BTS make K-pop history at 2017 Billboard Music Awards

She won five awards, including Top Female Artist, Top Touring Artist and Top R&B album for her latest effort "Lemonade".

'I want to say Lil Wayne, if it wasn't for the risks you took, none of us would be here tonight. The lead singer of Soundgarden and Audioslave and leader of the Seattle grunge movement was honored with a moment of silence during the awards show, which was a shorter than expected tribute to the 52-year-old singer and songwriter.

FILE - In this October 8, 2016 file photo, Drake performs on stage in Toronto, Canada.

President Trump, who has been nominated for two Emmys, "is cheating and getting away with it and using the White House to make money", Cher said while speaking to Billboard last week, triggering fears in Billboard Music Awards show execs that she could use the BBMAs as a platform to express her political views.

The rapper and the electronic dance duo the Chainsmokers were top contenders with 22 nominations each. The Canadian rapper now holds the record for most wins in one night after scoring 13 trophies during the show.

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

The Billboard Awards will be held Sunday night at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, where more awards will be announced. After the Degrassi: The Next Generation alum gave a fiery performance in the middle of the famous Bellagio fountain, he expressed his gratitude to his friends and family after receiving the Top Artist Award.

Nicki Minaj, Celine Dion, Miley Cyrus, Bruno Mars, Lorde, The Chainsmokers, Camila Cabello, John Legend and Imagine Dragons were among the other act who performed.

Drake and Beyonce were among the early winners. Other BBMAs Drake took home included the BBMAs for Top Song Sales Artist, Top Streaming Song (Audio) for One Dance, Top Streaming Artist, Top R&B Song for One Dance, Top Rap Album for Views, Top Rap Tour and Top R&B Collaboration for One Dance.

The name BTS may not be familiar to the majority of Americans, but that didn't stop the South Korean boy band from making history Sunday night, when they became the first K-pop group to clinch a Billboard Music Award.

  • Salvatore Jensen