Billboard Music Awards 2016 Winners List: The Weeknd Thanks Prince, Canada Dominates

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While most Canadians were celebrating Victoria Day long weekend, several notable Canucks were raking in the acclaim at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas on Sunday.

Shawn Mendes, Justin Bieber and Céline Dion all performed at the ceremony. Dion brought down the house with her rendition of Queen's "The Show Must Go On" in a moving tribute to her late husband, René Angélil, accompanied on-stage by her son René-Charles.

But it was Scarborough, Ont. native The Weeknd received the most honours of any artist heading into the event, picking up 19 nominations. The "Can't Feel My Face" singer, who faced off against himself in two categories, won the first award of the night and took home a trophy for "Top Hot 100 Artist."

In his acceptance speech, he made reference to when the late artist Prince presented him with the American Music Award for Favourite Album - Soul/R&B back in November.

"I want to dedicate this award to the late great Prince, rest in peace," said The Weeknd. "I was told not long ago that in his last TV appearance he had given me an award, and that was like, the single greatest experience of my life."

"I love him so much. I didn't know him, but he was very close to me and he will always be an inspiration. And of course, helped me push the envelope forever and every artist, I hope. Rest in peace, Prince. I love you."

The Weeknd's tribute comes before Madonna's scheduled tribute to the late singer. Her performance aired during the later part of the telecast, right before the end of the show.

But the "Earned It" singer, who also won the "Top R&B Song" statue for "The Hills" bringing his trophy total to eight for the night, is just one Canadian who went home a winner.

Justin Bieber won the "Top Male Artist" award, beating out both The Weeknd and Drake. The 22-year-old kept his speech short, as he's "not really a talker," before quickly thanking his family and God.

"I want to thank everybody who believed in me and believes in me," said Bieber.

The "Sorry" singer stayed humble, and won the "Top Social Media Artist" award outside of the broadcast. Drake won a non-televised award of his own, for "Top Rap Artist," yet Adele emerged victorious in the quest to win some of the night's biggest categories.

Though Adele was not present at the ceremony, she sent taped acceptance speeches for her "Top Artist" and "Top Billboard 200 Artist" wins, and premiered her new video for "Send My Love (To Your New Lover)" at the event.

Here is the complete list of winners from the 2016 Billboard Music Awards:

Billboard Icon Award: Céline Dion

Billboard Chart Achievement Award (Fan-Voted):
Little Big Town
WINNER: Rihanna
The Weeknd

Top Artist:
Justin Bieber
Taylor Swift
The Weeknd

Top New Artist:
WINNER: Fetty Wap
Charlie Puth
Bryson Tiller

Top Male Artist:
WINNER: Justin Bieber
Fetty Wap
Ed Sheeran
The Weeknd

Top Female Artist:
Selena Gomez
​Ariana Grande
Taylor Swift

Top Duo/Group:
Maroon 5
WINNER: One Direction
twenty one pilots
The Rolling Stones

Top Billboard 200 Artist:
Justin Bieber
Taylor Swift
The Weeknd

Top Hot 100 Artist:
Justin Bieber
Fetty Wap
Taylor Swift
WINNER: The Weeknd

Top Song Sales Artist:
Justin Bieber
Fetty Wap
WINNER: The Weeknd

Top Radio Songs Artist:
Justin Bieber
Ellie Goulding
Ed Sheeran
Taylor Swift
WINNER: The Weeknd

Top Streaming Songs Artist:
Justin Bieber
Fetty Wap
WINNER: The Weeknd

Top Social Media Artist:
WINNER: Justin Bieber
Selena Gomez
​Ariana Grande
Demi Lovato
Taylor Swift

Top Touring Artist:
One Direction
The Rolling Stones
WINNER: Taylor Swift

Top R&B Artist:
Chris Brown
Bryson Tiller
WINNER: The Weeknd

Top Rap Artist:
Fetty Wap
Wiz Khalifa

Top Country Artist:
Zac Brown Band
WINNER: Luke Bryan
Sam Hunt
Chris Stapleton
Carrie Underwood

Top Rock Artist:
Fall Out Boy
Elle King
WINNER: twenty one pilots
Walk the Moon
X Ambassadors

Top Latin Artist:
Banda Sinaloense MS De Sergio Lizárraga
Juan Gabriel
Nicky Jam
Ariel Camacho y Los Plebes del Rancho
WINNER: Romeo Santos

Top Dance/Electronic Artist:
The Chainsmokers
DJ Snake
WINNER: David Guetta
Major Lazer

Top Christian Artist:
Casting Crowns
Lauren Daigle
WINNER: Hillsong United
Chris Tomlin

Top Gospel Artist:
Anthony Brown and group therAPy
Tasha Cobbs
WINNER: Kirk Franklin
Travis Greene
Marvin Sapp

Top Billboard 200 Album:
WINNER: Adele, 25
Justin Bieber, Purpose
Ed Sheeran, x
Taylor Swift, 1989
The Weeknd, Beauty Behind The Madness

Top Soundtrack:
Empire: Original Soundtrack from Season 1
Fifty Shades of Grey
Furious 7
Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1
WINNER: Pitch Perfect 2

Top R&B Album:
Chris Brown, Royalty
Rihanna, Anti
Bryson Tiller, T R A P S O U L
Tyrese, Black Rose
WINNER: The Weeknd, Beauty Behind The Madness

