BMAs 2016: The Weeknd makes history with 8 awards

New Delhi : He didn’t perform, but people still couldn’t feel their faces as The Weeknd dominated at 2016 Billboard Music Awards night.

The 26-year-old singer took home eight honors, including Top Hot 100 Artist and Top R&B Artist at the Las Vegas event.

Prince’s last television appearance was presenting the ‘The Hills’ singer with an American Music Award, and now, while picking up the award for Top 100 Artist Award, The Weeknd recalled “the greatest experience of his entire life.”

He said, “I love him so much. I don’t know him. But he was very close to me. And he will always be an inspiration. And of course, helped me push the envelope forever, and every artist I hope. Rest in peace, Prince. Thank you, I love you.”

Interestingly, the ‘I Can’t Feel My Face’ hit-maker, who was nominated 19 times in 16 categories at this year’s ceremony, became the first male artist to bag 8 awards in a go.

Adele, who received eight nominations but wasn’t present at the ceremony as she continues her world tour, also won big as she swept the award for Top Artist, beating Justin Bieber, Drake, Taylor Swift and The Weeknd and the Top Billboard 200 Album award for ’25,’ beating Justin’s ‘Purpose,’ Ed Sheeran’s ‘x,’ Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’ and The Weeknd’s ‘Beauty Behind The Madness.’

In a pre-recorded video message, she was heard saying, “I can’t believe I won another one. This record was quite a mission to make. I had to overcome … my own emotional battles. Have a drink for me.”

Justin Bieber took home the Top Male Artist Award, while Rihanna picked up the Billboard Chart Achievement award after winning the public vote ahead of Drake, Adele, Little Big Town and The Weeknd.

Celine Dion, who was presented with the Icon Award, Billboard’s lifetime achievement honour, by her 15-year-old son Rene Charles, broke down in tears on stage and said, “I want to be strong for my family and my kids. I didn’t want to cry. They make me so happy. Music has been my passion since before I remember. So many people have helped me get here today. Most importantly, my beloved husband who I know will continue to watch over me from up above.” (ANI)