Kid LaRoe is a multiple winner at the Billboard Music Awards presented Sunday night (early Monday AEST, May 16) at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
The Sydney-raised singer and rapper collected a swag of trophies for her global mega-hit “Stay” with Justin Bieber, but missed out on the newcomer award to Olivia Rodrigo.
Laroi (real name Charlton Howard) dominated the “Song” category, taking home honors for Top Hot 100 Song, Top Streaming Song, Top Collaboration, and two of the five new categories, Top Billboard 200 Song and Top Billboard Global (US) Song.
If you tuned in early, it seemed tough for Aussie stars to advance, as major BBMA categories were handed out to Drake, Rodrigo, BTS and Taylor Swift.
Count the kid out.
Earlier this month, the teen phenomenon collected a hat-trick of APRA Awards, including for Song of the Year, “Stay” and Songwriter of the Year, adding to a collection that includes ARIA Awards and NIMA, and Breakthrough Songwriter winners at the 2021 APRAs, when he was the youngest winner.
LaRoe received eight nominations at Billboard’s annual awards ceremony, a great 2021 award, during which he scored number 1 singles and albums in the United States and in his homeland, and became, with American star Rodrigo, the most popular teenage property in popular music.
The Gadigal-born artist with Kamilaroi roots had the No. 2 digital single worldwide in 2021 with “Stay,” amassing 2.07 billion “streaming equivalent” units, according to IFPI, surpassed only by The Weeknd’s “Save Your Tears” (2.17 billion). flow).
Expect the young star to perform it with “Without You” and “Thousand Miles” lifted from his upcoming debut LP when he kicks off his national tour at the Kudos Bank Arena later this month.
Kid LaRoe wasn’t the only Australian act in the winner’s circle at the 2022 BBMAs.
Elton John and Dua Lipper’s “Cold Heart”, the UK and Australian chart-topping track remixed by Aussie production trio Panau, topped the annual Top Dance/Electronic Song category.
This year’s awards are based on the tracking period from March 26, 2021 to March 17, 2022.
This corresponds to the Billboard chart dates from April 10, 2021 to March 26, 2022.
Billboard Music Awards finalists and winners are based on key fan interactions with music, including album and digital song sales, streaming, radio airplay and social engagement, tracked by Billboard and its data partners, including Luminet (formerly known as MRC Data). .