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iHeartRadio Music Awards 2017: The Round Up!

This years iHeartRadio Music Awards was held at The Forum in California on Sunday 5th of March 2017. The award ceremony was hosted by Ryan Seacrest, who is a very popular American radio personality and television host. This is one of music's biggest nights that fans have been patiently waiting for ever since the nominees were revealed on January 3rd. iHeartRadio Music Awards cover the Pop, Hip-Hop, R&B, Latin, Rock, Country and more genres of music, but the 2017 awards was a very big year for Hip-Hop, which is not the normal favourite genre of the night. This year's Hip-Hop squad was lead by the 6ix God Drake, who took the awards by storm with 15 nominations (the most nominated artist). Read more to discover all the #iHeartRadioMusicAwards antics and find out how many awards the Hip-Hop scene achieved.

Throughout the course of Sunday night, iHeartRadio showcased eight performances in total. We all saw incredible performances from; Bruno Mars, Katy Perry, Ed Sheeran and more. Despite iHeartRadio focusing on Pop music, Big Sean performed on the night to represent for the Hip-Hop world. After being introduced by Snapchat mogul DJ Khaled, Ed Sheeran displayed a powerful performance of his two popular tracks 'Shape Of You / Castle On The Hill'.

DJ Khaled and his Son Asahd Khaled at iHeartRadio Music Awards, The Forum Los Angeles

Many would argue that Bruno Mars put on the best show for the night, when he threw together a medley of a couple classics. Backed up by a band wearing white shirts, Bruno sings his heart out and gets the crowd involved for his performance of 'Treasure / That's What I Like'.

Big Sean represents the Hip-Hop scene with his performance of two 'I Decided' tracks. Sean Don kick starts with his massive hit 'Bounce Back' produced by Metro Boomin (Bounce Back was certified Gold by the RIAA back in January). Then finishes off with another track from his recent album 'Moves'.

Big Sean performing at iHeartRadio Music Awards, The Forum Los Angeles

It is great to see Hip-Hop having such an impact on this years iHeartRadio awards, with Drake receiving the most nominations & awards, to Big Sean blessing the stage, the genre is definitely starting to be appreciated by a Pop based award show. Artists from the Hip-Hop scene collected many W's at the show, collecting a lot of silverware.

Drake picked up the most awards (5) on the night and to see him nominated for get nominated for 15 categories is pretty impressive too. Chance the Rapper took home the award for Best New Hip Hop - you can check out this article over at #CGUK here. It was also good to see DJ Khaled bring his Son Asahd to introduce UK superstar Ed Sheeran to perform 'Shape Of You'.

Drake at iHeartRadio Music Awards 2013

There was 52 trophies up for grabs at this years iHeartRadio Music Awards in a range of different genre categories; R&B, Rock, Pop, Hip-Hop, Latin, Dance and Country artists all had a chance of some bragging rights. Below are a selection of winners from the night, you can view the rest further down.

Full List of Winners:

Innovator Award: Bruno Mars - WINNER

Song of the Year:

"CAN’T STOP THE FEELING!" - Justin Timberlake - WINNER

"Cheap Thrills" - Sia featuring Sean Paul

"Closer" - The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey

"One Dance" - Drake featuring Wizkid and Kyla

"Stressed Out" - twenty one pilots

Female Artist of the Year:

Adele - WINNER

Ariana Grande


Selena Gomez


Male Artist of the Year:


Justin Bieber - WINNER

Luke Bryan

Shawn Mendes

The Weeknd

Best New Artist presented by the all-new 2017 Subaru Impreza®:

The Chainsmokers - WINNER

Chance The Rapper

Bryson Tiller

Kelsea Ballerini

The Strumbellas

Joss Favela


Best Duo/Group of the Year:



Florida Georgia Line

The Chainsmokers

twenty one pilots - WINNER

Best New Pop Artist:

Alessia Cara


Lukas Graham

The Chainsmokers - WINNER


Pop Album of the Year: 25: Adele - WINNER

Producer of the Year:

Benny Blanco - WINNER

Greg Kurstin

Max Martin

Mike Elizondo

The Chainsmokers

Alternative Rock Song of the Year:

"Bored to Death" - blink-182

"Dark Necessities" - Red Hot Chili Peppers

"Heathens" - twenty one pilots - WINNER

"Ride" - twenty one pilots

"Trouble" - Cage The Elephant

Alternative Rock Artist of the Year:


