The Canadian singer The Weeknd and British singer Adele won big at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards (BBMA) on Sunday in Las Vegas, US.
The Weeknd (whose original name is Abel Makkonen Tesfaye) won awards for best R&B song (The Hills), best album and best artist – dedicating the first award to Prince.
He also won awards for Top Hot 100, Song Sales, and Streaming Songs Artist – winning eight awards in total.
— The Weeknd (@theweeknd) May 23, 2016
Adele won four awards: Best Top Artist, Top Billboard 200 Album, Top Female Artist and the Top Billboard 200 Artist.
Madonna paid tribute to Prince, while Kesha earned a standing ovation for her stirring rendition of "It Ain't Me, Babe" honouring Bob Dylan.
His Purple Heart was there in spirit. Long may He Reign! pic.twitter.com/o8fb8Cq6Fh
— Madonna (@Madonna) May 23, 2016
Celine Dion dedicated her Icon award to her late husband at Sunday night's emotion-packed Billboard Music Awards.
— Pop Crave (@PopCrave) May 23, 2016
Britney Spears kicked off the BBMA 2016 with a medley of her hits such as "Toxic," "Womanizer" and "I’m A Slave 4 U.
Popular young singer Justin Bieber won the Top Male Artist and the Top Social Media Artist awards.
Musician and DJ David Guetta won the award for Top Dance/Electronic Artist on the same night.
— billboard dance (@billboarddance) May 23, 2016
Rihanna was honoured with the Chart Achievement award.
English-Irish pop boy band One Direction won the award for the Top Group at BBMA.
The song "See You Again" by Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth was honoured with Top Rap Song at BBMA.