DRAKE AND A RECORD BREAK

The rap­per won big at the Bill­board Mu­sic Awards; singer Celine Dion gave one hel­luva per­for­mance

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - FRONT PAGE - PHOTO: MARIO ANZUONI/REUTERS

Thir­teen ain’t an un­lucky num­ber, not for Drake, at least! The Cana­dian rap­per won a record-break­ing 13 tro­phies at the Bill­board Mu­sic Awards (BBMAs) in Las Ve­gas, US, on Sun­day.

Win­ning the big­gest of hon­ours, in­clud­ing Top Artist, Top Male Artist, Top Bill­board 200 Artist, Top Hot 100 Artist, Top Song Sales Artist, Top Stream­ing Songs Artist and Top Rap Artist, 30-year-old Drake broke (English singer) Adele’s 2012 record for most num­ber of BBMAs in a year. “I got my whole fam­ily up here, look at my dad look­ing all sharp!... I got the man re­spon­si­ble for be­ing here, the love of my life,” said a tri­umphant Drake while ac­cept­ing the Top Artist tro­phy. “Hold tight Adele!” were the words that fol­lowed!

Mak­ing this year’s do even more un­for­get­table was another Cana­dian artist — singer Celine Dion. The 49-year-old sang her smash hit, My Heart Will Go On, cel­e­brat­ing the 20th an­niver­sary of the ever­green song that fea­tured in the 1997 hit Hol­ly­wood film, Ti­tanic. “OMG @ ce­line­dion I HAVe al­ways lived for you PLS BEAT YOUR CH­EST AT THE END OF THIS PERFORMANXE #BBMAs (sic),” tweeted singer Katy Perry, one of the sev­eral celebs who hailed Dion for her mov­ing per­for­mance.

The starry au­di­ence also ob­served a mo­ment of si­lence for late rocker Chris Cor­nell. Dan Reynolds of (rock band) Imag­ine Dragons paid a trib­ute to Cor­nell, who was found dead in his ho­tel room in Detroit, on Thurs­day. “He was a true in­no­va­tor, a mu­si­cal ar­chi­tect and a pi­o­neer on the cut­ting edge of the Seat­tle grunge move­ment,” Reynolds said in Cor­nell’s hon­our.

PHOTO: MARIO ANZUONI/REUTERS PHOTO: RICHARD SHOTWELL/INVISION/AP

Drake took home 13 tro­phies, win­ning top hon­ours; (above, right) Celine Dion sang her hit song, My Heart Will Go On A MO­MENT OF SI­LENCE WAS OB­SERVED FOR CHRIS COR­NELL. DAN REYNOLDS (ABOVE) PAID A TRIB­UTE TO THE LATE AMER­I­CAN ROCKER

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