TORONTO — Canadian rap star Drake went into Sunday’s Billboard Music Awards with five nominations but lost in every category.
Toronto-born Drake lost Male Artist and Billboard 200 Album to Justin Timberlake and Rap Artist and Rap Album to Eminem.
Drake’s “Hold On, We’re Going Home” was beaten by Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” in the R&B Song category.
The night’s only Canadian winner was Justin Bieber, who won Social Artist, in recognition of his massive Twitter following.
There was some Canadian content on the show, which was broadcast from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Shania Twain presented the night’s first award, for Rock Album, to Imagine Dragons (for Night Visions). Later, Kevin O’Leary introduced a live performance.
Spotted in the audience were Carrie Underwood’s Canadian husband, NHL player Mike Fisher and Canadian comedian Tom Green.
Among the performers were Pitbull, 5 Seconds of Summer, Shakira, Ricky Martin and John Legend.
Two of the most buzzed-about performances were by artists who were not at the Billboard Music Awards in person. Katy Perry, currently on tour overseas, appeared in a taped performed of “Birthday” and the late Michael Jackson appeared in hologram form to perform “Slave to the Rhythm.”
In all, Timberlake won seven Billboard Music Awards. He did not attend the show.
Imagine Dragons, who did show up (and performed) picked up five awards, while Thicke got four.
Teen singer Lorde collected two trophies, including New Artist.
Winners were determined based on album and singles sales, radio airplay, touring and social interactions online.
The full list of winners is here.
BELOW: See some of the stars at the the 2014 Billboard Music Awards.
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