The Billboard Music Awards returned to Las Vegas for its 2022 edition, delivering a star-studded evening in celebration of music's most chart-topping artists.
According to Variety, before the awards ceremony aired, Billboard announced many of the night's winners, including Drake, who took home five awards for top artist, male artist, rap artist, rap male artist and rap album.
Olivia Rodrigo took home the most awards of the night with seven, including new artist, female artist, Hot 100 artist, streaming songs artist, radio songs artist, Billboard Global 200 artist and Billboard 200 album.
Meanwhile, Ye was honored with Christian artist, gospel artist, Christian album, gospel album Christian song and gospel song.
Sean "Diddy" Combs hosted the awards show, which featured performances from controversial figures Morgan Wallen and Travis Scott.
In an interview with Billboard prior to the ceremony, Diddy said that his mission for the night is to "uncancel the cancelled", reports Variety
"Travis went through a tragedy; Morgan (used the N-word) while talking to his boy. People make mistakes," Diddy said.
"Now we're moving on with love and respect for everybody that was hurt or affected. It's time to forgive."
The show also included performances from Bryson Tiller, Jack Harlow, Christian Combs, Teyana Taylor, Becky G, Burna Boy, Dan + Shay, Ed Sheeran, Elle King and Miranda Lambert, Florence + the Machine, Latto, Maxwell, Rauw Alejandro and Silk Sonic.
The Billboard Awards are data-driven, based on a combination of streaming strength, radio airplay, album and track sales, as well as social engagement.
An abridged list of the 2022 Billboard Music Awards winners:
Top Artist: Drake
Top New Artist: Olivia Rodrigo
Top Male Artist: Drake
Top Female Artist: Olivia Rodrigo
Top Duo/Group: BTS
Top Billboard 200 Artist: Taylor Swift
Top Hot 100 Artist: Olivia Rodrigo
Top Streaming Songs Artist: Olivia Rodrigo
Top Song Sales Artist: BTS
Top Radio Songs Artist: Olivia Rodrigo
Top Billboard Global 200 Artist: Olivia Rodrigo
Top Billboard Global (Excl. U.S.) Artist: Ed Sheeran
Top Tour: The Rolling Stones ('No Filter Tour')
Top R&B Artist: Doja Cat
Top R&B Male Artist: The Weeknd
Top R&B Female Artist: Doja Cat
Top Rap Artist: Drake
Top Rap Male Artist: Drake
Top Rap Female Artist: Megan Thee Stallion
Top Country Artist: Taylor Swift
Top Country Male Artist: Morgan Wallen
Top Country Female Artist: Taylor Swift
Top Country Duo/Group: Dan + Shay
Top Rock Artist: Glass Animals
Top Rock Tour: The Rolling Stones ('No Filter Tour')
Top Latin Artist: Bad Bunny
Top Latin Male Artist: Bad Bunny
Top Latin Female Artist: Kali Uchis
Top Dance/Electronic Artist: Lady Gaga
Top Christian Artist: Ye
Top Gospel Artist: Ye
Top Billboard 200 Album: Olivia Rodrigo, ‘SOUR’
Top Rap Album: Drake, ‘Certified Lover Boy’
Top Country Album: Taylor Swift, ‘Red (Taylor’s Version)’
Top Rock Album: twenty one pilots, ‘Scaled and Icy’
Top Latin Album: Karol G, ‘KG0516’
Top Dance/Electronic Album: Illenium, ‘Fallen Embers’
Top Christian Album: Ye, ‘Donda’
Top Gospel Album: Ye, ‘Donda’
Top Hot 100 Song: The Kid LAROI Justin Bieber, ‘Stay’
Top Streaming Song: The Kid LAROI Justin Bieber, ‘Stay’
Top Selling Song: BTS, ‘Butter’
Top Radio Song: Dua Lipa, ‘Levitating’
Top Collaboration: The Kid LAROI Justin Bieber, ‘Stay’
Top Billboard Global 200 Song: The Kid LAROI Justin Bieber, ‘Stay’
Top Billboard Global (Excl. U.S.) Song: The Kid LAROI Justin Bieber, ‘Stay’
Top Viral Song: Doja Cat ft. SZA, ‘Kiss Me More’
Top R&B Song: Silk Sonic (Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak), ‘Leave The Door Open’
Top Rap Song: Lil Nas X ft. Jack Harlow, ‘Industry Baby’
Top Rock Song: Måneskin, ‘Beggin''
Top Latin Song: Kali Uchis, ‘telepatía’
Top Dance/Electronic Song: Sir Elton John Dua Lipa, ‘Cold Heart – PNAU Remix’
Top Christian Song: Ye, ‘Hurricane’ – winner
Top Gospel Song: Ye, ‘Hurricane’
This article was originally published on IOL.