The night was hosted by Kelly Clarkson, who has hosted the show the past two years as well, and in addition to the awards, was filled with performances. There was no live audience, everyone working was adorned in personal protective equipment, and there were frequent tests and temperature checks throughout the rehearsal and shooting process. Even though there was no audience, the show made up for it in other ways. They had to significantly cut down the number of live performances due to safety policies, but executive producer, Mark Bracco ensured a fulfilling show:
Several performances will be live [at Dolby], others will be pre-taped from the Dolby stage the day before. We're not hiding the fact that there's no audience, but we're gonna have a little fun with it.
With a controller for fake applause in hand, Kelly Clarkson added:
Now, it is no secret that there is no audience here tonight . . . [fake applause] makes me feel a little awkward, but I said the only way I would agree to it is if I could control it.
She continues, comedically demonstrating her use of the controller in different situations.
Host, Kelly Clarkson, was joined by Pentatonix and Sheila E. to perform “Higher Love”
Sia performed “Courage to Change”
Billie Eilish won Top Billboard 200 Album, Top New Artist, and Top Female Artist
.@billieeilish = Top 👏 Female 👏 Artist 👏 #BBMAs https://t.co/QEULCmD00m— Billboard Music Awards (@Billboard Music Awards)1602722436.0
Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus won Top Hot 100 Song, Top Streaming Son, Top Selling Song, and Top Rap Song for “Old Town Road”
Alicia Keys performed her new song “Love Looks Better”
Kane Brown performed “Be Like That” and was joined by Swae Lee and Khalid
Luke Combs won Top Country Artist, Top Country Male Artist, Top Country Album, and performed “Better Together”
Lizzo won Top Song Sales Artist
YES, @lizzo! 👏 Congrats on your #BBMAs Top Song Sales Artist award. https://t.co/MbyhXG0oV3— Billboard Music Awards (@Billboard Music Awards)1602724287.0
Post Malone performed “Circles” and then was joined by Tyla Yaweh to perform “Tommy Lee”Circles & Tommy Lee feat. Tyla Yaweh (2020 Billboard Music Awards) ►'Hollywood's Bleeding’ available now: https://postmalone.lnk.to/hollywoodsbleedingYD ►Sub...
John Legend performed “Never Break” dedicating it to his wife, Chrissy Teigen
Brandy was joined by Ty Dolla $ign in her incredible medley performance
The mayor of Atlanta, Keisha Bottoms, presented the Billboard Change Maker Award to Killer Mike
Throughout his 20-year music career, @KillerMike has been instrumental in social justice and civil rights movements… https://t.co/Qk90Y3fBxs— Billboard Music Awards (@Billboard Music Awards)1602725340.0
Bad Bunny won Top Latin Artist, Top Latin Album, and performed “Yo Perreo Sola”
Post Malone won nine awards: Top Artist, Top Male Artist, Top Billboard 200 Artist, Top Hot 100 Artist, Top Streaming Songs Artist, Top Rap Artist, Top Rap Male Artist, Top Rap Tour, and Top Pop Album
Doja Cat gave an iconic, theatrical performance
Cher presented Garth Brooks with the Icon Award, who also later performed a medley of hitshttp://www.billboardmusicawards.com Cher Presents the Icon Award to Garth Brooks at the Billboard Music Awards. #Cher #BBMAs BBMAs Twitter: https://twitter.c...
Khalid won Top R&B Artist, Top R&B Male Artist, Top R&B Tour, Top R&B Album, and Top R&B Song
WOO! @thegreatkhalid accepts the award for Top R&B Artist at the #BBMAs! https://t.co/ekqC1a4NkA— Billboard Music Awards (@Billboard Music Awards)1602728199.0
From these message from Swae Lee and Lauren Daigle to Lizzo’s dress to many acceptance speeches and more, the night was filled with urges to audiences to vote in the upcoming election
.@Lauren_Daigle shares why she thinks it's SO important to VOTE! https://t.co/grYgstBe6g— Billboard Music Awards (@Billboard Music Awards)1602734583.0
Saint Jhn performed “Roses’SAINt JHN performs "Roses" on the 2020 Billboard Music Awards. » Subscribe for More: http://bit.ly/NBCSub » Stream on Peacock: https://bit.ly/StreamPeacock N...
Harry Styles won the Billboard Chart Achievement Awardhttp://www.billboardmusicawards.com Harry Styles Wins the Billboard Chart Achievement Award. #HarryStyles #BBMAs BBMAs Twitter: https://twitter.com/BBMAs BBM...
BTS won Top Social Artist and performed their song “Dynamite”
Demi Lovato sang her new, political song “Commander in Chief” for its world premiere
Lauren Daigle won Top Christian Artisthttp://www.billboardmusicawards.com Lauren Daigle wins the Top Christian Artist award. #LaurenDaigle #BBMAs BBMAs Twitter: https://twitter.com/BBMAs BBMAs Fa...
Dan + Shay and Justin Bieber won Top Country Song
Summer Walker won Top R&B Female Artist
Thank you @BBMAs https://t.co/Y2Eau4vTj3— SUMMER WALKER (@SUMMER WALKER)1602734066.0
The Jonas Brothers won Top Duo/Group, Top Radio Songs Artist, and Top Radio Song
Panic! at the Disco won Top Rock Artist and Top Rock Song
.@PanicAtTheDisco won in the "Top Rock Artist" and "Top Rock Song" categories with 'Hey Look Ma, I Made It' at… https://t.co/gQVYqnwBxK— Panic! Charts (@Panic! Charts)1602733072.0
Elton John won Top Rock Tour
Elton won ‘Top Rock Tour’ at the @BBMAs last night! We can’t wait for the tour to hit the road again in 2021.… https://t.co/r2f6tDr0KC— Elton John (@Elton John)1602762785.0
Frozen II won the Top Soundtrack award
George Strait won Top Country Tour
Tune in tonight at 8/7c on NBC to see if George wins Top Country Tour at the 2020 @BBMAs! #BBMAs https://t.co/HICN5XoabE— George Strait (@George Strait)1602694847.0
Kanye West won Top Gospel Artist, Top Christian Album, Top Gospel Album, and Top Gospel Song
🎤🎤🎤🎤 https://t.co/zDjbS60dGZ— Kim Kardashian West (@Kim Kardashian West)1602739788.0
P!nk won Top Touring Artist
Thank you!!! ❤️ #BBMAs @BBMAs https://t.co/5DeUsU05hF— P!nk (@P!nk)1602738860.0
Tribute was paid to the legendary Eddie Van Halen
A true giant was taken from us... @eddievanhalen. He was a legendary guitarist, an amazing musician, and an incredi… https://t.co/NyjKkXv2TK— Billboard Music Awards (@Billboard Music Awards)1602731119.0
The show ended with a throwback performance by En Vogue with their song “Free Your Mind”
Congratulations to all of last night's nominees and winners.
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