05/22/2016 09:28 EDT | Updated 05/23/2016 06:59 EDT

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

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