Billboard Music Awards 2020 Recap


Alexis Hampton, Managing Editor

So the Billboard Music Awards were last week, and a lot of people were not impressed. I can understand why seeing as how it as a virtual award show. That’s a new concept for everyone, but if you didn’t get a chance to watch it…Here it is in a nutshell:


Deadly Silence

Let’s be honest….It was awkward. The best thing about awards shows is feeling like you’re there in the moment. You can’t really feel like you’re there if there’s nothing but silence in the background. There was no cheering, no sound effects…nothing. It just felt and sounded empty. If I had to put it in one word, it’d be cringe.


Kelly Clarkson Hosts….again

For starters, Kelly Clarkson hosted for the third time in a row. Having the same host that many times is unheard of and to be honest…unnecessary. In times like these, the last thing we need is something we’re used to. Billboard definitely did something unexpected, but they dropped the ball on creativity and uniqueness.


Outdated Nominations

Obviously, because of COVID, the awards show got pushed back. It was originally supposed to air in April. It’s also pretty common that songs from the previous year would be highly nominated, but it’s October now. It’s a little odd that we haven’t even heard some of the songs and artists that were nominated since last summer. Since the circumstances were a little different, they probably should’ve added some of 2020’s music into the mix.


Category Confusion

Speaking of nominations….what were the criteria to be nominated? Some songs were nominated in really odd categories. For example, after it was said by artist Lil Nas X NUMEROUS TIMES that “Old Town Road” is a country song, it was nominated in the Rap category. Also, Kanye had 4 songs nominated in the Gospel category, while Kirk Franklin only had 1. Notable gospel artists like Tasha Cobbs, Kierra Sheard, and Tamela Mann were nowhere to be found.


Awards Cap?

Is there no max amount of awards somebody can win? Post Malone won 9 AWARDS! Yes, you read that right. NINE. Is that not a lot? Why isn’t there a maximum amount of awards somebody can win? Not trying to discredit his artistry, but it felt like they called his name after every award. By the end of the night, I was tired of hearing his name. Sidenote: Congratulations, to Post Malone.


All in all, it was just a little boring. It felt like that song on an album that you always skip. It just didn’t live up to the hype. I appreciate their attempts to keep a sense of normalcy during COVID, but this one was just a bit of a miss.