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The Weeknd feels the love at the '2021 Billboard Music Awards' with Ten Wins and gets his Grammy revenge

Heather Newgen

While the Grammys may have snubbed The Weeknd, the Billboard Muisc Awards celebrated the "Starboy" singer in a big way. The Canadian artist was nominated for 16 awards and took home the most trophies of the night with ten – including Top Artist and Top Hot 100 Artist – bringing his career total to 19. With this, he becomes the number five most decorated Billboard Musis Award winner of all time behind Drake, Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber, and Garth Brooks.

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The Weeknd accepts Top Hot 100 Artist onstage during the 2021 Billboard Music Awards held at the Microsoft Theater on May 23, 2021 --Emma McIntyre/NBC

“I'd like to thank my fellow nominees. It's been a dark year and you brought light and an escape with your music," The Weeknd said onstage collecting his first award of the night.

The Weeknd famously called out the Grammys for thier secretive committee process that likely played a role in his shockingly zero nominations for the 2021 awards after having one of the biggest albums and the most-streamed single of the year with “After Hours” and “Blinding Light.” Although the very public controversial fallout resulted in changes in the voting process at the Recording at the Academy, the chart-topping singer will continue to boycott the Grammys.

The Billboard Music Awards featured a star-studded lineup of presenters including Leslie Odom Jr., Gabrielle Union, Chelsea Handler, Cynthia Erivo, Dixie D’Amelio, Lena Waithe, and The Weeknd who appeared in a red convertible from an undisclosed location in downtown Los Angeles and performed a beautiful rendition of his hit "Save Your Tears."

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The Weeknd performs for the 2021 Billboard Music Awards, broadcast on May 23, 2021Christopher Polk/NBC

See below for a complete list of winners:

ARTIST AWARDS

Top Artist: The Weeknd

Top New Artist: Pop Smoke

Top Male Artist: The Weeknd

Top Female Artist: Taylor Swift

Top Duo/Group: BTS

Top Billboard 200 Artist: Taylor Swift

Top Hot 100 Artist: The Weeknd

Top Streaming Songs Artist: Drake

Top Song Sales Artist: BTS

Top Radio Songs Artist: The Weeknd

Top Social Artist (Fan Voted): BTS

Top R&B Artist: The Weeknd

Top R&B Male Artist: The Weeknd

Top R&B Female Artist: Doja Cat

Top Rap Artist: Pop Smoke

Top Rap Male Artist: Pop Smoke

Top Rap Female Artist: Megan Thee Stallion

Top Country Artist: Morgan Wallen

Top Country Male Artist: Morgan Wallen

Top Country Female Artist: Gabby Barrett

Top Country Duo/Group: Florida Georgia Line

Top Rock Artist: Machine Gun Kelly

Top Latin Artist: Bad Bunny

Top Latin Male Artist [NEW CATEGORY]: Bad Bunny

Top Latin Female Artist [NEW CATEGORY]: Karol G

Top Latin Duo/Group [NEW CATEGORY]: Eslabón Armado

Top Dance/Electronic Artist: Lady Gaga

Top Christian Artist: Elevation Worship

Top Gospel Artist: Kanye West

ALBUM AWARDS

Top Billboard 200 Album: Pop Smoke “Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon”

Top R&B Album: The Weeknd “After Hours”

Top Rap Album: Pop Smoke “Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon”

Top Country Album: Morgan Wallen “Dangerous: The Double Album”

Top Rock Album: Machine Gun Kelly “Tickets to My Downfall”

Top Latin Album: Bad Bunny “YHLQMDLG”

Top Dance/Electronic Album: Lady Gaga “Chromatica”

Top Christian Album: Carrie Underwood “My Gift”

Top Gospel Album: Maverick City Music “Maverick City Vol. 3 Part 1”

SONG AWARDS

Top Hot 100 Song Presented by Rockstar: The Weeknd “Blinding Lights”

Top Streaming Song: DaBaby ft. Roddy Ricch “ROCKSTAR”

Top Selling Song: BTS “Dynamite”

Top Radio Song: The Weeknd “Blinding Lights”

Top Collaboration (Fan Voted): Gabby Barrett ft. Charlie Puth “I Hope”

Top R&B Song: The Weeknd “Blinding Lights”

Top Rap Song: DaBaby ft. Roddy Ricch “ROCKSTAR”

Top Country Song: Gabby Barrett “I Hope”

Top Rock Song: AJR “Bang!”

