While Post Malone gained 9 honours on the 2020 Billboard Music Awards, Billie Eilish took dwelling prime Billboard 200 album, prime feminine artist and prime new artist trophies.
Walking into the present with 16 nominations, Post Malone gained 9 honours on the 2020 Billboard Music Awards which befell at an empty Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles throughout the three-hour present, which aired on NBC.
After saying that Malone gained the present’s largest honor, prime artist, Clarkson wheeled out eight extra trophies for the hitmaker.
“I’m honestly blown away by the love everyone’s shown to me,” Malone mentioned onstage. “It’s kind of big deal to me and everybody involved because we work our (butts) off.”
He beat out Eilish for the highest prize, however she was nonetheless a winner, taking dwelling prime Billboard 200 album and prime feminine artist.
The 18-year-old, sporting a face masks, instructed viewers to “please vote, please wear a mask, please wash your hands.”
Others had related messages. Khalid, named prime R&B artist, instructed followers “your voice matters now more than ever.” And Lizzo wore a black costume with “vote” printed throughout it.
She additionally gave an encouraging speech, telling viewers to search out their voices and don’t change to satisfy society requirements.
“I just want to say I’ve been thinking a lot about suppression and the voices that refused to be suppressed. And I wonder, ‘Would I be standing here right now if it weren’t for the big Black women who refuse to have their voices be suppressed?’ And I just want to say right now, if you’re at home watching this and you were thinking about changing yourself to feel worthy, this is your sign to remain true to who you are,” Lizzo mentioned onstage after successful prime songs gross sales artist.
“Let me tell you all something — when people try to suppress something, it’s normally because that thing holds power. They’re afraid of your power. There’s power in who you are. There’s power in your voice. So whether it’s through music, protest, or your right to vote, use your power, use your voice, and refuse to be suppressed.”
Other winners included Lil Nas X, who was additionally on-hand to just accept prime Hot 100 tune for ‘Old Town Road,’ which set the report for many weeks at No 1. After his efficiency, Luke Combs was named prime nation artist and supplied constructive phrases to his followers and the crew engaged on the awards present.
“I know that everybody has been through so much this year. I wanna thank the crew that is working on this show tonight because they have gone through some insane stuff to make this happen for you guys. I hope everybody is staying safe there at home,” he mentioned.
Garth Brooks accepted the Icon Award from Cher, who referred to as the nation star “a true music legend and my friend Garth Brooks.” Brooks, who’s the one artist to have 9 of his albums promote greater than 10 million items every and attain diamond standing, carried out a medley of his hits.
Check out the listing of winners within the prime classes right here:
Top Hot 100 tune: ‘Old Town Road,’ Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus
Top Billboard 200 album: Billie Eilish, When We Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
Top artist: Post Malone
Top new artist: Billie Eilish
Top feminine artist: Billie Eilish
Top male artist: Post Malone
Top streaming songs artist: Post Malone
Top tune gross sales artist: Lizzo
Top radio songs artist: Jonas Bros.
Top duo/group: Jonas Bros.
Top rap artist: Post Malone
Top nation artist: Luke Combs
Top rock artist: Panic! on the Disco
Top Latin artist: Bad Bunny
Top dance/digital artist: The Chainsmokers
Top Christian artist: Lauren Daigle
Top gospel artist: Kanye West
Top social artist: BTS
Top touring artist: Pink
Chart achievement award: Harry Styles
Icon award: Garth Brooks
John Legend gave a heartfelt efficiency that was devoted to his spouse, which was one in all a number of performances that had been pre-taped for Wednesday’s present.
With his voice aching as he sang passionately from the piano, Legend instructed viewers “this is for Chrissy” earlier than singing ‘Never Break,’ which incorporates the lyrics “we will never break.” The efficiency comes two weeks after Chrissy Teigen introduced she had a miscarriage, explaining in a coronary heart wrenching social media publish that she and Legend drove “home from the hospital with no baby.”
“John, that was so beautiful,” host Kelly Clarkson mentioned following Legend’s efficiency. “All my love to you and Chrissy.”
Other performers included BTS, Alicia Keys, Kane Brown, Khalid, Swae Lee, Sia, Brandy, Bad Bunny, Doja Cat, SAINt JHN, En Vogue and Demi Lovato, who sang her new tune geared toward President Donald Trump referred to as ‘Commander In Chief.’
Clarkson kicked off the present singing Steve Winwood’s ‘Higher Love,’ which grew to become a dance hit final yr after Whitney Houston’s cowl of the tune was remixed by Norwegian DJ-producer Kygo and have become a world hit. Clarkson was joined by drummer Sheila E. and a cappella group Pentatonix for the efficiency of the tune, which earned Houston a posthumous nomination for prime dance/digital tune. Houston died in 2012.
Guitar rock legend Eddie Van Halen, who died final week, was honoured because the present aired a clip of his Billboard Awards efficiency from 2015. And rapper-activist Killer Mike acquired the Change Maker Award.
This yr’s Billboard Awards had been initially purported to happen in April however had been postponed due to the pandemic. It’s the rationale why among the nominees within the 55 classes might really feel dated.
For occasion, all 5 nominees for the primary tune award had been nominated for Grammys earlier this yr in January. And nominees for prime Billboard 200 album included Ariana Grande ‘Thank U, Next,’ launched in October 2018, and Swift’s ‘Lover,‘ not her latest launch ‘Folklore.’ Some of the nominees had been even huge contenders on the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards — held greater than yr in the past — together with Lil Nas X’s ‘Old Town Road’ and Lizzo’s ‘Truth Hurts.’
(With inputs from The Associated Press)
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