The message was clear through the 2020 Billboard Music Awards. All through the published, which aired on October 14 on NBC, a number of left-wing singers delivered a get-out-and-vote message.
Billie Eilish, who endorsed Joe Biden and spoke on the DNC, was the primary artist to say voting. She accepted the award for High Feminine Artist and reminded the viewers to vote, in addition to a reminder to be secure within the 12 months of the coronavirus.
Oh my God, that is so nuts. Thanks a lot, Billboard thanks to all the ladies that have come earlier than me and paved my approach. I really like you, please vote. Please put on a masks, please wash your fingers, be secure.
The longest political speech got here from Lizzo, who touted impeachment in opposition to President Trump final 12 months. She received the High Tune Gross sales Artist Award. Lizzo sashayed out in a VOTE outfit and spoke about suppression.
Lizzo: Hello. I simply need to say, thanks to Billboard, thanks to Atlantic, thanks to workforce Lizzo, thanks to everybody who listens to my music and supported me I simply need to say, I have been considering so much about suppression and the voices that refuse to be suppressed I’m wondering, would I be standing right here proper now if it weren’t for the large black ladies who refused to have their voices be suppressed I simply need to say proper now, if you are at dwelling watching this, you might be occupied with altering your self to really feel worthy, that is your signal to stay true to who you might be. Let me inform you all one thing. When folks attempt to suppress one thing, it is usually as a result of that factor holds energy they’re afraid of your energy there’s energy in who you might be there’s energy in your voice. So whether or not it is by means of music, protests, or your proper to vote, use your energy use your voice and refuse to be suppressed. Thanks a lot to Billboard.
The Mayor of Atlanta, Keisha Lance Bottoms, launched the Inaugural Billboard Change-Maker Award winner. She started her speech by acknowledging “these are laborious instances throughout the nation. People reside with the affect of COVID-19, financial hardship, and the crushing ache of systemic racism.” The winner of the award was Atlanta rapper Killer Mike.
Singer Demi Lovato sang her anti-Trump music for the viewers. The music is titled “Commander in Chief” and she or he repeats the road, “How does it really feel to have the ability to breathe?” That’s possible a reference to police brutality and the road protests/riots as a result of the lyrics additionally embody, “We’ll be within the streets whilst you’re bunkering down.” From the refrain: “Commander in Chief, truthfully / If I did the stuff you do, I could not sleep / Severely, do you even know the reality? / We’re in a state of disaster, persons are dying / When you line your pockets deep.”
Apparently, the broadcast didn’t present the large phrase “VOTE” that appeared behind her on the finish of the music, though the official NBC account tweeted an image of it:
The Billboard Awards weren’t as message-heavy as maybe might need been anticipated but it surely was sufficient to make many roll their eyes on the activists’ messages, little question. I suppose it was an excessive amount of to anticipate a lecture-free awards present this 12 months, particularly this near the overall election in November.