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iHeart Radio Music Awards

Another star-studded iHeartRadio Music Awards took place last night with several artists walking way with multiple awards. The big winners of the night included The Chainsmokers, who walked away with four trophies, including Best New Artist and Best Dance Recording for “Closer,” featuring Halsey; Rihanna, who also won four awards, including Best R&B Artist and Best R&B album for “Anti” and Twenty One Pilots, another four-trophy winner in categories like Best Duo/Group of the Year, as well as three trophies in the Alternative Rock category.

  • Meanwhile, Justin Timberlake won the coveted Song of the Year prize for “Can’t Stop the Feeling,” noting that he had wanted to write a song about “inclusion.” “If you are black or you are brown or you are gay or you are lesbian or you are trans — or maybe you’re just a sissy singing boy from Tennessee,” he said. “Anyone that is treating you unkindly, it is only because they are afraid or they have been taught to be afraid of how important you are because being different means you make the difference. So f— ’em.” 
  • Bruno Mars was honored with the iHeartRadio Innovator Award, an honor bestowed previously to Timberlake, U2 and Pharrell Williams. At first he wowed the crowd with a medley that included “Treasure” and his latest hit “That’s What I Like.” After he took a moment to catch his breath, Bruno thanked his fans who he said made him “want to be a better songwriter, a better performer and a better entertainer" and he promised them he’s “just getting started.”

Of course the night wasn’t just about the awards, but about the performances as well. This year’s performers included: 

  • Katy Perry and her new blonde spikey hair opened with her new single, “Chained to the Rhythm,” which featured child dancers, a huge chipmunk and Skip Marley. 
  • Big Sean got the audience up and moving with his latest single, “Bounce Back.” 
  • Noah Cyrus, who was introduced by her very enthusiastic sister Miley Cyrus, performed her song, "Make My Cry,” featuring Labrinth
  • Ed Sheeran broke out his keyboards and effects pedals for a performance of his number one song “Shape of You,” and was then joined by his band for his other new single, “Castle on the Hill.” 
  • The Chainsmokers treated the crowd to their latest hit “Paris,” and were then joined by Coldplay’s Chris Martin for their collaboration, “Something Just Like This.” 
  • Best Country Artist winner Thomas Rhett’s performance of his latest single, “Star of the Show,” recreated the tune’s video 

And Shawn Mendes performed an impassioned version of “Mercy.”


2017 iHeartRadio Music Awards WinnersClick here for a complete list


Song of the Year

  • "Can't Stop The Feeling" - Justin Timberlake - WINNER
  • "Cheap Thrills" - Sia featuring Sean Paul
  • "Closer" - The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey
  • "One Dance" - Drake featuring Wizkid and Kyla
  • "Stressed Out" - Twenty One Pilots 

Female Artist of the Year

  • Adele - WINNER
  • Ariana Grande
  • Rihanna
  • Selena Gomez
  • Sia

Male Artist of the Year

  • Drake
  • Justin Bieber - WINNER
  • Luke Bryan
  • Shawn Mendes
  • The Weeknd 

Best Duo/Group of the Year

  • Coldplay
  • DNCE
  • Florida Georgia Line
  • The Chainsmokers
  • Twenty One Pilots - WINNER

Best New Artist

  • Kelsea Ballerini
  • The Strumbellas
  • Chance The Rapper
  • Cnco
  • Joss Favela
  • The Chainsmokers - WINNER
  • Bryson Tiller 

Best Tour

  • "A Head Full of Dreams Tour" - Coldplay

Pop Album of the Year

  • 25” – Adele

Hip Hop Album of the Year

  • Views – Drake

Alternative Rock Album of the Year

  • “Blurryface” - Twenty One Pilots

Rock Album of the Year

  • “Hardwired... to Self-Destruct” – Metallica

Dance Album of the Year

  • “Collage” The Chainsmokers

R&B Album of the Year

  • Anti” - Rihanna

Dance Artist of the Year 

  • Calvin Harris
  • DJ Snake
  • Flume
  • Major Lazer
  • The Chainsmokers - WINNER 

