Written by Lauryn

The 2020 Billboard Music Awards took place yesterday after being postponed in April due to Covid-19. While Kelly Clarkson appeared once again as host, the show itself was set to be unlike any in previous years. MTV’s VMAs opted for fake applause in August, but this year’s Billboard Music Awards had no audience, real or fake, which left viewers with inconvenient silences but a night of powerful performances, nonetheless.

The night saw rapper Post Malone win big, receiving nine awards out of sixteen nominations, including the prestigious Artist of the Year. Next on the list of multiple award winners was Khalid, who won five awards across the R&B categories. Unsurprisingly Top Hot 100 Song went to Lil Nas X (winners of four awards) who in his acceptance speech renamed next month ‘Nas-vember’ and claimed that his upcoming album will be the best of all time… needless to say, we’re expecting big things!

Rising talent Billie Eilish won three awards, just nine months after winning the Grammy for Album of the Year for her debut ‘When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?’

Following a medley of his classic hits, country star Garth Brooks was presented with the Billboard Icon Award by Cher.

For the fourth year in a row (yes, fourth!), supported by their ARMY, BTS received the award for Top Social Artist and performed their hit ‘Dynamite’, showing off signature choreography from a stage in South Korea with a virtual backing band. In another fan-voted category, Harry Styles won the Chart Achievement Award.

Other consecutive winners included Cardi B for Top Female Rap Artist, The Chainsmokers for Top Dance/Electronic Artist, Luke Combs for Top Country Artist and Panic! At the Disco for Top Rock Song.

John Legend stirred up emotions worldwide as he dedicated his brave performance of ‘Never Break’ to his wife, Chrissy Teigen following their tragic miscarriage. The show also featured tributes to and mentions of talents who have sadly passed away in the past year including Little Richard, Eddie Van Halen, Juice WRLD and Mac Davis.

Politically fuelled performances and speeches were the order of the night, especially those from Demi Lovato and Lizzo (winner of Top Song Sales) who said, ‘When people try to suppress something, it’s normally because that thing holds power.’

Kanye West (love him or hate him), while up against front runners Kirk Franklin, Hillsong and Tasha Cobbs Leonard, went home with numerous awards across the Gospel and Christian categories. Out of six nominated songs in the Top Gospel Song category, five were West’s.

Despite the lack of crowd, the show had audiences around the globe dancing in their living rooms. We can’t wait to see who’ll be in the running next year!