Mother’s Day is in a pair weeks, however Drake gave his mother an early reward with a heartfelt speech on the 2019 Billboard Music Awards, the place the rap star additionally broke Taylor Swift’s document for many wins.
Drake turned up the love for his mother when he picked up high artist, besting Cardi B, Ariana Grande, Post Malone and Travis Scott. He received 12 awards Wednesday in Las Vegas, making his profession whole 27 (Swift has 23 wins).
He appeared as much as the ceiling as he held the trophy, then mentioned: “I simply wish to thank my mother for her relentless effort in my life.
“I want to thank my mom for all the times you drove me to piano. All the times you drove me to basketball and hockey — that clearly didn’t work out. All the times you drove me to ‘Degrassi.’ No matter how long it took me to figure out what I wanted to do, you were always there to give me a ride, and now we’re on one hell of a ride,” Drake mentioned.
Family bonding was a theme on the three-hour present, which aired dwell on NBC and was hosted by Kelly Clarkson
Ciara’s younger son and husband, NFL participant Russell Wilson, danced alongside whereas she labored the stage, and Nick and Joe Jonas gave kisses to Priyanka Chopra and Sophie Turner of “Game of Thrones” fame after they sang within the viewers earlier than hitting the stage. Brendon Urie of Panic! on the Disco appeared to his mother and father as he accepted high rock track, quoting the identify of his present hit: “Hey look Ma, I made it!”
Mariah Carey’s twins cheered her on as she sang a medley of her hits and accepted the Icon award. She was in diva kind earlier than taking the award from Jennifer Hudson, throwing her serviette on the ground after dabbing her face with it.
“Without getting into all the drama, all the ups and downs of my career … I guess I always felt like an outsider, someone who doesn’t quite belong anywhere, and I still feel like that lost interracial child who had a lot of nerve to believe I could succeed at anything at all in this world. But, and this is the truth, I did believe because I had to,” she mentioned. “The truth is I dedicated my life to my music — my saving grace — and to my fans.”
Cardi B, the night time’s high nominee with 21, locked lips with husband Offset on the pink carpet and the couple sat carefully contained in the venue. She received six awards, together with high Hot 100 track for “Girls Like You” with Maroon 5.
“I remember when Maroon 5 hit me up to do this song. I was like, ‘Bro I’m five months pregnant. I can’t even breathe.’ But this record to me was so amazing. I was like, ‘Oh this is going to be a hit.’ And now I sing this song to my daughter because she’s the girl that I need,” she mentioned.
Drake and Cardi B — who each received a number of awards throughout the dwell telecast — used their speeches to advertise love and appreciation for his or her friends within the music trade.
Others, too, introduced on the constructive vitality when onstage. Imagine Dragons’ band chief Dan Reynolds used his speech to spotlight the hazards of conversion remedy on LGBTQ youth. He earned rousing applause. Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard adopted swimsuit, telling the viewers after successful high nation track: “In the spirit of so much truth being spoken tonight by so many talented artists, I think we should speak some truth.”
“As artists we all get to experience so many unbelievable things, but in our opinion, at the end of the day, it’s all for nothing if you’re not using your platform for better … to spread love, to help those in needs, to be a light to your community,” he mentioned.
Swift kicked off the present when she introduced her new music video to life with a colourful, eye-popping efficiency of her track “ME!” Dancers carrying shiny, pastel colours spun within the air holding umbrellas and a marching band kicked off Swift’s efficiency — like many of the world, possibly she was impressed by Beyonce’s new Coachella movie?
Madonna, carrying an eye-patch, teamed up with Colombian singer Maluma for a efficiency, nevertheless it was Grammy-winning Christian artist Lauren Daigle who had the night time’s finest efficiency. She sang “You Say,” giving the viewers a relaxed, but sturdy and highly effective efficiency. She was backed by three superior background singers and a pianist.
BTS, who carried out alongside Halsey, additionally had a serious night time. At the Billboard Awards and American Music Awards, the Ok-pop band had solely beforehand received “social” awards based mostly off their fanatic fan base, however on Wednesday BTS picked up high duo/group, besting Grammy-winning teams like Maroon 5, Imagine Dragons and Dan + Shay.
“I still can’t believe we’re here on this stage with so many great artists,” RM mentioned as followers screamed loudly. “We’re still the same boys from six years ago, we still have the same dreams … we still have the same thoughts. Let us keep dreaming.”
An unlikely winner on the Billboard Awards? “Game of Thrones” actress Maisie Williams, whose performs Arya Stark on the HBO sequence and shined brightly on final week’s episode.
“Shout-out to Arya Stark for putting in that work last week,” Drake mentioned onstage after successful his first award of the night.