iHeartRadio Music Awards

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IHeartRadio Music Awards
Current: 2021 iHeartRadio Music Awards
IHeartRadio Music Awards Logo.JPG
Official logo of the iHeartRadio Music Awards
Awarded forPerformance in music platforms and radio airplay, recognizing artists and listeners[1]
CountryUnited States
First awardedMay 1, 2014; 7 years ago (2014-05-01)
Television/radio coverage
NetworkNBC (2014–2015)
TBS, TNT and TruTV (2016–2018)
Fox (2019, 2021–present)
iHeartRadio (2020)

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; from 2016 to 2018, it was simulcast on TBS, TNT and TruTV.[4][5][6] The sixth annual iHeartRadio Music Awards were held on March 14, 2019, at Los Angeles' Microsoft Theater and was the first to air on Fox. The trophy is manufactured by the New York firm Society Awards.

Due to the ongoing international coronavirus pandemic, the 2020 ceremony was cancelled. Winners were revealed on September 4–7, 2020.[7]


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.[8] In addition, every public-voting category (nine in 2018),[9] includes social hashtags as the primary voting mechanism.[10]

List of ceremonies[edit]

Year Date Venue Host city Host Song of the Year winner Broadcaster Ref.
2014 May 1 Shrine Auditorium Los Angeles N/A "Stay" – Rihanna featuring Mikky Ekko NBC [11]
2015 March 29 Jamie Foxx "Shake It Off" – Taylor Swift [12]
2016 April 3 The Forum Inglewood Jason Derulo "Hello" – Adele TBS
2017 March 5 Ryan Seacrest "Can't Stop the Feeling!" – Justin Timberlake [14]
2018 March 11 DJ Khaled & Hailey Baldwin "Shape of You" – Ed Sheeran [15]
2019 March 14 Microsoft Theater Los Angeles T-Pain "The Middle" — Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey Fox
2020 September 4–7[a] Virtual; various locations across the United States[b] N/A "Truth Hurts" — Lizzo iHeartRadio [16]
2021 May 27 Dolby Theatre Los Angeles Usher[17] "Blinding Lights" – The Weeknd Fox [18]

Award categories[edit]

Most recent iHeartRadio Music Award winners
← 2020 May 27, 2021
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Award Song of the Year Best Duo/Group of the Year
Winner The Weeknd
("Blinding Lights")
Dan + Shay
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Award Male Artist of the Year Female Artist of the Year
Winner The Weeknd Dua Lipa

Previous Song of the Year

"Truth Hurts"

Song of the Year

"Blinding Lights"

The categories cover an array of genres, including pop, alternative rock, hip-hop, R&B, Latin and regional Mexican music.[19][20] Public-voting categories through social media are indicated with a double dagger (double-dagger).

Current award categories[edit]

  • Song of the Year (2014–present)
  • Female Artist of the Year (2016–present)
  • Male Artist of the Year (2016–present)
  • Best Duo/Group of the Year (2016–present)
  • Best New Artist (2014–present)
  • Best Collaboration (2014–present)
  • Pop Album of the Year (2017–present)
  • Best New Pop Artist (2017–present)
  • Alternative Rock Song of the Year (2014–present)
  • Alternative Rock Artist of the Year (2016–present)
  • Alternative Rock Album of the Year (2017–present)
  • Best New Rock/Alternative Rock Artist (2017–present)
  • Rock Song of the Year (2016–present)
  • Rock Artist of the Year (2016–present)
  • Rock Album of the Year (2017–present)
  • Country Song of the Year (2014–present)
  • Country Artist of the Year (2016–present)
  • Country Album of the Year (2017–present)
  • Best New Country Artist (2017–present)
  • Dance Song of the Year (2015–present)
  • Dance Artist of the Year (2016–present)
  • Dance Album of the Year (2017–present)
  • Hip-Hop Song of the Year (2016–present)
  • Hip-Hop Artist of the Year (2016–present)
  • Hip-Hop Album of the Year (2017–present)
  • Best New Hip-Hop Artist (2017–present)
  • R&B Song of the Year (2016–present)
  • R&B Artist of the Year (2016–present)
  • R&B Album of the Year (2017–present)
  • Best New R&B Artist (2017–present)
  • Latin Song of the Year (2016–present)
  • Latin Artist of the Year (2016–present)
  • Latin Album of the Year (2017–present)
  • Best New Latin Artist (2017–present)
  • Regional Mexican Song of the Year (2016–present)
  • Regional Mexican Artist of the Year (2016–present)
  • Producer of the Year (2017–present)
  • Songwriter of the Year (2019)
  • Best Fan Army (2014–present) double-dagger
  • Best Lyrics (2014–present) double-dagger
  • Best Cover Song (2016–present) double-dagger
  • Best Music Video (2017–present) double-dagger
  • Social Star Award (2017–present) double-dagger
  • Cutest Musician Pet (2018–present) double-dagger
  • Best Solo Breakout (2017–present) double-dagger
  • Song That Left Us Shook (2019) double-dagger
  • Favorite Tour Photographer (2019) double-dagger
  • Best Tour (2016–present)
  • Label of the Year (2017–present)
  • Most Thumbed-Up Song of the Year (2017–present)
  • Most Thumbed-Up Artist of the Year (2017–present)

