The outpouring of affection for 2023 Girl of the Yr SZA at Wednesday night time’s Billboard Girls in Music Awards was the proper instance of the celebratory, overjoyed temper on the ceremony.
Not solely did SZA have a really enthusiastic Coi Leray hyping up her many accomplishments this 12 months and past — together with her tenth week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart along with her newest album, SOS — however she additionally had a shock video message from fellow famous person Lizzo, singing her praises (actually): She began the pre-recorded message by singing her favourite SZA music, “Warm Winds” from 2014’s Z.
“You are the real deal. You are such a genuine human being, a genuine artist, a poet, a songwriter, an emoter who’s a once-in-a-lifetime, once-in-a-generation talent,” Lizzo stated, including, “We don’t deserve you!”
SZA was one in all many honorees on the Billboard Girls in Music Awards, and beneath we’re remembering our favourite moments from the night time. See one of the best moments from Lana Del Rey, TWICE, Rosalía and extra right here:
Kim Petras within the Crowd
Along with performing her newest single “Brrr” and being introduced the Chartbreaker Award, Kim Petras was the MVP of the YouTube Theater crowd. She flitted among the many VIP tables subsequent to the stage to rub elbows with the opposite powerhouse girls in attendance — together with fellow German famous person Heidi Klum, who made positive to offer Petras a hug earlier than leaving the present – and danced enthusiastically for every intimate efficiency, particularly the show-ending quantity “Moonlight Sunrise” from Okay-pop nonet TWICE, as you’ll be able to see beneath.
Rosalía Will get Actual In regards to the Lifetime of a Producer
The significance of receiving the primary Girls in Music Producer of the Yr Award was not misplaced on Rosalía, and he or she used her speech to each encourage extra girls to hitch the sector but additionally to not sugarcoat the fact of life within the studio. “A producer’s job is a job in the shadow. … It’s not very fun – whoever tells you otherwise, they’re lying. It’s 15 hours a day, nonstop maybe, working on a sound. It comes from love, it comes from obsession maybe, and that’s why you stay in that small-ass room with no windows while everybody else around you is at home, just chilling, eating something nice, laughing, having sex, living life, just regular human cool sh–.”
Doechii: A Star Is Born
In case you went into Wednesday’s ceremony not realizing Doechii’s title, you undoubtedly realize it now. The Rising Star Award winner made probably the most of her time on the YouTube Theater stage, ripping via a frenetic mash-up of her songs “Persuasive” and “Crazy” and dancing with the power of an area or stadium present vs. to the 5,000-ish individuals fortunate sufficient to be within the room. She carried out so exhausting, in reality, that one in all her footwear couldn’t survive the spectacle, so the primary feminine TDE rapper needed to limp over to the microphone to just accept her award from her mom, Celesia Moore. “Girl, I done danced my shoe off!” she stated with fun to kick off her speech.
A Dangerous Bunny Shock, All for Ivy Queen
When an introduction began for Billboard’s prime artist of 2022, the gang began murmuring about who might be the hitting the stage, however as soon as the intro talked about Puerto Rico, everybody knew: Dangerous Bunny was stunning the gang. And it was all for reggaeton pioneer Ivy Queen, whom Bunny introduced the Icon Award to with an all-Spanish speech. He stated he’s the artist he’s at the moment as a result of he has part of Ivy Queen in his musical DNA. “She gave me the strength to be myself and to work double,” he stated. “As a fan of reggaetón, I’ve waited a long time for this moment, and I think that 2023 is the time where more female reggaeton artists exist, and I’m sure it’s because of the root that Ivy planted a long time ago.”
Lainey Wilson Is All ‘Heart’
Nation star Lainey Wilson may need stripped down her prime 5 Nation Airplay hit “Heart Like a Truck” for the Girls in Music stage, however she didn’t strip away any of her spectacular vocals for the efficiency, even sustaining one large energy notice within the refrain. And she or he additionally didn’t strip away any of her signature type, carrying a wide-brimmed black hat and gold-lamé spandex bell bottoms. “This sh– is not for the faint of heart,” she stated later in her speech. “All the women who are coming on this stage and in this room here tonight being honored can testify.”
The Sisterhood of Latto & Chlöe
We knew they had been collaborators, teaming up on “For the Night” final 12 months, however now we additionally know what good mates Latto and Chloe Bailey are. Bailey introduced Latto with the Powerhouse Award – calling her “a force to be reckoned with,” “an icon for young women everywhere” and “the personification of a powerhouse” — and the rapper squeezed the singer’s hand throughout her complete speech.
Becky G Comes Dwelling
Becky G was born and raised in Inglewood, Calif., so she was further emotional to obtain the Impression Award in her hometown. She talked about how she made a promise to her household and followers in her breakthrough “Becky From the Block” music (her interpretation of Jennifer Lopez’s “Jenny From the Block”). “The promise wasn’t that I wouldn’t leave where I came from, but that I would take where I’m from wherever I go,” she stated, explaining that as a Mexican-American, a “200 percenter,” she usually feels not American sufficient for the U.S. and never Hispanic sufficient for Mexico. “Where we come from, that will always be in our hearts, but where we go, that’s up to us.”
Lana Del Rey Is ‘Happy’
Accepting the Visionary Award from final 12 months’s Billboard Girl of the Yr Olivia Rodrigo, Lana Del Rey stated she didn’t “exactly have a long-term vision at all, but if you were curious, I am very, very happy.” That hasn’t at all times been the case, because the quintessential sadgirl singer described a a lot much less pleasant time within the music trade when she first began. “I feel like being happy is the ultimate goal, so I did it,” she concluded.
Of all of the moments and all of the performances, there was nothing extra showstopping than the keenness and sheer quantity of the TWICE followers within the YouTube Theater. Host Quinta Brunson made a operating joke out of it, together with telling the viewers she wished to strive one thing after which whispered “TWICE” into her microphone, inflicting the followers to scream on cue. The nine-piece lady group accepted the Breakthrough Award from licensed ONCE Sabrina Carpenter, with Chaeyoung saying throughout their speech: “This title Breakthrough Artist proves that if you confidently push for your dream, people who support you will always be your team, you will break through.” In response to the vocal crowd on Wednesday night time, they’ve undoubtedly damaged via in an enormous method.