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The Weeknd apologizes to Usher for Billboard Music Awards mix-up

The Weeknd has apologized to Usher after accidentally overlooking the R&B star's record-setting Billboard Music Awards haul over a decade ago.

The Canadian singer went into Sunday's (22May15) ceremony with 19 nominations, and won winning an impressive eight trophies.


Following the Las Vegas event, he took to Twitter to show his gratitude for the clutch of awards, writing, "we took home 8! more than any male artist in history Thank you @billboard".


But Usher's meticulous fans hounded The Hills singer overnight and throughout Monday (23May16), correcting him on social media and noting that their idol was presented with 14 awards in 2004, thanks to his chart-topping album Confessions and the singles Yeah! and Burn.


Hours later, The Weeknd returned to Twitter to apologize, writing, "Apologize to the OG (original) @Usher, got excited and spoke to soon (sic)."


However, The Weeknd did set a similar record by becoming the male artist with the most Billboard Music Awards in the last decade after Sunday's prizegiving.


He kicked off the event by claiming the first trophy of the night for Top Hot 100 Artist, then added seven more honors to his name, including Top R&B Song for The Hills, Top Radio Songs Artist, and Top Song Sales Artist, but he lost out to fellow Canadian Justin Bieber in the Top Male Artist category.