The Weeknd Wins Top Artist at the Billboard Music Awards 2021

The Billboard Music Awards broadcast on Sunday night, for which there was an in-person, masked audience gathered outside at L.A. Live, was packed with high-energy and celebratory performances. But one in particular left viewers tilting their heads wondering, “How?”

 

The Weeknd’s off-site performances throughout the past year and change have, in fact, become something of a spectacle. He performed atop the Edge -- the highest sky deck in the Western Hemisphere -- for his 2020 MTV VMAs set, and sauntered through a frenzy of fireworks for his 2020 American Music Awards gig. But his BBMAs performance was perhaps his riskiest yet, as he performed amidst a fleet of vintage cars and semi-trucks whizzing by.

 

The Weeknd took home the top artist trophy at the Billboard Music Awards - beating out fellow nominees Drake, Juice WRLD, Pop Smoke, and Taylor Swift. The pop star capped his highly successful evening with his third acceptance speech of the night - thanking his parents, and once more, his fans. promising those in attendance that he does not “take this for granted.” The win was The Weeknd’s impressive 10th victory at this year’s ceremonies, following wins for top male artist, top Hot 100 artist, top Radio Songs artist, top R&B artist, top R&B male artist, top R&B album (for After Hours), top Hot 100 song, top radio song and top R&B song (all for “Blinding Lights”).