Hello, Drake has surpassed Adele’s record at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards on Sunday, picking up 13 awards.
Adele set a record at the show in 2012 with 12 wins. The rapper, who walked into the show Sunday with 22 nominations, won top artist, top male artist and top Billboard 200 album (“Views”), among others, at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
“I got my whole family up here,” said Drake, who stood onstage with nearly two dozen people, including his father, Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj.
Drake was presented the top artist award by Prince Jackson, the late Michael Jackson’s eldest son. Drake beat out Beyonce, Justin Bieber, Rihanna, Adele, Ariana Grande, the Weeknd, twenty one pilots, Shawn Mendes and the Chainsmokers for the top prize. Of those nominees, only Drake and the Chainsmokers attended the Billboard Awards.
But other big names showed up.
Cher, who received the Icon award, sang her dance anthem “Believe” in a glittery number that included pasties and blonde hair with pink tips. She later changed to a huge, curly black ‘do — and wore a black sheer bodysuit and leather jacket for “If I Could Turn Back Time.” Her performance had the audience on its feet, singing and dancing.
“I wanted to do what I do since I was 4 years old and I’ve been doing it for 53 years,” said Cher, who turned 71 on Saturday. “And I can do a five-minute plank. Just saying.”
“I think luck has so much to do with my success with a little bit of something thrown in,” she added.
Korean boy band BTS, who won top social artist, earned one of the night’s loudest ovations. Another highlight was Celine Dion.
In a beautiful, Met Gala-ready white gown, she belted out “My Heart Will Go On,” the Oscar-winning song from “Titanic.” The film is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. John Legend and Florida Georgia Line also had a shining moment when they sang a duet version of the country duo’s soft hit, “H.O.L.Y.”
Dan Reynolds of the rock band Imagine Dragons led a moment of silence for Chris Cornell, who died Thursday. He called the Soundgarden and Audioslave singer “a true innovator,” ”a musical architect,” ”a prolific songwriting” and “a legendary performer” — as a large photo of Cornell singing with his eyes closed was displayed behind him.
“We send our respects as well as our love to Chris’ family at this time,” Reynolds said.
Miley Cyrus sang her breezy new single, “Malibu,” delivering a sound and muted style that marked a departure from the hits that made her a pop star years ago. She was teary eyed at the end of the performance.
“And for the first time in years with pants on,” Noah Cyrus, standing next to father Billy Ray Cyrus, introduced her older sister, who was wearing white shorts and a cowboy hat.
Minaj kicked off the show with an explosive nine-minute performance of her hit songs alongside her mentor Lil Wayne and frequent collaborator David Guetta. She recently broke Aretha Franklin’s record for most songs placed on the Billboard Hot 100 chart by a female artist.
Co-host Vanessa Hudgens impersonated Minaj’s rap style at the top of the show, and it was the first of the many good moments for the actress and singer Sunday night. Hudgens, who hosted with Ludacris, also sang Dion’s “I’m Your Lady” and wowed with her fashion choices. Even Drake noticed her, saying she looked “incredible.”
Beyonce and twenty one pilots each won five awards, while the Chainsmokers — who tied Drake with 22 nominations — won four awards, including top Hot 100 song for “Closer” with Halsey.
“This feels good but it feels so wrong because I love Drake so much,” said Halsey (Drake’s “One Dance” was also nominated for top Hot 100 song).
The Chainsmokers performed “Young” with Andrew Taggart on vocals and Alex Pall behind the board (they were also backed by a drummer), and Drake performed from the Fountains of Bellagio. Ed Sheeran sang “Castle on the Hill” from Santiago, Chile, while Bruno Mars performed his silky new single, “Versace on the Floor,” from Amsterdam.
Other performers include Lorde, Sam Hunt, Halsey, Camila Cabello and Julia Michaels.
