Strolling into the present with 16 nominations, Publish Malone received 9 honors on the 2020 Billboard Music Awards, the place John Legend gave a heartfelt efficiency that was devoted to his spouse.
Together with his voice aching as he sang passionately from the piano, Legend instructed viewers “that is for Chrissy” earlier than singing By no means Break, which incorporates the lyrics “we are going to by no means 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 “house from the hospital with no child.”
“John, that was so stunning,” host Kelly Clarkson mentioned following Legend’s efficiency. “All my like to you and Chrissy.”
It was one among a number of performances that had been pre-taped for Wednesday’s present. Different musicians attended and carried out on the empty Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles in the course of the three-hour present, which aired on NBC.
After asserting that Malone received the present’s greatest honour, high artist, Clarkson wheeled out eight extra trophies for the hitmaker.
“I am actually blown away by the love everybody’s proven to me,” mentioned Malone, who additionally received high rap artist, high male artist and high rap album. “It is type of large deal to me and everyone concerned as a result of we work our [butts] off.”
He beat out Eilish for the highest prize, however she was nonetheless a winner, taking house high Billboard 200 album, high feminine artist and high new artist.
The 18-year-old, carrying a face masks, instructed viewers to “please vote, please put on a masks, please wash your arms.”
Others had comparable messages. Khalid, who received 5 honours, instructed followers “your voice issues now greater than ever.” Lizzo wore a black gown with “vote” printed throughout it.
She additionally gave an encouraging speech, telling viewers to seek out their voices and do not change to satisfy society requirements.
“I simply wish to say I have been considering so much about suppression and the voices that refused to be suppressed. And I ponder, ‘Would I be standing right here proper now if it weren’t for the massive Black ladies who refuse to have their voices be suppressed?’ And I simply wish to say proper now, if you happen to’re at house watching this and also you had been desirous about altering your self to really feel worthy, that is your signal to stay true to who you might be,” Lizzo mentioned onstage after profitable high songs gross sales artist.
“Let me let you know all one thing — when individuals attempt to suppress one thing, it is usually as a result of that factor holds energy. They’re afraid of your energy. There’s energy in who you might be. There’s energy in your voice. So whether or not it is by way of music, protest or your proper to vote, use your energy, use your voice and refuse to be suppressed.”
Different winners included Lil Nas X, who took house 4 honours and was on-hand to just accept high Sizzling 100 track for Outdated City Street, which set the file for many weeks at No. 1. Kanye West, who launched two gospel albums final yr, additionally received 4 prizes: high gospel artist, high gospel track, high gospel album and high Christian album.
Luke Combs adopted with three wins, and after his efficiency he provided constructive phrases to his followers and the crew engaged on the awards present.
“I do know that everyone has been by way of a lot this yr. I wanna thank the crew that’s engaged on this present tonight as a result of they’ve gone by way of some insane stuff to make this occur for you guys. I hope everyone is staying protected there at house,” he mentioned.
Garth Brooks accepted the Icon Award from Cher, who known as the nation star “a real music legend and my good 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.
Different performers included BTS, Alicia Keys, Kane Brown, Khalid, Swae Lee, Sia, Brandy, Dangerous Bunny, Doja Cat, SAINt JHN, En Vogue and Demi Lovato, who sang her new track geared toward President Donald Trump known as Commander In Chief.
Clarkson kicked off the present singing Steve Winwood’s Increased Love, which grew to become 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 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 presupposed to happen in April however had been postponed due to the pandemic. It is the rationale why a number of the nominees within the 55 classes could really feel dated.
As an illustration, all 5 nominees for the principle track award had been nominated for Grammys earlier this yr in January. And nominees for high Billboard 200 album included Ariana Grande Thank U, Subsequent, launched in Oct. 2018, and Swift’s Lover, not her latest launch Folklore. A number of the nominees had been even large contenders on the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards — held greater than yr in the past — together with Lil Nas X’s Outdated City Street and Lizzo’s Reality Hurts.