Post Malone owns Billboard Awards, Legend shines onstage

  • Post Malone accepts the top artist award at the Billboard Music Awards on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

    Post Malone accepts the top artist award at the Billboard Music Awards on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Associated Press

  • FILE - John Legend performs live on stage at The Alliance for Children's Rights 28th Annual Dinner on March 5, 2020, in Beverly Hills, Calif. Legend dedicated his performance of "Never Break" at the Billboard Music Awards, aired Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, to his wife Chrissy Teigen, who recently announced she had a miscarriage. (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP, File)

    FILE - John Legend performs live on stage at The Alliance for Children's Rights 28th Annual Dinner on March 5, 2020, in Beverly Hills, Calif. Legend dedicated his performance of "Never Break" at the Billboard Music Awards, aired Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, to his wife Chrissy Teigen, who recently announced she had a miscarriage. (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP, File) Associated Press

  • Host Kelly Clarkson performs at the Billboard Music Awards on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

    Host Kelly Clarkson performs at the Billboard Music Awards on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Associated Press

  • Billie Eilish accepts the award for top Billboard 200 album for "When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?" at the Billboard Music Awards on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

    Billie Eilish accepts the award for top Billboard 200 album for "When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?" at the Billboard Music Awards on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Associated Press

  • A view of the stage appears before the start of the Billboard Music Awards on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

    A view of the stage appears before the start of the Billboard Music Awards on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Associated Press

  • FILE - Whitney Houston performs during the 21st American Music Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on Feb. 7, 1994. Houston,  who died in 2012, is nominated for a 2020 Billboard Music Award for top dance/electronic song for 'Higher Love,' her platinum collaboration with Norwegian DJ-producer Kygo. She originally released a cover of Steve Winwood's 'Higher Love' as a Japan-only bonus track on her 1990 album 'I'm Your Baby Tonight,' but Kygo's dance remix of the song became an international hit after it was released last year.

    FILE - Whitney Houston performs during the 21st American Music Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on Feb. 7, 1994. Houston, who died in 2012, is nominated for a 2020 Billboard Music Award for top dance/electronic song for 'Higher Love,' her platinum collaboration with Norwegian DJ-producer Kygo. She originally released a cover of Steve Winwood's 'Higher Love' as a Japan-only bonus track on her 1990 album 'I'm Your Baby Tonight,' but Kygo's dance remix of the song became an international hit after it was released last year. Associated Press

  • FILE - In this May 15, 2019 file photo, Juice WRLD performs in concert during his "Death Race for Love Tour" at The Skyline Stage at The Mann Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia. The rapper, who died in December, is currently dominating the charts and streaming services with his first posthumous album 'Legends Never Die." He is nominated for two 2020 Billboard Music Awards for top rap artist and top rap album for his 2019 release 'Death Race for Love.' (Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP, File)

    FILE - In this May 15, 2019 file photo, Juice WRLD performs in concert during his "Death Race for Love Tour" at The Skyline Stage at The Mann Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia. The rapper, who died in December, is currently dominating the charts and streaming services with his first posthumous album 'Legends Never Die." He is nominated for two 2020 Billboard Music Awards for top rap artist and top rap album for his 2019 release 'Death Race for Love.' (Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP, File) Associated Press

  • Nicole Richie appears on stage to present the award for top Billboard 200 album at the Billboard Music Awards on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

    Nicole Richie appears on stage to present the award for top Billboard 200 album at the Billboard Music Awards on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Associated Press

  • Host Kelly Clarkson performs at the Billboard Music Awards on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

    Host Kelly Clarkson performs at the Billboard Music Awards on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Associated Press

  • Billie Eilish accepts the award for top Billboard 200 album for "When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?" at the Billboard Music Awards on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

    Billie Eilish accepts the award for top Billboard 200 album for "When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?" at the Billboard Music Awards on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Associated Press

  • Lizzo, left, blows a kiss to presenter Sheila E. as she goes on stage to accept the award for top song sales artist at the Billboard Music Awards on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

    Lizzo, left, blows a kiss to presenter Sheila E. as she goes on stage to accept the award for top song sales artist at the Billboard Music Awards on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Associated Press

  • Lizzo appears on stage to accept the award for top song sales artist at the Billboard Music Awards on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

    Lizzo appears on stage to accept the award for top song sales artist at the Billboard Music Awards on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Associated Press

  • Billie Eilish appears on stage to accept the award for top female artist at the Billboard Music Awards on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

    Billie Eilish appears on stage to accept the award for top female artist at the Billboard Music Awards on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Associated Press

  • In this image provided by NBC, Demi Lovato performs "Commander in Chief" for the Billboard Music Awards on Oct. 14, 2020, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Christopher Polk/NBC via AP)

    In this image provided by NBC, Demi Lovato performs "Commander in Chief" for the Billboard Music Awards on Oct. 14, 2020, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Christopher Polk/NBC via AP) Associated Press