Past award categories[edit]

  • Best Song from a Movie (2016–2017) double-dagger
  • Best Underground Alternative Band (2017) double-dagger
  • Regional Mexican Album of the Year (2017)
  • Album of the Year (2016)
  • Biggest Triple Threat (2016) double-dagger
  • Most Meme-able Moment (2016) double-dagger
  • Artist of the Year (2014–2015)
  • Hip-Hop/R&B Song of the Year (2014–2015)
  • EDM Song of the Year (2014)
  • Renegade (2015)
  • Instagram Award (2014)
  • Best New Regional Mexican Artist (2017–2018)
  • Best Boy Band (2018) double-dagger
  • Best Remix (2018) double-dagger

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.[21]

iHeartRadio Icon Award[edit]

Artist of the Decade[edit]

Fangirls Award[edit]

Young Influencer[edit]

Multiple wins and nominations[edit]

Most wins (as of 2021)

Rank 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th
Artist Taylor Swift Drake The Chainsmokers Twenty One Pilots Rihanna and the Weeknd
Total 12 11 10 9 8

Most nominations (as of 2021)

Rank 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th
Artist Ariana Grande, Taylor Swift & Drake Justin Bieber & Rihanna Cardi B & Shawn Mendes The Chainsmokers Ed Sheeran Camila Cabello Bruno Mars Calvin Harris
Total 32 28 25 23 22 20 16 13


Year Performers (chronologically)
2020 N/A

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Originally scheduled for March 29, but it was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic until the ceremony itself would be later cancelled on August 24.
  2. ^ Originally to be held at Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, but due to a number of large gatherings banned being caused by the pandemic.


  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. Archived from the original on June 17, 2018. Retrieved August 8, 2017.
  6. ^ "Drake Leads iHeartRadio Music Awards Nominations". Access Hollywood. Retrieved August 8, 2017.
  7. ^ Casado, Joey Hadden, Laura. "Here are the latest major events that have been canceled or postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak, including the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, the Cannes Film Festival, and the 74th Annual Tony Awards". Business Insider. Retrieved April 2, 2020.
  8. ^ "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.
  9. ^ Aniftos, Rania (January 10, 2018). "Rihanna, Ed Sheeran & Bruno Mars Lead iHeartRadio Music Awards 2018 Nominees". Billboard. Retrieved January 10, 2018.
  10. ^ "Frequently Asked Questions". iheartmedia.com. Archived from the original on March 5, 2016. Retrieved October 13, 2015.
  11. ^ Edwards, Gavin. "IHeartRadio Music Awards 2014's 10 Best and Worst Moments". Rolling Stone. Retrieved May 2, 2014.
  12. ^ "iHeartRadio Music Awards Return March 29th on NBC!". News.iheart.com. iHeartMedia. Archived from the original on February 4, 2015. Retrieved March 29, 2015.
  13. ^ Stutz, Colin (March 17, 2016). "Jason Derulo to Host iHeartRadio Music Awards". Billboard. Retrieved March 17, 2016.
  14. ^ "iHeartRadio Music Awards Returning in March". Billboard. August 16, 2016. Retrieved August 20, 2016.
  15. ^ "2018 iHeartRadio Music Awards To Return on March 11". iHeartradio. June 29, 2017. Retrieved January 9, 2017.
  16. ^ "iHeartRadio-Music-Awards" iHeartMedia to Reveal Winners of the 2020 "iHeartRadio Music Awards".
  17. ^ "Usher to Host and Perform During the 2021 "iHeartRadio Music Awards" on Thursday, May 27 Live on FOX" (Press release). Fox. May 11, 2021 – via The Futon Critic.
  18. ^ "iHeartMedia and FOX Announce Nominees for the 2021 "iHeartRadio Music Awards"" (Press release). NBC. April 7, 2021 – via The Futon Critic.
  19. ^ "Drake leads 2017 iHeartRadio Music Awards nominations". Los Angeles Times. January 4, 2017. Retrieved January 4, 2017.
  20. ^ Blistein, Jon (February 9, 2016). "Taylor Swift, the Weeknd Lead iHeartRadio Music Awards Noms". Rolling Stone. Retrieved February 9, 2016.
  21. ^ a b "U2 to Receive 2016 iHeartRadio Innovator Award at the iHeartRadio Music Awards". People. March 26, 2016. Retrieved March 26, 2016.
  22. ^ a b "Rihanna Wins Big At iHeartRadio Awards: See The Winners List". MTV. May 1, 2014. Retrieved May 1, 2014.
  23. ^ "Justin Timberlake To Be Honored With Innovator Award At 2015 iHeartRadio Music Awards". iHeartRadio. March 16, 2015. Archived from the original on March 18, 2015. Retrieved March 17, 2015.
  24. ^ "Bruno Mars Will Receive 2017 iHeartRadio Innovator Award At iHeartRadio Music Awards". iHeartRadio.
  25. ^ 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.
  26. ^ a b c Aniftos, Rania (February 21, 2019). "Halsey, Garth Brooks & Alicia Keys to Be Honored at 2019 iHeartRadio Music Awards". Billboard. Retrieved February 23, 2019.

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