Kanye, Olivia Rodrigo and Drake early winners at Billboard Music Awards

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Olivia Rodrigo, Kanye West and Drake were already big winners before the Billboard Music Awards officially began.

Rodrigo and West, the latter known as Ye, have both taken home the most awards with six during a non-televised ceremony on Sunday. Rodrigo, who won best new artist, is a finalist in the top female artist category, which will be announced later in the show’s live broadcast.

Britain’s Ed Sheeran, who is currently on tour in Northern Ireland, is also due to perform remotely at the awards. Other chart-topping artists performing at the event will include Travis Scott, Becky G, Miranda Lambert, Meghan Thee Stallion, Morgan Wallen and Grammy Awards darlings Silk Sonic.

Ed Sheeran performs on stage at the Brit Awards 2022 in London Tuesday, Feb 8, 2022
Ed Sheeran will deliver a remote performance at Sunday’s Billboard Music Awards (Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP)

Drake was named top artist, male artist, rap artist, rap male artist and rap album for Certified Lover Boy. The rapper extended his record as the most decorated winner in the history of the awards show with 34 wins.

Ye made his mark in the faith-based categories – again: The rapper won top Christian artist for the first time, but he claimed top gospel artist and gospel song for a third year in a row. He also received top gospel album for the second time.

Kylie Jenner, left, and Travis Scott arrive at the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday, May 15, 2022, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas
Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott arrive at the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday (Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Doja Cat won top R&B artist and R&B female artist for the second consecutive year. She will compete for top R&B album and female artist.

Taylor Swift – who has the second-most award show wins with 29 – won four awards. Bad Bunny received two wins while R&B duo Silk Sonic, comprised of Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak, won their first-ever award for top R&B song through Leave the Door Open.

Nominees are determined by Billboard chart rankings and winners are selected based on several criteria, including their album and digital song sales, airplay and streaming success and touring.

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