  • In this image provided by NBC, Demi Lovato performs "Commander in Chief" for the Billboard Music Awards on Oct. 14, 2020, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Rich Polk/NBC via AP)

    In this image provided by NBC, Demi Lovato performs "Commander in Chief" for the Billboard Music Awards on Oct. 14, 2020, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Rich Polk/NBC via AP) Associated Press

  • In this image released by NBC, SAINt JHN performs for the Billboard Music Awards on Oct. 14, 2020, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Christopher Polk/NBC via AP)

    In this image released by NBC, SAINt JHN performs for the Billboard Music Awards on Oct. 14, 2020, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Christopher Polk/NBC via AP) Associated Press

  • Host Kelly Clarkson speaks at the Billboard Music Awards on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

    Host Kelly Clarkson speaks at the Billboard Music Awards on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Associated Press

  • Khalid accepts the award for top R&B artist at the Billboard Music Awards on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

    Khalid accepts the award for top R&B artist at the Billboard Music Awards on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Associated Press

  • Empty audience seats appear at the Billboard Music Awards on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

    Empty audience seats appear at the Billboard Music Awards on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Associated Press

  • In this image provided by NBC, Killer Mike, left, accepts the Billboard change maker award as Shana Render looks on via video for the Billboard Music Awards on Oct. 14, 2020, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Christopher Polk/NBC via AP)

    In this image provided by NBC, Killer Mike, left, accepts the Billboard change maker award as Shana Render looks on via video for the Billboard Music Awards on Oct. 14, 2020, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Christopher Polk/NBC via AP) Associated Press

  • In this image released by NBC, Doja Cat performs for the Billboard Music Awards on Oct. 14, 2020, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Christopher Polk/NBC via AP)

    In this image released by NBC, Doja Cat performs for the Billboard Music Awards on Oct. 14, 2020, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Christopher Polk/NBC via AP) Associated Press

  • Lilly Singh presents the award for top male artist at the Billboard Music Awards on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

    Lilly Singh presents the award for top male artist at the Billboard Music Awards on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Associated Press

  • Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms appears on screen to present the award for Billboard change maker to Killer Mike at the Billboard Music Awards on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

    Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms appears on screen to present the award for Billboard change maker to Killer Mike at the Billboard Music Awards on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Associated Press

  • Ivy Queen, from left, Nesi and Bad Bunny perform "Yo Perreo Sola" at the Billboard Music Awards on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

    Ivy Queen, from left, Nesi and Bad Bunny perform "Yo Perreo Sola" at the Billboard Music Awards on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Associated Press

  • Bad Bunny performs "Yo Perreo Sola" at the Billboard Music Awards on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

    Bad Bunny performs "Yo Perreo Sola" at the Billboard Music Awards on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Associated Press

  • Post Malone accepts the award for top male artist at the Billboard Music Awards on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

    Post Malone accepts the award for top male artist at the Billboard Music Awards on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Associated Press

  • Post Malone accepts the award for top male artist at the Billboard Music Awards on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

    Post Malone accepts the award for top male artist at the Billboard Music Awards on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Associated Press

  • Lizzo accepts the award for top song sales artist at the Billboard Music Awards on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

    Lizzo accepts the award for top song sales artist at the Billboard Music Awards on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Associated Press

  • In this image released by NBC, Brandy performs at the Billboard Music Awards on Oct. 14, 2020, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Christopher Polk/NBC via AP)

    In this image released by NBC, Brandy performs at the Billboard Music Awards on Oct. 14, 2020, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Christopher Polk/NBC via AP) Associated Press

  • In this image released by NBC, Brandy, left, and Ty Dolla $ign perform for the Billboard Music Awards on Oct. 14, 2020, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Christopher Polk/NBC via AP)

    In this image released by NBC, Brandy, left, and Ty Dolla $ign perform for the Billboard Music Awards on Oct. 14, 2020, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Christopher Polk/NBC via AP) Associated Press

  • In this image released by NBC, Alicia Keys performs for the Billboard Music Awards on Oct. 14, 2020, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Christopher Polk/NBC via AP)

    In this image released by NBC, Alicia Keys performs for the Billboard Music Awards on Oct. 14, 2020, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Christopher Polk/NBC via AP) Associated Press

  • Host Kelly Clarkson has her make-up retouched before the start of the Billboard Music Awards on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

    Host Kelly Clarkson has her make-up retouched before the start of the Billboard Music Awards on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Associated Press

  • Kane Brown performs "Be Like That" at the Billboard Music Awards on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

    Kane Brown performs "Be Like That" at the Billboard Music Awards on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Associated Press

  • Lil Nas X accepts the award for top hot 100 song for "Old Town Road"at the Billboard Music Awards on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

    Lil Nas X accepts the award for top hot 100 song for "Old Town Road"at the Billboard Music Awards on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Associated Press

  • Billie Eilish appears on stage to accept the award for top female artist at the Billboard Music Awards on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

    Billie Eilish appears on stage to accept the award for top female artist at the Billboard Music Awards on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Associated Press

