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iHeartRadio Music Awards

iHeartRadio Music Awards

  • Premiered: 
    May 1, 2014
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  • Network: NBC
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Award
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
  • Subject Matter: Musical
  • Tags: celebrity

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Plot Synopsis

THE IHEARTRADIO MUSIC AWARDS ( recognize the most popular artists and music over the previous 12 months, as determined by iHeartRadio listeners. Each voting category initially featured 10 nominees based on results from the iHeartRadio Chart which included listener feedback and performance data according to airplay; digital streaming data from the iHeartRadio platform, including 'thumbs up' and custom station creations; and music sales, social interactions, online video data and tags from BigChampagne and Shazam. Listeners then cast their votes to narrow down these nominees to their top five favorites in each category.

The first-ever IHEARTRADIO MUSIC AWARDS was televised from 8-11pm ET (live)/8-11pm PT (tape) on NBC from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on Thursday, May 1, 2014. Blake Shelton, Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell, Pitbull, Shakira, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Ariana Grande, Luke Bryan, Arcade Fire, and Ed Sheeran are scheduled to perform, while Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Steven Tyler, Imagine Dragons, Chris Martin, Lorde, Demi Lovato and more made appearances.

On Sunday, March 29, 2015 from 8-11pm ET (live)/PT (tape), NBC premiered the second edition of the IHEARTRADIO MUSIC AWARDS, hosted by Jamie Foxx, live from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. The event was broadcast simultaneously on iHeartMedia stations nationwide and across the iHeartRadio digital music platform, featuring performances by Rihanna, Iggy Azalea, Sam Smith, Madonna, Jason Aldean, Jamie Foxx, Meghan Trainor, Jason Derulo, Jennifer Hudson, Kelly Clarkson, Snoop Dogg, Nate Ruess, Alesso and Florida Georgia Line along with appearances from Taylor Swift and more. Plus, Justin Timberlake was honored with the 2015 iHeartRadio Innovator Award for his unparalleled position in the entertainment world and will pay tribute to his significant contributions to the music industry.

The 3rd annual IHEARTRADIO MUSIC AWARDS, hosted by Jason Derulo, was broadcast live on Sunday, April 3, 2016 at 8pm ET/5pm PT on TBS, TNT and truTV from the historic, fabulous Forum in Los Angeles. Taylor Swift received its first-ever "Best Tour" award for her record-breaking "The 1989 World Tour." The megastar accepted the award live and was also nominated for seven other categories including "Female Artist of the Year," "Song of the Year" and "Album of the Year." iHeartRadio also honored the iconic group U2 with its most prestigious award of the evening -- the 2016 iHeartRadio Innovator Award -- for their undeniable impact on the world of popular culture and paid tribute to their unparalleled contributions to the music industry and social causes. Pharrell Williams, musician, entrepreneur and creative force who won the 2014 iHeartRadio Innovator Award, presented U2 with the 2016 award. In addition, Iggy Azalea, G-Eazy, Bebe Rexha and host Jason Derulo have joined the star-studded lineup of performers, presenters and celebrities scheduled to premiere, including: 2 Chainz, Adam Rodriguez, AJ McLean, Alli Simpson, Aloe Blacc, Angela Lanter, Becca Tilley, Bethany Mota, Big Boy, Big Sean, Bobby Bones, Brad Paisley, Calvin Harris, Cheryl Burke, Chris Daughtry, Cody Simpson, Dascha Polanco, Derek Hough, Diane Warren, Diplo, Disturbed, Elvis Duran, Hayes and Nash Grier, Hozier, Iliza Shlesinger, James Maslow, Jhene Aiko, Jordan Fisher, Julianne Hough, Justin Timberlake, Kat Graham, Kayla Brianna Smith, Keke Palmer, Kelly Osbourne, Laura Marano, Major Lazer, Mel B, Mr. Probz, NeNe Leakes, Nick Fradiani, Nicky Jam, Nile Rodgers, Olivia Holt, Omarion, Pete Wentz, Ryan Seacrest, Sabrina Carpenter, Selena Gomez, Shahs of Sunset, Shinedown, Sophia Grace, Ta'Rhonda Jones, Trey Songz, Voz de Mando, Walk The Moon, Witney Carson, Wiz Khalifa, Zendaya and more.

