The socially-distant award reveals roll on with the BBMAs!
The 2020 Billboard Music Awards had been the newest to go down amid the coronavirus pandemic, which means viewers anticipated a really completely different present in comparison with years previous.
The present was initially imagined to air stay from Las Vegas again in April, however was pushed to October — and the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles — as a consequence of COVID-19 issues.
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Returning for her third time as host, Kelly Clarkson was emceeing the present and kicked it off with a efficiency of Whitney Houston’s “Greater Love” that includes Pentatonix and Sheila E.
Different performers all through the night included Alicia Keys, John Legend, Publish Malone, Unhealthy Bunny, Brandy, Ty Dolla $ign and Doja Cat.
Garth Brooks was honored with the elite ICON Award, introduced to him by the one and solely Cher … whereas Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms introduced Killer Mike with the primary ever Billboard Change Maker Award, which he devoted to his spouse.
Publish Malone had essentially the most nominations heading into the telecast, with noms in 16 classes. He ended the evening successful a complete of 9.
See essentially the most viral moments of the evening under!
The Awkwardness All through
After the opening efficiency, there was zero applause. When Clarkson did her opening monologue, once more, nothing. After Lil Nas X picked up the award for High Scorching 100 Tune (above), there was no cheering.
We get it, there is no viewers as a result of it is a security hazard amid the pandemic. And whereas viewers complained in regards to the canned reactions on earlier reveals just like the VMAs and Emmys, the BBMAs proved that possibly faux applause actually was the way in which to go.
Clarkson even talked about the silence later within the present. “There isn’t any secret that there is no viewers right here tonight. I believe we gathered that earlier after I was like woo and nobody cheered with me,” she joked. “So the producers and I had been debating whether or not or to not have faux applause. I mentioned, the one manner I might comply with it’s if I may management it, as a result of I like management.”
She then confirmed off a distant with laughs, cheers and even boos — for “anytime Covid is talked about as a result of it sucks the life out of every little thing.” Sadly, the distant by no means returned and the silences continued.
Publish Malone additionally mentioned it was “very unusual right here” when he picked up his High Male Artist, including that it was “so weird to see no one within the viewers” throughout his speech.
Billie Eilish Says Masks Up
Whereas there was not a masks to be seen in early appearances from Kelly Clarkson, Nicole Richie and Lil Nas X, that wasn’t the case for Billie Eilish.
Selecting up her first two awards of the evening, the “unhealthy man” singer wore a inexperienced floral masks that matched the remainder of her outfit. As she hit the stage the second time to just accept High Feminine Artist, she additionally informed viewers, “Please vote, please put on a masks, please wash your arms, be protected and take care.”
Lizzo’s VOTE Gown and Highly effective Speech
Like Elish earlier than her, Lizzo used her High Tune Gross sales Artist win to induce viewers to vote, have a good time physique positivity and arise in opposition to all types of suppression.
“I have been pondering numerous about suppression and the voices that refuse to be suppressed,” she mentioned, whereas sporting a costume coated with the phrase “VOTE.”
“I’m wondering, would I be standing right here proper now if it weren’t for the massive Black ladies who refused to have their voices be suppressed?” she continued. “I simply need to say proper now, if you happen to’re at residence watching this and you might be desirous about altering your self to really feel worthy, that is your signal to stay true to who you might be.”
“When folks attempt to suppress one thing, it is often as a result of that factor maintain energy. They’re afraid of your energy. There’s energy in who you might be, there’s energy in your voice,” she added. “Whether or not it is by means of music, protest or your proper to vote, use your energy, use your voice and refuse to be suppressed.”
John Legend Dedicates “By no means Break” to Chrissy Teigen
John Legend returned to the stage following spouse Chrissy Teigen’s miscarriage in September.
The singer gave a soulful and emotional efficiency of his track “By no means Break,” saying “That is for Chrissy” earlier than he started to play. With lyrics like, “We are going to by no means break, because the water rises and the mountains shake, our love will stay” and “Each time life is tough, we’ll by no means lose our manner,” it was a becoming and highly effective track.
Host Clarkson additionally thanked the duo for being so open about their lives, even in robust occasions like these. “He and Chrissy each simply have this heat manner of inviting us into their world, the highs and the lows,” she mentioned. “My coronary heart, clearly all of our hearts, exit to you each on this very troublesome time.”
The title on all people’s lip is gonna be Doja Cat after that efficiency.
The singer hit the stage for a rendition of “Juicy,” “Say So” and “Like That” clearly impressed by the Broadway musical “Chicago” that set Twitter on fireplace. She appeared superb with some killer Fosse choreography, throwback costumes and, sure, even chair dancing.
Cher Seems to be Unimaginable
That is it … that is the tweet.
The 74-year-old appeared through the telecast to current the Icon Award to Garth Brooks — and whereas his efficiency was vigorous as ever, it was Cher who actually acquired folks speaking for merely trying unimaginable.
Even Garth appeared a bit of starstruck by Cher, after successful the identical trophy she picked up a number of years again. “Cher, Getting to carry an award you bought makes me really feel cool, and funky isn’t a phrase I might use to explain me,” he mentioned, earlier than thanking God, his spouse Trisha Yearwood, his household and followers.
Demi Lovato Sends a Message to POTUS
After her new track, “Commander In Chief,” dropped earlier within the day, Demi Lovato carried out it on the BBMA stage. Sitting at a piano, she appeared into the digital camera as she sang.
The lyrics embody: “We’re in a state of disaster, individuals are dying, whilst you lay your pockets deep / Commander in chief, how does it really feel to nonetheless be capable to breathe?”
The band received the High Social Artist at BBMAs for the fourth yr in a row, earlier than performing their new single “Dynamite” from Korea.
As all the time, they delivered an extremely energetic efficiency with choreo and vocals and had their ARMY going wild throughout social media.
Making it all of the extra spectacular, they filmed the efficiency inside an airport terminal!
After Publish Malone picked up his ninth and last trophy of the evening, the ladies of En Vogue wrapped up the present with one electrical efficiency of their large hit “Free Your Thoughts.”
The three ladies, backed by an all-female band, roared by means of the basic, decked out in black leather-based as footage of protests in opposition to police brutality performed on the screens behind them.