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Billboard Awards: Drake surpasses Adele's record after claiming 13 gongs

By Justice Kofi Bimpeh
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Drake toppled Adele's record for the most prizes in a single night at the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday when he was presented with the best artist accolade.
The Canadian rapper won 13 awards, beating Adele's achievement by one, at the ceremony in Las Vegas on Sunday.

He was joined on the stage by around a dozen people including "love of my life" Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne and his father wearing a purple suit after being handed the top award by Prince Michael Jackson, the son of the late singer.

Accepting the top prize, Drake said: "I just want to say hold tight Adele because when a new ting drops you will crawl your way back to get the record back."

Adele set the former record at the 2012 awards when she won prizes including top artist, top female artist and top pop artist.

Noah Cyrus told the T-Mobile Arena that her older sister Miley is the "happiest she's ever been" as she introduced her performance of new single Malibu, which sees the star remould herself as a wholesome country singer.

Drake and US duo The Chainsmokers lead the way for nominations for the night, being up for 22 prizes.

Beyonce has already won five awards, including beating Adele to top female artist and winning best R&B album for Lemonade.

The pair went head to head for the top prize of best artist after Adele scooped the top plaudits over Beyonce at the Grammys in February, but both lost to the Canadian rapper.

The winners are decided by song sales over the past year, streaming, radio airplay, touring and social media interactions as tracked by Billboard.
source: thetelegraph