  • Swae Lee, from left, Kane Brown and Khalid gesture after performing "Be Like That" at the Billboard Music Awards on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

    Swae Lee, from left, Kane Brown and Khalid gesture after performing "Be Like That" at the Billboard Music Awards on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Associated Press

  • Lil Nas X accepts the award for top hot 100 song for "Old Town Road"at the Billboard Music Awards on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

    Lil Nas X accepts the award for top hot 100 song for "Old Town Road"at the Billboard Music Awards on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Associated Press

  • Luke Combs accepts the award for top country artist at the Billboard Music Awards on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

    Luke Combs accepts the award for top country artist at the Billboard Music Awards on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Associated Press

 
 
Updated 10/15/2020 7:11 AM

NEW YORK -- Walking into the show with 16 nominations, Post Malone won nine honors at the 2020 Billboard Music Awards, where John Legend gave a heartfelt performance that was dedicated to his wife.

With his voice aching as he sang passionately from the piano, Legend told viewers 'this is for Chrissy" before singing 'Never Break," which includes the lyrics 'we will never break." The performance comes two weeks after Chrissy Teigen announced she had a miscarriage, explaining in a heart wrenching social media post that she and Legend drove 'home from the hospital with no baby.'

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

'John, that was so beautiful,' host Kelly Clarkson said following his performance. 'All my love to you and Chrissy.'

It was one of several performances that were pre-taped for Wednesday's show. Other musicians attended and performed at the empty Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles during the three-hour event, which aired on NBC.

After announcing that Malone won the show's biggest honor, top artist, Clarkson wheeled out eight more trophies for the hitmaker.

'I'm honestly blown away by the love everyone's shown to me," said Malone, who also won top rap artist, top male artist and top rap album. 'It's kind of big deal to me and everybody involved because we work our (butts) off."

He beat out Eilish for the top prize, but she was still a winner, taking home top Billboard 200 album, top female artist and top new artist.

The 18-year-old, wearing a face mask, told viewers to 'please vote, please wear a mask, please wash your hands."

Others had similar messages. Khalid, who won five honors, told fans 'your voice matters now more than ever." And Lizzo wore a black dress with 'vote' printed across it.

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She also gave an encouraging speech, telling viewers to find their voices and don't change to meet society standards.

'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 now if it weren't for the big Black women who refused to have their voices be suppressed?' And I just want to say right now, if you're at home watching this and you were thinking about changing yourself to feel worthy, this is your sign to remain true to who you are,' Lizzo said onstage after winning top songs sales artist.

'Let me tell you all something - when people try to suppress something, it's normally because that thing holds power. They're afraid of your power. There's power in who you are. There's power in your voice. So whether it's through music, protest or your right to vote, use your power, use your voice and refuse to be suppressed.'

Other winners included Lil Nas X, who took home four honors and was on-hand to accept top Hot 100 song for 'Old Town Road,' which set the record for most weeks at No. 1. Kanye West, who released two gospel albums last year, also won four prizes: top gospel artist, top gospel song, top gospel album and top Christian album.

Luke Combs followed with three wins, and after his performance he offered positive words to his fans and the crew working on the Billboard Awards.

'I know that everybody has been through so much this year. I wanna thank the crew that is working on this show tonight because they have gone through some insane stuff to make this happen for you guys. I hope everybody is staying safe there at home,' he said.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Garth Brooks accepted the Icon Award from Cher, who called the country star 'a true music legend and my friend." Brooks, who is the only artist to have nine of his albums sell more than 10 million units each and reach diamond status, performed a medley of his hits.

Other performers included BTS, Alicia Keys, Kane Brown, Khalid, Swae Lee, Sia, Brandy, Bad Bunny, Doja Cat, SAINt JHN, En Vogue and Demi Lovato, who sang her new song aimed at President Donald Trump called 'Commander In Chief."

Clarkson kicked off the show singing Steve Winwood's 'Higher Love,' which became a dance hit last year after Whitney Houston's cover of the song was remixed by Norwegian DJ-producer Kygo. Clarkson was joined by drummer Sheila E. and a cappella group Pentatonix for the performance of the song, which earned Houston a posthumous nomination for top dance/electronic song. Houston died in 2012.

Guitar rock legend Eddie Van Halen, who died last week, was honored as the show aired a clip of his Billboard Awards performance from 2015. And rapper-activist Killer Mike received the Change Maker Award.

This year's Billboard Awards were originally supposed to take place in April but were postponed because of the pandemic. It's the reason why some of the nominees in the 55 categories may feel dated.

For instance, all five nominees for the main song award were nominated for Grammys earlier this year in January. And nominees for top Billboard 200 album included Ariana Grande 'Thank U, Next,' released in Oct. 2018, and Taylor Swift's 'Lover,' not her recent release 'Folklore.' Some of the nominees were even big contenders at the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards - held more than year ago - including Lil Nas X's 'Old Town Road' and Lizzo's 'Truth Hurts.'

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