This year’s iHeartRadio Music Awards was hosted by Jason Derulo, on April 3rd, in Inglewood, California. Performers for the award show included, Zayn Malik, Meghan Trainor, Justin Bieber, Demi Lovato, G-Eazy, Jason, Derulo, and more.  

In a simulcast on TNT, TBS, and TruTV on Sunday night, the iHeartRadio Music Awards averaged around 970,000 viewers and a 0.4 from 8-11 PM on TNT and 901,000 and a 0.4 on TBS. However, there is no certainty for the TruTV telecast, which couldn’t crack the Top 100 cable programs of the night, but the rough estimate is close to 2.5 million viewers and 1.0 in 18-49 total. That is about half of the show’s ratings on NBC last year.

Big winners of the night were Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber, Twenty One Pilots, The Weeknd, etc.  As well as that, many new artists were recognized for their work like, Rachel Platten, Fetty Wap and many more.  This year’s awards were the third annual and the performances were exceptional.  The show intrigued many teens and young adults to tune in and watch. There were no ‘shockers’ or mishaps that occurred so overall, it was a success for viewers and award winners.

Below is the list of categories, nominees, and winners of this year’s iHeartRadio Music Awards.


Song of the Year:

“Blank Space” – Taylor Swift

“Can’t Feel My Face” – The Weeknd

“Hello” – Adele — WINNER

“Shut Up and Dance” – Walk the Moon

“Uptown Funk” – Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars

Female Artist of the Year:


Carrie Underwood

Meghan Trainor

Selena Gomez

Taylor Swift — WINNER

Male Artist of the Year:

Ed Sheeran

Justin Bieber — WINNER

Luke Bryan

Sam Smith

The Weeknd

Best New Artist:

Fetty Wap — WINNER


Sam Hunt

Shawn Mendes

Tove Lo

Best Duo/Group of the Year:

Fall Out Boy

Maroon 5 — WINNER

One Direction

Walk the Moon

Zac Brown Band

Album of the Year:

1989 – Taylor Swift — WINNER

25 – Adele

Beauty Behind the Madness – The Weeknd

In the Lonely Hour – Sam Smith

X – Ed Sheeran

Best Tour:

Foo Fighters

Garth Brooks

Luke Bryan

Taylor Swift — WINNER


Alternative Rock Artist of the Year:


Foo Fighters


Twenty One Pilots — WINNER

X Ambassadors

Alternative Rock Song of the Year:

“Cigarette Daydreams” – Cage The Elephant

“Ex’s & Oh’s” – Elle King

“Renegades” – X Ambassadors

“Shut Up and Dance” – Walk the Moon

“Stressed Out” – Twenty One Pilots — WINNER

Rock Artist of the Year:

Breaking Benjamin


Five Finger Death Punch

Foo Fighters — WINNER

Three Days Grace

Rock Song of the Year:

“Cut the Cord” – Shinedown

“Failure” – Breaking Benjamin

“Footsteps” – Pop Evil

“Heavy Is the Head” – Zac Brown Band featuring Chris Cornell — WINNER

“I Am Machine” – Three Days Grace

Country Song of the Year:

“Buy Me a Boat” – Chris Janson — WINNER

“Homegrown” – Zac Brown Band

“I See You” – Luke Bryan

“Lose My Mind” – Brett Eldredge

“Take Your Time” – Sam Hunt

Country Artist of the Year:

Blake Shelton

Brad Paisley

Luke Bryan — WINNER

Sam Hunt

Thomas Rhett

Dance Song of the Year:

“Hey Mama” – David Guetta featuring Nicki Minaj, Bebe Rexha & Afrojack

“Lean On” – Major Lazer & DJ Snake featuring MØ

“Waves” – Mr. Probz

“Where Are Ü Now” – Skrillex & Diplo with Justin Bieber — WINNER

“You Know You Like It” – DJ Snake & AlunaGeorge

Dance Artist of the Year:

Calvin Harris — WINNER

David Guetta

Major Lazer

Skrillex & Diplo


Hip Hop Song of the Year:

“Blessings” – Big Sean featuring Drake & Kanye West

“Flex (Ooh, Ooh, Ooh)” – Rich Homie Quan

“Hotline Bling” – Drake — WINNER

“Trap Queen” – Fetty Wap

“Truffle Butter” – Nicki Minaj featuring Drake & Lil Wayne

Hip Hop Artist of the Year:

Big Sean

Drake — WINNER

Fetty Wap


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R&B Song of the Year:

