Canadian connection: Drake meets Celine Dion at Billboards

Tuesday, 23 May, 2017

They broke a record and beat out Justin Bieber who has won the award for the past several years. Performing from the center of the famous Bellagio fountains in Las Vegas, the "More Life" rapper was surrounded by flames, water and fireworks as he rapped the song "Gyalchester".

The awards were held at the T-Mobile Arena.

The 26-year-old singer courted attention in her Francesco Scognamiglio look, comprising a bejewelled white top and black lace skirt, which was so see-through that her black thong underwear could clearly be seen beneath. You can look to Cher's performances of "Believe" and "Turn Back Time" as evidence.

"And I can do a five minute plank!" she added, to laughs.

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However, Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons summed up his career succinctly, noting he was "a true innovator", "a musical architect", "a prolific songwriting" and "a legendary performer".

A leader of the grunge movement spreading out of Seattle, the 52-year-old will be buried Friday in Los Angeles.

The theme song from James Cameron's Titanic, which garnered Dion an Academy Award, nearly didn't happen.

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Standing on a small secondary stage as scenes from the movie played behind her, Dion took an unexpectedly low-key approach to her signature song - at least until the end, when she busted out a dramatic vocal run that seemed to surprise even herself. The singer didn't dance, but performed the acoustic driven slow-burning song in front of giant images of the beach and ocean and ended the song with teary eyes.

Amongst the prizes Drake carried off on the night was the prestigious Top Artist Prize - an award that was hotly contested by Beyonce, Rihanna and Adele. Beckinsale bestowed the honor upon Drake, who cleaned up with 13 awards in total. But can you blame her?

Rapper Nicki Minaj opened the show with a star-studded medley.

Which means that the pink-heart "nipple pastie" on her left breast was actually more of a red herring - so get over it already Twitter.

The Toronto-based rapper is now the biggest victor ever, but Quebec-born singer, Celine Dion was the musical star of the event.

That was hardly the first time Drake shouted out his potential lady love throughout the evening.

All 10 of those acts are nominated for the night's biggest award - top artist.

When we found out that Vanessa Hudgens was cohosting the Billboard Music Awards, we legit could not have been more excited. While the ceremony, which aired live on ABC, may have been short on awards presentations, there was no shortage of performances. Miley Cyrus delivered an emotional, but low-key performance and Vanessa Hudgens shined as co-host.