2020 Billboard Music Awards recap: Post Malone and Billie Eilish win big; Garth Brooks honored

DANIELLE LONG
·2 min read

The 2020 Billboard Music Awards aired on Wednesday night and it was a star-studded, performance-packed celebration of music.

For the third consecutive year Kelly Clarkson-hosted the awards ceremony, but this time, she didn't have the pleasure of being in front of a live audience. Nonetheless, with the help of Pentatonix and percussionist Sheila E., she kicked off the show with a powerhouse performance of Whitney Houston's "Higher Love."

Others to take the stage included Sia, Kane Brown, Swae Lee, Khalid, Luke Combs, Bad Bunny, Dojo Cat, Alicia Keys, Post Malone and Brandy.

PHOTO: Post Malone poses backstage at the 2020 Billboard Music Awards broadcast on Oct. 14, 2020 at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images for DCP)
PHOTO: Post Malone poses backstage at the 2020 Billboard Music Awards broadcast on Oct. 14, 2020 at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images for DCP)

John Legend performed his ballad "Never Break" and dedicated it to his wife, Chrissy Teigen, who recently suffered a pregnancy loss. "This is for Chrissy," he said softly before belting out the emotional lyrics.

PHOTO: John Legend performs onstage at the 2020 Billboard Music Award broadcast on Oct. 14, 2020 at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images for DCP)
PHOTO: John Legend performs onstage at the 2020 Billboard Music Award broadcast on Oct. 14, 2020 at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images for DCP)

Garth Brooks also took the stage after he was presented with this year's ICON Award by Cher. The country legend performed a medley of his hits, which included "Friends In Low Places," "The Thunder Rolls" and "The River."

In between the plentiful performances, Post Malone accepted two awards but, in total, went home with nine out of the 16 for which he was nominated.

PHOTO: Post Malone poses backstage at the 2020 Billboard Music Awards broadcast on Oct. 14, 2020 at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Amy Sussman/Getty Images for DCP)
PHOTO: Post Malone poses backstage at the 2020 Billboard Music Awards broadcast on Oct. 14, 2020 at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Amy Sussman/Getty Images for DCP)

Similarly, Billie Eilish accepted two awards, top Billboard 200 artist and top female artist. Both times she delivered short and simple thank you speeches that reminded viewers to wear a mask, wash their hands and stay safe.

PHOTO: Billie Eilish poses backstage at the 2020 Billboard Music Awards broadcast on Oct. 14, 2020 at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Amy Sussman/Getty Images for DCP)
PHOTO: Billie Eilish poses backstage at the 2020 Billboard Music Awards broadcast on Oct. 14, 2020 at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Amy Sussman/Getty Images for DCP)

Lizzo also delivered a message to viewers after she snagged the award for top song sales artist. Not only did she rock a dress with the word "VOTE" written all over it, but she also shared a powerful and inspirational message urging fans to stay true to who they are and "refuse to be suppressed."

Demi Lovato also roused voters by delivering the debut performance of her new single "Commander In Chief," a record that criticizes President Donald Trump.

Aside from the coronavirus-induced changes, the 2020 BBMA's introduced two new awards at this year's ceremony: the Billboard Change Maker Award, which was awarded to rapper and activist Killer Mike, and the Chart Achievement Award, which Harry Styles won.

Closing out the show was En Vogue with their 1992 hit "Free Your Mind," a song with lyrics that boasts a message of anti-prejudice.

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