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Drake named Top Artist at the Billboard Music Awards

The Canadian rapper set a new record for most Billboard Music Award wins in a year -- 13.

By Karen Butler
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Drake named Top Artist at the Billboard Music Awards
Drake appears backstage with his awards for Top Artist, Top Male Artist, Top Billboard 200 Artist, Top Billboard 200 Album for "Views," Top Hot 100 Artist, Top Song Sales Artist, Top Streaming Artist, Top Streaming Song (Audio) for "One Dance," Top R&B Song for "One Dance," Top R&B Collaboration for "One Dance," Top Rap Artist, Top Rap Album for "Views," and Top Rap Tour during the Billboard Music Awards on May 21. Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI | License Photo

May 22 (UPI) -- Drake was named Top Artist at the Billboard Music Awards show in Las Vegas Sunday.

The Canadian rapper also set a new record for most Billboard Music Award wins in a year -- 13. He took home the prizes for Top Male Artist, Top Rap Artist, Top Rap Tour, Top Rap Album for Views, Top Billboard 200 Artist and Top Hot 100 Artist, among others.

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"'I've got my whole family up here. Look at my dad, looking all sharp," Drake said at the end of the evening, putting his arm around a man in a purple tuxedo and white hat.

"I've got the man that is responsible for me being here. I've got the love of my life up here, too," he added, gesturing to Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj. "I just want to say, 'Hold tight, Adele, because when the new [album] drops, yeah, you're getting the record back.' But I want to say, someone wise once told me that life is like toilet paper: You're either on a roll or you're taking ... "

The rest of the statement was bleeped out by ABC censors.

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Beyoncé was also a big winner at the Billboard Music Awards. She won the trophies for Top Female Artist, Top Touring Artist, Top R&B Artist, Top R&B Tour and Top R&B Album for Lemonade.

Zayn was declared Top New Artist, and Twenty One Pilots won for Billboard Chart Achievement Award Presented by Xfinity, Top Duo/Group, Top Radio Songs Artist, Top Rock Artist and Top Rock Song for "Heathens."

Ludacris and Vanessa Hudgens hosted the event.

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