John Legend made an emotional comeback to perform in Billboard Music Awards 2020 For the first time since the tragic loss of his son, Jack.
The 41-year-old singer dedicated his performance to his wife Chrissy Teigen, as they continued to mourn their loss.
John sang Never Break from the 2020 album Bigger Love, and while sitting behind the piano at the Empty Dolby Theater in Los Angeles, he said, “This is for Chrissy.”
His voice was close to cracking as he sang touching lyrics: “I’m not worried about us and never was. We know how the story ends.
The award ceremony was postponed from April due to Corona Virus Pandemic and hosted by Kelly Clarkson.
John and Chrissy’s strength is praised in light of the personal tragedy they have endured.
Introducing his performance at Night, Kelly said, “He and Chrissy have this warm way of calling us into their world.
“My heart – clearly all of our hearts – goes out to you both at this very difficult time.
“I am grateful that you continue to share your light and talent with all of us.”
After the performance, Kelly said the moment was “very special” and “maybe my favorite of the night.”
Earlier at the award ceremony, Lizo took to the stage wearing a dress emblazoned with the word “vote.”
She asked fans to use their “power” and vote during an exciting acceptance speech after picking the song’s top selling artist.
The pop star has spoken out against voter suppression – a controversial issue ahead of next month’s presidential election – and has called for self-acceptance among her fans.
“I’ve been thinking a lot about oppression and the voices that refuse to be suppressed, and I wondered would I stand here now if it weren’t for the big black women who refused to suppress their voices?
“If you’re at home watching this and thinking about changing yourself to feel worthy, then this is your sign for staying true to who you are.”
“When people try to suppress something, it is usually because this thing carries strength. They fear your strength. There is strength in who you are, there is strength in your voice.”
The 32-year-old singer added, “Whether it is through music, protest or your right to vote, use your power, use your voice and refuse to be suppressed.”
One of the first winners of that night was teen pop star Billie Eilish, who wore a mask on stage to collect her award.
The 18-year-old won 1st prize of the night, Top Billboard 200, for her efforts acclaimed When We All Sleep, Where Do We Go?
She described the win as “amazing” and added: “I never take it for granted. It’s always a shock when I win anything at all.”
Lil Nas X won the Top Hot 100 Songs for his viral crush on Old Town Road.
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