The Weeknd Wins Top Artist at the 2021 Billboard Music Awards

The Weeknd took home the top artist trophy at the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday (May 23) -- beating out fellow nominees Drake, Juice WRLD, Pop Smoke, and Taylor Swift.

The pop star capped his highly successful evening with his third acceptance speech of the night -- thanking his parents, and once more, his fans. promising those in attendance that he does not "take this for granted." The win was the Weeknd's impressive 10th victory at this year's ceremonies, following wins for top male artist, top Hot 100 artist, top Radio Songs artist, top R&B artist, top R&B male artist, top R&B album (for After Hours), top Hot 100 song, top radio song and top R&B song (all for "Blinding Lights").

This year marks the first victory for The Weeknd in three nominations in the top artist category. He was previously nominated in 2016 and 2017, losing to Adele and Drake, respectively.

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