Unless you have been under a rock within the last 24 hours then you may not know that Drake came, saw and conquered the 2017 Billboard Awards last night. The Passionfruit rapper, not only won ten pre-televised awards but won three additional ones including Top Artist and Top Male Artist. This officially helped beat Adele’s record for the most awards won in a single night at the pregist award show. Unlike many other award shows that are a popularity contest, The Billboard Awards are based on actual album sales, online streaming and other factors that show the artist success. Drake’s last album ,VIEWS spent thirteen weeks at number 1 on the Billboard charts, when it was released last year.
Drake also delivered an epic performance in the middle of the Bellagio Fountains where he performed, Gyalchester, with a backdrop of fireworks. He continues to show why he is one of the top performers in this industry. During one of his speeches during the night, he shouted out Ludacris who was hosting and acknowledged although they have had their differences, he was ready to put that in the past. He also affectionately told label mate Nicki Minaj that he was happy they were in a better place, presumably after a two year long beef with her boyfriend at the time, Meek Mill.
Nicki Minaj, I’m so glad we found our way back, because I love you and I could never, ever see it any other way
And of course, he thanked Lil Wayne for putting him in the position he’s in today.
Congrats to Drake, it is not easy to work to be the best in your field. No matter how you may feel about him, nobody can deny that he puts out quality music that connects with the masses, especially after last night. His fate as an artist has been set in stone. Wonder who will be the next artist to break his record?
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