Top Latin Song: Bad Bunny & Jhay Cortez “Dákiti”

Top Dance/Electronic Song: SAINt JHN “Roses (Imanbek Remix)”

Top Christian Song: Elevation Worship ft. Brandon Lake “Graves Into Gardens”

Top Gospel Song: Kanye West ft. Travis Scott “Wash Us In The Blood”

TOTAL WINS BY ARTIST (In Numerical Order)

The Weeknd (10): Top Artist, Top Hot 100 Artist, Top Hot 100 Song Presented by Rockstar; Top Male Artist, Top Radio Songs Artist, Top R&B Artist, Top R&B Male Artist, Top R&B Album, Top Radio Song, Top R&B Song

Pop Smoke (5): Top Billboard 200 Album, Top New Artist, Top Rap Artist, Top Rap Male Artist, Top Rap Album

Bad Bunny (4): Top Latin Artist, Top Latin Male Artist, Top Latin Album, Top Latin Song

BTS (4): Top Selling Song, Top Duo/Group, Top Song Sales Artist, Top Social Artist (Fan Voted)

Gabby Barrett (3): Top Country Female Artist, Top Country Song, Top Collaboration (Fan Voted)

Morgan Wallen (3)*: Top Country Album, Top Country Artist, Top Country Male Artist

DaBaby (2): Top Rap Song, Top Streaming Song

Drake (2): Artist of the Decade, Top Streaming Songs Artist

Elevation Worship (2): Top Christian Artist, Top Christian Song

Kanye West (2): Top Gospel Artist, Top Gospel Song

Lady Gaga (2): Top Dance/Electronic Artist, Top Dance/Electronic Album

Machine Gun Kelly (2): Top Rock Artist, Top Rock Album

Roddy Ricch (2): Top Rap Song, Top Streaming Song

Taylor Swift (2): Top Female Artist, Top Billboard 200 Artist

AJR (1): Top Rock Song

Brandon Lake (1): Top Christian Song

Carrie Underwood (1): Top Christian Album

Charlie Puth (1): Top Collaboration (Fan Voted)

Doja Cat (1): Top R&B Female Artist

Eslabón Armado (1): Top Latin Duo/Group [NEW CATEGORY]

Florida Georgia Line (1): Top Country Duo/Group

Jhay Cortez (1): Top Latin Song

Karol G (1): Top Latin Female Artist [NEW CATEGORY]

Maverick City Music (1): Top Gospel Album

Megan Thee Stallion (1): Top Rap Female Artist

P!NK (1): ICON Award

SAINt JHN (1): Top Dance/Electronic Song

Travis Scott (1): Top Gospel Song

TOTAL WINS BY ARTIST (In Alphabetical Order)

AJR (1): Top Rock Song

Bad Bunny (4): Top Latin Artist, Top Latin Male Artist, Top Latin Album, Top Latin Song

Brandon Lake (1): Top Christian Song

BTS (4): Top Selling Song, Top Duo/Group, Top Song Sales Artist, Top Social Artist (Fan Voted)

Carrie Underwood (1): Top Christian Album

Charlie Puth (1): Top Collaboration (Fan Voted)

DaBaby (2): Top Rap Song, Top Streaming Song

Doja Cat (1): Top R&B Female Artist

Drake (2): Artist of the Decade, Top Streaming Songs Artist

Elevation Worship (2): Top Christian Artist, Top Christian Song

Eslabón Armado (1): Top Latin Duo/Group [NEW CATEGORY]

Florida Georgia Line (1): Top Country Duo/Group

Gabby Barrett (3): Top Country Female Artist, Top Country Song, Top Collaboration (Fan Voted)

Jhay Cortez (1): Top Latin Song

Kanye West (2): Top Gospel Artist, Top Gospel Song

Karol G (1): Top Latin Female Artist [NEW CATEGORY]

Lady Gaga (2): Top Dance/Electronic Artist, Top Dance/Electronic Album

Machine Gun Kelly (2): Top Rock Artist, Top Rock Album

Maverick City Music (1): Top Gospel Album

Megan Thee Stallion (1): Top Rap Female Artist

Morgan Wallen (3)*: Top Country Album, Top Country Artist, Top Country Male Artist

P!NK (1): ICON Award

Pop Smoke (5): Top Billboard 200 Album, Top New Artist, Top Rap Artist, Top Rap Male Artist, Top Rap Album

Roddy Ricch (2): Top Rap Song, Top Streaming Song

SAINt JHN (1): Top Dance/Electronic Song

Taylor Swift (2): Top Female Artist, Top Billboard 200 Artist

The Weeknd (10): Top Artist, Top Hot 100 Artist, Top Hot 100 Song Presented by Rockstar; Top Male Artist, Top Radio Songs Artist, Top R&B Artist, Top R&B Male Artist, Top R&B Album, Top Radio Song, Top R&B Song

Travis Scott (1): Top Gospel Song

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Heather Newgen has been reporting on the entertainment industry since 2004 and covers a variety of topics including travel, lifestyle, all things Hollywood related, fun things to do in and around LA and human interest stories. In addition, she travels the world volunteering and launched The Voluntourist in 2017 to inspire others to give back responsibly. She lives in Los Angeles with her dog Murphy, but you'll often find them in Joshua Tree on weekends. Follow her @iamthevoluntourist

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