Cage The Elephant


The Strumbellas

twenty one pilots - WINNER

Rock Song of the Year:

"Bang Bang" - Green Day - WINNER

"Dark Necessities" - Red Hot Chili Peppers

"Take Me Down" – The Pretty Reckless

"The Devil's Bleeding Crown" – Volbeat

"The Sound Of Silence" - Disturbed

Rock Artist of the Year:

Disturbed - WINNER

Five Finger Death Punch

Red Hot Chili Peppers



Rock Album of the Year: Hardwired... to Self-Destruct - Metallica - WINNER

Best New Rock/Alternative Rock Artist:



Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats

Red Sun Rising

The Strumbellas - WINNER

Alternative Rock Album of the Year: Blurryface - twenty one pilots - WINNER

Country Song of the Year:

"Church Bells" - Carrie Underwood

"Snapback" - Old Dominion

"Somewhere On A Beach" - Dierks Bentley - WINNER

"T-Shirt" - Thomas Rhett

"You Should Be Here" - Cole Swindell

Country Artist of the Year:

Carrie Underwood

Jason Aldean

Keith Urban

Luke Bryan

Thomas Rhett - WINNER

Best New Country Artist:

Chris Lane

Chris Stapleton

Granger Smith

Kelsea Ballerini - WINNER

Maren Morris

Country Album of the Year: Traveller - Chris Stapleton - WINNER

Dance Song of the Year:

"Closer" - The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey - WINNER

"Cold Water" - Major Lazer featuring Justin Bieber and MØ

"Don't Let Me Down" - The Chainsmokers featuring Daya

"I Took A Pill In Ibiza" - Mike Posner

"Let Me Love You" - DJ Snake featuring Justin Bieber

Dance Artist of the Year:

Calvin Harris

DJ Snake


Major Lazer

The Chainsmokers - WINNER

Dance Album of the Year: Collage - The Chainsmokers - WINNER

Hip-Hop Song of the Year:

"All The Way Up" - Fat Joe and Remy Ma featuring French Montana and Infared

"Controlla" - Drake

"For Free" - DJ Khaled featuring Drake

"One Dance" - Drake featuring Wizkid and Kyla - WINNER

"Panda" - Desiigner

Hip-Hop Artist of the Year:


DJ Khaled

Drake - WINNER


J. Cole

Best New Hip-Hop Artist:

Chance The Rapper - WINNER



Kent Jones

Kevin Gates

Hip Hop Album of the Year: Views - Drake - WINNER

R&B Song of the Year:

"Exchange" - Bryson Tiller

"Needed Me" - Rihanna

"No Limit" - Usher featuring Young Thug

"Sorry" - Beyoncé

"Work" - Rihanna featuring Drake - WINNER

R&B Artist of the Year:


Bryson Tiller


The Weeknd - WINNER


R&B Album of the Year: Anti - Rihanna - WINNER

Best New R&B Artist:


Bryson Tiller - WINNER


Kayla Brianna

Ro James

Latin Song of the Year:

"Ay Mi Dios" - IAmChino featuring Pitbull, Yandel and El Chacal

"De Pies A Cabeza" - Mana featuring Nicky Jam

"Duele El Corazon" - Enrique Iglesias featuring Wisin - WINNER

"La Carretera" - Prince Royce

"Ya Me Enteré" - Reik featuring Nicky Jam

Latin Artist of the Year:

Enrique Iglesias

J Balvin

Nicky Jam - WINNER

Prince Royce


Best New Latin Artist:

Carlos Rivera

Christian Daniel



Sofia Reyes

Latin Album of the Year: Energía - J Balvin - WINNER

Regional Mexican Song of the Year:

"Amor Del Bueno" - Calibre 50

"Cicatrices" - Regulo Caro

"Me Está Gustando" - Banda Los Recoditos

"¿Por Qué Terminamos?" - Gerardo Ortiz

"Solo Con Verte" - Banda Sinaloense MS de Sergio Lizárraga - WINNER

Regional Mexican Artist of the Year:

Banda El Recodo de Cruz Lizárraga

Banda Los Recoditos

Calibre 50 - WINNER

Gerardo Ortiz

Remmy Valenzuela

Regional Mexican Album of the Year: Recuerden Mi Estilo - Los Plebes Del Rancho De Ariel Camacho - WINNER

