Canadians Win 12 Billboard Music Awards

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The Weeknd broke the record for the most annual Billboard awards won by a male soloist with eight. The Canadian R&B singer was the big story at the 2016 gala held in Las Vegas, USA. He won Top R&B Song (“The Hills”), Top Hot 100 Artist, Top Song Sales Artist, Top Radio Songs Artist, Top Streaming Songs Artist, Top R&B Artist, Top R&B Album (Beauty Behind the Madness), and Top Streaming Song (Audio) for “The Hills”. Justin Bieber won two awards: Top Male Artist and Top Social Media Artist. The Biebs was one of three Canadians who performed at the show. Before a backdrop of laser light, he crooned out his big hits “Company” and “Sorry”. The young Shawn Mendes pumped out “Stitches” on the Billboard stage, while Céline Dion brought down the house with her cover of Queen’s “The Show Must Go On”, a performance Billboard staff ranked as the second best of the evening. Dion was presented with Billboard’s Icon award by her son René-Charles and dedicated the moment to her late husband. Drake took home the 12th award by a Canadian for Top Rap Artist.