After two days and dozens of history making performances, the fifth annual iHeartRadio Music Festival hosted by Ryan Seacrest, host and producer of On Air with Ryan Seacrest, concluded Saturday evening at the MGM Grand Garden arena in Las Vegas with unforgettable performances by Kanye West, Sam Smith, Coldplay, Puff Daddy, Demi Lovato, David Guetta, Kenny Chesney, The Weeknd, Tove Lo, Lil Wayne, Fall Out Boy, Disclosure, Hozier, Jason Derulo, Duran Duran, Prince Royce, Diplo, Trey Songz, The Killers, Jennifer Lopez, Blake Shelton, Nick Jonas and more. Plus, this year’s Macy’s iHeartRadio Rising Star winner, Christina Grimmie.
The legendary weekend-long concert event included the biggest names in music across all genres, from the main stage at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on the evenings of September 18th and 19th and at the iHeartRadio Music Festival Daytime Village on Saturday afternoon at the MGM Resorts Village across from the Luxor Hotel and Casino which featured performances by Demi Lovato, Hozier, Tove Lo, Trey Songz, Walk The Moon, Nick Jonas, Big Sean, Lee Brice, George Ezra, Tori Kelly, Echosmith, James Bay, The Struts, Zella Day and Shawn Mendes.
Through a national text-to-win contest more than hundreds of lucky winners from across the country were awarded exclusive VIP trips to the two-day concert event. For fans not in attendance, the iHeartRadio Music Festival broadcasted live on iHeartMedia radio stations across 150 markets and streamed live on Yahoo Live each night. The iHeartRadio Music Festival will return to The CW Network as an exclusive two-night special on September 29th and 30 from 8-10 p.m.
The iHeartRadio Music Festival, which debuted five years ago in celebration of the successful iHeartRadio all-in-one digital service, has quickly become one of the most talked about music events of the year. The Festival is a live representation of the diverse music catalog that fans find and enjoy through the iHeartRadio app, which is ranked the No. 1 all-in-one digital audio service with over 700 million downloads; it reached its first 20 million registered users faster than any digital service in Internet history and reached 70 million users faster than any other radio or digital music service and even faster than Facebook.
The iHeartRadio Music Festival was a dominant social media topic throughout the weekend. #iHeartRadio was the No. 1 trending topic on Twitter, and continues to trend worldwide with tweets and retweets from fans as well as artists and Festival presenters.
Highlights of the 2015 iHeartRadio Music Festival and Village
- The iHeartRadio Music Festival and Daytime Village featured surprise collaborations by Demi Lovato and Stephan Jenkins of Third Eye Blind singing “Jumper;” Hailee Steinfeld with Shawn Mendes singing “;Stitches;” Jennifer Lopez with Alvaro singing “El Mismo Sol;” Fetty Wap with Fall Out Boy singing “Centuries;” Tyga with Prince Royce singing “Double Vision;” Puff Daddy with special guests Mase, Lil’ Kim and Busta Rhymes; and Diplo with Priscilla.
- The iHeartRadio Music Festival also welcomed celebrity presenters and guests from across the entertainment industry including Jared Leto, Josh Hutcherson, James Corden, Courtney Love, Rita Ora, Wilmer Valderrama, Taylor Lautner, Ashley Benson, Joe Jonas, Ashley Tisdale, Nash and Hayes Grier, Kat Graham, Cheryl Burke, Nat Wolff, Becca Tilley, Josh Murray, Nick Viall, Matt Bomer and more.
- Ryan Seacrest announced during the second night of the Festival a partnership between iHeartRadio and Rock the Vote, the largest non-profit and non-partisan organization in the United States driving the youth vote to the pools. Over the next 14 months, iHeartMedia and Rock the Vote will closely cover all aspects of the election process and offer unique opportunities for listeners to get involved. The campaign is dedicated to increasing youth registration and turnout to the 2016 presidential election.
- In the past four years the Festival has helped raise $1.5 million for a number of national charities, including the American Association of Cancer Research, Alliance for Lupus Research, Muscular Dystrophy Association, Ryan Seacrest Foundation, CureDuchenne, Autism Speaks and many more. Additionally, the Festival plays host to a number of critically ill children and their families through its partnership with Make-a-Wish Foundation and other similar organizations.
Proud partners of this year’s event include: The CW Network, Buffalo Wild Wings, Garnier Fructis, Hulu, Ideal Image, Macy’s, MATADOR Beef Jerky, MasterCard, Mazda, MGM Resorts International, Pepsi, Samsung Electronics, SNICKERS Bar, State Farm, Taco Bell, Ulta Beauty, UnitedHealthcare and Verizon.
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.