Best New Regional Mexican Artist:

Adriel Favela

Banda Los Sebastianes

Cheyo Carrillo

Joss Favela - WINNER

La Séptima Banda

Best Tour: "A Head Full of Dreams Tour" - Coldplay - WINNER

Best Lyrics: *Socially Voted Category

"7 Years" - Lukas Graham

"Came Here to Forget" - Blake Shelton

"Cheap Thrills" - Sia featuring Sean Paul

"Closer" - The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey

"Heathens" - twenty one pilots

"Love Yourself" - Justin Bieber - WINNER

"Scars To Your Beautiful" - Alessia Cara

"Send My Love (To Your New Lover)" - Adele

"Too Good" – Drake featuring Rihanna

"You Should Be Here" - Cole Swindell

Best Collaboration: *Socially Voted Category

"Cheap Thrills" - Sia featuring Sean Paul

"Closer" - The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey

"Don't Let Me Down" - The Chainsmokers featuring Daya

"This Is What You Came For" - Calvin Harris featuring Rihanna

"Work" - Rihanna featuring Drake - WINNER

Best Cover Song: *Socially Voted Category

"All I Ask" - Bruno Mars

"Ex's and Oh's" - Fifth Harmony - WINNER

"Fast Car" - Justin Bieber

"Hands to Myself" - DNCE

"Here" - Shawn Mendes

"How Will I Know" - Ariana Grande

"Love on the Brain" - Kelly Clarkson

"Purple Rain" - Jennifer Hudson and the cast of The Color Purple

"Sound of Silence" - Disturbed

"Too Good" - Zara Larsson

Best Song from a Movie: *Socially Voted Category

"CAN’T STOP THE FEELING" - Justin Timberlake (Trolls)

"Falling for You" - Ellie Goulding (Bridget Jones's Baby)

"Girls Talk Boys" - 5 Seconds of Summer (Ghostbusters) - WINNER

"Heathens" - twenty one pilots (Suicide Squad)

"Just Like Fire" - P!nk (Alice Through the Looking Glass)

Best Music Video: *Socially Voted Category

"CAN’T STOP THE FEELING" - Justin Timberlake

"Don't Let Me Down" - The Chainsmokers featuring Daya

"Formation" - Beyoncé

"Hasta El Amanecer" - Nicky Jam

"Heathens" - twenty one pilots

"Hymn for the Weekend" - Coldplay

"I Took A Pill In Ibiza" - Mike Posner

"Pillowtalk" - ZAYN

"Side to Side" - Ariana Grande featuring Nicki Minaj

"This Is What You Came For" - Calvin Harris featuring Rihanna

"Work" - Rihanna featuring Drake

"Work From Home" - Fifth Harmony featuring Ty Dolla $ign - WINNER

Best Underground Alternative Band: *Socially Voted Category

Hey Violet

Pierce the Veil - WINNER


Sleeping With Sirens

Tonight Alive

Social Star Award: *Socially Voted Category

Alex : from YouTube

Baby Ariel from

Emma McGann from YouNow

Hailey Knox from YouNow

Jack and Jack from Snapchat - WINNER

Jacob Satorius from

Marcus Perez from Facebook

Steph Clavin from Instagram

Todrick Hall from YouTube

Xyego from Smule

Best Fan Army presented by Taco Bell: *Socially Voted Category

5 Seconds of Summer - 5SOSFam

Ariana Grande - Arianators

Beyoncé - Beyhive

Britney Spears - Britney Army

Demi Lovato - Lovatics

Fifth Harmony - Harmonizers - WINNER

Justin Bieber - Beliebers

Katy Perry - KatyCats

Lady Gaga - Little Monsters

Rihanna - Rihanna Navy

Selena Gomez - Selenators

Shawn Mendes - Mendes Army

twenty one pilots - #twentyonepilots

Best Solo Breakout

Camila Cabello

Niall Horan

Louis Tomlinson

Olivia O’Brien


Most Thumbed Up Artist of the Year: Drake - WINNER

Most Thumbed Up Song of the Year: “One Dance” - Drake ft. Wizkid & Kyla - WINNER

Label of the Year: Republic - WINNER


Luis James -

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