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Drake, Beyonce early winners at 2017 Billboard Music Awards

Associated Press logo Associated Press 5/21/2017 By MESFIN FEKADU, AP Music Writer
FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2016 file photo, Drake performs on stage in Toronto, Canada. Drake and the Chainsmokers are on track to own the night at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards on Sunday, May 21, in Las Vegas. The rapper and electronic dance duo are the top contenders at Sunday’s show with 22 nominations each. (Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2016 file photo, Drake performs on stage in Toronto, Canada. Drake and the Chainsmokers are on track to own the night at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards on Sunday, May 21, in Las Vegas. The rapper and electronic dance duo are the top contenders at Sunday’s show with 22 nominations each. (Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP, File)

Drake will walk into the 2017 Billboard Music Awards already a winner: He earned 10 early awards.

FILE - In this Feb. 12, 2017 file photo, Andrew Taggart, left, and Alex Pall of the musical group The Chainsmokers arrive at the 59th annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The Chainsmokers and Drake are on track to own the night at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards on Sunday, May 21 in Las Vegas. The electronic dance duo and the rapper are the top contenders at Sunday’s show with 22 nominations each. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this Feb. 12, 2017 file photo, Andrew Taggart, left, and Alex Pall of the musical group The Chainsmokers arrive at the 59th annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The Chainsmokers and Drake are on track to own the night at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards on Sunday, May 21 in Las Vegas. The electronic dance duo and the rapper are the top contenders at Sunday’s show with 22 nominations each. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

The rapper and the electronic dance duo the Chainsmokers were top contenders with 22 nominations each.

The early winners announced Sunday morning by dick clark productions included Beyonce, who won five and twenty one pilots, who won four. The Chainsmokers picked up three honors in the early announcement.

The Billboard Awards will be held Sunday night at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, where more awards will be announced.

Cher, Miley Cyrus, Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran, Drake and the Chainsmokers will perform at the show airing live on ABC. Imagine Dragons will speak about Chris Cornell's influence on the band ahead of their performance.

Ludacris and Vanessa Hudgens will host the show.

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Online:

https://www.billboardmusicawards.com/

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