iHeartRadio Music Awards

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iHeartRadio Music Awards
2017 iHeartRadio Music Awards
Logo of the fourth ceremony
Awarded for Outstanding performances in the record industry, recognizing artists, songs and listeners[1]
Country United States
First awarded 2014
Website news.iheart.com/awards
Most recent iHeartRadio Music Award winners
← 2016 March 5, 2017 2018 →
  Justin Timberlake by Gage Skidmore 2.jpg The Chainsmokers @ Veld 2016.jpg
Award Song of the Year Best New Artist
Winner Justin Timberlake
("Can't Stop the Feeling!")
The Chainsmokers
  Adele 2016.jpg Justin Bieber in 2015.jpg
Award Female Artist of the Year Male Artist of the Year
Winner Adele Justin Bieber

Previous Song of the Year


Song of the Year

"Can't Stop the Feeling!"

iHeartRadio Music Awards is a music awards show founded by iHeartRadio in 2014 to recognize the most popular artists and music over the past year as determined by the network's listeners.[2] It rewards the music that was heard throughout the year across iHeartMedia radio stations nationwide and on iHeartRadio digital music platform.[3] The inaugural edition was held on May 1, 2014 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, and was broadcast live on NBC. The fourth edition was held on March 5, 2017 and aired on TBS, TNT and truTV. The trophy is manufactured by the New York firm Society Awards.


The nominations are based on results from the iHeartRadio Chart. It includes listener feedback and performance data, according to airplay; digital streaming data from the iHeartRadio platform, including sales, social, online video data and tags from BigChampagne and Shazam. The iHeartRadio Countdown, the two-hour weekly program, highlights the top 20 contemporary hit radio songs in the iHeartRadio Chart. The latter is supplied and compiled by Mediabase.[4] In addition, every public-voting category (eight in 2017), includes social hashtags as the primary voting mechanism.[5]

List of ceremonies[edit]

Year Date Venue Host city Host Song of the Year winner Ref.
2014 May 1 Shrine Auditorium Los Angeles N/A "Stay" – Rihanna feat. Mikky Ekko [6]
2015 March 29 Jamie Foxx "Shake It Off" – Taylor Swift [7]
2016 April 3 The Forum Inglewood Jason Derulo "Hello" – Adele [8]
2017 March 5 Ryan Seacrest "Can't Stop the Feeling!" – Justin Timberlake [9]

Award categories[edit]

The categories cover an array of genres, including alternative rock, hip-hop, R&B, Latin and regional Mexican music.[10] The category Artist of the Year (won by Rihanna in 2014 and Taylor Swift in 2015)[11][12] was replaced by the categories Female Artist of the Year and Male Artist of the Year in 2016.[13] Public-voting categories through social media are indicated with a double dagger (double-dagger).

Multiple wins and nominations[edit]

Most Wins (as of 2017)

Rank 1st 2nd 3rd
Artist Drake Taylor Swift
Twenty One Pilots
Total 9 7 6

Most Nominations (as of 2017)

Rank 1st 2nd 3rd
Artist Rihanna Drake Taylor Swift
Total 20 18 13


Year Day Date Network Household
(in millions)
2014 Thurdsay May 1 NBC 1.7 5.48 [18]
2015 Sunday March 29 1.7 5.26 [19]
2016 Sunday April 3 0.88 2.12 [20]
2017 Sunday March 5 1.15 2.86 [20]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "2017 iHeartRadio Music Awards: Complete List of Nominations". E! Online. January 3, 2017. 
  2. ^ "iHeartRadio Music Awards: 5 things you need to know. USA Today". USA Today. May 2, 2014. Retrieved May 2, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Tune In To The iHeartRadio Music Awards On Sunday, April 3, Live On TBS, TNT, And truTV". iHeartMedia. March 30, 2016. Retrieved March 30, 2016. 
  4. ^ "NBC to Televise Clear Channel’s First Ever iHeartRadio Music Awards Live May 1". iheartmedia.com. Retrieved September 12, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Frequently Asked Questions". iheartmedia.com. Retrieved October 13, 2015. 
  6. ^ Edwards, Gavin. "IHeartRadio Music Awards 2014's 10 Best and Worst Moments". Rolling Stone. Retrieved May 2, 2014. 
  7. ^ "iHeartRadio Music Awards Return March 29th on NBC!". News.iheart.com. iHeartMedia. Retrieved March 29, 2015. 
  8. ^ Stutz, Colin (March 17, 2016). "Jason Derulo to Host iHeartRadio Music Awards". Billboard. Retrieved March 17, 2016. 
  9. ^ "iHeartRadio Music Awards Returning in March". Billboard. August 16, 2016. Retrieved August 20, 2016. 
  10. ^ "Drake leads 2017 iHeartRadio Music Awards nominations". Los Angeles Times. January 4, 2017. Retrieved January 4, 2017. 
  11. ^ Payne, Chris (May 1, 2014). "Rihanna Wins Big at iHeartRadio Music Awards". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved May 2, 2014. 
  12. ^ Vain, Madison (March 29, 2015). "iHeartRadio Music Awards 2015 Winners". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved March 29, 2015. 
  13. ^ Blistein, Jon (February 9, 2016). "Taylor Swift, the Weeknd Lead iHeartRadio Music Awards Noms". Rolling Stone. Retrieved February 9, 2016. 
  14. ^ a b "U2 to Receive 2016 iHeartRadio Innovator Award at the iHeartRadio Music Awards". People. March 26, 2016. Retrieved March 26, 2016. 
  15. ^ "Rihanna Wins Big At iHeartRadio Awards: See The Winners List". MTV. May 1, 2014. Retrieved May 1, 2014. 
  16. ^ "Justin Timberlake To Be Honored With Innovator Award At 2015 iHeartRadio Music Awards". iHeartRadio. March 16, 2015. Retrieved March 17, 2015. 
  17. ^ "Bruno Mars Will Receive 2017 iHeartRadio Innovator Award At iHeartRadio Music Awards". iHeartRadio. 
  18. ^ "TV ratings: iHeart Radio Music Awards solid, 'Grey's Anatomy' up". Los Angeles Times. May 2, 2014. Retrieved April 3, 2016. 
  19. ^ O'Connell, Michael (March 30, 2015). "TV Ratings: iHeartRadio Music Awards Hold as Sunday Series Slip". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved April 3, 2016. 
  20. ^ a b "Ratings: iHeartRadio Music Awards Viewership Rises for 2017 Show". headlineplanet. March 7, 2017. Retrieved March 8, 2017. 

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