Canadian R&B pop star The Weeknd ("Blinding Lights") won ten trophies at the Billboard Music Awards ceremony on Monday night.
The 31-year-old singer won awards as "Top Artist", as best singer and for the best R&B album.
Rapper Pop Smoke received five awards at the live show in Los Angeles, including Best Rap Artist and Top New Artist.
Several trophies also went to South Korean pop group BTS, Puerto Rican singer Bad Bunny, rockers Machine Gun Kelly, Lady Gaga and Taylor Swift.
US singer Pink accepted the “Icon Award” for special services in the music world. The 41-year-old brought daughter Willow (9) to the stage for a musical acrobatic performance for the song "Cover Me in Sunshine". Her Canadian colleague Drake (34, "What's Next") received the special award as "Artist of the Decade". He was accompanied by his three-year-old son Adonis. With a total of 28 Billboard Music Awards in his career, he is the record holder of the event.
The three-hour show on an open-air stage and in a concert hall in Los Angeles was peppered with live performances.
The boy band BTS joined in with their new song "Butter" from South Korea, while the British band Duran Duran rocked from London.
In addition to them, Alicia Keys, HER, Doja Cat and The Weeknd also performed.
For the first time, singer Nick Jonas (28) hosted the evening.
The Billboard Music Awards have been presented annually by the magazine of the same name since 1990 and are largely based on chart placements.Keywords: