Eddie Van Halen is honoured at the 2020 Billboard Music Awards 2020

Eddie Van Halen is honoured at the 2020 Billboard Music Awards as his iconic guitar commands the stage following musician’s death aged 65

The late Eddie Van Halen’s incredible musical legacy was recognised on Wednesday evening as the 2020 Billboard Music Awards got underway in Los Angeles. 

The legendary guitarist and founding member of rock group Van Halen passed away aged 65 on October 6th following a battle with throat cancer. 

But his memory lived on as the annual ceremony honoured Eddie’s lasting contribution to contemporary music by airing footage of his performance with musician son Wolfgang at the Billboard Awards in 2015. 

Tribute: The late Eddie Van Halen’s incredible musical legacy was recognised on Wednesday evening as the 2020 Billboard Music Awards got underway in Los Angeles

In a poignant touch organisers also allowed his guitar to sit alone onstage inside the Dolby Theater venue, a lone spotlight illuminating the instrument as his talent was remembered. 

The tribute was one of many on the night as the Billboard Awards did a roll call of musical talent to have passed away over the last year – among them Kenny Rogers, Little Richard and Helen Reddy. 

With his distinct solos, Eddie fueled the ultimate California party band in Van Halen and helped knock disco off the charts starting in the late 1970s with their self-titled debut album and then with the blockbuster record 1984, which contains the classics Jump, Panama and Hot for Teacher.

Old times: Eddie’s lasting contribution to contemporary music was remembered as organisers  aired footage of his performance with musician son Wolfgang at the Billboard Awards in 2015

Moving: In a poignant touch organisers also allowed his guitar to sit alone onstage inside the Dolby Theater venue, a lone spotlight illuminating the instrument as his talent was remembered

Van Halen is among the top 20 best-selling artists of all time, and the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007. Rolling Stone magazine put Eddie at No. 8 in its list of the 100 greatest guitarists.

The members of Van Halen – the two Van Halen brothers, Eddie and Alex; vocalist David Lee Roth; and bassist Michael Anthony – formed in 1974 in Pasadena, California. 

They were members of rival high school bands and then attended Pasadena City College together. They combined to form the band Mammoth, but then changed to Van Halen after discovering there was another band with the same name.  

Iconic: Eddie’s gleaming guitar was on display as the event got underway on Wednesday night

Main man: With his distinct solos, Eddie fueled the ultimate California party band in Van Halen and helped knock disco off the charts starting in the late 1970s

2020 Billboard Music Awards Winners

ARTIST AWARDS

Top Artist

Billie Eilish

Jonas Brothers

Khalid

Post Malone – WINNER

Taylor Swift

Post Malone earned the most nominations, with 16, and took home a total of nine awards

 

Billboard Chart Achievement Award (Fan Voted)

Mariah Carey

Luke Combs

Lil Nas X

Harry Styles – WINNER

Taylor Swift

 

Top Female Artist

Billie Eilish – WINNER

Ariana Grande

Halsey

Lizzo

Taylor Swift

Top Billboard 200 Artist

Drake

Billie Eilish

Khalid

Post Malone – WINNER

Taylor Swift

 

Top Streaming Songs Artist

DaBaby

Billie Eilish

Lil Nas X

Post Malone – WINNER

Travis Scott

Lil Nas X came in with 13 nominations

 

Top Radio Songs Artist

Jonas Brothers – WINNER 

Khalid

Lizzo

Shawn Mendes

Post Malone

 

Top Touring Artist

Elton John

Metallica

P!nk – WINNER

The Rolling Stones

Ed Sheeran 

Top R&B Male Artist

Chris Brown

Khalid – WINNER

The Weeknd

 

Janet Jackson was nominated for Top R&B Tour. In 2018 she won the coveted Icon Award

Top R&B Tour

B2K

Janet Jackson

Khalid – WINNER

 

Top Rap Male Artist

DaBaby

Lil Nas X

Post Malone – WINNER

 

Top Rap Tour

Drake

Post Malone – WINNER

Travis Scott

Top Country Male Artist

Kane Brown

Luke Combs – WINNER

Thomas Rhett

 

Florida Georgia Line got two nominations 

Top Country Duo/Group

Dan + Shay – WINNER

Florida Georgia Line

Old Dominion

 

Top Rock Artist

Imagine Dragons

Panic! At The Disco – WINNER

Tame Impala

Tool

twenty one pilots

 

J Balvin has five nominations

Top Latin Artist

Anuel AA

Bad Bunny – WINNER

J Balvin

Ozuna

Romeo Santos

 

Top Christian Artist

Lauren Daigle – WINNER

Elevation Worship

For King & Country

Hillsong United

Kanye West

 

 

ALBUM AWARDS

 

Top Billboard 200 Album

Billie Eilish ‘When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?’ – WINNER

