Kelly Clarkson Adorably Hosted the 2020 Billboard Music Awards to an Empty Arena

Here's how Twitter is reacting to Kelly Clarkson hosting the 2020 Billboard Music Awards without a live audience.

hollywood, california october 14 in this image released on october 14, kelly clarkson performs onstage at the 2020 billboard music awards, broadcast on october 14, 2020 at the dolby theatre in los angeles, ca photo by kevin winterbbma2020getty images for dcp
(Image credit: Kevin Winter/BBMA2020)
  • On Wednesday night, the 2020 Billboard Music Awards (opens in new tab) were broadcast live from Los Angeles, but, because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the show didn't have a traditional live audience at the venue.
  • Kelly Clarkson (opens in new tab) hosted the annual event for the third year in a row and managed to keep her energy up throughout the show, in spite of the lack of a live audience.
  • People on Twitter couldn't stop talking about Clarkson's enthusiasm and, well, her sheer volume, throughout the show.

Hosting a live show is never an easy job, but hosting a live show in an empty venue? That's a whole other level of difficult. Kelly Clarkson (opens in new tab) nailed it at the 2020 Billboard Music Awards though, keeping her personal energy level at approximately 11 trillion throughout the entire show. Although Clarkson was joined by the show's presenters and many of the winners and performers for the night, because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic (opens in new tab), the Billboard Music Awards, there was no live audience at the venue.

Clarkson (opens in new tab), who has hosted the annual music awards show for three consecutive years, opened the show with a rendition of Whitney Houston's (opens in new tab) classic "Higher Love," and didn't let her enthusiasm level dip at all throughout the rest of the show. People on Twitter commented throughout the night about Clarkson's energy, enthusiasm, and volume (she was just as vocally loud as she would have been in front of a screaming, live audience). As Clarkson (opens in new tab) put it herself early in the show, she was her own Hype Girl.

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Here are some of the best reactions from Twitter users to Kelly Clarkson enthusiastically hosting the 2020 Billboard Music Awards in an empty venue:

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Kayleigh Roberts
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Kayleigh Roberts is a freelance writer and editor with more than 10 years of professional experience. Her byline has appeared in Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, ELLE, Harper’s Bazaar, The Atlantic, Allure, Entertainment Weekly, MTV, Bustle, Refinery29, Girls’ Life Magazine, Just Jared, and Tiger Beat, among other publications. She's a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.