Post Malone Wins Nine Billboard Music Awards, Including Best Artist
15 October 2020 Entertainment
Post Malone was the big winner at the 2020 Billboard Music Awards, taking home nine prizes including top artist. Eight of his trophies were delivered in a cart by host Kelly Clarkson, who pushed them towards him “Covid-style”.
“I can’t touch you, so I had to wheel it out,” joked the singer. The three-hour ceremony, which was originally scheduled for April, was held at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles. While many artists performed in person, there was no live audience.
Due to the delay, the show mostly celebrated hits from last year, with Lil Nas X taking home four prizes for his hit single Old Town Road. Many of the winners and performers used the televised ceremony to urge fans to vote in the US presidential election.
Accepting the top song sales artist prize, Lizzo delivered an impassioned speech while wearing a dress emblazoned with the word “vote”.
“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.”
Billie Eilish, who picked up three awards, including top female artist and top new artist, was more succinct, saying simply: “Please vote, please wear a mask, please wash your hands and be safe.”
However, broadcaster NBC censored Demi Lovato’s performance of Commander-In-Chief – a new song that takes aim at President Trump. Although she was permitted to play the song in full, a video screen displaying the message “Vote” was edited out of the TV show.
According to TMZ, the network felt the message would be seen as a call to vote against the president, rather than a neutral call to action.
Despite that, the network tweeted a photo of Lovato’s performance in which the “Vote” backdrop dominated the image. Lovato retweeted the picture without comment.