Dance Song of the Year


  • “Closer” – The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey – WINNER
  • “Cold Water” – Major Lazer featuring Justin Bieber and MØ
  • “Don’t Let Me Down” – The Chainsmokers featuring Daya
  • “I Took A Pill In Ibiza” – Mike Posner
  • “Let Me Love You” – DJ Snake featuring Justin Bieber  

R&B Song of the Year

  • “Exchange" - Bryson Tiller
  • "Needed Me" - Rihanna
  • "No Limit" - Usher featuring Young Thug
  • "Sorry" - Beyoncé
  • "Work" - Rihanna featuring Drake - WINNER

R&B Artist of the Year

  • Beyoncé
  • Bryson Tiller
  • Rihanna - WINNER
  • The Weeknd
  • Usher

Hip-Hop Song of the Year

  • "All The Way Up" - Fat Joe and Remy Ma featuring French Montana and Infared
  • "Controlla" - Drake
  • "For Free" - DJ Khaled featuring Drake
  • "One Dance" - Drake featuring Wizkid and Kyla - WINNER
  • "Panda" - Desiigner

Hip-Hop Artist of the Year

  • Desiigner
  • DJ Khaled
  • Drake - WINNER
  • Future
  • J. Cole

 Alternative Rock Song of the Year

  • “Heathens” – Twenty One Pilots - WINNER
  • “Bored to Death” – blink-182
  • “Dark Necessities” – Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • “Ride” – twenty one pilots
  • “Trouble” – Cage The Elephant 

Alternative Rock Artist of the Year

  • Twenty One Pilots
  • blink-182

  • Cage The Elephant

  • Coldplay

  • The Strumbellas 

Rock Song of the Year 

  • “Bang Bang” – Green Day - WINNER
  • “Dark Necessities” – Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • “Take Me Down” – The Pretty Reckless
  • “The Devil’s Bleeding Crown” – Volbeat
  • “The Sound Of Silence” – Disturbed 

Rock Artist of the Year 

  • Disturbed - WINNER
  • Five Finger Death Punch
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • Shinedown
  • Volbeat 

Best Lyrics: *Socially Voted Category

  • "7 Years" - Lukas Graham
  • "Came Here to Forget" - Blake Shelton
  • "Cheap Thrills" - Sia featuring Sean Paul
  • "Closer" - The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey
  • "Heathens" - twenty one pilots
  • "Love Yourself" - Justin Bieber (Bieber, Ed Sheeran, Benny Blanco writers) - WINNER
  • "Scars To Your Beautiful" - Alessia Cara
  • "Send My Love (To Your New Lover)" - Adele
  • "Too Good" – Drake featuring Rihanna
  • "You Should Be Here" - Cole Swindell 

Best Collaboration: *Socially Voted Category

  • "Cheap Thrills" - Sia featuring Sean Paul
  • "Closer" - The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey
  • "Don't Let Me Down" - The Chainsmokers featuring Daya
  • "This Is What You Came For" - Calvin Harris featuring Rihanna
  • "Work" - Rihanna featuring Drake - WINNER 

Best Fan Army presented by Taco Bell: *Socially Voted Category

  • 5 Seconds of Summer - 5SOSFam
  • Ariana Grande - Arianators
  • Beyoncé - Beyhive
  • Britney Spears - Britney Army
  • Demi Lovato - Lovatics
  • Fifth Harmony – Harmonizers - WINNER
  • Justin Bieber - Beliebers
  • Katy Perry - KatyCats
  • Lady Gaga - Little Monsters
  • Rihanna - Rihanna Navy
  • Selena Gomez - Selenators
  • Shawn Mendes - Mendes Army
  • Twenty One Pilots - #twentyonepilots

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