Billboard Music Awards: Post Malone Named Top Artist; Billie Eilish, Lizzo, Lil Nas X Among Winners

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From left: BBMA winners Billie Eilish, Lil Nas X, Lizzo and Post Malone

Killer Mike was honored, En Vogue and Garth Brooks rocked the stage, and Demi Lovato got political at Wednesday night's ceremony.

Post Malone was the top winner and Billie Eilish, Lizzo and Lil Nas X also took home key trophies at the 2020 Billboard Music Awards, which were highlighted by a slew of performances and artists who advocated for viewers to use their own voices for change in this election year.

It also featured an emotional moment from John Legend, who paid tribute to wife Chrissy Teigen; the couple lost their newborn baby Jack a few weeks ago.

Post Malone won a total of nine awards, including top artist, which is the biggest award of the night. He thanked his fans and noted how he's grateful for "being able to reach out and show everybody they're not alone and that music can bring everybody together."

Earlier, he accepted the award for top male artist, ending that speech by urging viewers at home to "stay strong and spread love everywhere you go."

Eilish took home the first award on Wednesday night, for top Billboard 200 album, for her multiple-Grammy-winning debut album, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? During her speech, she noted that she doesn't take any of her numerous awards for granted. She also was named top female artist moments later; she accepted both awards wearing a face mask and urged those at home to wear their own masks and wash their hands amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Lizzo, who was named top song sales artist, accepted her award wearing a black gown with the word "VOTE" emblazoned multiple times in white lettering.

"I've been thinking a lot about suppression and the voices the refused to be suppressed. I wonder would I be standing here by now if it weren't for the big, Black women who refused to have their voices be suppressed?" she said in her acceptance speech.

"If you're at home watching this and you're thinking about changing yourself to feel worthy, this your sign to remain true to who you are," she told viewers at home. "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."

Rapper and social activist Killer Mike, member of hip-hop duo Run the Jewels, accepted the inaugural Billboard Change Maker Award, which was presented by Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms at the APEX (African American Panoramic Experience) Museum in Atlanta. 

"As I said on our new album, RTJ4, a lyric about my wife that her friends tell her, 'He could be another Malcolm, he could be another Martin,'" he said. "She told them, I need a husband more than the world needs another martyr. I don’t have a martyr complex. First and foremost I'm your husband and I would not be here receiving this if not for your encouragement and your constant by my side," he said, addressing his wife, Shana Render.

He also urged kids who interested in singing and dancing to pursue their dreams. "What you do is worthy," he said. "You are artists and your goal should be to express the very reality around you in the very most beautiful or ugliest of ways that you see fit. Kids who run and dance and sing and jump … all the things they tell you don’t matter, you matter more than you know. The kids that are organizing, plotting, planning, strategizing, right there on the ground mobilizing, you are needed more than ever. I'm a culmination of all these things."

Like some of the speeches, many of the performances were aimed to inspire and motivate. Sia performed "Courage to Change," the second single from the soundtrack of her self-directed and co-written movie Music, in her signature wig and oversized bow. The ballad, both melancholy and uplifting, focuses on while it is hard to enact change, together people "can do anything."

Legend brought an emotional moment to the show when he dedicated his performance of "Never Break" to wife Teigen, who revealed weeks earlier that she'd had a miscarriage. "This is for Chrissy," he whispered before singing.

And BBMA host Kelly Clarkson kicked off the show with a performance of Steve Winwood's "Higher Love," featuring Pentatonix and Sheila E.

Later on, Demi Lovato took on President Trump, singing her new — very political — song, "Commander in Chief." The song's lyrics include: "Commander in Chief, honestly. If I did the things you do, I couldn't sleep. Seriously, do you even know the truth? We're in a state of crisis, people are dying. While you line your pockets deep."

Other winners included Lil Nas X, who took home the award for top Hot 100 song for "Old Town Road" featuring Billy Ray Cyrus. In addition, Khalid was named top R&B artist, while Lauren Daigle won for top Christian artist.

