October 15, 2020 9:39:54 am
Walking into the present with 16 nominations, Post Malone received 9 honors at the 2020 Billboard Music Awards, the place John Legend gave a heartfelt efficiency that was devoted to his spouse.
With his voice aching as he sang passionately from the piano, Legend advised 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 stated following Legend’s efficiency. “All my love to you and Chrissy.”
It was one in all a number of performances that had been pre-taped for Wednesday’s present. Other musicians attended and carried out at the empty Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles through the three-hour present, which aired on NBC.
After saying that Malone received the present’s largest honour, high artist, Clarkson wheeled out eight extra trophies for the hitmaker.
“I’m honestly blown away by the love everyone’s shown to me,” Malone stated 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 residence high Billboard 200 album and high feminine artist.
The 18-year-old, sporting a face masks, advised viewers to “please vote, please wear a mask, please wash your hands.”
Others had related messages. Khalid, named high R&B artist, advised 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 fulfill 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 stated onstage after profitable high 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 simply accept high Hot 100 track for “Old Town Road,” which set the report for many weeks at No. 1. After his efficiency, Luke Combs was named high nation artist and provided 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 stated.
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 models every and attain diamond standing, carried out a medley of his hits.
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 track aimed at President Donald Trump referred to as “Commander In Chief.”
Clarkson kicked off the present singing Steve Winwood’s “Higher Love,” which turned a dance hit final yr after Whitney Houston’s cowl of the track 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 track, which earned Houston a posthumous nomination for high dance/digital track. Houston died in 2012.
Guitar rock legend Eddie Van Halen, who died final week, was honored because the present aired a clip of his Billboard Awards efficiency from 2015. And rapper-activist Killer Mike obtained 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 explanation why a number of the nominees within the 55 classes might really feel dated.
For occasion, all 5 nominees for the primary track award had been nominated for Grammys earlier this yr in January. And nominees for high Billboard 200 album included Ariana Grande “Thank U, Next,” launched in Oct. 2018, and Swift’s “Lover,” not her latest launch “Folklore.” Some of the nominees had been even big contenders at 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.”
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