Today was one of the biggest nights for recognition of music achievement with the annual 2022 Billboard Music Awards. Artists celebrate their rise up the charts due to an investment of hard work and talent, and one thing is sure for the artists who took home a win: it’s a night they will never forget.
2022 Billboard Awards: The Votes are In
Ahead of the show’s airing, Billboard released a list of the winners who are being awarded their just due last night. There are at least sixty categories in that an artist can earn a nomination. Out of the nominations for each category, a winner is chosen. Hip hop and R&B artists can be nominated for genre-linked categories or the more general categories such as the top artist or the top new artist.
2022 Billboard Awards: R&B Winners
Doja Cat Wins Her Share of Awards: Photo Credit: Getty Images
R&B winners of the night included The Weeknd, Doja Cat, Bruno Mars, and Silk Sonic. Doja Cat took home the award for Top R&B Artist and Top R&B female artist. She also won for the Top viral song “Kiss Me More,” for which she collaborated with SZA. The Weeknd took home the award for Top R&B Male Artist. While Bruno Mars took home the award for the Top R&b Tour. Finally, Silk Sonic won for the Top R&B song, the iconic sultry single “Leave the Door Open.”
2022 Billboard Awards Rap Winners
Drake Wins Big @ Billboard Awards 2022. Photo Credit: Getty Images
Winners in the rap category include Drake, Omarion, and Bow Wow, Kanye, Lil Nas X feat Jack Harlow, and Megan Thee Stallion. Drake won big with awards in five categories Top Rap Album, Top Rap Male Artist, Top Rap Artist, Top Male Artist, and Top Artist. It’s safe to say that Drake cleaned up and left no crumbs. Omarion and Bow Wow won for Best Rap Tour. Megan the Stallion took home the award for the Best Female Rap artist. Lil Nas X and Jack Harlow won for Best Collaboration “Industry Baby.” And none other than Ye took home Billboard awards for the Top Christian Artist, Top Christian Song, Top Gospel Artist, and Top Gospel Song.
The Highlight of The Night
Mary J. Blige Receives Icon Award. Photo Credit: Billboard Awards
The highlight goes to Mary J. Blige, who won the Icon award. However, the fact that it was presented by none other than the pop Icon herself, Janet Jackson, was historical. She received tributes from her contemporaries, Queen Latifah, Gabrielle Union, Taraji, Missy Elliot, and H.E.R. It was an honor befitting a queen.
So congratulations to the winners for demonstrating what hard work and achievement can do.
Written by Renae Richardson