WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Demi Lovato did not back down on her anti-Trump stand even with backlash from fans.
- The BBMAs performance of the “Commander in Chief” is its world premiere before it was released the day after the awards show.
- The 2020 BBMAs was hosted by Kelly Clarkson to an audience-less Dolby Theater in Los Angeles.
Demi Lovato is not backing down with her political views and does not care if it ruins her career.
The BillBoard Music Awards and other awards shows have been channels for artists to express their views on a myriad of issues. This 2020, with the US Presidential elections nearing, some artists urged citizens to go out and vote, or in the case of Demi Lovato, her anti-Trump stand.
The show was apolitical for the most part, with outstanding performances from Alicia Keys, Kane Brown with Swae Lee and Khalid, Sia, Post Malone, Doja Cat, BTS, Brandy with Ty Dolla $ign, and Garth Brooks, who is this year’s 2020 Icon Awards recipient, presented by Cher.
The three-hour show was hosted by Kelly Clarkson at the Los Angeles’s Dolby Theater without a live audience. She opened the program with Steve Winwood’s “Higher Love” (accompanied by Pentatonix and Sheila E.) and talked on the unifying power of music for people from all walks of life.
Top Song Sales awardee Lizzo got her message across with her dress emblazoned with “VOTE” and said, “When people try to suppress something, it’s usually because that thing holds power. They’re afraid of your power. There’s power in who you are, there’s power in your voice, so whether it’s through music, protest, or your right to vote, use your power, use your voice, and refuse to be suppressed.”
Billboard Changemaker award recipient social activist rapper Killer Mike, received his award with this speech: “Kids out there that sing and dance, what you do is worthy. You are artists, and your goal should be to express the very reality around you in the very most beautiful or ugly ways as you see fit. Kids who run and dance and sing and jump and all that, all the things they tell you don’t matter, you matter more than you know. The kids plotting, planning, strategizing, on the ground mobilizing, you are needed more than ever.”
For the finale’s “Billboard Throwback”, the funky divas En Vogue set the house on fire and brought it down with “Free Your Mind.”
Lovato’s performance towards the end of the show was the world premiere for “Commander in Chief” and was released the day after.
Some fans reacted by warning her to steer clear of politics to which she replied: “You do understand as a celebrity, I have a right to political views as well? … I literally don’t care if this ruins my career. This isn’t about that. My career isn’t about that. I made a piece of art that stands for something I believe in.”
Source: Yahoo! Entertainment