BTS is the first K-pop group to win a Billboard Music Award

Drake broke a massive record, Cher took the stage and other highlights from this year's Billboard Music Awards

By Lydia Chan | Published: 22 May 2017

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K-pop history has been made as BTS has become the first K-pop group to bring home a Billboard Music Award. The boys were nominated for this year's Top Social Artist award against other major artists like Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, Selena Gomez and Shawn Mendes.

The Biebster may have won the fan-voted award every year since it was first introduced in 2011, but this year is the BTS fandom's (dubbed ARMY) time to shine. They utilised the voting hashtag #BTSBBMAS over 300 million times since voting opened on 1 May! Now that's dedication.

During their acceptance speech, member Rap Monster said, "We cannot believe that we're standing here on this stage at the Billboard Music Awards. It is so great to see all the artists we admire, and we feel honoured to be in this category with all these great artists in front of us." Watch his acceptance speech in full below.

Besides BTS's big win, the night was full of other unforgettable moments that we've rounded up below.

All hail, Drake
Not only did the rapper perform a killer set in front of the famous Bellagio Fountains but he also broke the BBMA record of winning the most awards in one night! Drake won a whopping 13 awards including Top Artist, Top Male Artist and Top Rap Artist, surpassing Adele's previous record-holding 12 wins back in 2012.

Cher's stellar performance
At her first awards show performance in 15 years, Cher pulled out all the stops by performing her greatest hits in some of her most memorable costumes. Can you believe she's 71 years old?! Cher also took home the Icon Award.

Celine Dion brings us to tears
From one great to another, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Titanic, mega-artist Celine Dion performed her hit song, My Heart Will Go On. Her incredible performance made us tear up and reminded us that we're still never letting go.

Imagine Dragons' touching tribute to Chris Cornell
In the midst of all the fun and excitement, the BBMA's took a moment to pay tribute to the recently deceased Chris Cornell. Imagine Dragons frontman Dan Reynolds paid his respects to the legendary vocalist of the bands Soundgarden and Audioslave with a short but heartwarming speech.

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