The Weeknd takes home top artist prize at Billboard Music Awards.

The Weeknd certainly had a productive night as the Billboard Music Awards were announced in Los Angeles on Sunday night.

The singer, 31, claimed the biggest prize of the night as he was named top artist - and also won nine other awards.

The ceremony, which celebrates chart success was held at the Microsoft Theatre, with Nick Jonas taking the reigns as host.

R&B star The Weeknd's awards were presented to the Canadian thanks to his hugely acclaimed chart-topping album After Hours and single Blinding Lights.

As well as top artist, The Weeknd, whose real name is Abel Tesfaye, picked up gongs for categories including top Hot 100 song, top Hot 100 artist and top male artist.

He was awarded the top accolade ahead of Drake, Juice Wrld, Pop Smoke and Taylor Swift.

He delivered a short but meaningful speech to the audience who were draped in masks because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The Weeknd poses with his gongs from the BBMAs on Sunday night.

"I do not take this for granted. Thank you," he told the crowd.

His success at the ceremony followed a surprise exclusion at the Grammys after he didn't receive a single nomination at that ceremony.

Elsewhere on the night, late rapper Pop Smoke won top Billboard 200 album for his debut effort Shoot For The Stars, Aim For The Moon.

The musician, 20, was shot and killed in Los Angeles last year. His mother, Audrey Jackson, accepted the award on his behalf and called him a "warrior".

K-pop group BTS won top-selling song for Dynamite, Bad Bunny was named top Latin artist and DaBaby took home the prize for top rap song for Rockstar, his collaboration with Roddy Ricch.

Machine Gun Kelly was named top rock artist and showcased his love for actress girlfriend Megan Fox before accepting the honour.

Drake was also joined by three-year-old son Adonis on stage after being honoured as artist of the decade.

Drake was named artist of the decade at the BBMAs.

The Canadian superstar was recognised for his remarkable chart dominance since 2010, including nine number one albums in the US and six number one singles.

"I'm really bad at taking compliments," Drake, told the audience.

"I'm really self-conscious about my music and even if I do a good job I always wonder how I could have done it better."

Pop star P!nk also performed a medley of her biggest hits as she accepted the Billboard icon award.