Drake sets new record at Billboard Music Awards, smashing one previously set by Taylor Swift

By Zach Harper

Started from the bottom, now he’s broken Taylor Swift’s record.

Drake had a huge night at the 2019 Billboard Music Awards on Wednesday (May 1). The Toronto-born rapper picked up 12 awards in Las Vegas, including Top Artist, Top Male Artist, Top Billboard 200 Artist, Top Hot 100 Artist, Top Streaming Songs Artist, Top Song Sales Artist, Top Radio Songs Artist, Top Rap Artist, Top Male Rap Artist, Top 200 Billboard Album, Top Rap Album and Top Streaming Song (Video). In the process, he set a new record for the most Billboard Music Awards ever. He’s won 27 throughout his career.

The Champagne Papi with all the awards he won on Wednesday! Photo: © Kevin Mazur/Getty Images

“I just want to thank my mom for her relentless effort in my life,” he said when accepting the award for Top Artist, according to the Associated Press (AP). “I want to thank my mom for all the times you drove me to piano. All the times you drove me to basketball and hockey – that clearly didn’t work out. All the times you drove me to Degrassi. No matter how long it took me to figure out what I wanted to do, you were always there to give me a ride, and now we’re on one hell of a ride.”

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The man who also holds the record for the most charted songs among solo artists in the history of the Billboard Hot 100 chart also took time to thank everyone involved with Scorpion, his 2018 double album. On the day of its release, it broke Spotify’s one-day global record for album streams, getting more than 132 million plays. It also smashed a record Drake set himself with his 2017 More Life mixtape, getting 170 million streams on Apple Music in a single day.

“Thank you to everybody who gave me their time, their energy, stayed away from their family and friends while we were trying to complete this,” Drake said on stage, according to CNN. He then joked, “I always had a dream of doing a double album, and I finally did it, so now I’ll never do it again.”

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Before leaving the stage, the Champagne Papi said he needed a glass of bubbly, and said, “Hey, shout-out to Arya Stark for putting in that work last week.”

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