The 2016 Weeknd Awards, uhm, I mean Billboard Awards where held this past Sunday. Canada was well represented with Justin Bieber taking home two awards for Top Social Media Artist and Top Male Artist. Drake took home one award for Top Rap Artist and The Weeknd captured no less than 8 Billboard Awards! The Weeknd won Top R&B Song, Top 100 Artist, Top Song Sales Artist, Top Radio Songs Artist, Top Streaming Songs Artist, Top R&B Artist, Top R&B Album for "Beauty Behind the Madness", and Top Streaming Song Audio.
Adele took home 5 Billboard awards for Top Artist, Top Billboard 200 Album, Top Female Artist, Top Billboard 200 Artist and Top Seeling Song for "Hello".
My first exposure to Steven Wilson was via one of his creations, Porcupine Tree. I saw them live at the Sound Academy. I became an instant fan. I wonder, can one go solo and be as good, when it comes to Steven Wilson the answer is a resounding, YES! Hand, Cannot, Erase is a master piece and the concert absolutely brilliant! The evening featured the album in its entirety followed by a set of older and Porcupine Tree songs, what more can you ask for?
Congratulations to The Weeknd for taking home two Grammys, for Best Urban Contemporary Album and Best R&B Performance. Congratulations also to Justin Bieber for Best Dance Recording and Joni Mitchell took home her nineth Grammy for Best Album Notes.