(AllHipHop News) Rapper Ludacris and R&B songbird Ciara hosted the 2016 Billboard Music Awards earlier this evening (May 22) in Las Vegas.
The enduring legacy of the late singer Prince was honored during this year’s Billboard Music Awards, which was televised nationally for the first time via ABC from the T-Mobile Arena.
The highlight of the show came thanks to a tribute performance to Prince by another pop icon, singer/songwriter Madonna. Roots’ frontman/Prince collaborator Questlove shared some special words about the icon, who died unexpectedly on April 21 at the age of 57.
Questlove’s tribute kicked off a cringeworthy set by “the Material Girl,” who sat on a purple throne and began a medley of Prince’s hits, including “Let’s Go Crazy,” “Nothing Compares 2 U,” and a surprise guest duet of “Purple Rain” with Stevie Wonder.
Performers during 2016’s Billboard Music Awards included Britney Spears, who opened the show and snagged the Billboard Millennium Award.
Others to hit the stage included Rihanna, Justin Bieber, Tove Lo, Fifth Harmony and Ty Dolla Sign, while DJ Khaled, Kelly Rowland, Marc Cuban and Keke Palmer served as presenters.
Tributes aside, singer The Weeknd snagged Top Hot 100 Artist and Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth won Top Hot 100 Song for “See You Again.”
Other big winners included Taylor Swift and Adele, who won Top Billboard 200 Album for, 25. She used the awards show to premiere her new video “Send My Love (To Your New Lover).’ Fetty Wap won Best New Artist and Drake took home Best Rap Artist.
Drake’s rival Meek Mill scored a huge victory by winning the Top Rap Album. The Philly rap legend not only bested Drake’s If You’re Read This It’s Too Late, he also triumphed over Drake and Future’s What A Time To Be Alive and Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly.
Justin Bieber beat out Drake, Fetty Wap, Ed Sheeran and The Weeknd for Top Male Artist and Rihanna won the Billboard Chart Achievement Award which was voted on by fans. Check out the full winners list here.