A stunning gold dress highlighted Kelly Clarkson’s epic performance last night. On Wednesday night, Kelly Clarkson returned to host the 2020 Billboard Music Awards for the third year in a row. The American Idol alum opened up the show at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles with the song “Higher Love,” a Steve Winwood song that the legendary Whitney Houston covered. The powerhouse vocalist was joined by a cappella group Pentatonix as well as well known drummer Shelia E. After the performance, in her light-hearted nature, Clarkson joked that she had to be her own hypewoman as there was no live audience due to the COVID-19 virus.
The 2020 Billboard Music Awards finally aired on Wednesday night after being delayed for 6 months as a result of the pandemic. Post Malone was the biggest winner of the night, amassing 9 awards, including the nights biggest awards — Top Artist and Top Male artist — by the end of the night.
The 2020 Billboard Music Awards followed social distancing regulations
The winners of awards didn’t receive their awards directly from the award presenters. The famous red carpet was also removed in order to make space for a backdrop for the stars to take flicks at the event. While on stage, the artists gave each other plenty of space as they gave breathtaking performances, including Clarkson’s “Higher Love” performance.
Clarkson has said she’s a fan of Whitney Houston on her daytime talk show ‘The Kelly Clarkson Show’
On The Kelly Clarkson Show, the country singer has revealed that she’s a major fan of Whitney Houston. She has covered other famous Houston songs on her show including “I’m Every Woman,” “How Will I Know” and “Exhale (Shoop Shoop).” Clarkson has admitted that covering Whitney Houston songs can be intimidating. The singer told Rolling Stone in 2012, “I know every Whitney Houston song.” She continued, “I wanted to cover one of her songs at our shows as a tribute, but it’s hard to cover her!”
‘Higher Love’ was originally recorded by Steve Winwood in 1986
Higher love was Steve Winwood’s first No. 1 song on Billboard Hot 100. Houston then did a cover of the track for her third album “I’m Your Baby Tonight,” in 1990. The song though didn’t make the cut, and only ended up appearing as a bonus track on a Japanese version of the album. Recently, in 2019, DJ and producer Kygo made a rework of the song.