Billboard Awards 2022: Doja Cat wins the first award of the night for Top R&B Album

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Olivia Rodrigo and Kanye West were the early big winners at the 2022 Billboard Music Awards, taking home six awards each of the 54 awards that were announced before the show started at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Other big winners were Drake with five awards, adding to his all-time most Billboard Award wins with 34, and The Kid Laroi, who won his first five awards for his song with Justin Bieber, Stay.

Doja Cat also won two awards – Top R&B Artist, and won Top R&B Female Artist – before the show started, hosted by Diddy, before winning the first award on the telecast. 

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First winner: Doja Cat also won two awards - Top R&B Artist, and won Top R&B Female Artist - before the show started, hosted by Diddy, before winning the first award on the telecast

First winner: Doja Cat also won two awards – Top R&B Artist, and won Top R&B Female Artist – before the show started, hosted by Diddy, before winning the first award on the telecast

Doja Cat won the first award for Top R&B Album for her album Planet Her, beating out GIVĒON (When It’s All Said And Done…Take Time), Silk Sonic (Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak – An Evening With Silk Sonic), Summer Walker (Still Over It) and The Weeknd (Dawn FM).

‘Wow. We did it! We did it! Thank you guys so much. I want to thank my fans again and yeah, I’m very grateful and I’m excited to see more people win,’ she began.

‘It’s just wonderful to be here tonight with everybody, and, yeah, thank you, mom and, yeah, that’s it,’ she concluded.  

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First winner: Doja Cat won the first award for Top R&B Album for her album Planet Her, beating out GIVĒON (When It’s All Said And Done…Take Time), Silk Sonic (Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak - An Evening With Silk Sonic), Summer Walker (Still Over It) and The Weeknd (Dawn FM)

First winner: Doja Cat won the first award for Top R&B Album for her album Planet Her, beating out GIVĒON (When It’s All Said And Done…Take Time), Silk Sonic (Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak – An Evening With Silk Sonic), Summer Walker (Still Over It) and The Weeknd (Dawn FM)

Wonderful: 'It's just wonderful to be here tonight with everybody, and, yeah, thank you, mom and, yeah, that's it,' she concluded

Wonderful: ‘It’s just wonderful to be here tonight with everybody, and, yeah, thank you, mom and, yeah, that’s it,’ she concluded

Megan Thee Stallion took home the second award of the night, winning Top Rap Female Artist, beating out Cardi B and Latto.

‘Okay! Okay, apparently actually, real (censored)… They say what you curse. They didn’t say that thank you you all so much,’ Megan joked.

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‘Thank you to the hotties without the hotties, there would be no hot girl coach and I really appreciate y’all for, you know, running it up all the time we got to get up here and thank God,’ she added.

Second award: Megan Thee Stallion took home the second award of the night, winning Top Rap Female Artist, beating out Cardi B and Latto

Second award: Megan Thee Stallion took home the second award of the night, winning Top Rap Female Artist, beating out Cardi B and Latto

Hotties: 'Thank you to the hotties without the hotties, there would be no hot girl coach and I really appreciate y'all for, you know, running it up all the time we got to get up here and thank God,' she added

Hotties: ‘Thank you to the hotties without the hotties, there would be no hot girl coach and I really appreciate y’all for, you know, running it up all the time we got to get up here and thank God,’ she added

She also thanked her mother and grandmother, adding, ‘and I want to just say all the ladies up in here look very, very beautiful here tonight.’

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‘Everybody in this category is a winner and I feel like we all been working so hard all year, we’ve been working hard for a long time and it’s just so nice to be appreciated and recognized by your peers and celebrated by your peers and celebrated by your supporters. That’s all I got to say. Thank you!’ Megan concluded.

Glass Animals took home Top Rock Artist award, beating out Imagine Dragons. Machine Gun Kelly, Måneskin and twenty one pilots.

Thanks: She also thanked her mother and grandmother, adding, 'and I want to just say all the ladies up in here look very, very beautiful here tonight'

Thanks: She also thanked her mother and grandmother, adding, ‘and I want to just say all the ladies up in here look very, very beautiful here tonight’

Hard work: 'Everybody in this category is a winner and I feel like we all been working so hard all year, we've been working hard for a long time and it's just so nice to be appreciated and recognized by your peers and celebrated by your peers and celebrated by your supporters. That's all I got to say. Thank you!' Megan concluded

Hard work: ‘Everybody in this category is a winner and I feel like we all been working so hard all year, we’ve been working hard for a long time and it’s just so nice to be appreciated and recognized by your peers and celebrated by your peers and celebrated by your supporters. That’s all I got to say. Thank you!’ Megan concluded

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Winners: Glass Animals took home Top Rock Artist award, beating out Imagine Dragons. Machine Gun Kelly, Måneskin and twenty one pilots

Winners: Glass Animals took home Top Rock Artist award, beating out Imagine Dragons. Machine Gun Kelly, Måneskin and twenty one pilots

Singer Dave Bayley began, ‘Whoa! This is cool this is really heavy as well,’ before revealing that he and drummer Joe Seaward were, ‘literally just whispering, saying we had the least rock ‘N’ roll people in the world and we’ll never win this award but we did it.’

