Kelly Clarkson starts 2020 Billboard Music Awards with rendition of Whitney Houston’s Higher Love

It’s her third year in a row as host of the annual music awards show.

And Kelly Clarkson also kicked off the 2020 Billboard Music Awards musical acts on Wednesday night, performing Whitney Houston’s Higher Love with with Pentatonix & Sheila E.

The three-time Grammy winner shimmered in a full-length gold dress for her show-stopping performance at The Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. 

Hostess with the mostess: Kelly Clarkson also kicked off the 2020 Billboard Music Awards musical acts on Wednesday night, performing Whitney Houston’s Higher Love with with Pentatonix & Sheila E

The mother-of-two, 38, accessorized with a heavy gold chain around her neck, paired with diamond encrusted diamond earrings.

Earlier, on the red carpet, Clarkson had dazzled in a silver, heavily tasseled gown.

A deep, plunging neckline made the most of the Since U Been Gone hitmaker’s cleavage. 

Later in the evening, Kelly switched things up again by slipping her curvaceous figure into a black, sequined dress with a collar.

All that glitters: The three-time Grammy winner shimmered in a full-length gold dress for her show-stopping performance at The Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles

All that glitters: The three-time Grammy winner shimmered in a full-length gold dress for her show-stopping performance at The Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles

Stay gold: The mother-of-two, 38, accessorized with a heavy gold chain around her neck, paired with diamond encrusted diamond earrings

Stay gold: The mother-of-two, 38, accessorized with a heavy gold chain around her neck, paired with diamond encrusted diamond earrings

The 2020 Billboard Music Awards celebrate the music industry’s favorite chart-toppers live from The Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on Wednesday night. 

Post Malone managed to get the most nominations, earning 16 nods across 15 categories.

He is followed by Lil Nas X with 13. Billie Eilish and Khalid are tied with 12 nominations a piece.

Kanye West’s foray into gospel Jesus Is King also made an impressive showing, earning nine nominations in Christian categories including top Christian artist, top gospel artist, top Christian album, top gospel album and top Christian song. 

This year’s Billboard Music Awards will feature three fan-voted categories: Billboard chart achievement award, top social artist and top collaboration.

Shiny: Earlier, on the red carpet, Clarkson had dazzled in a silver, heavily tasseled gown

Shiny: Earlier, on the red carpet, Clarkson had dazzled in a silver, heavily tasseled gown

There will also be several special honors. The first ever Billboard Change Maker Award is set to go to Run The Jewels rapper and social justice activist Killer Mike, who is set to receive his honor from Mayor of Atlanta, Keisha Lance Bottoms.

Garth Brooks will receive the ICON Award, making him one of only nine artists who have received the trophy. He will also perform. 

Additional performers include Alicia Keys, Bad Bunny, Brandy feat. Ty Dolla $ign, BTS, Kane Brown feat. Swae Lee and Khalid, Luke Combs, Doja Cat, En Vogue, John Legend, Demi Lovato, Sia, Post Malone feat. Tyla Yahweh, and SAINt JHN.

Presenters include Addison Rae, Cher, Garcelle Beauvais, Jane Lynch, Jay Ellis, Jharrel Jerome, Julia Michaels, Lilly Singh, Nicole Richie, Spencer X, Taraji P. Henson, TwinsthenewTrend and tWitch. 

Taking the plunge! A deep, plunging neckline made the most of the Since U Been Gone hitmaker's cleavage

Taking the plunge! A deep, plunging neckline made the most of the Since U Been Gone hitmaker’s cleavage

Back to black: Later in the evening, Kelly switched things up again by slipping her curvaceous figure into a black, sequined dress with a collar

Back to black: Later in the evening, Kelly switched things up again by slipping her curvaceous figure into a black, sequined dress with a collar

The show is welcoming back host Kelly Clarkson for the third year in a row.

‘I’m thrilled to be back with my Billboard family,’ Clarkson previously shared in a statement.

