Country singer Morgan Wallen emerged as the big winner at the Billboard Music Awards, clinching 11 awards, including top male artist and album of the year. Wallen’s success comes two years after his suspension by his record label for using a racial slur, a controversy that led to his exclusion from Grammy Award nominations this month. Taylor Swift was another major winner, securing 10 prizes, including top artist and top-selling song for “Anti-Hero.” Despite the accolades, Wallen continues to face industry scrutiny for his past actions.
- Morgan Wallen: Top Male Artist, Album of the Year, Single of the Year, Top Country Artist, Top Streaming Songs Artist, Top Country Touring Artist.
- Taylor Swift: Top Artist, Top-Selling Song (“Anti-Hero”).
Swift’s Emotional Response: Taylor Swift, in a pre-recorded acceptance speech, expressed her gratitude, stating, “Billboard bases everything off of what you are listening to and what you’re passionate about… I feel like the luckiest girl to have you in my corner and caring about the music I make.”
- Mariah Carey received a chart achievement award for her enduring hit “All I Want For Christmas Is You.”
- Drake won five awards, including Top Rap Artist and Top Rap Album.
- Beyoncé secured three awards, including Best R&B Touring Artist and Best Dance/Electronic Album for “Renaissance.”
- Nigerian artist Burna Boy won Best Afrobeats Artist.
The awards ceremony showcased intricate choreography and performances, including memorable sets by K-pop sensation Stray Kids, Tate McRae, and Karol G.
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