Hozier won two Billboard Music Awards at Sunday’s ceremony in Las Vegas, winning top rock artist and top rock song for ‘Take Me to Church’.
The singer-songwriter had also been nominated in the top rock album, top new artist, and top streaming song categories.
However, the night belonged to Taylor Swift.
Swift had a historic night at the Billboard Music Awards: The pop star is the most decorated artist in the show’s history with 20 wins, beating Garth Brooks’ 19-win record.
She won eight awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, including top artist, and also opened the show with the premiere of her action-filled, star-studded music video for ‘Bad Blood’.
“It’s unbelievable that the fans went out and proved what they proved this year, and that’s the only reason I won eight awards,” Swift said following her wins.
Swift’s other wins included top female artist and Billboard 200 album for 1989. She sat in the audience with some of her ‘Bad Blood’ co-stars as well as rumoured boyfriend Calvin Harris. Swift kissed the DJ-producer-singer on the cheek and gave him a hug after winning her awards.
Other artists attempted to keep up with Swift. Iggy Azalea, Pharrell, and Sam Smith — who is recovering from vocal cord surgery — won three awards each.
One Direction picked up two awards and gave a shout-out to former bandmate Zayn Malik.
“There is one more person to share this with, and that’s our brother Zayn,” Liam Payne said when the boy band won top duo/group.
Louis Tomlinson, Niall Horan, Harry Styles, and Liam Payne of One
Direction accept the award for top duo/group. Picture: Chris Pizzello
Ed Sheeran performs at the Billboard Music Awards at the MGM
Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Picture: Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP
Taylor Swift poses with her record-breaking
eight awards. Picture: Eric Jamison/Invision/AP
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