Justin Timberlake to receive 2015 iHeartRadio Innovator Award at the iHeartRadio Music Awards

The iHeartRadio Music Awards will honor Justin Timberlake with its most prestigious award of the evening, the 2015 iHeartRadio Innovator Award.  The event will feature the biggest names in entertainment, bringing the music of the iHeartRadio app to life on Sunday, March 29th live on NBC from 8-11 p.m. ET/PT from the historic Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles and hosted by Oscar and Grammy award winning actor and musician, who will also perform at the awards, Jamie Foxx.  The iHeartRadio Music Awards will broadcast simultaneously on iHeartMedia stations nationwide and across the iHeartRadio digital music platform.

Only a handful of musicians in history have transcended all artistic boundaries, whether through music collaborations, acting, comedy, variety, putting together one of the biggest albums in recent history or staging the biggest and most technically ambitious tour of the last 2 years. iHeartRadio will honor Grammy and Emmy award winning artist Justin Timberlake for his unparalleled position in the entertainment world and will pay tribute to his significant contributions to the music industry.

Timberlake swept the 2014 Billboard Music Awards taking home seven Awards including Top Artist, Top Billboard 200 Artist, Top Male Artist, Top Radio Songs Artist, Top R&B Artist, Top R&B Album and Top Billboard 200 Album.  He also has received three People’s Choice Awards, three GRAMMY Awards, three ASCAP Awards, a Nickelodeon Kids Choice Award and a Radio Disney Music Award.  These awards bring his grand total of awards to 25 for The 2020 Experience – The Complete Experience since it was released in March 2013.

The 20/20 Experience – The Complete Experience has been critically well received and was the best-selling album worldwide in 2013.  To date it has sold more than 5 million albums and 15 million tracks. The album celebrates Timberlake as the highest debut for a male artist in the last six years.  The album held the No. 1 spot in both the Top 200 (three weeks) and R&B album chart (10 weeks).   He is one of the most followed people in the world on social media with a total of more than 95 million followers across all his platforms.
 
His extensive entertainment career also includes many film credits such as Coen Brothers’ Inside Llewyn Davis; Clint Eastwood’s Trouble with the Curve; Will Gluck’s Friends with Benefits; Jake Kasdan’s comedy Bad Teacher; In Time, directed by Andrew Niccol; crime drama Alpha Dog and Black Snake Moan writer-director Craig Brewer’s follow up to his Sundance hit Hustle & Flow.

The four-time Emmy Award winner has also hosted five memorable episodes of “Saturday Night Live” and several of his sketches have become viral video sensations, including “D**k in a Box,” which not only has been viewed over 100 million times on YouTube but earned Timberlake his first Emmy Award. He won a second Emmy Award in 2009 for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for hosting “SNL.”
 
“Justin is one of the most dynamic artists of our lifetime, a visionary whose influence on pop culture starts with brilliant music and stretches well beyond,” said Tom Poleman, President of National Programming Platforms for iHeartMedia. “I’m amazed how he regularly breaks barriers that continue to shape and define music trends.  We’re thrilled to recognize him amongst his peers — who also proudly call themselves his fans.”
 
“From day one, Justin has been a step ahead; in fact, he refuses to play it safe,” said John Sykes, President of Entertainment Enterprises for iHeartMedia, Inc. “And even given all his success to date, I think he is only at the beginning of one of the great careers in entertainment.”

“Justin is one of the most dynamic artists of our lifetime, a visionary whose influence on pop culture starts with brilliant music and stretches well beyond.”

“Justin is the World’s undisputed 360-degree entertainer.  Put simply, he’s ‘The Man.’ We are delighted to give him the honor he deserves,” Ian Stewart, President, Done + Dusted.
 
The three-hour telecast will truly reflect America’s favorite music and will showcase the year’s most popular artists and songs determined by the iHeartRadio Chart and fan voting through iHeartRadio stations nationwide.  The evening will include performances by Rihanna, Iggy Azalea, Sam Smith, Madonna, Jason Aldean, Jamie Foxx, Meghan Trainor, Jason Derulo, Jennifer Hudson, Kelly Clarkson, Snoop Dogg, Charlie Wilson, Nate Ruess, Alesso and Florida Georgia Line along with appearances from Taylor Swift and more.  This year’s iHeartRadio Music Awards will also feature unexpected collaborations from some of the top names in music.
 
The category finalists for the iHeartRadio Music Awards can be found here. Social voting through iHeartRadio stations nationwide will continue for the Best Lyrics, Best Fan Army and Renegade categories through Friday, March 20th.
 
The iHeartRadio Music Awards will be executive produced by John Sykes, Tom Poleman and Liz Kelly of iHeartMedia, along with Ian Stewart and Hamish Hamilton of Done and Dusted Inc., who will also produce the show for NBC Studios. Hamilton will also direct.

Author: Buddy Iahn

Buddy Iahn founded The Music Universe when he decided to juxtapose his love of web design and music. As a lifelong drummer, he decided to take a hiatus from playing music to report it. The website began as a fun project in 2013 to one of the top independent news sites.

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