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The Weeknd owns the night at Billboard Music Awards

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The Weeknd © Getty Images The Weeknd

Last night belonged to The Weeknd as he cleaned up at the annual Billboard Music Awards.

Britney Spears © Getty Images Britney Spears

The Canadian singer took home eight trophies including the prize for top RnB album for Beauty Behind The Madness.

Fifth Harmony © Getty Images Fifth Harmony

One Direction, Rihanna and Justin Bieber were also named winners.

Kesha © Getty Images Kesha

While Madonna and Stevie Wonder teamed up for a powerful duet in honour of Prince.

Wiz Khalifa © Getty Images Wiz Khalifa

Britney Spears kicked of the awards ceremony with a medley of hits including Womanizer and I Love Rock and Roll.

Madonna & Stevie Wonder © Getty Images Madonna & Stevie Wonder

There were also performances from Meghan Trainor, Ariana Grande and Fifth Harmony.

Adele was another winner on the night including taking the top prize when she was named artist of the year.

"Oh my god, I can't believe I've won," she said in a video message.

The singer was unable to attend the event in Las Vegas as she's currently on tour in Spain.

"I never ever thought that this album would be received like this. Have a great night, have a drink on me and a party."

The night also saw a rare performance from Kesha.

Although she had originally been told by her label that she wouldn't be able to take the stage.

Kesha's been in a long-running legal battle with Dr Luke, her former producer, after she accused him of sexually and emotionally abusing her, something he's always denied.

Her label agreed to let her perform just days before the ceremony.

Wiz Khalifa's song See You Again featuring Charlie Puth was named best rap song.

Several musicians used their performances and acceptance speeches to honour Prince.

Prince died at his home in April aged 57.

The Weeknd was visibly emotional as he dedicated one of his wins to the late singer.

He said: "I didn't know him but he was very close to me. He helped me push the envelope as well as doing the same to every artist forever. Rest in peace Prince."

Madonna meanwhile wore an outfit similar to many made famous by Prince.

She brought out Stevie Wonder as a surprise guest for a duet of Purple Rain.

Before the ceremony, organisers had defended their decision to choose Madonna to pay tribute to Prince after an online petition called for more musicians to be included.

The petition, which has been signed by more than 8,000 people on, claimed Prince was "more than worthy of a better choice as a main performer".

But Mark Bracco, executive producer of the awards show, said Madonna's tribute would be "very intimate and very respectful".

Billboard Music Award winners:

Top Artist - Adele

Billboard Chart Achievement Award (Fan-Voted) - Rihanna

Top R&B Song - The Weeknd, The Hills

Top Male Artist - Justin Bieber

Top Hot 100 Song - Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth, See You Again

Top New Artist - Fetty Wap

Top Female Artist - Adele

Top Duo/Group - One Direction

Top Social Media Artist - Justin Bieber

Top Touring Artist - Taylor Swift

Top Rap Artist - Drake

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