Top Rap Album:
Drake, If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late
Drake & Future, What A Time To Be Alive
Dr. Dre, Compton
Kendrick Lamar, To Pimp A Butterfly
WINNER: Meek Mill, Dreams Worth More Than Money

Top Country Album:
WINNER: Chris Stapleton, Traveller
Luke Bryan, Kill The Lights
Sam Hunt, Montevallo
Zac Brown Band, Jekyll + Hyde
Carrie Underwood, Storyteller

Top Rock Album:
Alabama Shakes, Sound & Color
David Bowie, Blackstar
Coldplay, A Head Full Of Dreams
Mumford & Sons, Wilder Mind
WINNER: twenty one pilots, Blurryface

Top Latin Album:
WINNER: Juan Gabriel, Los Dúo
Juan Gabriel, Mis Número 1…40 Aniversario
Mana, Cama Incendiada
Gerardo Ortiz, Hoy Más Fuerte
Romeo Santos, Formula, Vol. 2

Top Dance/Electronic Album:
David Guetta, Listen
Major Lazer, Peace Is The Mission
​ODESZA, In Return
​Skrillex & Diplo, Skrillex and Diplo Present Jack Ü
WINNER: Zedd, True Colors

Top Christian Album:
WINNER: Lauren Daigle, How Can It Be
​Hillsong UNITED, Empires
Joey + Rory, Hymns That Are Important To Us
TobyMac, This Is Not A Test
Chris Tomlin, Adore: Christmas Songs of Worship

Top Gospel Album:
Anthony Brown & group therAPy, Everyday Jesus
Tasha Cobbs, One Place Live
WINNER: Kirk Franklin, Losing My Religion
Jonathan McReynolds, Life Music: Stage Two
Marvin Sapp, You Shall Live

Top Hot 100 Song:
Adele, “Hello”
Fetty Wap, “Trap Queen”
WINNER: Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth, “See You Again”
The Weeknd, “Can’t Feel My Face”
The Weeknd, “The Hills”

Top Selling Song:
WINNER: Adele, “Hello”
Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth, “See You Again”
OMI, “Cheerleader”
Rachel Platten, “Fight Song”
The Weeknd, “The Hills”

Top Radio Song:
Adele “Hello”
Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth, “See You Again”
Mark Ronson Featuring Bruno Mars, “Uptown Funk!”
WINNER: Walk the Moon, “Shut Up And Dance”
The Weeknd, “Can’t Feel My Face”

Top Streaming Song (Audio):
Justin Bieber, “Sorry”
Justin Bieber, “What Do You Mean”
​Fetty Wap, “Trap Queen”
WINNER: The Weeknd, “The Hills”
Drake, “Hotline Bling”

Top Streaming Song (Video):
​Fetty Wap, “Trap Queen”
Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth, “See You Again”
Mark Ronson Featuring Bruno Mars, “Uptown Funk!”
WINNER: Silentó, “Watch Me”
The Weeknd, “The Hills”

Top R&B Song:
Alessia Cara, “Here”
​Omarion Featuring Chris Brown & Jhene Aiko, “Post To Be”
The Weeknd, “Can’t Feel My Face”
The Weeknd, “Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey)”
WINNER: The Weeknd, “The Hills”

Top Rap Song:
Drake, “Hotline Bling”
​Fetty Wap, “Trap Queen”
​Fetty Wap, “679” feat. Remy Boyz
​Silentó, “Watch Me”
WINNER: Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth, “See You Again”

Top Country Song:
Sam Hunt, “Break Up In A Small Town”
Sam Hunt, “Take Your Time”
Little Big Town, “Girl Crush”
WINNER: Thomas Rhett, “Die A Happy Man”
Chris Young, “I’m Comin’ Over”

Top Rock Song:
Fall Out Boy, “Uma Thurman”
Elle King, “Ex’s & Oh’s”
twenty one pilots, “Stressed Out”
WINNER: Walk the Moon, “Shut Up And Dance”
X Ambassadors, “Renegades”

Top Latin Song:
J Balvin, “Ginza”
Ariel Camacho y Los Plebes del Rancho, “Te Metiste”
WINNER: Nicky Jam & Enrique Iglesias, “El Perdon”
​Maluma, “Borro Cassette”
Romeo Santos, “Propuesta Indecente”

Top Dance/Electronic Song:
The Chainsmokers Featuring ROZES, “Roses”
DJ Snake & AlunaGeorge, “You Know You Like It”
David Guetta feat. Nicki Minaj, Bebe Rexha & Afrojack, “Hey Mama”
WINNER: Major Lazer & DJ Snake Featuring MØ, “Lean On”
Skrillex & Diplo, “Where Are Ü Now” with Justin Bieber

Top Christian Song:
WINNER: Hillsong UNITED, “Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)”
​Hillsong UNITED, “Touch The Sky”
​MercyMe, “Flawless”
NEEDTOBREATHE Featuring Gavin DeGraw, “Brother”
Chris Tomlin, “Good Good Father”

Top Gospel Song:
Anthony Brown and group therAPy, “Worth”
Erica Campbell feat. Big Shizz, “I Luh God”
WINNER: Kirk Franklin, “Wanna Be Happy?”
Travis Greene, “Intentional”
Brian Courtney Wilson, “Worth Fighting For”


Billboard Music Awards 2016 Red Carpet Photos
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