‘I love being part of an event that celebrates our greatest artists and entertains our fans. This a night of music that you won’t want to miss!’

The 2020 Billboard Music Awards – which are based on the chart period of March 23, 2019 through March 14, 2020 – were originally scheduled April 29, 2020 show, but postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Regular: 'I'm thrilled to be back with my Billboard family,' Clarkson previously shared in a statement about her third time around as host

Regular: ‘I’m thrilled to be back with my Billboard family,’ Clarkson previously shared in a statement about her third time around as host

Nominees and winners are based on key fan interactions with music, including album and digital song sales, streaming, radio airplay, touring and social engagement, tracked by Billboard and its data partners, including MRC Data/Nielsen Music.  

Since 1940, the Billboard charts have been the most trusted way to rank the commercial popularity of artists, songs and albums.

The 2020 Billboard Music Awards will broadcast live from The Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on Wednesday, October 14th at 8pm EST on NBC.  

2020 Billboard Music Awards Winners

ARTIST AWARDS

Top Artist

Billie Eilish

Jonas Brothers

Khalid

Post Malone – WINNER

Taylor Swift

Post Malone earned the most nominations, with 16

Post Malone earned the most nominations, with 16

 

Billboard Chart Achievement Award (Fan Voted)

Mariah Carey

Luke Combs

Lil Nas X

Harry Styles – WINNER

Taylor Swift

 

Top Female Artist

Billie Eilish – WINNER

Ariana Grande

Halsey

Lizzo

Taylor Swift

Top Billboard 200 Artist

Drake

Billie Eilish

Khalid

Post Malone

Taylor Swift

 

Top Streaming Songs Artist

DaBaby

Billie Eilish

Lil Nas X

Post Malone

Travis Scott

Lil Nas X came in with 13 nominations

Lil Nas X came in with 13 nominations

 

Top Radio Songs Artist

Jonas Brothers

Khalid

Lizzo

Shawn Mendes

Post Malone

 

Top Touring Artist

Elton John

Metallica

P!nk

The Rolling Stones

Ed Sheeran 

Top R&B Male Artist

Chris Brown

Khalid

The Weeknd

 

Janet Jackson was nominated for Top R&B Tour. In 2018 she won the coveted Icon Award

Janet Jackson was nominated for Top R&B Tour. In 2018 she won the coveted Icon Award

Top R&B Tour

B2K

Janet Jackson

Khalid

 

Top Rap Male Artist

DaBaby

Lil Nas X

Post Malone

 

Top Rap Tour

Drake

Post Malone

Travis Scott

Top Country Male Artist

Kane Brown

Luke Combs

Thomas Rhett

 

Florida Georgia Line got two nominations

Florida Georgia Line got two nominations 

Top Country Duo/Group

Dan + Shay

Florida Georgia Line

Old Dominion

 

Top Rock Artist

Imagine Dragons

Panic! At The Disco

Tame Impala

Tool

twenty one pilots

 

J Balvin has five nominations

J Balvin has five nominations

Top Latin Artist

Anuel AA

Bad Bunny – WINNER

J Balvin

Ozuna

Romeo Santos

 

Top Christian Artist

Lauren Daigle – WINNER

Elevation Worship

For King & Country

Hillsong United

Kanye West

 

 

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 R&B Album

Beyoncé ‘Homecoming: The Live Album’

Justin Bieber ‘Changes’

Chris Brown ‘Indigo’

Khalid ‘Free Spirit’

Summer Walker ‘Over It’

Beyonce has two nominations for R&B

Beyonce has two nominations for R&B

 

Top Country Album

Kane Brown ‘Experiment’

Luke Combs ‘What You See Is What You Get’

Maren Morris ‘Girl’

Thomas Rhett ‘Center Point Road’

Morgan Wallen ‘If I Know Me’

 

Top Latin Album

J Balvin & Bad Bunny ‘Oasis’

Farruko ‘Gangalee’

Maluma ’11:11′

Romeo Santos ‘Utopía’