Two of the winners immediately took the stage after their awards were announced: Luke Combs was named top country artist and performed "Better Together," while Bad Bunny was named top Latin artist and performed "Yo Perreo Sola."

Two fan-voted awards also were handed out: Harry Styles won the Billboard chart achievement award and BTS won for top social artist.

Elsewhere, Garth Brooks received the Icon Award, presented by Cher. Brooks — the No. 1-selling solo artist in U.S. history — thanked his wife, Trisha Yearwood, his kids and his fans in accepting the award.

Brooks also performed a medley of his hits, including "The Thunder Rolls," "Callin' Baton Rouge," "The River," "Standing Outside the Fire," "That Summer," "Dive Bar," "Friends in Low Places" and "The Dance."

Meanwhile, other performers included Kane Brown with "Be Like That" featuring Swae Lee & Khalid, Alicia Keys with "Love Looks Better," Combs with "Better Together," Post Malone with "Circles" and "Tommy Lee" featuring Tyla Yaweh. Brandy hit the stage alongside Ty Dolla $ign to perform "Borderline," "No Tomorrow" and "Almost Doesn't Count," while Doja Cat performed "Juicy," "Say So" and "Like That," and SAINt JHN performed "Roses." BTS performed "Dynamite."

The show also paid tribute to music icons who've died in the past year, including Juice WRLD, Kenny Rogers and Eddie Van Halen, who died last week after a battle with cancer. The show played a clip of Van Halen performing the hit "Panama" followed by a single shot of a guitar in a spotlight.

The ceremony ended with an energetic performance by En Vogue of their '90s hit "Free Your Mind," as part of a celebration of the R&B group's 3oth anniversary.

The BBMAs aired live on NBC from the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. While the performers and presenters were mostly there in person (a few were not, like Post Malone, who performed from an undisclosed location, and BTS, who performed from South Korea), there was no live audience due to the pandemic. Clarkson at one point joked that she had a special device that would play cheers and other audience reactions as needed at the push of a button.

The show was rescheduled from its original date of April 29 due to the pandemic, but the awards are based on the original eligibility period of March 23, 2019, through March 14, 2020. This eligibility period remains intact "intact to recognize and honor the chart-topping artists and musical successes achieved and to maintain consistent tracking periods for future shows." (The show is produced by Dick Clark Productions, which shares a parent company with The Hollywood Reporter.)

A full list of winners, including those not handed out during the broadcast, follows.

ARTIST AWARDS

Top Artist
Post Malone (WINNER)

Billie Eilish
Jonas Brothers
Khalid
Taylor Swift

Top New Artist
Billie Eilish (WINNER)
DaBaby
Lil Nas X
Lizzo
Roddy Ricch

Billboard Chart Achievement Award (Fan Voted)
Harry Styles (WINNER)
Mariah Carey
Luke Combs
Lil Nas X
Taylor Swift

Top Male Artist
Post Malone (WINNER)
DaBaby
Khalid
Lil Nas X
Ed Sheeran

Top Female Artist
Billie Eilish (WINNER)
Ariana Grande
Halsey
Lizzo
Taylor Swift

Top Duo/Group
Jonas Brothers (WINNER)
BTS
Dan + Shay
Maroon 5
Panic! At The Disco

Top Billboard 200 Artist
Post Malone (WINNER)
Drake
Billie Eilish
Khalid
Taylor Swift

Top Hot 100 Artist
Post Malone (WINNER) 
DaBaby
Billie Eilish
Khalid
Lil Nas X

Top Streaming Songs Artist
Post Malone (WINNER)
DaBaby
Billie Eilish
Lil Nas X
Travis Scott

Top Song Sales Artist
Lizzo (WINNER)
Billie Eilish
Lil Nas X
Post Malone
Taylor Swift

Top Radio Songs Artist
Jonas Brothers (WINNER)
Khalid
Lizzo
Shawn Mendes
Post Malone

Top Social Artist (Fan Voted)
BTS (WINNER)
Billie Eilish
EXO
GOT7
Ariana Grande

Top Touring Artist
P!nk (WINNER)
Elton John
Metallica
The Rolling Stones
Ed Sheeran

