iHeartRadio Music Awards Sees The Weeknd Wins Top Honors, Ariana Grande Makes First Bride Appearance
The iHeartRadio Music Awards are here.
The Weeknd took home the top prize of the night, Song of the Year for their longtime hit “Blinding Lights,” which also won the TikTok bop of the year award.
The victory was significant for the star after being ruled out by the Grammys for her critically acclaimed album of the same name.
Machine Gun Kelly presented the award to The Weeknd for his hit “Blinding Lights”, adding to the singer’s big night.
After his acceptance speech, the star mistakenly left his award on stage and despite Usher’s best efforts, the crooner was unable to get The Weeknd’s attention to pass his statuette.
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The annual celebration of another year of music began with a performance by Ariana Grande and The Weeknd, singing the duet version of “Save Your Tears” by The Weeknd.
The performance was straightforward, with only minor lighting effects and the two stars carrying simple wardrobes, but they were met with thunderous applause several times throughout the performance, especially when Grande, 27, was greeted by thunderous applause several times throughout the performance. hit some of his dazzling notes.
The performance was Grande’s first appearance since her recent marriage and The Weeknd’s first since the Grammys boycott earlier this year.
Usher, who is the host for the evening, then took the stage.
“Live music is back, ladies and gentlemen,” he said shortly before handing the microphone to French Montana, who bestowed on Megan Thee Stallion and Beyoncé the award for best collaboration of the year.
Megan Thee Stallion gushed over her duo partner Beyoncé during the package that played after her victory.
Usher, 42, then took a brief moment to sit down with Elton John to thank him for his contributions to music. John, 74, noted that he won an Oscar in the same building as the awards ceremony – at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles, California.
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Best New Country Artist Gabby Barrett then introduced her “label mates” Dan + Shay, who performed “Glad You Exist”. The duo also received the award for best duo / group of the year.
Then there was an Alternative Rock Artist of the Year for Twenty-One Pilots. Additionally, the two won alternative rock song of the year for their hit “Level Of Concern”. They dedicated the award to “anyone who has attended one of our shows” and offered them ongoing support.
Usher then sat down with Lil Nas X, who said he was working on “the best album ever,” which is set to debut this summer.
Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak quickly took to the stage as their new supergroup Silk Sonic and performed their only song, “Leave the Door Open”. The duo gave audiences plenty of singing opportunities before .Paak took over in a spectacular fashion, leaving a smile on Mars’ face.
Taylor Swift went on to take home the award for Best Pop Album of the Year, thanking everyone who helped her on her folklore album, from producers to photographers.
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The Weeknd took home the award for best male artist of the year, another huge victory for him after his Grammy snubs.
This year, iHeartRadio presented the Icon Award to John, who Usher called “one of the greatest artists of all time.”
Chris Martin from Coldplay took the stage to offer the prize.
“I’m so happy to see real people,” he said, jokingly saying he got into a “fight” with the teleprompter operator and hoped he hadn’t bothered. his dialogue. Martin joked that he didn’t know much about John and was going to rely on the pre-written text.
Martin said the songwriter was born in America and worked with Senator Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. He often mispronounced song names and even swapped some with titles from Billy Joel and Stevie Wonder.
The tribute to the “Rocketman” didn’t end there, however, as superstars like Lady Gaga and Adele spoke during a video package about his legacy.
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Next came a performance in honor of John by Demi Lovato, HER and Brandi Carlile, who sang “Benny and the Jets”, “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me” and “I’m Still Standing”.
The performance was Lovato’s first since his recent release as a non-binary.
Martin returned to the stage to continue gushing over the musical legend and accidentally cursed, leaving the show to go silent for a while.
In his speech, John praised young artists, including Lil Nas X, who he said has “steel balls.”
Next is Nelly, who featured hip-hop artist of the year, Roddy Ricch.
Usher then took a moment to thank the winner of Alternative Rock Album of the Year for “daring to be different.” The musician then promised that despite a change of genre recently, he would “never” be done with rap.
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Best new pop artist, Doja Cat, then took the stage for a chilling performance of her music, including the hit song “Say So”.
Next is the Female Artist of the Year award, which went to Dua Lipa, whom singer Ava Max called “Queen of the Quarantine” thanks to the release of an album just before the lockdown began. Last year.
A Grammy and Oscar winner, she went on to receive the R&B Artist of the Year award from Robin Thicke.
“At the end of the day, I’m nothing without you guys, the fans,” she gushed. “… I’m so, so, so grateful.”
Comedian Joel McHale then presented a performance of Usher himself, who sang a mix of his own music, with “Confessions Part 1”, “DJ Got Us Fallin ‘In Love” and more. He was joined on stage by Lil Jon.
The 2021 iHeartRadio Music Awards aired on FOX.