Billboard's Top Male Artist: Drake or Shawn Mendes? | The Tylt
Billboard's Top Male Artist: Drake or Shawn Mendes?
On May 21, the 2017 Billboard Music Awards is honoring the best music artists who dominated the Billboard charts within the last year. And the Tylt is predicting the winners in the "Top Artist" categories in a series of BBMA brackets. The fellas nominated for Top Male Artist are some of the best artists in the music game. (Unfortunately, we had to leave off a nominee in this bracket—Future.)
It's Justin Bieber versus the Weeknd, and Drake versus Shawn Mendes in our first round.
No other hip-hop artist won 2016 the way Drake did. If it wasn't true in 2015, then he was definitely the ultimate crossover pop artist in 2016.
Following the release of his mega hit album "Views" in spring 2016, the hits just kept on coming. He scored smashes with "Hotline Bling" (released in the fall of 2015), "Work" (a collaboration with Rihanna), "One Dance," "Pop Style," "Controlla" and "Too Good." His sound isn't just hip-hop—it's R&B, reggae, dancehall and overall... pop! It's safe to say no other male artist accomplished anything comparable to what Drake did last year.
Watch his SNL performance of the summertime hit "One Dance" below.
Mendes' success hasn't stopped since he released his debut album "Handwritten" in 2015. The popularity of his hit single "Stitches" carried over from 2015 into 2016. And he released another successful LP—"Illuminate" featuring "Treat You Better" and "Mercy." The kid is on a roll. Yes, he's a pop prince, but his sound makes him the top adult contemporary male artist out there. It's not easy to conquer adult pop while having a young fan army, but he juggled it effortlessly.
Watch the music video below to his sophomore album's leading smash hit "Treat You Better."