The 2017 iHeartRadio Music Awards brought the biggest names in entertainment and fans together from the historic, “Fabulous” Forum in Los Angeles to celebrate all things music live on TBS, TNT and truTV, on iHeartMedia radio stations nationwide and across the iHeartRadio digital music platform on Sunday, March 5th.
The fan-fueled 2017 iHeartRadio Music Awards hosted by Ryan Seacrest brought the music of the iHeartRadio app to life with featured performances and incredible collaborations, including Bruno Mars, Katy Perry, Ed Sheeran, Shawn Mendes, Thomas Rhett, Noah Cyrus featuring Labrinth, Big Sean, plus the first U.S. television performance of “Something Just Like This” by The Chainsmokers and Coldplay’s Chris Martin.
Bruno Mars received the most prestigious award of the evening – the 2017 iHeartRadio Innovator Award. iHeartRadio honored him for his unparalleled contribution to popular culture and the music industry. Big Sean presented Bruno Mars with the 2017 award.
In addition, for the first time ever the 2017 iHeartRadio Music Awards announced winners of several categories through artists’ Snapchat Stories over the weekend. Artists including Rihanna, The Chainsmokers, Chance The Rapper, Bryson Tiller, twenty one pilots, Green Day, 5 Seconds of Summer, Disturbed, Metallica, Kelsea Ballerini and The Strumbellas gave their ten second acceptance speeches via Snapchat, which appeared on iHeartRadio’s Discover channel, as well as the “iHeartRadio Music Awards Acceptance Speeches” Live Story, with select speeches televised during the live broadcast.
The official hashtag, #iHeartAwards trended on Twitter Worldwide, in 32 countries and in 254 cities. The official hashtag also trended No. 1 in the US and No. 1 worldwide.
Additional highlights included:
– Drake won seven awards, including Hip-Hop Artist of the Year, R&B Song of the Year, Hip-Hop Album of the Year, Hip-Hop Song of the Year, Best Collaboration, Most Thumbed Up Artist of the Year and Most Thumbed Up Song of the Year.
– The Chainsmokers followed Drake’s lead in wins with five awards including Best New Artist, Best New Pop Artist, Dance Album of the Year, Dance Artist of the Year and Dance Song of the Year.
– Katy Perry kicked off the telecast with an amazing performance of her new single “Chained To The Rhythm” featuring Skip Marley with a crew of kid backup dancers, a human-sized hamster wheel and a giant orange hamster on stage.
– Big Sean performed an incredible medley of his new hits, “Bounce” and “Moves” as pyrotechnics went off all around him.
– Miley Cyrus introduced her younger sister with a hand-made bedazzled poster and shirt that said iHeart Noah Cyrus. Noah, who made her award show debut with a performance of “Make Me (Cry)” with Labrinth later told host Ryan Seacrest that her sister’s introduction made her cry.
– DJ Khaled brought his infant son on stage to introduce Ed Sheeran, who flew in from Germany for his incredible one-man performance of his brand new hit single, “Shape of You.” He later was joined by his band for a performance of “Castle on the Hill,” which had everyone in the audience moving.
– The Chainsmokers performed their hit “Paris” before being joined onstage by Coldplay’s Chris Martin, who jumped into the crowd to interact with the audience during their performance of “Something Just Like This.”
– Thomas Rhett recreated the music video for his hit single, “Star Of The Show” on the floor of the Forum.
– While accepting the award for Best Tour, Chris Martin brought three children on stage to give an acceptance speech on the band’s behalf.
– Shawn Mendes moved the crowd while performing a rendition of his hit song, “Mercy,” while under a rotating full moon.
– Bruno Mars closed out the show with a rousing performance that had the entire crowd on its feet and combined the old with the new by performing a medley of one of his biggest hits, “Treasure,” and his new single, “That’s What I Like.”