Ariana Grande ‘Thank U, Next’

Khalid ‘Free Spirit’

Post Malone ‘Hollywood’s Bleeding’

Taylor Swift ‘Lover’

 

Top R&B Album

Beyoncé ‘Homecoming: The Live Album’

Justin Bieber ‘Changes’

Chris Brown ‘Indigo’

Khalid ‘Free Spirit’ – WINNER

Summer Walker ‘Over It’

Beyonce has two nominations for R&B

 

Top Country Album

Kane Brown ‘Experiment’

Luke Combs ‘What You See Is What You Get’ WINNER

Maren Morris ‘Girl’

Thomas Rhett ‘Center Point Road’

Morgan Wallen ‘If I Know Me’

 

Top Latin Album

J Balvin & Bad Bunny ‘Oasis’ – WINNER

Farruko ‘Gangalee’

Maluma ’11:11′

Romeo Santos ‘Utopía’

Sech ‘Sueños’

 

Top Christian Album

Bethel Music ‘Victory: Recorded Live’

Casting Crowns ‘Only Jesus’

Hillsong United ‘People’

Skillet ‘Victorious’

Kanye West ‘Jesus is King’ – WINNER

 

SONG AWARDS

 

Top Hot 100 Song

Lewis Capaldi ‘Someone You Loved’

Billie Eilish ‘bad guy’

Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus ‘Old Town Road’ – WINNER

Lizzo ‘Truth Hurts’

Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello ‘Señorita’

Shawn Mendes and Camila  Cabello’s ‘Señorita is up for two awards

 

Top Selling Song

Lewis Capaldi ‘Someone You Loved’

Billie Eilish ‘bad guy’

Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus ‘Old Town Road’ – WINNER

Lizzo ‘Truth Hurts’

Blake Shelton ‘God’s Country’

 

Top Collaboration (Fan Voted)

Chris Brown ft. Drake ‘No Guidance’

Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus ‘Old Town Road’

Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello ‘Señorita’ – WINNER

Post Malone & Swae Lee ‘Sunflower (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse)’

Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber ‘I Don’t Care’

 

Top Rap Song

Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus ‘Old Town Road’ – WINNER

Lil Tecca ‘Ran$om’

Lizzo ‘Truth Hurts’

Post Malone & Swae Lee ‘Sunflower (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse)’

Post Malone ‘Wow.’

 

Panic! At The Disco has three nominations

Top Rock Song

Imagine Dragons ‘Bad Liar’

Machine Gun Kelly x Yungblud x Travis Barker ‘I Think I’m Okay’

Panic! At The Disco ‘Hey Look Ma, I Made It’ – WINNER

Twenty One Pilots ‘Chlorine’

Twenty One Pilots ‘The Hype’

 

Top Dance/Electronic Song

Black Eyed Peas x J Balvin ‘Ritmo (Bad Boys For Life)’

Ellie Goulding x Diplo ft. Swae Lee ‘Close To Me’ – WINNER

Illenium & Jon Bellion ‘Good Things Fall Apart’

Kygo x Whitney Houston ‘Higher Love’

Marshmello ft. Chvrches ‘Here With Me’

 

 

 

 

Top New Artist

DaBaby

Billie Eilish – WINNER 

Lil Nas X

Lizzo

Roddy Ricch

 

Top Male Artist 

DaBaby

Khalid

Lil Nas X

Post Malone – WINNER

Ed Sheeran

 

Top Duo/Group

BTS

Dan + Shay

Jonas Brothers – WINNER

Maroon 5

Panic! At The Disco 

 

Top Hot 100 Artist

DaBaby

Billie Eilish

Khalid

Lil Nas X

Post Malone – WINNER

Billie Eilish is nominated in 12 categories

  

Top Song Sales Artist

Billie Eilish

Lil Nas X

Lizzo – WINNER

Post Malone

Taylor Swift

  

Top Social Artist (Fan Voted)

BTS – WINNER

Billie Eilish

EXO GOT7

Ariana Grande 

Top R&B Artist

Chris Brown

Khalid – WINNER

Lizzo

Summer Walker

The Weeknd

 

Lizzo earned 11 nominations

Top R&B Female Artist

Beyoncé

Lizzo

Summer Walker – WINNER

 

Top Rap Artist

DaBaby

Juice WRLD

Lil Nas X

Post Malone – WINNER

Roddy Ricch 

 

Top Rap Female Artist

Cardi B – WINNER

City Girls

Megan Thee Stallion

 

Top Country Artist

Kane Brown

Luke Combs – WINNER

Dan + Shay

Maren Morris

Thomas Rhett

Kane Brown got nods in three categories

 

Top Country Female Artist

Maren Morris – WINNER

Kacey Musgraves

Carrie Underwood

 

Top Country Tour

Eric Church

Florida Georgia Line

George Strait – WINNER

 

