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Post Malone owns Bill­board Awards

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Walk­ing into the show with 16 nom­i­na­tions, Post Malone won nine hon­ors at the 2020 Bill­board Mu­sic Awards, where John Leg­end gave a heart­felt per­for­mance that was ded­i­cated to his wife.

With his voice aching as he sang pas­sion­ately from the pi­ano, Leg­end told view­ers, “This is for Chrissy,” be­fore singing “Never Break,” which in­cludes the lyrics “we will never break.” The per­for­mance comes two weeks af­ter Chrissy Teigen an­nounced she had a mis­car­riage.

It was one of sev­eral per­for­mances that were taped for Wed­nes­day’s show. Other mu­si­cians at­tended and per­formed at the empty Dolby The­atre in Los An­ge­les during the three-hour event.

Af­ter an­nounc­ing that Malone won the show’s big­gest honor, top artist, host Kelly Clark­son wheeled out eight more tro­phies for the hit­maker. “I’m hon­estly blown away by the love ev­ery­one’s shown to me,” said Malone, who also won top rap artist, top male artist and top rap al­bum. “It’s kind of big deal to me and every­body in­volved be­cause we work our (butts) off.”

He beat out Bil­lie Eil­ish for the top prize, but she was still a win­ner, tak­ing home top Bill­board 200 al­bum, top fe­male artist and top new artist.

Other win­ners in­cluded Lil Nas X, who took home four hon­ors and was on­hand to ac­cept top Hot 100 song for “Old Town Road.” Kanye West also won four prizes: top gospel artist, top gospel song, top gospel al­bum and top Chris­tian al­bum. Luke Combs fol­lowed with three wins.

Garth Brooks ac­cepted the Icon Award from Cher, who called the coun­try star “a true mu­sic leg­end and my friend.” Brooks, who is

the only artist to have nine of his al­bums sell more than 10 mil­lion units each and reach diamond sta­tus, per­formed a med­ley of his hits.

Res­i­dente signs Sony deal:

Res­i­dente, the most dec­o­rated win­ner in the his­tory of Latin Gram­mys, has signed a mul­ti­year deal with Sony Mu­sic En­ter­tain­ment to launch 1868 Stu­dios. Un­der this new ven­ture, which the com­pany an­nounced Thurs­day as a “first of its kind,” the Puerto Ri­can rap­per and Sony Mu­sic Latin/Ibe­ria will cre­ate, pro­duce and glob­ally dis­trib­ute orig­i­nal content across mul­ti­ple for­mats and in Span­ish and Engish. The artist and ac­tivist, whose given name is Rene Perez Joglar, hopes to help in­crease Latino rep­re­sen­ta­tion in Hol­ly­wood.

Hen­son to host pod­cast se­ries:

Taraji P. Hen­son will host a new pod­cast se­ries focused on the story

be­hind the New Jack Swing mu­sic era. Won­dery and Uni­ver­sal Mu­sic Group an­nounced Thurs­day that Hen­son will host “Jacked: The Rise of New Jack Swing.” The six-part se­ries pre­mieres Nov. 17. The ac­tor will also serve as a pro­ducer of the se­ries, which is be­ing dubbed as the “rise and even­tual fall” of the New Jack Swing move­ment. The se­ries will delve into the com­plex re­la­tion­ships among the group of Har­lem teens who cre­ated the mu­si­cal sound, a fu­sion of hip-hop, R&B, jazz and funk.

Oct. 16 birthdays: Ac­tor An­gela Lans­bury is 95. Ac­tor Peter Bowles is 84. Ac­tor Suzanne Somers is 74. Guitarist Bob Weir is 73. Di­rec­tor David Zucker is 73. Ac­tor Tim Rob­bins is 62. Ac­tor Randy Vasquez is 59. Bassist Flea is 58. Ac­tor Terri J. Vaughn is 51. Singer Wendy Wil­son is 51. Singer John Mayer is 43. Ac­tor Ca­te­rina Scor­sone is 39.

 ?? CHRIS PIZZELLO/INVISION ?? Post Malone ac­cepts the top artist award at the Bill­board Mu­sic Awards on Wed­nes­day in Los An­ge­les.
CHRIS PIZZELLO/INVISION Post Malone ac­cepts the top artist award at the Bill­board Mu­sic Awards on Wed­nes­day in Los An­ge­les.

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