POST MALONE & BILLIE EILISH WIN BIG AT THE 2020 BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS – (10/15/2020)
The 2020 Billboard Music Awards were hosted by Kelly Clarkson Wednesday night, live from the Dolby Theater in L.A., and aired on NBC. Because this is 2020 and we’re in the midst of a rampaging pandemic, the festivities were a little different this year, with no red carpet or audience.
This marked Clarkson’s third go-round as host, and she got the party started with Pentatonix and Sheila E, with the trio taking on a rendition of Whitney Houston’s “Higher Love.” Houston, who died in 2012, was up for top dance/electronic song for “Higher Love,” a platinum-selling collab with Kygo.
Going in, Post Malone had a whopping 16 nominations, including top artist, top male artist, top rap artist and top streaming songs artist. His 2019 album Hollywood’s Bleeding was up for top Billboard 200 album. On his heels is Kanye West, who was up for nine prizes, including top gospel artist and top Christian artist.
Ultimately, Post Malone was triumphant, nabbing Top Artist and Top Male Artist, plus seven others, for a total haul of nine. Billie Eilish also won big, snagging Top Female Artist and Top Billboard 200 Album.
Some nominations felt dated because the show was supposed to go live in April, but was bumped due to the pandemic.
HIGHLIGHTS & PERFORMANCES
Clarkson kept the energy up, dubbing herself her own “hype crew” sans audience or pretty much anyone except essential crew and the performers who were actually on-hand.
Sia performed “Courage to Change” in a flowing pink ensemble, curly pink hair obscuring her face and a monster orange bow.
Alicia Keys delivered “Love Looks Better” onstage in gorgeous sequin catsuit.
Kane Brown, Swae Lee and Khalid cranked out “Be Like That.”=
Luke Combs crooned “Better Together” onstage.
Post Malone beamed in with “Circles.”
Lizzo, while accepting Top Song Sales Artist, urged fans to “refuse to be suppressed” and vote.
Brandy and Ty Dollar $ign performed a medley, including “Borderline” and “Almost Doesn’t Count,” onstage.
John Legend performed a memorable and heart-wrenching “Never Break” from Bigger Love, dedicating it to his wife Chrissy Teigen. The pair lost their third pregnancy recently, and shared their heartbreak on social media.
Keisha Lance Bottoms, the mayor of Atlanta, presented rapper and social activist Killer Mike with the inaugural Billboard Change Maker Award, and called for courage and change in the face of systemic racism.
Bad Bunny roller-skated around the stage to “Yo Perreo Sola.”
Doja Cat oozed “Juicy.”
Noted icon Cher presented this year’s Icon Award to Garth Brooks.
Brooks delivered a medley of hits spanning his 30+ years career.
SAINt JHN delivered “Roses.”
Clarkson held a somber in memoriam, toasting Little Richard, Eddie Van Halen and so many others.
Demi Lovato performed the world premiere of “Commander in Chief,” which she released Tuesday.
BTS brought down the virtual house with performance of “Dynamite” from South Korea.
En Vogue closed the show out with a throwback, “Free Your Mind.”
Winners Announced in the Broadcast:
Top Billboard 200 Album: When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?, Billie Eilish
Top Hot 100 Song: “Old Town Road,” Lil Nas X Featuring Billy Ray Cyrus
Top Female Artist: Billie Eilish
Top Country Artist: Luke Combs
Top Song Sales Artist: Lizzo
Top Latin Artist: Oasis, J Balvin & Bad Bunny
Top Male Artist: Post Malone
Top R&B Artist: Khalid
Chart Achievement Award: Harry Styles
Top Social Artist: BTS
Top Christian Artist: Lauren Daigle
Top Artist: Post Malone
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ARIANA GRANDE PUSHES UP ALBUM RELEASE – (10/15/2020)
Ariana Grande is releasing her new album earlier than expected. The as-yet-untitled sixth record, which fans are referring to as AG6, will be the follow-up to 2019’s, Thank U, Next, which was released just months after 2018’s also massively successful Sweetener.
In a tweet on Wednesday, (Oct. 14) she wrote: “I can’t wait to give you my album this month.” She’s been dropping hints lately. Just last week she tweeted, that she was finished recording and wrote: “Turning in these mixes and reminding you again to register to vote if you haven’t already…”
Ariana Grande’s last two albums topped the U.S. Billboard 200 chart.
DEMI LOVATO RESPONDS TO NEGATIVE COMMENTS ABOUT GETTING POLITICAL – (10/15/2020)
Demi Lovato is responding to negative comments about her new politically-driven song “Commander in Chief.” She responded to some mean comments and wrote: “You do understand as a celebrity, I have a right to political views as well? Or did you forget that we aren’t just around to entertain people for our entire lives.”
The track sends a message to President Donald Trump.
The accompanying music video shows Americans of all ages, races and nationalities, coming together as a united country ahead of Election Day, November 3. “Commander in Chief” was co-written by Lovato and was released this week.
CAMILA CABELLO HONORS HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH – (10/15/2020)
It’s Hispanic Heritage Month and Camila Cabello honored it with a Latin dance. She took to Instagram to show off her dance moves and give some promotion to some friends. She wrote: “Cuz it’s Latin Heritage month, and also cuz my choreographers – who are also my family and the best people in the world launched a new clothing line called Rules Don’t Apply and I’m here to support and dance like a fool in their clothes.”
She ended the post by admitting that her friends didn’t choreograph her dance, “otherwise it would be a lot better.” The 23 year old is from Cuba.
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