Top Rock Tour

Elton John – WINNER

Metallica

The Rolling Stones 

The Rolling Stones got two touring nominations

 

Top Dance/Electronic Artist

Avicii

The Chainsmokers – WINNER

DJ Snake

Illenium

Marshmello

 

Top Gospel Artist

Kirk Franklin

Koryn Hawthorne

Tasha Cobbs Leonard

Sunday Service Choir

Kanye West – WINNER

Kanye West earned nine nominations in Christian and Gospel categories

 

 

 

  

Top Soundtrack:

‘Aladdin’

‘Descendants 3’

‘Frozen II’ – WINNER

‘K-12’ by Melanie Martinez

‘The Dirt’ by Mötley Crüe 

 

Top Rap Album

DaBaby ‘Kirk’

Juice WRLD ‘Death Race For Love’

Post Malone ‘Hollywood’s Bleeding’ – WINNER

Roddy Ricch ‘Please Excuse Me for Being Antisocial’

Young Thug ‘So Much Fun’ 

 

Top Rock Album

The Lumineers ‘III’

Slipknot ‘We Are Not Your Kind’

Tame Impala ‘The Slow Rush’

Tool ‘Fear Inoculum’ – WINNER

Vampire Weekend ‘Father of the Bride’

 

Top Dance/Electronic Album

Avicii ‘Tim’

The Chainsmokers ‘World War Joy’

Illenium ‘Ascend’

Marshmello ‘Marshmello: Fortnite Extended Set’ – WINNER

Alan Walker ‘Different World’

Marshmello has three nominations

 

Top Gospel Album

Kirk Franklin ‘Long Live Love’

Donald Lawrence & The Tri-City Singers ‘Goshen’

William McDowell ‘The Cry: A Live Worship Experience’

Sunday Service Choir ‘Jesus Is Born’

Kanye West ‘Jesus is King’ – WINNER

 

 

 

 

Top Streaming Song

Chris Brown ft. Drake ‘No Guidance’

Billie Eilish ‘bad guy’

Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus ‘Old Town Road’ – WINNER  

Lil Tecca ‘Ran$om’

Post Malone & Swae Lee ‘Sunflower (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse)’ 

 

Top Radio Song

Lewis Capaldi ‘Someone You Loved’

Jonas Brothers ‘Sucker’ – WINNER

Khalid ‘Talk’

Lizzo ‘Truth Hurts’

Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber ‘I Don’t Care’ 

 

Top R&B Song

Chris Brown ft. Drake ‘No Guidance’

Doja Cat & Tyga ‘Juicy’

Khalid ‘Talk’ – WINNER

Lizzo ‘Good As Hell’

The Weeknd ‘Heartless’

 

Dan + Shay are up for four awards, including their collaboration with Justin Bieber

Top Country Song

Dan + Shay with Justin Bieber ‘10,000 Hours’ – WINNER

Maren Morris ‘The Bones’

Old Dominion ‘One Man Band’

Blake Shelton ‘God’s Country’

Morgan Wallen ‘Whiskey Glasses’ 

 

Top Latin Song

Anuel AA, Daddy Yankee, Karol G, Ozuna & J Balvin ‘China’

Bad Bunny & Tainy ‘Callaita’

Daddy Yankee ft. Snow ‘Con Calma’ – WINNER

Jhay Cortez, J Balvin, & Bad Bunny ‘No Me Conoce’

Sech ft. Darell, Nicky Jam, Ozuna, Anuel AA ‘Otro Trago’ 

 

Top Christian Song

Bethel Music, Jonathan David Helser & Melissa Helser ‘Raise A Hallelujah’

Casting Crowns ft. Matthew West ‘Nobody’

Lauren Daigle ‘Rescue’

For King & Country ‘God Only Knows’ – WINNER

Kanye West ‘Follow God’ 

 

Top Gospel Song

Kirk Franklin ‘Love Theory’

Kanye West ‘Closed on Sunday’

Kanye West ‘Follow God’ – WINNER

Kanye West ‘On God’

Kanye West ‘Selah’ 

Lauren Daigle is up for two awards

 

Eddie was born in Amsterdam and his family immigrated to California in 1962 when he was 7. His father was a big band clarinetist who rarely found work after coming to the U.S., and their mother was a maid who had dreams of her sons being classical pianists.  

‘We showed up here with the equivalent of $50 and a piano,’ Eddie Van Halen told The Associated Press in 2015. 

‘We came halfway around the world without money, without a set job, no place to live and couldn´t even speak the language.’   

Honoured: The tribute was one of many on the night as the Billboard Awards did a roll call of musical talent to have passed away over the last year – among them Kenny Rogers

Great loss: Australian singer Helen Reddy, who passed away aged 78 on September 29th, was also remembered 

Big talent: The legendary Little Richard also got a mention after his passing aged 87 on May 9th

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