Abel Tesfaye, “The Weeknd”
Ethiopian Canadian Abel Tesfaye, “The Weeknd” was the big winner at Sunday (May 22) night’s 2016 Billboard Music Awards, taking home eight honors, including Top Hot 100 Artist and Top R&B Artist at the event, broadcast live from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
The Canadian presence was fierce at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards, with The Weeknd, Justin Bieber and Drake winning trophies while Céline Dion took home a lifetime achievement award.
The Weeknd, who’s real name is Abel Tesfaye, won eight awards, more than any male artist in Billboard history.
The sweep included Top R&B song for The Hills, Top Hot 100 Artist and Top R&B album for Beauty Behind the Madness.
The pop star from Toronto dedicated one of his wins to Prince, who died last month, saying the late artist will still help him “push the envelope.”
“I love him so much. I didn’t know him, but he was so close to me. He will always be an inspiration.”