By MESFIN FEKADU, AP Music Author
NEW YORK (AP) — 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 lovely,” host Kelly Clarkson mentioned following Legend’s efficiency. “All my like to you and Chrissy.”
It was considered one 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 asserting that Malone received the present’s greatest honor, high artist, Clarkson wheeled out eight extra trophies for the hitmaker.
“I’m truthfully blown away by the love everybody’s proven to me,” Malone mentioned onstage. “It’s sort of huge deal to me and all people 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 and high feminine artist.
The 18-year-old, sporting a face masks, instructed viewers to “please vote, please put on a masks, please wash your palms.”
Others had related messages. Khalid, named high R&B artist, instructed followers “your voice issues now greater than ever.” And Lizzo wore a black gown 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 simply need to say I’ve been considering 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 large Black ladies who refuse to have their voices be suppressed?’ And I simply need to say proper now, when you’re at house watching this and also you had been fascinated about altering your self to really feel worthy, that is your signal to stay true to who you might be,” Lizzo mentioned onstage after successful high songs gross sales artist.
“Let me inform you all one thing — when individuals attempt to suppress one thing, it’s 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’s 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 was additionally on-hand to just accept high Sizzling 100 music for “Previous City Street,” which set the file for many weeks at No. 1. After his efficiency, Luke Combs was named high nation artist and provided optimistic 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 12 months. 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 all people is staying secure there at house,” he mentioned.
Garth Brooks accepted the Icon Award from Cher, who referred to as the nation star “a real music legend and my pal 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, Dangerous Bunny, Doja Cat, SAINt JHN, En Vogue and Demi Lovato, who sang her new music geared toward President Donald Trump referred to as “Commander In Chief.”
Clarkson kicked off the present singing Steve Winwood’s “Larger Love,” which turned a dance hit final 12 months after Whitney Houston’s cowl of the music 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 music, which earned Houston a posthumous nomination for high dance/digital music. 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 acquired the Change Maker Award.
This 12 months’s Billboard Awards had been initially presupposed to happen in April however had been postponed due to the pandemic. It’s the explanation why among the nominees within the 55 classes could really feel dated.
As an illustration, all 5 nominees for the primary music award had been nominated for Grammys earlier this 12 months 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 current launch “Folklore.” Among the nominees had been even huge contenders on the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards — held greater than 12 months in the past — together with Lil Nas X’s “Previous City Street” and Lizzo’s “Fact Hurts.”
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