Wednesday, 6 July, 2022

Billboard Music Awards 2022: Kanye, Rodrigo, Drake, BTS win big

Just 16 months after Olivia Rodrigo shot to stardom with the smash single “drivers license,” the teen phenom was the top winner at the 2022 Billboard Music Awards, which were held Sunday (May 15) at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, reports Billboard.

Rodrigo won seven awards, one of the strongest showings by a new artist in BBMA history.

Ye (formerly Kanye West) won six awards, more than any other male artist this year. He swept the gospel and Christian categories, taking top artist, top album and top song in both genres.

The three artists with the most career BBMA honors each won multiple awards on the night, which allows them to retain their win, place and show rankings. Drake won five awards, upping his total to 34. Taylor Swift won four, advancing her total to 29. Justin Bieber won five, hiking his total to 26.

Drake won top artist for a record third time. He also won top male artist for a record third time; top rap artist for a record fourth time; and top rap album for a record third time (for Certified Lover Boy).

BTS won three awards, more than any other group or duo this year. The K-pop septet won top duo/group for the third time, putting them in a tie with another youthquake-starting band, One Direction, for most wins in the category.