Drake dominates 2017 Billboard Music Awards

Beating out United States favorites Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, Ariana Grande and Shawn Mendes, BTS scooped the Top Social Artist award at a lavish ceremony in the T-Mobile Arena in downtown Las Vegas.

The top artist award was presented to the One Dance singer by Prince Michael Jackson, the son of the late singer.

Whatever it was, the audience gathered in Las Vegas ate it up, as she performed her new single "Malibu".

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Earlier in the BBMAs, Drake had won an award for Top Male Artist.

It marked Cher's first awards show performance in more than 15 years.

Beyonce's Lemonade was picked as the best R&B album while The Chainsmokers won top dance/electronic artist and top Hot 100 Song for Closer featuring Halsey.

However, Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons summed up his career succinctly, noting he was "a true innovator", "a musical architect", "a prolific songwriting" and "a legendary performer".

He was joined on the stage by Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne and his father.

Another Canadian was also having a great night as Drake was cleaning up with 12 awards before the show reached the halfway mark at the T-Mobile Arena. She recently broke Aretha Franklin's record for most songs placed on the Billboard Hot 100 chart by a female artist. Pregnant Beyonce, who did not attend the Las Vegas event, scored five awards, while The Chainsmokers and Twenty One Pilots ended up with four apiece. Celion Dion sang along backstage too.

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.

In this image taken from the Billboard Music Awards' Twitter page on May 22, 2017, BTS is called onto the stage to receive the Top Social Artist.

Former One Direction star Zayn Malik won best new artist but wasn't there to collect the prize in person, telling fans he was busy recording new songs.

Meanwhile, Sean "Diddy" Combs celebrated Notorious B.I.G. on what would have been the hip-hop legend's 45th birthday.

  • Salvatore Jensen