‘We’re officially rock ‘N’ roll and I can’t wait to tell my mom. Thank you, guys,’ Bayley concluded.

Dan + Shay took home the Top Country Duo/Group, beating out Florida Georgia Line and Zac Brown Band.

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Really cool: Singer Dave Bayley began, 'Whoa! This is cool this is really heavy as well,' before revealing that he and drummer Joe Seaward were, 'literally just whispering, saying we had the least rock 'N' roll people in the world and we'll never win this award but we did it'

Really cool: Singer Dave Bayley began, ‘Whoa! This is cool this is really heavy as well,’ before revealing that he and drummer Joe Seaward were, ‘literally just whispering, saying we had the least rock ‘N’ roll people in the world and we’ll never win this award but we did it’

Rock: 'We're officially rock 'N' roll and I can't wait to tell my mom. Thank you, guys,' Bayley concluded

Rock: ‘We’re officially rock ‘N’ roll and I can’t wait to tell my mom. Thank you, guys,’ Bayley concluded

Shay Mooney took the mic first, stating, ‘Oh, my goodness, my heart is pounding right now how are you guys feeling out there, man first off, I want to thank god this was a crazy moment for us I want to thank our wives, our families back home that’s really all I was tasked — that’s all I got, Dan. You go ahead and talk.’

Dan Smyers added, ‘Thank you for this, billboard music awards my wife and I just celebrated our fifth anniversary. Abby, I know you’re watching back home. I love you so much Lisa ray, we love you. Our manager, Jason Owen, our road crew, our band, everybody is here tonight. You make it happen for us. And our fans, we love Ya, thank you so much!’

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Illenium took home Top Dance/Electronic Album, beating out C418 (Minecraft – Volume Alpha), FKA twigs (CAPRISONGS), Porter Robinson (Nurture) and RÜFÜS DU SOL (Surrender).

 The singer (real name Nicholas D. Miller) took to the stage and stated the award is, ‘very, very heavy.’

‘Thank you, guys, so much I’ve never won an award before, so this is cool. Yeah, thank you to my amazing team, you know, making music for me has always been a really big healing aspect of my life,’ he said.

‘It’s amazing to share that with amazing fans and being here, so thank you, guys, so much hope to see you guys soon again. Thank you,’ he concluded.

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The 2022 Billboard Music Awards (BBMAs) kicks off live at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday.

Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs is hosting the evening, exactly 25 years since he won his first Billboard Music Award in 1997 for his multi-platinum album No Way Out. 

The evening will honor the year’s top performing artists on the Billboard Charts across all genres of music and showcase spectacular performances and surprise collaborations.

Among the musical acts confirmed is Travis Scott, who will be making his first TV appearance since his deadly Astroworld festival last year that left 10 fans dead. 

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Scott will be joined by a host of other performers on the evening, including Megan Thee Stallion, Ed Sheeran, Becky G, Elle King, Florence + The Machine, Maxwell, Morgan Wallen, and Silk Sonic.  

As previously announced, Mary J. Blige will receive the distinguished Billboard Icon Award at the star-studded soiree.

As a part of the recognition, the ten-time BBMA winner will take the stage for a breathtaking performance that will make for one of the most memorable moments of the evening. 

Blige, 51, joins just ten other artists to ever receive the prestigious Billboard Icon Award, which recognizes outstanding artists who have achieved excellence on the Billboard Charts and have made an indelible mark on music itself. 

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Since the award’s inauguration in 2011, past recipients include Neil Diamond, Stevie Wonder, Prince, Jennifer Lopez, Celine Dion, Cher, Janet Jackson, Mariah Carey, Garth Brooks, and P!NK. 

‘My career has been such an incredible and unexpected journey that has included many turns into avenues I never could have imagined like acting, producing, launching businesses and now even my own music festival,’ said Blige.

‘Through it all, I always one way or another gravitated back to my first love, music. To be recognized in this way at this moment, with the Icon Award at the Billboard Music Awards, is an incredible honor and one that I am truly humbled by.’

This year’s awards are based on the chart period of April 10, 2021 through March 26, 2022.

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Billboard Music Awards finalists and winners are based on key fan interactions with music, including album and digital song sales, streaming, radio airplay, and touring.

Since 1940, the Billboard Charts have been the go-to guide for ranking the popularity of artists, songs, and albums, and are the ultimate measure of success in music. 

The BBMAs broadcasts live coast-to-coast from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, May 15 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT on NBC and streams live on Peacock. 

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