Award presenters of the March 5 telecast included Ansel Elgort, Bebe Rexha, Daya, Demi Lovato, DJ Khaled, Fifth Harmony, Florida Georgia Line, Halsey, Jason Derulo, Jeremy Renner, Joe Jonas, John Legend, Karrueche Tran, Kelsea Ballerini, Macklemore and Miley Cyrus.
In addition, the show featured celebrity guest appearances from Adriel Favela, Cage the Elephant, Cheyo Carrillo, Chris Lane, CNCO, Dreezy, Fat Joe, French Montana, Gerardo Ortiz, Granger Smith, Hey Violet, J Balvin, Joss Favela, Kayla Brianna, Regulo Caro, Sabrina Carpenter, Sean Paul, Sleeping With Sirens, Sofia Reyes, The Strumbellas and Ty Dolla $ign.
– Bruno Mars
Song of the Year
– “Can’t Stop The Feeling!” by Justin Timberlake
Female Artist of the Year:
Male Artist of the Year:
– Justin Bieber
Best New Artist presented by the all-new Subaru Impreza:
– The Chainsmokers
Best Duo/Group of the Year:
– twenty one pilots
Alternative Rock Album of the Year: (New Category)
– Blurryface by twenty one pilots
Country Album of the Year: (New Category)
– Traveller by Chris Stapleton
Dance Album of the Year: (New Category)
– Collage by The Chainsmokers
Hip-Hop Album of the Year: (New Category)
– Views by Drake
Latin Album of the Year: (New Category)
– Energía by J Balvin
Pop Album of the Year: (New Category)
– 25 by Adele
R&B Album of the Year: (New Category)
– Anti by Rihanna
Regional Mexican Album of the Year: (New Category)
– Recuerden Mi Estilo by Los Plebes Del Rancho De Ariel Camacho
Rock Album of the Year: (New Category)
– Hardwired …to Self-Destruct by Metallica
Alternative Rock Artist of the Year:
– twenty one pilots
Alternative Rock Song of the Year:
– “Heathens” by twenty one pilots
Country Artist of the Year:
– Thomas Rhett
Country Song of the Year:
– “Somewhere On A Beach” by Dierks Bentley
Dance Artist of the Year:
– The Chainsmokers
Dance Song of the Year:
– “Closer” by The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey
Hip-Hop Artist of the Year:
Hip-Hop Song of the Year:
– “One Dance” by Drake featuring Wizkid and Kyla
Latin Artist of the Year:
– Nicky Jam
Latin Song of the Year:
– “Duele el Corazón” by Enrique Iglesias feat. Wisin
R&B Artist of the Year:
– The Weeknd
R&B Song of the Year:
– “Work” by Rihanna featuring Drake
Regional Mexican Artist of the Year:
– Calibre 50
Regional Mexican Song of the Year:
– “Solo Con Verte” by Banda Sinaloense MS de Sergio Lizárraga
Rock Artist of the Year:
Rock Song of the Year:
– “Bang Bang” by Green Day
Label of the Year:
– Republic Records
Producer of the Year: (New Category)
– Benny Blanco
Most Thumbed Up Artist of the Year:
Most Thumbed Up Song of the Year:
– “One Dance” by Drake feat. Wizkid and Kyla
Best Collaboration: *Socially Voted Category
– “Work” by Rihanna feat. Drake
Best Cover Song: *Socially Voted Category
– “Ex’s and Oh’s” by Fifth Harmony
Best Fan Army presented by Taco Bell: *Socially Voted Category
– Fifth Harmony
Best Lyrics: *Socially Voted Category
– “Love Yourself” written by Justin Bieber, Benny Blanco and Ed Sheeran
Best Song from a Movie: *Socially Voted Category
– “Girls Talk Boys” by 5 Seconds of Summer from Ghostbusters
Best Underground Alternative Band: (New Category) *Socially Voted Category
– Pierce the Veil
Social Star Award: (New Category) *Socially Voted
– Jack & Jack
Author: Buddy Iahn
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