Strolling into the present with 16 nominations, Put up Malone gained 9 honors on the 2020 Billboard Music Awards, the place John Legend gave a heartfelt efficiency that was devoted to his spouse.
Along 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 put up that she and Legend drove “dwelling from the hospital with no child.”
“John, that was so stunning,” host Kelly Clarkson stated following Legend’s efficiency. “All my like to you and Chrissy.”
It was one in every of 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 saying that Malone gained the present’s greatest honour, prime artist, Clarkson wheeled out eight extra trophies for the hitmaker.
“I am truthfully blown away by the love everybody’s proven to me,” stated Malone, who additionally gained prime rap artist, prime male artist and prime rap album. “It is form of massive 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 dwelling prime Billboard 200 album, prime feminine artist and prime new artist.
The 18-year-old, carrying a face masks, instructed viewers to “please vote, please put on a masks, please wash your palms.”
Others had comparable messages. Khalid, who gained 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 fulfill society requirements.
“I simply need to say I have been pondering lots about suppression and the voices that refused to be suppressed. And I’m wondering, ‘Would I be standing right here proper now if it weren’t for the massive Black girls who refuse to have their voices be suppressed?’ And I simply need to say proper now, should you’re at dwelling watching this and also you had been fascinated with altering your self to really feel worthy, that is your signal to stay true to who you’re,” Lizzo stated onstage after successful prime songs gross sales artist.
“Let me let you know all one thing — when folks 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’re. 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 dwelling 4 honours and was on-hand to simply accept prime Scorching 100 track for Previous City Street, which set the report for many weeks at No. 1. Kanye West, who launched two gospel albums final yr, additionally gained 4 prizes: prime gospel artist, prime gospel track, prime gospel album and prime 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 dwelling,” he stated.
Garth Brooks accepted the Icon Award from Cher, who known as the nation star “a real music legend and my buddy 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.
Different performers included BTS, Alicia Keys, Kane Brown, Khalid, Swae Lee, Sia, Brandy, Unhealthy 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 Greater 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 prime 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 explanation why a number of the nominees within the 55 classes might really feel dated.
As an example, all 5 nominees for the principle track award had been nominated for Grammys earlier this yr in January. And nominees for prime Billboard 200 album included Ariana Grande Thank U, Subsequent, launched in Oct. 2018, and Swift’s Lover, not her current launch Folklore. A few of the nominees had been even massive contenders on the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards — held greater than yr in the past — together with Lil Nas X’s Previous City Street and Lizzo’s Reality Hurts.