Kelly Clarkson kicks off 2020 Billboard Music Awards with Whitney Houston cover

Kelly Clarkson kicks off 2020 Billboard Music Awards with Whitney Houston cover

Kelly Clarkson returned to host the 2020 Billboard Music Awards for the third consecutive year and she did not disappoint.The former “American Idol” standout and now-daytime talk show host opened up the show with a stunning display of the late Whitney Houston’s “Higher Love” and was joined by the legendary Prince protégé Sheila E. and two-time Billboard Music Award nominees Pentatonix.After the performance, Clarkson joked that she had to be her own hypewoman given the fact there was no live audience in attendance at the famed Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.Meanwhile, Billie Eilish’s debut album continued its winning streak, picking up the top Billboard 200 album honor at the award show. POST MALONE LEADS 2020 BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS WITH 16 NOMINATIONS
Billie Eilish accepts the Top Billboard 200 Album Award onstage at the 2020 Billboard Music Awards. (Photo by Kevin Winter/BBMA2020/Getty Images for dcp)
She accepted the honor Wednesday night for “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?” It won the top prize at the Grammy Awards in January.BILLIE EILISH CLAPS BACK AT BODY SHAMERS, GETS SUPPORT FROM FANS AFTER RARE OUTING IN FORM-FITTING CLOTHESEilish thanked her fans for “believing in me and caring about me,” adding that when it comes to winning awards she “never ever takes these for granted.”Eilish wore a mask as she spoke in front of an empty venue — because of the coronavirus pandemic — and she’s up for more honors throughout the night.
Sheila E. performs onstage at the 2020 Billboard Music Awards.(Photo by Kevin Mazur/BBMA2020/Getty Images for dcp)
Lizzo wore a black dress with “vote” printed on it. She gave an encouraging speech, telling viewers to find their voices and don’t change to meet society standards.Other winners included Lil Nas X, who was also on-hand to accept top Hot 100 song for “Old Town Road,” which set the record for most weeks at No. 1. After his performance, Luke Combs was named top country artist and offered positive words to his fans and the crew working on the awards show.“I know what 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.With his voice aching as he sang passionately from the piano, John Legend dedicated his performance at the 2020 Billboard Music Awards to his wife Chrissy Teigen, who recently announced she had lost a pregnancy. 
In this image released on October 14, John Legend performs onstage at the 2020 Billboard Music Awards, broadcast on October 14, 2020 at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Kevin Winter/BBMA2020/Getty Images for dcp)
Before singing “Never Break,” which includes the lyrics “we will never break,” Legend, referring to his wife, told viewers: “This is for Chrissy.”CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPEarlier this month, Teigen wrote a heart wrenching social media post, explaining that she and Legend drove “home from the hospital with no baby. This is unreal.”“John, that was so beautiful,” host Kelly Clarkson said following Legend’s pre-taped performance. “All my love to you and Chrissy.”Other performers included Post Malone, Alicia Keys, Kane Brown, Khalid, Swae Lee, Sia and Brandy, who sang a medley of her hits. Some of the performances were live, while others were pre-taped due to the coronavirus pandemic. This year’s ceremony was originally supposed to take place in April but was postponed because of the pandemic.The Associated Press contributed to this reportThe Associated Press contributed to this report.

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