Top R&B Artist
Khalid (WINNER)
Chris Brown
Lizzo
Summer Walker
The Weeknd

Top R&B Male Artist
Khalid (WINNER)
Chris Brown
The Weeknd

Top R&B Female Artist
Summer Walker (WINNER) 
Beyoncé
Lizzo

Top R&B Tour
Khalid (WINNER) 
B2K
Janet Jackson

Top Rap Artist
Post Malone (WINNER)
DaBaby
Juice WRLD
Lil Nas X
Roddy Ricch

Top Rap Male Artist
Post Malone (WINNER)
DaBaby
Lil Nas X

Top Rap Female Artist
Cardi B (WINNER)
City Girls
Megan Thee Stallion

Top Rap Tour
Post Malone (WINNER)
Drake
Travis Scott

Top Country Artist
Luke Combs (WINNER)
Kane Brown
Dan + Shay
Maren Morris
Thomas Rhett

Top Country Male Artist
Luke Combs (WINNER)
Kane Brown
Thomas Rhett

Top Country Female Artist
Maren Morris (WINNER)
Kacey Musgraves
Carrie Underwood

Top Country Duo/Group
Dan + Shay (WINNER)
Florida Georgia Line
Old Dominion

Top Country Tour
George Strait (WINNER)
Eric Church
Florida Georgia Line

Top Rock Artist
Panic! At The Disco (WINNER)
Imagine Dragons
Tame Impala
Tool
twenty one pilots

Top Rock Tour
Elton John (WINNER)
Metallica
The Rolling Stones

Top Latin Artist
Bad Bunny (WINNER)
Anuel AA
J Balvin
Ozuna
Romeo Santos

Top Dance/Electronic Artist
The Chainsmokers (WINNER)
Avicii
DJ Snake
Illenium
Marshmello

Top Christian Artist
Lauren Daigle (WINNER)
Elevation Worship
for KING & COUNTRY
Hillsong UNITED
Kanye West

Top Gospel Artist
Kanye West (WINNER)
Kirk Franklin
Koryn Hawthorne
Tasha Cobbs Leonard
Sunday Service Choir

ALBUM AWARDS

Top Billboard 200 Album
Billie Eilish “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?” (WINNER)
Ariana Grande “thank u, next”
Khalid “Free Spirit”
Post Malone “Hollywood’s Bleeding”
Taylor Swift “Lover”

Top Soundtrack
“Frozen II” (WINNER)
“Aladdin”
“Descendants 3”
“K-12” by Melanie Martinez
“The Dirt” by Mötley Crüe

Top R&B Album:
Khalid “Free Spirit” (WINNER)
Beyoncé “Homecoming: The Live Album”
Justin Bieber “Changes”
Chris Brown “Indigo”
Summer Walker “Over It”

Top Rap Album
Post Malone “Hollywood’s Bleeding” (WINNER)
DaBaby “KIRK”
Juice WRLD “Death Race For Love”
Roddy Ricch “Please Excuse Me for Being Antisocial”
Young Thug “So Much Fun”

Top Country Album:
Luke Combs “What You See Is What You Get” (WINNER)
Kane Brown “Experiment”
Maren Morris “GIRL”
Thomas Rhett “Center Point Road”
Morgan Wallen “If I Know Me”

Top Rock Album
Tool “Fear Inoculum” (WINNER)
The Lumineers “III”
Slipknot “We Are Not Your Kind”
Tame Impala “The Slow Rush”
Vampire Weekend “Father of the Bride”

Top Latin Album
J Balvin & Bad Bunny “Oasis” (WINNER)
Farruko “Gangalee”
Maluma “11:11”
Romeo Santos “Utopía”
Sech “Sueños”

Top Dance/Electronic Album
Marshmello “Marshmello: Fortnite Extended Set” (WINNER)
Avicii “TIM”
The Chainsmokers “World War Joy”
Illenium “Ascend”
Alan Walker “Different World”

