By MESFIN FEKADU, AP Music Author
NEW YORK (AP) — Publish Malone will rejoice his 16 whopping nominations on the 2020 Billboard Music Awards with a efficiency.
The hitmaker is certainly one of a number of acts set to carry out throughout Wednesday night time’s awards present, which can air dwell on NBC at 8 p.m. ET from the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. A few of the performances will likely be dwell, whereas others have been pre-taped as a result of coronavirus pandemic.
Kelly Clarkson is internet hosting the present, the place Malone is up for honors together with high artist, high male artist, high rap artist and high streaming songs artist. His 2019 album “Hollywood’s Bleeding” — which featured the hits “Circles,” “Wow” and “Goodbyes” — is up for high Billboard 200 album whereas “Sunflower,” his collaboration with Swae Lee from the Oscar-winning animation “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” is nominated for high rap music, high collaboration and high streaming music.
Malone’s competitors for the present’s largest prize, high artist, embrace Taylor Swift, Billie Eilish, Khalid and Jonas Brothers.
Okay-pop all-stars BTS — who at present personal the highest two positions on the Billboard Sizzling 100 chart this week with “Dynamite” and the “Savage Love” remix, with Jawsh 685 and Jason Derulo — may even carry out. Others set to carry out Wednesday embrace Alicia Keys, Unhealthy Bunny, Sia, Kane Brown, Luke Combs, Doja Cat, En Vogue, Khalid, Brandy, Ty Dolla $ign, Swae Lee, Demi Lovato and SAINt JHN. Nation music icon Garth Brooks will likely be introduced the Icon Award from Cher, and rapper-activist Killer Mike will earn the Change Maker Award.
The 2020 Billboard Awards have been initially speculated to happen in April however was postponed due to the pandemic. It’s the explanation why a few of the nominees within the 55 classes could really feel dated.
This yr’s present replicate the chart interval of March 23, 2019 by means of March 14, 2020, and, as an example, all 5 nominees for the primary music award, high Sizzling 100 music, have been nominated for Grammys earlier this yr in January. Eilish’s “When We All Fall Asleep, The place Do We Go?” — which gained the Grammy for album of the yr — is up towards Malone’s report for high Billboard 200 album, the place different nominees embrace Ariana Grande “Thank U, Subsequent,” launched in Oct. 2018, and Swift’s “Lover,” not her current launch “Folklore.”
A few of the nominees have been even massive contenders on the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards — held greater than yr in the past — together with Lil Nas X’s record-breaking hit “Outdated City Street” and Lizzo’s anthemic “Reality Hurts.”
Different nominees on the Billboard Awards embrace Kanye West, who launched two gospel albums final yr. He’s up for 9 prizes, together with bids for high gospel artist and high Christian artist, whereas 4 of the 5 songs nominated for high gospel music are from West.
Whitney Houston, who died in 2012, picked up a nomination for high dance/digital music for “Increased Love,” her platinum-selling collaboration with Norwegian DJ-producer Kygo. Houston initially launched a canopy of Steve Winwood’s “Increased Love” as a Japan-only bonus observe on her 1990 album “I’m Your Child Tonight,” however Kygo’s dance remix of the music turned a world hit after it was launched final yr.
Different deceased nominees embrace rapper Juice WRLD, who died in December and is at present dominating the charts and streaming companies together with his first posthumous album “Legends By no means Die.” He picked up nominations for high rap artist and high rap album for his 2019 launch “Loss of life Race for Love.” And EDM celebrity Avicii is nominated for high dance/digital artist and high dance/digital album for “Tim,” the album he began engaged on earlier than he died in 2018 and was later accomplished by his producers and household.
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