Sech ‘Sueños’

 

Top Christian Album

Bethel Music ‘Victory: Recorded Live’

Casting Crowns ‘Only Jesus’

Hillsong United ‘People’

Skillet ‘Victorious’

Kanye West ‘Jesus is King’

 

SONG AWARDS

 

Top Hot 100 Song

Lewis Capaldi ‘Someone You Loved’

Billie Eilish ‘bad guy’

Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus ‘Old Town Road’ – WINNER

Lizzo ‘Truth Hurts’

Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello ‘Señorita’

Shawn Mendes and Camila  Cabello's 'Señorita is up for two awards

Shawn Mendes and Camila  Cabello’s ‘Señorita is up for two awards

 

Top Selling Song

Lewis Capaldi ‘Someone You Loved’

Billie Eilish ‘bad guy’

Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus ‘Old Town Road’

Lizzo ‘Truth Hurts’

Blake Shelton ‘God’s Country’

 

Top Collaboration (Fan Voted)

Chris Brown ft. Drake ‘No Guidance’

Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus ‘Old Town Road’

Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello ‘Señorita’

Post Malone & Swae Lee ‘Sunflower (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse)’

Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber ‘I Don’t Care’

 

Top Rap Song

Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus ‘Old Town Road’

Lil Tecca ‘Ran$om’

Lizzo ‘Truth Hurts’

Post Malone & Swae Lee ‘Sunflower (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse)’

Post Malone ‘Wow.’

 

Panic! At The Disco has three nominations

Panic! At The Disco has three nominations

Top Rock Song

Imagine Dragons ‘Bad Liar’

Machine Gun Kelly x Yungblud x Travis Barker ‘I Think I’m Okay’

Panic! At The Disco ‘Hey Look Ma, I Made It’

Twenty One Pilots ‘Chlorine’

Twenty One Pilots ‘The Hype’

 

Top Dance/Electronic Song

Black Eyed Peas x J Balvin ‘Ritmo (Bad Boys For Life)’

Ellie Goulding x Diplo ft. Swae Lee ‘Close To Me’

Illenium & Jon Bellion ‘Good Things Fall Apart’

Kygo x Whitney Houston ‘Higher Love’

Marshmello ft. Chvrches ‘Here With Me’

 

 

 

 

Top New Artist

DaBaby

Billie Eilish

Lil Nas X

Lizzo

Roddy Ricch

 

Top Male Artist 

DaBaby

Khalid

Lil Nas X

Post Malone – WINNER

Ed Sheeran

 

Top Duo/Group

BTS

Dan + Shay

Jonas Brothers

Maroon 5

Panic! At The Disco 

 

Top Hot 100 Artist

DaBaby

Billie Eilish

Khalid

Lil Nas X

Post Malone 

Billie Eilish is nominated in 12 categories

Billie Eilish is nominated in 12 categories

  

Top Song Sales Artist

Billie Eilish

Lil Nas X

Lizzo – WINNER

Post Malone

Taylor Swift

  

Top Social Artist (Fan Voted)

BTS – WINNER

Billie Eilish

EXO GOT7

Ariana Grande 

Top R&B Artist

Chris Brown

Khalid – WINNER

Lizzo

Summer Walker

The Weeknd

 

Lizzo earned 11 nominations

Lizzo earned 11 nominations

Top R&B Female Artist

Beyoncé

Lizzo

Summer Walker 

 

Top Rap Artist

DaBaby

Juice WRLD

Lil Nas X

Post Malone

Roddy Ricch 

 

Top Rap Female Artist

Cardi B

City Girls

Megan Thee Stallion

 

Top Country Artist

Kane Brown

Luke Combs – WINNER

Dan + Shay

Maren Morris

Thomas Rhett

Kane Brown got nods in three categories

Kane Brown got nods in three categories

 

Top Country Female Artist

Maren Morris

Kacey Musgraves

Carrie Underwood

 

