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Monday, February 6, 2023

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It was a hot one in Las Vegas on Sunday, but not as hot as the chart-topping artist's who turned up to Sin City's T-Mobile Arena for the 2017 Billboard Music Awards.  Drake led the night on most wins heading into the show, needing only three more during the broadcast to take home the most Billboard Awards ever in a single year by one artist.

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Mr. Dylan, 75, is the first musician to win the award, and his selection on Thursday is perhaps the most radical choice in a history stretching back to 1901. In choosing a popular musician for the literary world’s highest honor, the Swedish Academy, which awards the prize, dramatically redefined the boundaries of literature, setting off a debate about whether song lyrics have the same artistic value as poetry or novels.

Taylor Swift is the big winner at 2015 Billboard Music Awards. The pop star swept the board at this year's ceremony in Las Vegas, taking home a total of eight prizes.Not only did the singer premiere her blockbuster video for Bad Blood – featuring the likes of Cindy Crawford, Kendrick Lamar and Lena Dunham – but the pop star also took home eight prizes including top artist, top female artist, top Billboard 200 Album, top Billboard 200 artist, top Hot 100 artist and top streaming song.

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Swift thanked "all the girls I talk to on the Internet and we talk about your feelings and you teach me your teen slang," during her speech for top female artist, and told her fans that she was "obsessed" with them: "You guys are the reason this year has happened the way that it's happened," she said. It was also a good year for Iggy Azalea, Pharrell Williams and Sam Smith, who each won three awards, while One Direction, Hozier, Jason Aldean, Enrique Iglesias and John Legend, took home two. Calvin Harris also picked up the award for top dance/electronic artist.  The award ceremony was broadcast live from Las Vegas on Sunday May 17, 2015 on ABC Network.

Though the Grammys ceremony featured a reunion performance by surviving Beatles Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, one of the most dramatic moments of the night was the mass live wedding during Macklemore and Ryan Lewis's performance. Thirty-three couples were married live on stage during a performance of Macklemore and Ryan Lewis's single about equality, "Same Love."

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The marriages included a mixture of gay and straight couples and were officiated by the rapper and actress Queen Latifah. She was joined on stage by a surprise appearance from Madonna, who was dressed in a white suit accessorised with cowboy hat and cane, and singer Mary Lambert.

Days after rising country singer Steve Grand uploaded the music video for his single "All-American Boy" (just in time for Independence Day!) the Internet is all a buzz, labeling the musician as the first openly gay country singer.

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The singer, who hails from Chicago, made media headlines this week, with BuzzFeed and other sites dubbing Grand as the first openly gay male country singer. On July 2 he released the video on his Facebook page with the message, "after all these years...this is my song. My story. My dream."It is time to be brave. the world does not see change until it sees honesty. I am taking a risk here in many ways, but really there is no choice but to be brave," he writes. "To not tell this story is to let my soul die. It is all I believe in. It is all I hold dear. We have all longed for someone we can never have... we all have felt that ache for our ‎All-American Boy, his first original song and music video.