At the show, Diddy honored his former friend and artist Notorious B.I.G, who would have turned 45 on Sunday. Diddy also introduced CJ Wallace, B.I.G’s son, who spoke about his father’s legacy. Then Diddy showed the trailer of the documentary, “Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop: A Bad Boy Story,” which will be available on Apple Music on June 25.
Former One Direction singer Zayn was named best new artist, while Justin Timberlake’s Oscar-nominated “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” won top radio song and top selling song.
Blake Shelton won top country artist and showed love for his beau and fellow singer Gwen Stefani.
“I felt like the luckiest guy in the room ’cause Gwen was here with me anyway,” he said.
With 4 projects at Cannes, Kidman is open to ‘bold’ material
CANNES, France (AP) — Unveiling a new chapter in her already-considerable career, Nicole Kidman has brought four projects to Cannes this year, making her almost ubiquitous at the French Riviera festival.
“I’m at that place in my life where I’m trying to pretend I’m 21 and starting my career,” Kidman, who turns 50 next month, told reporters on Monday. “I want to try new things and support the filmmakers I believe in.”
Kidman’s projects at Cannes include Yorgos Lanthimos’s brutally dark family comedy “The Killing of a Sacred Deer,” which premiered Monday. On Sunday, the actress’ “How to Talk to Girls at Parties” — a 1970s punk-alien romantic romp by John Cameron Mitchell — debuted.
Still to come is Sofia Coppola’s “The Beguiled,” a female-perspective remake of the 1971 Clint Eastwood film, and the second season of Jane Campion’s acclaimed series “Top of the Lake,” in which she plays a character she’s described as a “radical feminist lesbian.”
Kidman’s omnipresence at the festival — along with her typically royal poise on the red carpet — has earned her the nickname “Queen of Cannes.”
“That’s sort of a confluence of events,” said Kidman said of her extensive Cannes lineup. “It’s not something I was aware would happen.”
But she did grant that the films, which follow her turn on the HBO miniseries “Little White Lies” and her Oscar-nominated performance in “Lion,” are the all the result of her resolution to “stay bold and open” to challenging material.
“I still have that passion, at this age, for acting and cinema and storytelling and pushing boundaries and moving out of my comfort zone to try things with an abandon,” said Kidman.
As would be expected from Lanthimos’ previous films (“The Lobster,” ”Dogtooth”), the reaction in Cannes was sharply divided over the Greek filmmaker’s latest. Both cheers and boos followed its morning screening, though critics largely praised Lanthimos’ allegorical horror.
“The material is brutal in accumulation,” said Lanthimos. “We never dealt with it with seriousness. Nicole likes to say that I told her all the time that this is a comedy, and I believe that.”
Kidman repeatedly spoke about her hunger as an actress, and her desire at this stage of her life to work with young and uncompromising filmmakers.
“I’ve worked a lot. I don’t have to work. I work because it’s my passion. I work because it’s how I express myself,” said Kidman. “I’ve always had that slightly rebel spirit where I don’t want to conform and I want to find a way not to. That’s who I am.”
But Kidman also said she keeps her work life separate from her family with singer Toby Keith and her four children.
“This film,” she said of “The Killing of a Sacred Deer,” ”my children will not be seeing.”
Katy Perry’s ‘backpack kid’ steals show during ‘SNL’ gig
NEW YORK (AP) — A teen Instagram dancing sensation has gone from online to on-air after Katy Perry invited him to show off his moves during her “Saturday Night Live” performance this weekend.
Fifteen-year-old Russell Horning took the “SNL” stage during Perry’s performance of her new single “Swish Swish.” He wore his trademark backpack and did his signature move of quickly swaying his hands around his waist.
The “backpack kid” became a hit on Twitter.
The Lawrenceville, Georgia, teen tells USA Today the collaboration came about after Perry noticed him on Instagram.
But it looks like Horning wasn’t too impressed with Perry’s dancing. His caption on a video of her trying to imitate his moves backstage at “SNL” read: “When your mom tries to look cool.”