Las Vegas, NV – Drake made history at the 2019 Billboard Music Awards as the new front runner for most Billboard wins. He beat the record, previously held by Taylor Swift with 23 awards, with a total of 27 wins after racking up 12 more awards at this year’s ceremony.
“I just want to thank my mom for her relentless effort in my life,” he said in his acceptance speech.
“All the times you drove me to piano, all the times you drove me to basketball and hockey…that clearly didn’t work out,” he joked. “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.”
Drake took home the most coveted award of the night, Top Artist, as well as Top Billboard 200 Album for Scorpion.
“[Scorpion] was a really lengthy album so there’s a lot of people to mention,” he said. “Thank you to the Billboards, and I need a glass of champagne.”
He also urged his fellow artists in the audience to support each other.
“We’ve obviously had an unfortunate series of losses within our business,” he began. “I just want to encourage everybody to let other artists know how you feel about them. Let them know that you love and respect them, while we’re all still here.”
“This is our thing, we gotta protect it, so I encourage you all tonight, just show somebody some love. Tell somebody you love their music, or love what they do,” he said.