No applause needed: Music takes center-stage at Billboard Music Awards at pandemic-era celebration

The music must go on.Nearly seven months after its intended date, the 2020 Billboard Music Awards arrived at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles Wednesday night for an intimate, applause-less, highly unusual but still electrifying party.“A weird time for everybody,” noted singer-songwriter Post Malone, when he accepted the award for top male artist.“It’s so bizarre to see nobody in the audience here,” he added.Malone was the big winner, taking home nine trophies.Hosted for the third consecutive year by Kelly Clarkson, the pandemic-era celebration of the business of music brought the stars, the gl…

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