
Romeo Santos, Formula, Vol. 2

Top Dance/Electronic Album:
David Guetta, Listen
Major Lazer, Peace Is The Mission
​ODESZA, In Return
​Skrillex & Diplo, Skrillex and Diplo Present Jack Ü
​Zedd, True Colors — WINNER

Top Christian Album:
Lauren Daigle, How Can It Be — WINNER
​Hillsong UNITED, Empires
Joey + Rory, Hymns That Are Important To Us
​TobyMac, This Is Not A Test
Chris Tomlin, Adore: Christmas Songs of Worship

Top Gospel Album:
Anthony Brown & group therAPy, Everyday Jesus
Tasha Cobbs, One Place Live
Kirk Franklin, Losing My Religion — WINNER
Jonathan McReynolds, Life Music: Stage Two
Marvin Sapp, You Shall Live

Top Selling Song:
Adele, “Hello” — WINNER
Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth, “See You Again”
OMI, “Cheerleader”
Rachel Platten, “Fight Song”
The Weeknd, “The Hills”

Top Radio Song:
Adele “Hello”
Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth, “See You Again”
Mark Ronson Featuring Bruno Mars, “Uptown Funk!”
Walk the Moon, “Shut Up and Dance” — WINNER
The Weeknd, “Can’t Feel My Face”

Top Streaming Song (Audio):
Justin Bieber, “Sorry”
Justin Bieber, “What Do You Mean”
​Fetty Wap, “Trap Queen”
The Weeknd, “The Hills” — WINNER
Drake, “Hotline Bling”

Top Streaming Song (Video):
​Fetty Wap, “Trap Queen”
Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth, “See You Again”
Mark Ronson Featuring Bruno Mars, “Uptown Funk!”
​Silentó, “Watch Me” — WINNER
The Weeknd, “The Hills”

Top Rap Song:
Drake, “Hotline Bling”
​Fetty Wap, “Trap Queen”
​Fetty Wap, “679” feat. Remy Boyz
​Silentó, “Watch Me”
Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth, “See You Again” — WINNER

Top Rock Song:
Fall Out Boy, “Uma Thurman”
Elle King, “Ex’s & Oh’s”
twenty one pilots, “Stressed Out”
Walk the Moon, “Shut Up And Dance” — WINNER
X Ambassadors, “Renegades”

Top Latin Song:
J Balvin “Ginza”
Ariel Camacho y Los Plebes del Rancho, “Te Metiste”
Nicky Jam & Enrique Iglesias, “El Perdon” — WINNER
​Maluma, “Borro Cassette”
Romeo Santos, “Propuesta Indecente”

Top Dance/Electronic Song:
The Chainsmokers Featuring ROZES, “Roses”
DJ Snake & AlunaGeorge, “You Know You Like It”
David Guetta feat. Nicki Minaj, Bebe Rexha & Afrojack, “Hey Mama”
Major Lazer & DJ Snake Featuring MØ, “Lean On” — WINNER
Skrillex & Diplo, “Where Are Ü Now” with Justin Bieber

Top Christian Song:
​Hillsong UNITED, “Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)” — WINNER
​Hillsong UNITED, “Touch the Sky”
MercyMe, “Flawless”
NEEDTOBREATHE Featuring Gavin DeGraw, “Brother”
Chris Tomlin, “Good Good Father”

Top Gospel Song:
Anthony Brown and group therAPy, “Worth”
Erica Campbell feat. Big Shizz, “I Luh God”
Kirk Franklin, “Wanna Be Happy?” — WINNER
Travis Greene, “Intentional”
Brian Courtney Wilson, “Worth Fighting For”

 

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