Final evening, Teyana Taylor hosted the 2020 Billboard Ladies in Music occasion, the place she celebrated a number of the trade’s most vital voices. The night was stuffed with shock visitors, inspiring speeches, and loads of music, with honorees that spanned a number of generations and genres, together with Jessie Reyez, Dolly Parton, and Jennifer Lopez.
“Tonight’s honorees helped us look by the darkness and discover the sunshine. Their music impressed our Zoom dance events, they used their platforms to struggle a worldwide pandemic, to struggle for equality, and encourage voters to make their voices heard,” stated Taylor in her opening speech. “Whereas the world was in lockdown, these ladies had been standing up, doing what ladies do greatest: attending to the work and attending to the cash.”
Pop dynamo Dua Lipa opened the night with a efficiency of “Boys Will likely be Boys,” previous to being offered with the Pop Powerhouse Award by Sen. Bernie Sanders.
Jessie Reyez, who launched her critically-acclaimed debut album Earlier than Love Got here to Kill Us, earlier this yr, acquired the American Categorical Affect Award. “I’ve all the time stated that being born a lady on this Earth could be very very similar to being born strolling uphill,” stated Reyez in her acceptance speech. “There are such a lot of burdens and baggage that we stock but handle to take action with grace…. Billboard Ladies in Music, thanks for recognizing my uphill stroll as a younger girl.”
Jennifer Lopez, who acquired the coveted Icon Award, following an introduction from her Marry Me co-star, Maluma, was visibly emotional throughout her acceptance speech, calling music her “past love.”
Beyoncé provided a video message to Rising Star Award recipients Chloe x Halle, praising them for his or her “authenticity…grace…[and] uncooked expertise.”
Along with receiving the Hitmaker Award (offered by her goddaughter, Miley Cyrus,) Dolly Parton provided a high-energy efficiency of her empowering, No.1 hit, “9 to five,” which was launched 40 years in the past final month.
Government of the Yr recipients Brianna Agyemang and Jamila Thomas, who launched #TheShowMustBePaused marketing campaign earlier this yr, had been lauded for his or her mission to create equal alternatives for Black folks throughout the trade.
In a very transferring second, Breonna Taylor’s mom offered Cardi B with the Lady of the Yr Award, praising the artist for her advocacy work and tireless struggle to carry justice for her daughter.
“Life is about making your desires come true, stated the artist as she accepted the award. “However so as to make your desires come true, don’t assume it’s gonna come and fall from the sky into your lap. You really should put within the work. You gotta be formidable, you gotta community, you gotta grow to be higher at what you do…. There’s hope in your desires.”
Host Teyana Taylor, who celebrated her thirtieth birthday yesterday, additionally had loads to rejoice this yr, together with the delivery of her second daughter, and the discharge of her acclaimed new LP, The Album. The title marked the multi-hyphenate expertise’s first-ever High Ten album on the Billboard 200.