iHeartRadio Music Awards

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iHeartRadio Music Awards
2018 iHeartRadio Music Awards
Awarded forPerformance in music platforms and radio airplay, recognizing artists and listeners[1]
CountryUnited States
First awarded2014
Most recent iHeartRadio Music Award winners
← 2017 March 11, 2018 2019 →
  Ed Sheeran 2013.jpg Taylor Swift 112 (18119055110) (cropped).jpg
Award Song of the Year Female Artist of the Year
Winner Ed Sheeran
("Shape of You")
Taylor Swift
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Award Male Artist of the Year Best New Artist
Winner Ed Sheeran Cardi B

Previous Song of the Year

"Can't Stop the Feeling!"

Song of the Year

"Shape of You"

The iHeartRadio Music Awards is a music awards show that celebrates music heard throughout the year across iHeartMedia radio stations nationwide and on iHeartRadio, iHeartMedia's digital music platform.[2] Founded by iHeartRadio in 2014, the event recognizes the most popular artists and music over the past year. Winners are chosen per cumulative performance data, while the public is able to vote in several categories.[3] The inaugural event was held on May 1, 2014 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Its first two years were broadcast live on NBC, and since 2015 it is simulcast on TBS, TNT and truTV.[4][5][6] The fifth annual iHeartRadio Music Awards were held on March 11, 2018 at The Forum. 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.[7] In addition, every public-voting category (nine in 2018),[8] includes social hashtags as the primary voting mechanism.[9]

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 featuring Mikky Ekko [10]
2015 March 29 Jamie Foxx "Shake It Off" – Taylor Swift [11]
2016 April 3 The Forum Inglewood Jason Derulo "Hello" – Adele [12]
2017 March 5 Ryan Seacrest "Can't Stop the Feeling!" – Justin Timberlake [13]
2018 March 11 DJ Khaled
Hailey Baldwin
"Shape of You" – Ed Sheeran [14]

Award categories[edit]

The categories cover an array of genres, including alternative rock, hip-hop, R&B, Latin and regional Mexican music.[15][16] Public-voting categories through social media are indicated with a double dagger (double-dagger).

Current award categories[edit]

Past award categories[edit]

Special awards[edit]

Justin Timberlake performing
Justin Timberlake, 2015 Innovator Award recipient

iHeartRadio Innovator Award[edit]

The honor is presented to artists for their contribution to popular culture.[17]

iHeartRadio Icon Award[edit]

Fangirls Award[edit]

Young Influencer[edit]

Multiple wins and nominations[edit]

Drake performing
Drake has won the most awards

Most wins (as of 2018)

Rank 1st 2nd 3rd
Artist Drake Taylor Swift
The Chainsmokers
Twenty One Pilots
Total 9 8 6

Most nominations (as of 2018)

Rank 1st 2nd 3rd
Artist Rihanna Drake Taylor Swift
The Chainsmokers
Total 25 19 18

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "2017 iHeartRadio Music Awards: Complete List of Nominations". E! Online. January 3, 2017.
  2. ^ "Tune In To The iHeartRadio Music Awards On Sunday, April 3, Live On MGM Channel, TBS, TNT, And truTV". iHeartMedia. March 30, 2016. Archived from the original on April 2, 2016. Retrieved March 30, 2016.
  3. ^ "iHeartRadio Music Awards: 5 things you need to know. USA Today". USA Today. May 2, 2014. Retrieved May 2, 2014.
  4. ^ Kissell, Rick (June 8, 2015). "Turner Cable Networks to Air 2016 iHeartRadio Music Awards". Variety. Retrieved August 8, 2017.
  5. ^ "TBS - Turner Broadcasting Systems Inc. (via Public) / iHeartRadio Music Awards to air this Sunday, March 5, live on Turner's TBS, TNT and truTV". www.publicnow.com. Retrieved August 8, 2017.
  6. ^ "Drake Leads iHeartRadio Music Awards Nominations". Access Hollywood. Retrieved August 8, 2017.
  7. ^ "NBC to Televise Clear Channel's First Ever iHeartRadio Music Awards Live May 1". iheartmedia.com. Archived from the original on April 4, 2016. Retrieved September 12, 2015.
  8. ^ Aniftos, Rania (January 10, 2018). "Rihanna, Ed Sheeran & Bruno Mars Lead iHeartRadio Music Awards 2018 Nominees". Billboard. Retrieved January 10, 2018.
  9. ^ "Frequently Asked Questions". iheartmedia.com. Retrieved October 13, 2015.
  10. ^ Edwards, Gavin. "IHeartRadio Music Awards 2014's 10 Best and Worst Moments". Rolling Stone. Retrieved May 2, 2014.
  11. ^ "iHeartRadio Music Awards Return March 29th on NBC!". News.iheart.com. iHeartMedia. Retrieved March 29, 2015.
  12. ^ Stutz, Colin (March 17, 2016). "Jason Derulo to Host iHeartRadio Music Awards". Billboard. Retrieved March 17, 2016.
  13. ^ "iHeartRadio Music Awards Returning in March". Billboard. August 16, 2016. Retrieved August 20, 2016.
  14. ^ "2018 iHeartRadio Music Awards To Return on March 11". iHeartradio. June 29, 2017. Retrieved January 9, 2017.
  15. ^ "Drake leads 2017 iHeartRadio Music Awards nominations". Los Angeles Times. January 4, 2017. Retrieved January 4, 2017.
  16. ^ Blistein, Jon (February 9, 2016). "Taylor Swift, the Weeknd Lead iHeartRadio Music Awards Noms". Rolling Stone. Retrieved February 9, 2016.
  17. ^ a b "U2 to Receive 2016 iHeartRadio Innovator Award at the iHeartRadio Music Awards". People. March 26, 2016. Retrieved March 26, 2016.
  18. ^ a b "Rihanna Wins Big At iHeartRadio Awards: See The Winners List". MTV. May 1, 2014. Retrieved May 1, 2014.
  19. ^ "Justin Timberlake To Be Honored With Innovator Award At 2015 iHeartRadio Music Awards". iHeartRadio. March 16, 2015. Retrieved March 17, 2015.
  20. ^ "Bruno Mars Will Receive 2017 iHeartRadio Innovator Award At iHeartRadio Music Awards". iHeartRadio.
  21. ^ a b c Maher, Natalie (February 21, 2018). "Chance the Rapper, Camila Cabello & Jon Bon Jovi to Receive Special Honors at 2018 iHeartRadio Music Awards". Billboard. Retrieved February 22, 2018.

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