Drake smashes Adele’s Billboard Music Awards record

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It was a big – no, huge – night for Drake at last night’s (May 21) Billboard Music Awards, as he walked away with an impressive 13 awards.

So while 13 might be unlucky for some, it certainly isn’t for Drake.

Rapper Drake poses in the press room 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 2017 Billboard Music Awards at T-Mobile Arena on May 21, 2017 in Las Vegas

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Smashing Adele’s 2012 record of a measly 12 awards, Drake picked up gongs for the likes of Top Male Artist, Top Rap Tour, Top R&B Song for ‘One Dance’ and Top Hot 200 Album. Phew.

Drake also picked up the biggest award of the night, Top Artist, beating the likes of Beyoncé, Justin Bieber, Rihanna and Adele herself (again).

While there’s no denying bagging 13 awards in one ceremony is an achievement, we suspect that Drake might not be totally thrilled about his ever-growing trophy cabinet.

After being nominated for eight Grammys, and winning two, Drake revealed his frustration at being pigeonholed in the rap category because he’s a “black artist”.

Rihanna and Drake in the 'Work' video (GIF)

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“I’m apparently a ‘rapper’ even though ‘Hotline Bling’ is not a rap song,” he said. “The only category that they can manage to fit me in is a ‘rap’ category.

“Maybe because I’ve rapped in the past, or because I’m black, I can’t figure out why.”

Drake performs at The O2

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Adding that he was “proud” to be writing pop songs as well as rap, Drake admitted that winning awards for a rap category at this year’s Grammys felt “weird”.

“I feel almost alienated or you’re tryna purposely alienate me by making me win rap awards, or either just pacify me by handing me something, putting me in that category, cos it’s the only place you can figure out where to put me.”


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