The fourth annual IHEARTRADIO MUSIC AWARDS -- which was broadcast live on Sunday, March 5, 2017 from 8-10pm ET/5-7pm PT on TBS, TNT and truTV -- featured live performances and first-time duets and collaborations by today's biggest artists. Hosted by Ryan Seacrest from The Forum in Inglewood, CA, the event was highlighted by musical performances from Bruno Mars, Katy Perry, Ed Sheeran, The Chainsmokers, Shawn Mendes, Thomas Rhett, Noah Cyrus and Big Sean.

The 2018 IHEARTRADIO MUSIC AWARDS are broadcast live on Sunday, March 11, 2018 from 8-10pm ET/5-7pm PT on TBS, TNT and truTV. The fifth annual ceremony, hosted by DJ Khaled and Hailey Baldwin from The Forum in Inglewood, CA, featured performances by Ed Sheeran, Cardi B, Maroon 5, Camila Cabello, Charlie Puth, Eminem featuring Kehlani, N.E.R.D, and G-Eazy. The event also airs simultaneously on iHeartMedia radio stations across the nation.

Hosted by T-Pain, the 2019 IHEARTRADIO MUSIC AWARDS were broadcast live on FOX from Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Thursday, March 14, 2019 from 8-10pm ET (live)/8-10pm PT (tape). Scheduled performers include: Alicia Keys, Ariana Grande, Halsey, Garth Brooks, John Legend, Kacey Musgraves, Backstreet Boys, Ella Mai, Travis Barker, Lovely the Band, and Marshmello with special guest Lauv. Plus, Taylor Swift receives iHeartRadio Tour of the Year award, Alicia Keys has earned the iHeartRadio Innovator award, and Garth Brooks is recognized with the first-ever iHeartRadio Artist of the Decade award. Cardi B leads all artists with 14 nominations.

The 2020 IHEARTRADIO MUSIC AWARDS, originally scheduled to take place March 29 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, were canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Usher was scheduled to host. Instead of a single televised event, winners for the 7th annual awards were revealed over four days on radio.

On Thursday, May 27, 2021 from 8-10pm ET (live)/PT (tape), FOX broadcast the 2021 IHEARTRADIO MUSIC AWARDS live from The Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Hosted by Usher, the two-hour event featured Brandi Carlile, Demi Lovato and H.E.R. performing a special tribute to Elton John, who received the iHeartRadio Icon Award, presented by Chris Martin and Lil Nas X. Other performers include The Weeknd, Ariana Grande, Bruno Mars & Anderson .Paak, Dan + Shay and Doja Cat.

The 2022 IHEARTRADIO MUSIC AWARDS aired live on FOX on Tuesday, March 22, 2022 from 8-10pm ET (live)/PT (tape) from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Hosted by LL Cool J, the event could also be heard on iHeartMedia radio stations nationwide and on the iHeartRadio app. In addition, Jennifer Lopez will receive the 2022 iHeartRadio Icon Award, honoring her impact on pop culture, longevity and continued relevance as a touring and radio force with a loyal fan base worldwide. Performers include: LL Cool J, Jennifer Lopez, Megan Thee Stallion, Jason Aldean, John Legend, Charlie Puth, and Maneskin.

Lenny Kravitz hosts the 2023 IHEARTRADIO MUSIC AWARDS, which aired live on FOX on Monday, March 27, 2023 from 8-10pm ET (live)/PT (tape) from The Dolby Theater in Los Angeles. Taylor Swift receives the 2023 iHeartRadio Innovator Award. Plus, LL COOL J makes a special appearance. Performers include Kravitz, P!NK, Kelly Clarkson, Keith Urban, Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo, Muni Long, Cody Johnson, Coldplay (with a special live performance from Brazil), Latto, and more.
On Monday, April 1, 2024 from 8-10pm ET (live)/PT (tape), FOX aired the 2024 IHEARTRADIO MUSIC AWARDS, hosted by Ludacris from the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. The event is also broadcast on iHeartRadio stations nationwide and on the free iHeartRadio app. Beyonce receives the iHeartRadio Innovator Award, and Cher is honored with the 2024 iHeartRadio Icon Award. The event features performances by Justin Timberlake, Green Day, TLC, Jelly Roll, Lainey Wilson, Tate McRae and more.


Production & Distribution

  • Produced by NBC Studios (2014 & 2015)
  • Produced by Den of Thieves (2016 & 2017)
  • Produced by iHeartMedia


  • Shrine Auditorium (2014, 2015 & 2022) - Los Angeles, California USA - Map It!
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  • Microsoft Theater (2019) - Los Angeles, California USA
  • The Dolby Theatre (2021, 2023 & 2024) - Los Angeles, California USA