Billboard Music Awards 2016: Celine Dion, The Weeknd and Adele Are Biggest Winners

Dion, who made her first live TV gig since her husband Rene Angelil's death, was honored with the Icon Awards while The Weeknd and Adele dominated the complete winner list.

AceShowbiz - %cCeline Dion% had a bittersweet night at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards. Making her first major award show appearance since losing her husband %cRene Angelil% and brother %cDaniel Dion% earlier this year, the songbird got emotional as she was honored with the Billboard Icon Award during the ceremony which took place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas Sunday, May 22.

Before receiving the award, she performed a moving cover of %cQueen%'s "The Show Must Go On". Looking radiant in a golden gown, she dramatically sang the tune while accompanied by an orchestra and violinist %cLindsey Stirling%.

Later, she broke down in tears when son Rene Charles joined her on the stage to present her with the Icon Award. "I'm so sorry," she said. "I'm sorry for crying. I want to be so strong for my family and my kids, and ... I don't want to cry in front of you."

"This is such a tremendous honor, of course," Dion told the crowd of her latest achievement. "You know, music has been my passion since before I can almost remember. So many people have helped me get where I am today... Most especially, I wanna thank the fans for traveling through music with me, in good and bad times."

She then thanked everyone including her late husband, whom she believed would "continue to watch over me from up above." She ended her speech by declaring, "The show must go on!"

Dion was hardly the only act who had their career celebrated that night. The BBMAs handed out a bunch of awards to a bunch of musicians who have been dominating the Billboard charts in the past year.

%cThe Weeknd% and %cAdele% were among those singers taking home the most BBMAs. The former bagged a total of 8 trophies from multiple categories like Top R&B Artist, Top R&B Album for "Beauty Behind the Madness", Top R&B Song for "The Hils" and Top Streaming Songs Artist.

Adele, meanwhile, was named Top Artist, Top Female Artist and Top Billboard 200 Artist. She also won the Top Billboard 200 Album Award for her records-breaking, multi-platinum selling latest LP "25", and the Top Selling Song Award for its first single "Hello".

%cJustin Bieber%, %cWiz Khalifa% and %cTwenty One Pilots% were other acts walking away with multiple BBMAs. The Canadian heartthrob nabbed the Top Male Artist and Top Social Media Artist Awards. Khalifa won the Top Rap Song and the Top Hot 100 Song Awards thanks to his collaboration with %cCharlie Puth%, "See You Again". As for Twenty One Pilots, the duo won the Top Rock Artist title and had their "Blurryface" named Top Rock Album.

  • Top Artist: %cAdele%
  • Top Male Artist: %cJustin Bieber%
  • Top Female Artist: %cAdele%
  • Top New Artist: %cFetty Wap%
  • Billboard Chart Achievement: %cRihanna%
  • Top Hot 100 Song: %cWiz Khalifa% feat. %cCharlie Puth%, "See You Again"
  • Top Billboard 200 Album: %cAdele%, "25"
  • Top Social Media Artist: %cJustin Bieber%
  • Top Streaming Songs Artist: %cThe Weeknd%
  • Top Hot 100 Artist: %cThe Weeknd%
  • Top Billboard 200 Artist: %cAdele%
  • Top Song Sales Artist: %cThe Weeknd%
  • Top Radio Songs Artist: %cThe Weeknd%
  • Top Touring Artist: %cTaylor Swift%
  • Top Duo/Group: %cOne Direction%
  • Top R&B Artist: %cThe Weeknd%
  • Top R&B Album: %cThe Weeknd%, "Beauty Behind the Madness"
  • Top R&B Song: %cThe Weeknd%, "The Hills"
  • Top Rap Artist: %cDrake%
  • Top Rap Album: %cMeek Mill%, "Dreams Worth More Than Money"
  • Top Rap Song: %cWiz Khalifa% feat. %cCharlie Puth%, "See You Again"
  • Top Country Artist: %cLuke Bryan%
  • Top Country Album: %cChris Stapleton%, "Traveller"
  • Top Country Song: %cThomas Rhett%, "Die a Happy Man"
  • Top Rock Artist: %cTwenty One Pilots%
  • Top Rock Album: %cTwenty One Pilots%, "Blurryface"
  • Top Rock Song: %cWalk the Moon%, "Shut Up And Dance"
  • Top Dance/EDM Artist: %cDavid Guetta%
  • Top Dance/EDM Album: %cZedd%, "True Colors"
  • Top Dance/EDM Song: %cMajor Lazer% & %cDJ Snake% Featuring %cMO%, "Lean On"
  • Top Latin Artist: %cRomeo Santos%
  • Top Latin Album: %cJuan Gabriel%, "Los Duo"
  • Top Latin Song: %cNicky Jam% & %cEnrique Iglesias%, "El Perdon"
  • Top Christian Artist: %cHillsong UNITED%
  • Top Christian Album: %cLauren Daigle%, "How Can It Be"
  • Top Christian Song: %cHillsong UNITED%, "Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)"
  • Top Gospel Artist: %cKirk Franklin%
  • Top Gospel Album: %cKirk Franklin%, "Losing My Religion"
  • Top Gospel Song: %cKirk Franklin%, "Wanna Be Happy?"
  • Top Soundtrack: "Empire" Original Soundtrack from Season 1
  • Top Selling Song: %cAdele%, "Hello"
  • Top Radio Song: %cWalk the Moon%, "Shut Up and Dance"
  • Top Streaming Song (Audio): %cThe Weeknd%, "The Hills"
  • Top Streaming Song (Video)" %cSilento%, "Watch Me"

2016 Billboard Music Awards: Arrivals | Performances | Press Room

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