Drake picked up top artist, besting Cardi B, Ariana Grande, Post Malone and Travis Scott.
Clarkson, who is hosting the show, said she was asked to hold a moment of silence for the 10 victims who died Friday, but chose instead to call for "a moment of action."
Drake punched in 13 nominations for the American Music Awards beating Michael Jackson's record of 11 nominations set in 1984.
Madonna pays tribute to Prince and Celine Dion honours her husband at 24th Billboard Music Awards, where singers The Weeknd and Adele lead the night.
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