The message was clear in the course of the 2020 Billboard Music Awards. All through the printed, 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 at the DNC, was the primary artist to say voting. She accepted the award for Prime Feminine Artist and reminded the viewers to vote, in addition to a reminder to be protected within the yr 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 means. I really like you, please vote. Please put on a masks, please wash your arms, be protected.
The longest political speech got here from Lizzo, who touted impeachment against President Trump final yr. She received the Prime Music Gross sales Artist Award. Lizzo sashayed out in a VOTE outfit and spoke about suppression.
Lizzo: Hello. I simply wish to say, thanks to Billboard, thanks to Atlantic, thanks to crew Lizzo, thanks to everybody who listens to my music and supported me I simply wish to say, I have been pondering loads about suppression and the voices that refuse to be suppressed I ponder, would I be standing right here proper now if it weren’t for the large black girls who refused to have their voices be suppressed I simply wish to say proper now, if you are at residence watching this, you’re occupied with altering your self to really feel worthy, that is your signal to stay true to who you’re. Let me let you know 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’re 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 onerous instances throughout the nation. People reside with the influence 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 song for the viewers. The track 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 embrace, “We’ll be within the streets whilst you’re bunkering down.” From the refrain: “Commander in Chief, actually / If I did the belongings you do, I could not sleep / Severely, do you even know the reality? / We’re in a state of disaster, individuals are dying / When you line your pockets deep.”
Apparently, the broadcast did not show the massive phrase “VOTE” that appeared behind her on the finish of the track, though the official NBC account tweeted an image of it:
The Billboard Awards weren’t as message-heavy as maybe may need been anticipated nevertheless it was sufficient to make many roll their eyes on the activists’ messages, little question. I suppose it was an excessive amount of to count on a lecture-free awards present this yr, particularly this near the final election in November.