IHeartRadio Music Awards

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iHeartRadio Music Awards
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Awarded forPerformance in music platforms and radio airplay, recognizing artists and listeners [1]
CountryUnited States
First awarded2014
Website news.iheart.com/awards
Television/radio coverage
Network NBC (2014–2015)
TBS, TNT and TruTV (2016–2018)
Fox (2019–present)
Most recent iHeartRadio Music Award winners
  2018 March 14, 2019 2020 
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AwardSong of the YearArtist of the Year
Winner Zedd, Maren Morris, & Grey
("The Middle")
Ariana Grande
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AwardMale Artist of the YearFemale Artist of the Year
Winner Drake Ariana Grande

Previous Song of the Year

"Shape of You"

Song of the Year

"The Middle"

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 the Microsoft Theater, Los Angeles and broadcast live on Fox. The trophy is manufactured by the New York firm Society Awards.

iHeartRadio is a free broadcast and internet radio platform owned by iHeartMedia, Inc. It was founded in April 2008 as the website iheartmusic.com. As of 2017, iHeartRadio functions as a music recommender system and is the national umbrella brand for iHeartMedia's radio network aggregating its over 850 local iHeartMedia radio stations across the United States, as well as hundreds of other stations from various other media. In addition, the service includes thousands of podcasts and now also offers on demand functionality and is the only service that allows listeners to save and replay songs right from live broadcast radio to their digital playlists. The on demand features require a subscription fee. iHeartRadio is available across more than 90 device platforms including online, via mobile devices, and on some video-game consoles.

The 2014 iHeartRadio Music Awards was the inaugural music award show presented by iHeartMedia's platform iHeartRadio and NBC. The awards were held on May 1, 2014, at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. The awards show was announced on February 26, 2014. The nominations were compiled by the results of Mediabase charts, listener feedback and digital streaming data from the iHeartRadio platform and announced on March 26, 2014. The awards recognized the biggest artists and songs of the year. The show was directed by Hamish Hamilton. The voting took place on iHeartRadio's official webpage except for the "Instagram Award", where voting took place on social network Instagram.

Shrine Auditorium large event venue in Los Angeles, California

The Shrine Auditorium is a landmark large-event venue in Los Angeles, California. It is also the headquarters of the Al Malaikah Temple, a division of the Shriners. It was designated a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument in 1975.



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]

BigChampagne was a technology-driven media measurement company that is now defunct. The BigChampagne dashboard was used primarily by music industry professionals such as concert promoters, venues, radio programmers, managers, agents, and marketers to access information about the popularity of artists and songs across radio airplay, online streaming, social activity, sales, and live events. BigChampagne provided a number of services related to producing business intelligence (BI) and competitive intelligence (CI) for users of the dashboard via access to proprietary data and data management combined with web applications and other technologies.

iHeartRadio Countdown is a globally-syndicated, independent song countdown radio program. The countdown is based on the popular iHeartRadio, an Internet radio platform owned by iHeartMedia, Inc. The show premiered on January 14, 2014 on selected iHeartMedia-owned stations, and is syndicated by Premiere Networks.

Contemporary hit radio is a radio format that is common in the United States, Brazil, United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, Trinidad and Tobago, South Africa, and the Philippines, that focuses on playing current and recurrent popular music as determined by the top 40 music charts. There are several subcategories, dominantly focusing on rock, pop, or urban music. Used alone, CHR most often refers to the CHR-pop format. The term contemporary hit radio was coined in the early 1980s by Radio & Records magazine to designate top 40 stations which continued to play hits from all musical genres as pop music splintered into adult contemporary, urban contemporary and other formats.

List of ceremonies

YearDateVenueHost cityHostSong of the Year winnerBroadcasterRef.
2014 May 1 Shrine Auditorium Los Angeles N/A"Stay" – Rihanna featuring Mikky Ekko NBC [10]
2015 March 29 Jamie Foxx "Shake It Off" – Taylor Swift [11]
2016 April 3 The Forum Inglewood Jason Derulo "Hello" – Adele TBS
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]
2019 March 14 Microsoft Theater Los Angeles T-Pain "The Middle" — Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey Fox

Award categories

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-14-plain.png).

Current award categories

Past award categories

Special awards

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Justin Timberlake, 2015 Innovator Award recipient

iHeartRadio Innovator Award

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

Pharrell Williams American singer, rapper and record producer from Virginia

Pharrell Lanscilo Williams is an American rapper, singer, songwriter and record producer. Williams and Chad Hugo comprise the record production duo The Neptunes, producing hip hop and R&B music. He is the lead vocalist of the band N*E*R*D, that he formed with Hugo and childhood friend, Shay Haley. He released his first solo single, "Frontin'", in 2003 and followed up with his debut solo album, In My Mind, in 2006. His second album, Girl, was released in March 2014 and included the commercially successful single, "Happy". As part of the Neptunes, Williams has produced numerous singles for various recording artists.

Justin Timberlake American singer, record producer, and actor from Tennessee

Justin Randall Timberlake, often known by his initials, JT, is an American singer, songwriter, actor, dancer and record producer. Born and raised in Tennessee, he appeared on the television shows Star Search and The All-New Mickey Mouse Club as a child. In the late 1990s, Timberlake rose to prominence as one of the two lead vocalists and youngest member of NSYNC, which eventually became one of the best-selling boy bands of all time. Timberlake began to adopt a more mature image as an artist with the release of his debut solo album, the R&B-focused Justified (2002), which yielded the successful singles "Cry Me a River" and "Rock Your Body", and earned his first two Grammy Awards.

U2 Four-member Irish rock band, from Dublin

U2 are an Irish rock band from Dublin, formed in 1976. The group consists of Bono, the Edge, Adam Clayton, and Larry Mullen Jr.. Initially rooted in post-punk, U2's musical style has evolved throughout their career, yet has maintained an anthemic quality built on Bono's expressive vocals and the Edge's effects-based guitar textures. Their lyrics, often embellished with spiritual imagery, focus on personal and sociopolitical themes. Popular for their live performances, the group have staged several ambitious and elaborate tours over their career.

iHeartRadio Icon Award

Artist of the Decade

Fangirls Award

Young Influencer

Multiple wins and nominations

Most wins (as of 2019)

Artist Drake Taylor Swift Bruno Mars

Most nominations (as of 2019)

Artist Drake Rihanna Taylor Swift &
Ariana Grande

See also

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