Garth Brooks Takes Home Icon Award, Luke Combs Wins At ‘2020 Billboard Music Awards’

Garth Brooks. Photo: Courtesy Maurice Miner Media & Marketing

Country music was well represented on the 2020 Billboard Music Awards last night (Oct. 14), at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles.

Garth Brooks was the first country artist to receive the ICON Award which recognizes “the cultural impact of an artist whose extraordinary talent as a creator, writer and entertainer has stood the test of time.” The ICON Award was presented to Brooks by a previous recipient, the iconic Cher.

“To Miss Cher—getting to hold the award that you got makes me feel…cool. And ‘cool’ is never a word I would use to describe me,” Brooks said as he accepted the award. “If I had to thank one person or one entity, it would be God Almighty for through Him all things are possible. If you talk about down here on this planet, Bob Doyle…the group from Nashville and L.A. To the love of my life, Trisha Yearwood. The three girls—Taylor, August, Allie—I will love you beyond my time here on this planet. Country radio—you gave me this! And to all those people that fill those stands: thank you! Thank you for my life!”

Luke Combs walked away with three awards, including Top Country Artist, Top Country Male Artist, and Top Country Album for What You See Is What You Get.

While accepting Top Country Artist, Combs said: “This is an incredible honor and something I would have never dreamed of when I was growing up and when I started doing this. I just want to thank the fans out there, my beautiful wife at home, my team, my band…I hope everybody is staying safe at home. Thank you so much for loving what I do.”

Maren Morris was awarded Top Country Female Artist, while George Strait won Top Country Tour. Dan + Shay took home Top Country Duo/Group and their hit with Justin Bieber “10,000 Hours,” won Top Country Song.

Post Malone was awarded Top Artist and Top Male Artist of the night, while Billie Eilish took home Top New Artist and Top Female Artist.

Top Christian Artist was earned by Lauren Daigle, and Top Gospel Artist by Kanye West.

See the full list of winners below.

ARTIST AWARDS

Top Artist:
Billie Eilish
Jonas Brothers
Khalid
WINNER: Post Malone
Taylor Swift

Top New Artist:
DaBaby
WINNER: Billie Eilish
Lil Nas X
Lizzo
Roddy Ricch

Billboard Chart Achievement Award (Fan Voted):
Mariah Carey
Luke Combs
Lil Nas X
WINNER: Harry Styles
Taylor Swift

Top Male Artist:
DaBaby
Khalid
Lil Nas X
WINNER: Post Malone
Ed Sheeran

Top Female Artist:
WINNER: Billie Eilish
Ariana Grande
Halsey
Lizzo
Taylor Swift

Top Duo/Group:
BTS
Dan + Shay
WINNER: Jonas Brothers
Maroon 5
Panic! At The Disco

Top Billboard 200 Artist:
Drake
Billie Eilish
Khalid
WINNER: Post Malone
Taylor Swift

Top Hot 100 Artist:
DaBaby
Billie Eilish
Khalid
Lil Nas X
WINNER: Post Malone

Top Streaming Songs Artist:
DaBaby
Billie Eilish
Lil Nas X
WINNER: Post Malone
Travis Scott

Top Song Sales Artist:
Billie Eilish
Lil Nas X
WINNER: Lizzo
Post Malone
Taylor Swift

Top Radio Songs Artist:
WINNER: Jonas Brothers
Khalid
Lizzo
Shawn Mendes
Post Malone

Top Social Artist (Fan Voted):
WINNER: BTS
Billie Eilish
EXO
GOT7
Ariana Grande

Top Touring Artist:
Elton John
Metallica
WINNER: P!nk
The Rolling Stones
Ed Sheeran

Top R&B Artist:
Chris Brown
WINNER: Khalid
Lizzo
Summer Walker
The Weeknd

Top R&B Male Artist:
Chris Brown
WINNER: Khalid
The Weeknd

Top R&B Female Artist:
Beyoncé
Lizzo
WINNER: Summer Walker

Top R&B Tour:
B2K
Janet Jackson
WINNER: Khalid

Top Rap Artist:
DaBaby
Juice WRLD
Lil Nas X
WINNER: Post Malone
Roddy Ricch

Top Rap Male Artist:
DaBaby
Lil Nas X
WINNER: Post Malone

Top Rap Female Artist:
WINNER: Cardi B
City Girls
Megan Thee Stallion

Top Rap Tour:
Drake
WINNER: Post Malone
Travis Scott

Top Country Artist:
Kane Brown
WINNER: Luke Combs
Dan + Shay
Maren Morris
Thomas Rhett

Top Country Male Artist:
Kane Brown
WINNER: Luke Combs
Thomas Rhett

Top Country Female Artist:
WINNER: Maren Morris
Kacey Musgraves
Carrie Underwood

Top Country Duo/Group:
WINNER: Dan + Shay
Florida Georgia Line
Old Dominion

Top Country Tour:
Eric Church
Florida Georgia Line
WINNER: George Strait

Top Rock Artist:
Imagine Dragons
WINNER: Panic! At The Disco
Tame Impala
Tool
twenty one pilots

Top Rock Tour:
WINNER: Elton John
Metallica
The Rolling Stones

Top Latin Artist:
Anuel AA
WINNER: Bad Bunny
J Balvin
Ozuna
Romeo Santos

Top Dance/Electronic Artist:
Avicii
WINNER: The Chainsmokers
DJ Snake
Illenium
Marshmello

Top Christian Artist:
WINNER: Lauren Daigle
Elevation Worship
For King & Country
Hillsong United
Kanye West

