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2020 Billboard Music Awards sound a political note ahead of election

With simply 19 days to go till the presidential election, the 2020 Billboard Music Awards sounded a political note Wednesday night time.

In reality, that tone made some of probably the most highly effective moments ones that weren’t involving music in any respect. Certainly, the award for greatest speech of the night time went to Lizzo, selecting up her trophy for Top Song Sales Artist on the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

Wearing a one-shouldered black minidress with the phrase “vote” emblazoned all throughout it, the “Truth Hurts” diva made a main assertion with out singing a note.

“I’ve been thinking a lot about suppression and the voices that refuse to be suppressed,” stated Lizzo. “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?”

The Grammy-winning singer-rapper continued to rock the vote: “When people try to suppress something, it’s normally because that thing holds power. They’re afraid of your power … So whether it’s through music, protest or your right to vote, use your power, use your voice and refuse to be suppressed.”

Now that’s what we name utilizing your juice for good.

Then, in a nod to those socially impactful occasions, Run the Jewels rapper and activist Killer Mile was honored with the inaugural Billboard Change Maker Award from the historic APEX (African American Panoramic Experience) Museum in Atlanta. After being offered the award from Atlanta mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, Killer Mike spoke on to the “kids that are organizing … strategizing, right there on the ground and mobilizing” with phrases of encouragement.

Demi Lovato performs onstage.
Demi Lovato performs onstage.Getty Images for dcp

“You matter more than you know,” he stated in a reference to the Black Lives Matter motion. “You are needed more than ever.”

But the prevailing political message of the night time went past speeches. Demi Lovato — having her Alicia Keys second taking part in the piano — carried out her new single “Commander in Chief,” talking on to President Trump with some condemning lyrics: “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.”

Later, Lovato issued a fists-in-the-air warning: “We’ll be in the streets while you’re bunkering down/Loud and proud, best believe.” That’s a good distance from “Sorry Not Sorry.”

It was a transferring second that was one of the perfect performances of the night time. Even higher, although, was the electrical rendition of “Free Your Mind” that En Vogue closed the present with 30 years after the woman group launched its debut album, “Born to Sing.

With a full, mask-wearing band and vocals that left little doubt there was no lip-syncing concerned, En Vogue proved that the message of “Free Your Mind” is simply as related right now because it was when the funk-rock anthem was launched in 1992.

Another memorable ’90s R&B second occurred when Brandy took the stage to carry out two tracks from her new album “B7” — “Borderline” and “No Tomorrow” (with Ty Dolla $ign) — in addition to her 1999 hit “Almost Doesn’t Count.” It was a much-needed throwback to flee these attempting occasions.

Rhona Bennett, Terry Ellis, Cindy Herron of music group En Vogue perform
Rhona Bennett, Terry Ellis, Cindy Herron of music group En Vogue carry out “Free Your Mind”Via REUTERS

But for sheer tears, the winner was John Legend’s emotional efficiency of his “Bigger Love” ballad “Never Break,” which he devoted to his spouse Chrissy Teigen, who miscarried their son — who was to be named Jack — a couple of weeks in the past.

“This is for Chrissy,” Legend stated as he began the music, throughout which his voice broke ever so briefly at occasions earlier than regaining its power.

“John, that was so beautiful,” stated BBMAs host — and Legend’s fellow coach on “The Voice” — Kelly Clarkson. “All my love to you and Chrissy.”

And the night time’s huge winner? Post Malone, who picked up his ninth and remaining trophy — for Top Artist — from Taraji P. Henson whereas holding what seemed to be a crimson Solo cup. It was not the identical type of assertion that others made, however rock stars will probably be rock stars.

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