Top Christian Album
Kanye West “Jesus is King” (WINNER) 
Bethel Music “Victory: Recorded Live”
Casting Crowns “Only Jesus”
Hillsong UNITED “People”
Skillet “Victorious”

Top Gospel Album
Kanye West “Jesus is King” (WINNER) 
Kirk Franklin “Long Live Love”
Donald Lawrence & The Tri-City Singers “Goshen”
William McDowell “The Cry: A Live Worship Experience”
Sunday Service Choir “Jesus Is Born”

SONG AWARDS

Top Hot 100 Song
Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus “Old Town Road” (WINNER)
Lewis Capaldi “Someone You Loved”
Billie Eilish “bad guy”
Lizzo “Truth Hurts”
Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello “Señorita”

Top Streaming Song
Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus “Old Town Road” (WINNER)
Chris Brown ft. Drake “No Guidance”
Billie Eilish “bad guy”
Lil Tecca “Ran$om”
Post Malone & Swae Lee “Sunflower (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse)”

Top Selling Song
Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus “Old Town Road” (WINNER)
Lewis Capaldi “Someone You Loved”
Billie Eilish “bad guy”
Lizzo “Truth Hurts”
Blake Shelton “God’s Country”

Top Radio Song
Jonas Brothers “Sucker” (WINNER)
Lewis Capaldi “Someone You Loved”
Khalid “Talk”
Lizzo “Truth Hurts”
Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber “I Don’t Care”

Top Collaboration (Fan Voted)
Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello “Señorita” (WINNER)
Chris Brown ft. Drake “No Guidance”
Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus “Old Town Road”
Post Malone & Swae Lee “Sunflower (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse)”
Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber “I Don’t Care”

Top R&B Song
Khalid “Talk” (WINNER)
Chris Brown ft. Drake “No Guidance”
Doja Cat & Tyga “Juicy”
Lizzo “Good As Hell”
The Weeknd “Heartless”

Top Rap Song
Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus “Old Town Road” (WINNER)
Lil Tecca “Ran$om”
Lizzo “Truth Hurts”
Post Malone & Swae Lee “Sunflower (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse)”
Post Malone “Wow.”

Top Country Song
Dan + Shay with Justin Bieber “10,000 Hours” (WINNER)
Maren Morris “The Bones”
Old Dominion “One Man Band”
Blake Shelton “God’s Country”
Morgan Wallen “Whiskey Glasses”

Top Rock Song
Panic! At The Disco “Hey Look Ma, I Made It” (WINNER)
Imagine Dragons “Bad Liar”
Machine Gun Kelly x YUNGBLUD x Travis Barker “I Think I’m Okay”
twenty one pilots “Chlorine”
twenty one pilots “The Hype”

Top Latin Song
Daddy Yankee ft. Snow “Con Calma” (WINNER)
Anuel AA, Daddy Yankee, Karol G, Ozuna & J Balvin “China”
Bad Bunny & Tainy “Callaita”
Jhay Cortez, J Balvin, & Bad Bunny “No Me Conoce”
Sech ft. Darell, Nicky Jam, Ozuna, Anuel AA “Otro Trago”

Top Dance/Electronic Song
Ellie Goulding x Diplo ft. Swae Lee “Close To Me” (WINNER)
Black Eyed Peas x J Balvin “Ritmo (Bad Boys For Life)”
Illenium & Jon Bellion “Good Things Fall Apart”
Kygo x Whitney Houston “Higher Love”
Marshmello ft. CHVRCHES “Here With Me”

Top Christian Song
for KING & COUNTRY “God Only Knows” (WINNER)
Bethel Music, Jonathan David Helser & Melissa Helser “Raise A Hallelujah”
Casting Crowns ft. Matthew West “Nobody”
Lauren Daigle “Rescue”
Kanye West “Follow God”

Top Gospel Song
Kanye West “Follow God” (WINNER)
Kirk Franklin “Love Theory”
Kanye West “Closed on Sunday”
Kanye West “On God”
Kanye West “Selah”