Top Gospel Artist:
Kirk Franklin
Koryn Hawthorne
Tasha Cobbs Leonard
Sunday Service Choir
WINNER: Kanye West

ALBUM AWARDS

Top Billboard 200 Album:
WINNER: Billie Eilish When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
Ariana Grande Thank U, Next
Khalid Free Spirit
Post Malone Hollywood’s Bleeding
Taylor Swift Lover

Top Soundtrack:
Aladdin
Descendants 3
WINNER: Frozen II
K-12 by Melanie Martinez
The Dirt by Mötley Crüe

Top R&B Album:
Beyoncé Homecoming: The Live Album
Justin Bieber Changes
Chris Brown Indigo
WINNER: Khalid Free Spirit
Summer Walker Over It

Top Rap Album:
DaBaby Kirk
Juice WRLD Death Race For Love
WINNER: Post Malone Hollywood’s Bleeding
Roddy Ricch Please Excuse Me for Being Antisocial
Young Thug So Much Fun

Top Country Album:
Kane Brown Experiment
WINNER: Luke Combs What You See Is What You Get
Maren Morris Girl
Thomas Rhett Center Point Road
Morgan Wallen If I Know Me

Top Rock Album:
The Lumineers III
Slipknot We Are Not Your Kind
Tame Impala The Slow Rush
WINNER: Tool Fear Inoculum
Vampire Weekend Father of the Bride

Top Latin Album:
WINNER: J Balvin & Bad Bunny Oasis
Farruko Gangalee
Maluma 11:11
Romeo Santos Utopía
Sech Sueños

Top Dance/Electronic Album:
Avicii Tim
The Chainsmokers World War Joy
Illenium Ascend
WINNER: Marshmello Marshmello: Fortnite Extended Set
Alan Walker Different World

Top Christian Album:
Bethel Music Victory: Recorded Live
Casting Crowns Only Jesus
Hillsong United People
Skillet Victorious
WINNER: Kanye West Jesus is King

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
WINNER: Kanye West Jesus is King

SONG AWARDS

Top Hot 100 Song:
Lewis Capaldi “Someone You Loved”
Billie Eilish “bad guy”
WINNER: Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus “Old Town Road”
Lizzo “Truth Hurts”
Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello “Señorita”

Top Streaming Song:
Chris Brown ft. Drake “No Guidance”
Billie Eilish “bad guy”
WINNER: Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus “Old Town Road”
Lil Tecca “Ran$om”
Post Malone & Swae Lee “Sunflower (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse)”

Top Selling Song:
Lewis Capaldi “Someone You Loved”
Billie Eilish “bad guy”
WINNER: Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus “Old Town Road”
Lizzo “Truth Hurts”
Blake Shelton “God’s Country”

Top Radio Song:
Lewis Capaldi “Someone You Loved”
WINNER: Jonas Brothers “Sucker”
Khalid “Talk”
Lizzo “Truth Hurts”
Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber “I Don’t Care”

Top Collaboration (Fan Voted):
Chris Brown ft. Drake “No Guidance”
Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus “Old Town Road”
WINNER: Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello “Señorita”
Post Malone & Swae Lee “Sunflower (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse)”
Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber “I Don’t Care”

Top R&B Song:
Chris Brown ft. Drake “No Guidance”
Doja Cat & Tyga “Juicy”
WINNER: Khalid “Talk”
Lizzo “Good As Hell”
The Weeknd “Heartless”

Top Rap Song:
WINNER: Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus “Old Town Road”
Lil Tecca “Ran$om”
Lizzo “Truth Hurts”
Post Malone & Swae Lee “Sunflower (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse)”
Post Malone “Wow.”

Top Country Song:
WINNER: Dan + Shay with Justin Bieber “10,000 Hours”
Maren Morris “The Bones”
Old Dominion “One Man Band”
Blake Shelton “God’s Country”
Morgan Wallen “Whiskey Glasses”

Top Rock Song:
Imagine Dragons “Bad Liar”
Machine Gun Kelly x Yungblud x Travis Barker “I Think I’m Okay”
WINNER: Panic! At The Disco “Hey Look Ma, I Made It”
Twenty One Pilots “Chlorine”
Twenty One Pilots “The Hype”

Top Latin Song:
Anuel AA, Daddy Yankee, Karol G, Ozuna & J Balvin “China”
Bad Bunny & Tainy “Callaita”
WINNER: Daddy Yankee ft. Snow “Con Calma”
Jhay Cortez, J Balvin, & Bad Bunny “No Me Conoce”
Sech ft. Darell, Nicky Jam, Ozuna, Anuel AA “Otro Trago”

Top Dance/Electronic Song:
Black Eyed Peas x J Balvin “Ritmo (Bad Boys For Life)”
WINNER: Ellie Goulding x Diplo ft. Swae Lee “Close To Me”
Illenium & Jon Bellion “Good Things Fall Apart”
Kygo x Whitney Houston “Higher Love”
Marshmello ft. Chvrches “Here With Me”

Top Christian Song:
Bethel Music, Jonathan David Helser & Melissa Helser “Raise A Hallelujah”
Casting Crowns ft. Matthew West “Nobody”
Lauren Daigle “Rescue”
WINNER: For King & Country “God Only Knows”
Kanye West “Follow God”

Top Gospel Song:
Kirk Franklin “Love Theory”
Kanye West “Closed on Sunday”
WINNER: Kanye West “Follow God”
Kanye West “On God”
Kanye West “Selah”

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