Just 16 months after Olivia Rodrigo shot to fame with the single “driver’s license,” the teenage phenom was the big winner at the 2022 Billboard Music Awards, held Sunday (May 15) at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. .
Rodrigo won seven awards, one of the best performances by a new artist in BBMA history. R&B group Next won eight awards in 1998, as did R&B star Ashanti in 2002. Rodrigo’s track record included Billboard 200 top debut album, Sour. This is the third year in a row that a debut album has received this award. by Billie Eilish When we all fall asleep where do we go? won two years ago. Pop Smoke’s Aim for the stars, aim for the moon won last year.
Ye (formerly Kanye West) has won six awards, more than any other male artist this year. It swept the gospel and Christian categories, taking best artist, best album and best song in both genres. This brings Ye’s career BBMA total to 17, which ties him with Eminem for seventh in the BBMA all-time rankings. Ye won the top gospel artist award for a record-breaking third year. It also won Best Gospel Song for a record third time and Best Gospel Album for a record second time. (The Gospel Awards were established in 2016.)
The three artists with the most career BBMA accolades each won multiple awards over the course of the night, maintaining their rankings of wins, spots and shows. Drake has won five awards, bringing his total to 34. Taylor Swift has won four, bringing his total to 29. Justin Bieber has won five, bringing his total to 26.
Drake won the Top Artist award for a record third time. He also won the Best Male Artist award for a record third time; best rap artist for a record fourth time; and best rap album for a third record time (for Certified lover).
Swift won top artist on the Billboard 200 for a record fifth time. She also won this award last year. It is the first time that she has won in this important category two years in a row. Swift also took home the award for Top Country Artist, an award she previously won in 2011 and 2013. This allows her to tie Garth Brooks as the only three-time winners in the category’s history. Red (Taylor’s version) won best country album, an award the original Red won in 2013. Swift is a four-time winner in this category, again tying Brooks’ record. Biggest surprise: Swift won the award for top female country artist for the first time. The surprise? That this longtime awards magnet can still win anything for the first time at this stage of his career.
Bieber became the first artist in BBMA history to win the Top 100 song more than once. He won this year for “Stay,” his collaboration with The Kid LAROI. He won four years ago for “Despacito”, a genre mash-up by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, on which he featured.
BTS won three awards, more than any other group or duo this year. The K-pop septet took home best duo/group for the third time, tying them with fellow youth group One Direction for most wins in the category.
Lady Gaga won Best Dance/Electronic Artist for the third year in a row, which is notable as she also found time during this time to star in a hit movie, Gucci House, and record a Grammy-winning traditional pop album with Tony Bennett. Gaga also won in this category in 2011-12, giving her five wins and moving her ahead of The Chainsmokers as the top winners in category history.
Bad Bunny won top Latin artist for the third time, but female artists scored in the other two Latin categories. Karol G’s KGO516 won Best Latin Album, making it the first winner by a female artist since Jenni Rivera La Misma Gran Senora in 2013. Kali Uchis’ “Telepatía” won Best Latin Song, making it the first winner by a female artist since Shakira won for a collaboration with Freshlyground in 2011.
Dan + Shay won Best Country Duo/Group for the third time. This puts them ahead of Florida Georgia Line as the top winners in the category’s history, which began in 2018.
Lil Nas X and Jack Harlow won Best Rap Song for “Industry Baby,” two years after Lil Nas X took home the win in the “Old Town Road (Remix)” category, featuring Billy Ray Cyrus. LNX is only the second double winner in the category. The first was Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, who won back-to-back awards in 2013-14 with “Thrift Shop” (with Wanz) and “Can’t Hold Us” (with Ray Dalton).
“Leave the Door Open” by Silk Sonic, the Grammy-winning valentine of old-school R&B, won Best R&B Song. Bruno Mars, partner of Anderson .Paak in Silk Sonic, won in this category four years ago with “That’s What I Like”. Mars is the third artist to win twice in this category, after Pharrell Williams and The Weeknd.
Twenty-one pilots won the award for best rock album for Scaled and Glazedsix years after his victory in the category of blurred face. The duo are the fourth act to win twice in the category, following Coldplay, Imagine Dragons and Mumford & Sons.
Doja Cat won four awards, including Best R&B Artist. She is the fourth female artist to win in this category in the past decade, after Rihanna, Beyoncé and Ella Mai.
The Weeknd won one award, bringing his total to 20 awards. This gives him sole ownership of fourth place on the all-time winners list. He tied for that spot with Brooks, who won 19 awards. (Adele and Usher are tied for sixth place with 18 awards each, but neither has added to their tally this year. Adele has a very good chance of adding to her tally next year.)
Two titans of rock whose careers date back over half a century have won the 2022 BBMAs. Elton John won Best Dance/Electronic Song for his hit collaboration with Dua Lipa, “Cold Heart (PNAU Remix)” . The Rolling Stones did the best tour and the best rock tour for their No Filter tour. They are the first act dating back to the 1960s to win the top tour. U2, who have won this category three times, are comparative beginners. The band formed in Dublin in 1976, 14 years after the Stones formed in London.
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