Billboard announces its winners

Music keeps rewarding!


By Hareem Fatima

KARACHI: As much as their music has rewarded their listeners, musicians deserve praise for their content and acclaim for their creativity. In a time when the whole world is plunged into warfare, genocide, and propaganda, Billboard awards come as a breath of fresh air as congratulatory messages are making rounds for the winners. So who are the winners for this year?

The Weeknd takes home the award as the Top Artist for the year. A category for which Drake, Juice WRLD, Pop Smoke, Taylor Swift were nominated alongside the Canadian singer. The Weeknd has also won in two other categories – Top Male Artist (where he was nominated alongside Drake, Juice WRLD, Lil Baby, Pop Smoke) as well as Top Hot 100 Artist (where he was nominated alongside DaBaby, Drake, Dua Lipa, and Pop Smoke). But does The Weeknd lift his foot off the gas pedal? No. He goes on to win the award for Top R&B Artist as well as an award for Top R&B artist male.

 

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Also bagging Top Radio Songs Artist, The Weeknd has been rewarded immensely for his song, ‘Blinding Lights’, his most famous to date. The song has won Top Hot 100 Song Presented by Rockstar, Top Radio Song, Top R&B Song while his album – After Hours receives the award for Top R&B Album.

On the other hand, Pop Smoke wins in the category of Top New Artist. Nominated alongside were Gabby Barrett, Doja Cat, Jack Harlow, and Rod Wave. But that is not all. Pop Smoke is also a recipient of Top Rap Artist, Top Rap Male Artist. His album Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon has won Top Billboard 200 Album and Top Rap Album.

 

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Taylor Swift has been another one of the many winners taking home several awards at the Billboard Awards. Top Female Artist, Top Billboard 200 Artist are two categories in which Swift has bagged her trophies. Lady Gaga (nominated alongside Kygo, The Chainsmokers, Marshmello, and Surf Mesa) takes home an award for Top Dance/Electronic Artist.

Machine Gun Kelly wins Top Rock Artist, while Trae Tha Truth accepts the second-ever Change Maker Award at the Billboard Music Awards.

 

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On the other hand, DaBaby has brought home Top Rap Song for Rockstar, featuring Roddy Ricch.

 

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Good news is in order for the BTS army as the boy band is another one of many winners at the Billboard Music Awards. They bring with them awards for Top Social Artist (for the fifth time), Top Song Sales Artist, Top Duo/Group, Top Selling Song for their song ‘Dynamite’.

 

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Drake, on the other hand, wins Artist of the Decade and Top Streaming Artist.

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