What happened at the 2020 Billboard Music Awards?

LizzoLizzo at the 2020 BMAs in her "VOTE" dress | Picture Creditss: Us Weekly
On Wednesday, October 14, 2020, the 2020 Billboard Music Awards took place, uniting pop, country, Latin, R&B, and Hip Hop. With Kelly Clarkson hosting (for the third year in a row), musicians gathered to sing, talk politics, encourage viewers to vote, and of course, take home awards.
The night included wonderful performances from Alicia Keys, Bad Bunny, BTS, Doja Cat, John Legend, Luke Combs, Saint Jhn, and SIA. Viewers also saw several collaboration performances including Kane Brown, Swae Lee and Khalid performing “Be Like That,” Brandy and Ty Dolla $ign performing a medley, and Post Malone and Tyla Yaweh performing “Circles/Tommy Lee“. En Vogue performed their classic “Free Your Mind“. The event was certainly filled with fun music and electric renditions. In a pandemic era, the show lacked some of the usual gusto with in-person performances but still managed to pull off a relatively seamless event.

Highlights of the night:

In a dress with “VOTE” written all across it, Lizzo accepted her Top Song Sales Artist Award and said, “I just want to say I’ve been thinking a lot about suppression and the voices that refused to be suppressed. And I wonder would I be standing here right if it weren’t for the big black women who refused to have their voices be suppressed.” The entrepreneur, activist, and hip hop artist Killer Mike was awarded the first-ever Billboard Changemaker Award for his extraordinary work for Black Americans. Cher presented the Icon Award to Garth Brooks claiming that he has reformed the face of the country with 19 #1 hits, 17 #1 albums, and 9 #1 on the billboard 200 album chart.

Post Malone was not only nominated for the most awards, but he also won the most awards that night, taking home the Top Artist prize and 8 other awards. Demi Lovato premiered her song “Commander In Chief” at the show featuring lyrics like “We’re in a state of crisis, people are dyin’/While you line your pockets deep/ Commander in Chief, how does it feel to still/ Be able to breathe?” directed at President Trump.

Here are the winners:

Top Artists

Top Artist: Post MaloneTop New Artist: Billie Eilish

Billboard Chart Achievement Award (Fan Voted): Harry Styles

Top Male Artist: Post Malone

Top Female Artist: Billie Eilish

Top Duo/Group: Jonas Brothers

Top Hot 100 Artist:  Post Malone

Top Song Sales Artist: Lizzo

Top Radio Songs Artist: Jonas Brothers

Top Social Artist (Fan Voted):  BTS

Top Touring Artist: P!nk

Top R&B Artist: Khalid

Top Rap Artist: Post Malone

Top Country Artist: Luke Combs

Top Rock Artist: Panic! At The Disco

Top Latin Artist: Bad Bunny

Top Dance/Electronic Artist: The Chainsmokers

Top Billboard 200 Artist: Post Malone

Top Streaming Songs Artist: Post Malone

Top R&B Male Artist: Khalid

Top R&B Female Artist: Summer Walker

Top R&B Tour: Khalid

Top Rap Male Artist: Post Malone

Top Rap Female Artist: Cardi B

Top Rap Tour: Post Malone

Top Country Male Artist: Luke Combs

Top Country Female Artist: Maren Morris

Top Country Duo/Group: Dan + Shay

Top Country Tour: George Strait

Top Rock Tour: Elton John

Top Christian Artist: Lauren Daigle

Top Gospel Artist: Kanye West

Top Albums

Top Billboard 200 Album: Billie Eilish “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?”

Top Soundtrack: “Frozen II”

Top R&B Album: Khalid “Free Spirit”

Top Rap Album: Post Malone “Hollywood’s Bleeding”

Top Country Album: Luke Combs “What You See Is What You Get”

Top Rock Album: Tool “Fear Inoculum”

Top Latin Album: J Balvin & Bad Bunny “Oasis”

Top Dance/Electronic Album: Marshmello “Marshmello: Fortnite Extended Set”

Top Christian Album: Kanye West “Jesus is King”

Top Gospel Album: Kanye West “Jesus is King”

Top Songs

Top Collaboration (Fan-Voted): Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello “Señorita”

Top R&B Song: Khalid “Talk”

Top Rap Song: Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus “Old Town Road”

Top Country Song: Dan + Shay with Justin Bieber “10,000 Hours”

Top Rock Song: Panic! At The Disco “Hey Look Ma, I Made It”

Top Latin Song: Daddy Yankee ft. Snow “Con Calma”

Top Dance/Electronic Song: Ellie Goulding x Diplo ft. Swae Lee “Close To Me”

Top Streaming Song: Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus “Old Town Road”

Top Selling Song:  Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus “Old Town Road”

Top Christian Song: For King & Country “God Only Knows”

Top Gospel Song:  Kanye West “Follow God”

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Shambhavi Punjala
Hailing from Schaumburg, Illinois, Shambhavi Punjala is a senior at IMSA with many opinions that she loves to share. When she isn't doing work, you can probably find her either being a goofball with her sister, cooking, singing, watching medical dramas, or making Spotify playlists.

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