The year of the woman continued with the sixth annual iHEARTRADIO MUSIC AWARDS at the MICROSOFT THEATER in LOS ANGELES last night with host and “Masked Singer” star T-PAIN providing some auto-tuned interludes and a variety of different hairstyles. The show was telecast live on FOX and tape-delayed on the west coast. Longtime TV producer JOEL GALLEN joined his ex-MTV colleague and current iHEARTRADIO exec JOHN SYKES, TOM POLEMAN and LEE ROLONTZ to helm the production..
ZEDD, MAREN MORRIS, and GREY’s “The Middle” won for both SONG OF THE YEAR and DANCE SONG OF THE YEAR, the former presented to them as the final award of the night by STEVEN TYLER. ARIANA GRANDE, who appeared via a pre-recorded video performance of her new single, “Needy,” and DRAKE were named ARTISTS OF THE YEAR.
The other big winners of the night were ELLA MAI, who took home three awards, including R&B ARTIST OF THE YEAR, NEW R&B ARTIST OF THE YEAR and R&B SONG OF THE YEAR (“Boo’d Up”), and ALICIA KEYS, who was presented with the INNOVATOR AWARD by JAMIE FOXX. GRAMMY no-show TAYLOR SWIFT was on hand to accept the TOUR OF THE YEAR AWARD. HALSEY, who opened the show with a medley performance of “Without Me” (last year’s iHEARTRADIO MUSIC AWARD winner for BEST LYRICS) and the new single, “11 Minutes,” with YUNGBLUD and TRAVIS BARKER on drums, was also honored with the FANGIRLS award for her social activism and relationship with her audience.
CARDI B, who led the field with 13 nominations, won HIP HOP ARTIST OF THE YEAR and accepted via a pre-taped segment..
The show’s final performance was a rocking medley by GARTH BROOKS, who received an award as ARTIST OF THE DECADE from CHRIS PRATT, who sang along with his admitted hero on the climactic “Friends in Low Places.”
Other winners included: 5 SECONDS OF SUMMER (BEST DUO/GROUP OF THE YEAR); PANIC! AT THE DISCO, “High Hopes” (ALTERNATIVE ROCK SONG OF THE YEAR); GRETA VAN FLEET, “Safari Song” (ROCK SONG OF THE YEAR); THREE DAYS GRACE (ROCK ARTIST OF THE YEAR); BEBE REXHA feat. FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE, “Meant to Be” (COUNTRY SONG OF THE YEAR); MARSHMELLO (DANCE ARTIST OF THE YEAR); and CAMILA CABELLO, “Consequences” (BEST LYRICS). HARRY STYLES and KACEY MUSGRAVES won for BEST COVER SONG (“You’re Still the One”).
Check out the rest of the winners here.
Three BEST NEW ARTIST winners in each category were spotlighted in a segment that featured BEST NEW POP ARTIST nominee LAUV singing “I’m So Tired,” accompanied by BEST NEW POP ARTIST and BEST DANCE ARTIST winner MARSHMELLO, then taking over the part sung by BASTILLE’s DAN SMITH on his collaboration with the DJ on their hit song, “Happier.” BEST NEW ROCK/ALTERNATIVE ROCK ARTIST LOVELY THE BAND played their hit, “Broken,” followed by BEST NEW R&B ARTIST winner ELLA MAI’s latest release, “Trip.”
Other notable performances included multi-GRAMMY winner MUSGRAVES’ rendition of “Rainbow,” accompanied on piano by COLDPLAY’s CHRIS MARTIN; JOHN LEGEND channeling MARVIN GAYE with a turtleneck and tight yellow suit, taking it to the church on his new single, “Preach”; and arguably the evening’s crowd-pleasing highlight, KEYS joined by nine-year-old son EGYPT on piano, appropriately enough, for her new track, “Raise A Man” seguing into the 2011 hit, “You Don’t Know My Name.”