Many of the musicians who made it to Las Vegas yesterday had a great time at the 2019 Billboard Music Awards, whether they won a number of trophies or simply took to the stage to perform their latest singles, as is the case with Madonna, Taylor Swift, and BTS. Cardi B came in second place among all winners with half a dozen trophies and Maroon 5 claimed four, but nobody came even close to snagging as many wins as Drake.
The Canadian musician ended up taking home a dozen golden microphones, including in major verticals like Top Artist, Top Male Artist, Top Billboard 200 Album, Top Streaming Song (Video) and almost every rap award there is. Snagging 12 wins would be enough of a reason for any musician to celebrate, but Drake has also made history thanks to his new trophies.
With a dozen new honors to his credit, Drake is now the artist with the most Billboard Music Awards in the ceremony’s history. His career total is now up to 27 prizes, which is just a few more than his closest competitor, Taylor Swift. The country-turned-pop star has won 23 BBMAs throughout her career, and though she didn’t take anything home last night, she’s bound to add to her trophy shelf again.
In fact, chances are she’ll end up winning a few at the next staging of the annual award show, as her new single “Me!,” as well as any music she releases in the next several months (including an album and its subsequent singles) will be eligible, and likely to win. While that may be true, Drake will probably also have new tunes that are eligible by then, and it’s never smart to bet against the biggest artist in the business.
Drake set a record for the most wins in a single night just two years ago when he ended up walking away with 13 honors. He is now one of only two musicians who have earned at least a dozen wins in a single night (the other is Adele), and he’s the first to do so on more than one occasion.