“Bitch Better Have My Money” – Rihanna

“Earned It” – The Weeknd — WINNER

“Planes” – Jeremih featuring J. Cole

“Post To Be” – Omarion featuring Chris Brown & Jhene Aiko

“The Hills” – The Weeknd

R&B Artist of the Year:


Chris Brown — WINNER

The Weeknd

Trey Songz


Latin Song of the Year:

“Ay Vamos” – J Balvin

“El Perdón” – Nicky Jam & Enrique Iglesias — WINNER

“Hilito” – Romeo Santos

“La Gozadera” – Gente De Zona featuring Marc Anthony

“Mi Verdad” – Maná featuring Shakira

Latin Artist of the Year:

Enrique Iglesias

J Balvin

Nicky Jam

Pitbull — WINNER

Prince Royce

Regional Mexican Song of the Year:

“Aunque Ahora Estés Con Él” – Calibre 50

“Eres Una Niña” – Gerardo Ortiz

“Levantando Polvadera” – Voz de Mando — WINNER

“Mi Vicio Más Grande” – Banda El Recodo de Cruz Lizárraga

“Te Metiste” – Ariel Camacho y Los Plebes del Rancho

Regional Mexican Artist of the Year:

Banda Los Recoditos — WINNER

Calibre 50

Gerardo Ortiz

Julión Álvarez y Su Norteño Banda

Voz De Mando

Best Lyrics:

“Die A Happy Man” – Thomas Rhett

“Fight Song” – Rachel Platten — WINNER

“Hello” – Adele

“Photograph” – Ed Sheeran

“See You Again” – Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth

Best Collaboration:

“Bad Blood” – Taylor Swift featuring Kendrick Lamar

“Like I’m Gonna Lose You” – Meghan Trainor featuring John Legend

“See You Again” – Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth

“Uptown Funk” – Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars — WINNER

“Where Are Ü Now” – Skrillex & Diplo with Justin Bieber

Best Cover Song:

1989 (Album in Full) – Ryan Adams covering Taylor Swift

“Bad Blood” – Alessia Cara covering Taylor Swift

“Bitch Better Have My Money” – Kelly Clarkson covering Rihanna

“Cheerleader” – Pentatonix covering Omi

“Hands To Myself/Sorry” – Troye Sivan covering Selena Gomez And Justin Bieber

“Hello” – Demi Lovato covering Adele

“Hotline Bling” – Justin Bieber covering Drake

“Hotline Bling” – Sam Smith & Disclosure covering Drake

“Trap Queen” – Ed Sheeran covering Fetty Wap

“Uptown Funk” – Fifth Harmony, Jasmine V, Jacob Whitesides and Mahogany Lox covering Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars — WINNER

Best Song from a Movie:

“Earned It” – The Weeknd (50 Shades of Grey)

“Love Me Like You Do” – Ellie Goulding (50 Shades of Grey)

“See You Again” – Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth (Furious 7)

“Til It Happens To You” – Lady Gaga (The Hunting Ground) — WINNER

“Writing’s On The Wall” – Sam Smith (Spectre)

Most Meme-able Moment:

Adele and all of the “Hello” memes (Lionel Richie, Miss Piggy, Etc.)

Drake and “Hotline Bling”

Katy Perry and the Left Shark (from Super Bowl 49)

Kanye West and Kanye For President / Kanye 2020

Taylor Swift’s “Crazy Girl” with Running Mascara (from “Blank Space” video) — WINNER

Triple Threat

Lady Gaga – Singer/Actor/Activist

Hailee Steinfeld – Singer/Actor/Model

Jason Derulo – Singer/Host/Dancer

Jennifer Lopez – Singer/Actor/Dancer

Justin Timberlake – Singer/Actor/Dancer

Nick Jonas – Singer/Actor/Model

Selena Gomez – Singer/Actor/Dancer — WINNER

Troye Sivan – Singer/Actor/YouTuber

Usher – Singer/Actor/Dancer

Zendaya – Singer/Actor/Dancer

Best Fan Army:

5 Seconds of Summer – 5SOSFam

Adam Lambert – Glamberts

Ariana Grande – Arianators

Demi Lovato – Lovatics

Fifth Harmony – Harmonizers

Justin Bieber – Beliebers — WINNER

Little Mix – Mixers

Nicki Minaj – Barbz

One Direction – Directioners

Selena Gomez – Selenators

Shawn Mendes – Mendes Army

Taylor Swift – Swifties


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