Top Country Tour

Eric Church

Florida Georgia Line

George Strait 

 

Top Rock Tour

Elton John

Metallica

The Rolling Stones 

The Rolling Stones got two touring nominations

The Rolling Stones got two touring nominations

 

Top Dance/Electronic Artist

Avicii

The Chainsmokers

DJ Snake

Illenium

Marshmello

 

Top Gospel Artist

Kirk Franklin

Koryn Hawthorne

Tasha Cobbs Leonard

Sunday Service Choir

Kanye West 

Kanye West earned nine nominations in Christian and Gospel categories

Kanye West earned nine nominations in Christian and Gospel categories

 

 

 

  

Top Soundtrack:

‘Aladdin’

‘Descendants 3’

‘Frozen II’

‘K-12’ by Melanie Martinez

‘The Dirt’ by Mötley Crüe 

 

Top Rap Album

DaBaby ‘Kirk’

Juice WRLD ‘Death Race For Love’

Post Malone ‘Hollywood’s Bleeding’

Roddy Ricch ‘Please Excuse Me for Being Antisocial’

Young Thug ‘So Much Fun’ 

 

Top Rock Album

The Lumineers ‘III’

Slipknot ‘We Are Not Your Kind’

Tame Impala ‘The Slow Rush’

Tool ‘Fear Inoculum’

Vampire Weekend ‘Father of the Bride’

 

Top Dance/Electronic Album

Avicii ‘Tim’

The Chainsmokers ‘World War Joy’

Illenium ‘Ascend’

Marshmello ‘Marshmello: Fortnite Extended Set’

Alan Walker ‘Different World’

Marshmello has three nominations

Marshmello has three nominations

 

Top Gospel Album

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’

Kanye West ‘Jesus is King’

 

 

 

 

Top Streaming Song

Chris Brown ft. Drake ‘No Guidance’

Billie Eilish ‘bad guy’

Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus ‘Old Town Road’

Lil Tecca ‘Ran$om’

Post Malone & Swae Lee ‘Sunflower (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse)’ 

 

Top Radio Song

Lewis Capaldi ‘Someone You Loved’

Jonas Brothers ‘Sucker’

Khalid ‘Talk’

Lizzo ‘Truth Hurts’

Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber ‘I Don’t Care’ 

 

Top R&B Song

Chris Brown ft. Drake ‘No Guidance’

Doja Cat & Tyga ‘Juicy’

Khalid ‘Talk’

Lizzo ‘Good As Hell’

The Weeknd ‘Heartless’

 

Dan + Shay are up for four awards, including their collaboration with Justin Bieber

Dan + Shay are up for four awards, including their collaboration with Justin Bieber

Top Country Song

Dan + Shay with Justin Bieber ‘10,000 Hours’

Maren Morris ‘The Bones’

Old Dominion ‘One Man Band’

Blake Shelton ‘God’s Country’

Morgan Wallen ‘Whiskey Glasses’ 

 

Top Latin Song

Anuel AA, Daddy Yankee, Karol G, Ozuna & J Balvin ‘China’

Bad Bunny & Tainy ‘Callaita’

Daddy Yankee ft. Snow ‘Con Calma’

Jhay Cortez, J Balvin, & Bad Bunny ‘No Me Conoce’

Sech ft. Darell, Nicky Jam, Ozuna, Anuel AA ‘Otro Trago’ 

 

Top Christian Song

Bethel Music, Jonathan David Helser & Melissa Helser ‘Raise A Hallelujah’

Casting Crowns ft. Matthew West ‘Nobody’

Lauren Daigle ‘Rescue’

For King & Country ‘God Only Knows’

Kanye West ‘Follow God’ 

 

Top Gospel Song

Kirk Franklin ‘Love Theory’

Kanye West ‘Closed on Sunday’

Kanye West ‘Follow God’

Kanye West ‘On God’

Kanye West ‘Selah’ 

Lauren Daigle is up for two awards

Lauren Daigle is up for two awards

 

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