Anything can happen at the iHeartRadio Music Awards, and that it did!
One of biggest perks in tuning in to the 2017 iHeartRadio Music Awards is unlike other awards shows; they don’t like to waste the viewers’ time. Instead, they get right to the point as they presented the biggest award of the night first.
Song of the Year was a tough category this year. With artists like The Chainsmokers, twenty one pilots, and Drake competing against each other, it made it harder to predict who would come out on top. Likewise, Justin Timberlake ended up walking home with this award this year for his highly catchy and popular hit, “Can’t Stop The Feeling.”
The Chainsmokers walked into the night with 11 nominations to their name (following closely behind Drake’s 12 leading nods). Fortunately, they didn’t end the night empty handed. In total, the EDM duo walked away with three awards, including Best New Artist and Best Dance Song of the Year.
With Best Fan Army being the most buzzed about category of the night, fans had the opportunity to make their voices heard by voting for their favorite artist via the iHeartRadio app. Since the voting period ended an hour into the show, it gave fans plenty of time to do so. Likewise, the war ended with Fifth Harmony‘s Harmonizers coming out on top. In this hard-hitting category, Harmonizers beat the likes of Selenators (Selena Gomez fans) and the BeyHive (Beyoncé fans).
The night’s performances were a dime a dozen at the iHearts with artists like Big Sean, Thomas Rhett, and Shawn Mendes gracing the stage. In some cases, artists—including Ed Sheeran and The Chainsmokers (featuring an interesting cameo with Coldplay‘s Chris Martin)—treated fans to two full songs. However, there were definitely a few gems that managed to stand out amongst the pack during the night.
Katy Perry, the show’s opener, gave her most vibrant performance yet of her latest single “Chained to the Rhythm.” Although it wasn’t her strongest performance of the song vocally (partly due to her constant dancing and movement), she clearly had fun on stage with her backup dancers and a surprisingly cute giant hamster.
Noah Cyrus made her her live television debut of “Make Me Cry” with an introduction by big sister, Miley Cyrus (who made an adorable sign in her honor). Fortunately, the youngest Cyrus did not disappoint. With the help of song mate Labrinth, she proved to the world that they need to look out for her in 2017.
As one of the most anticipated performances of the night, Bruno Mars delivered his usual mix of perfect vocals and fun to the iHeart Awards stage. Viewers were treated to not just one, but two of his songs from the “24K Magic” album. Once again, Mars showed the world what a treasure he really is—he now has the Innovator Award to prove it, too.
The night was definitely a fun one to say the least, but this all couldn’t have been carried out as smoothly as it did without the help of show host Ryan Seacrest. Although he didn’t play the typical host role with a monologue and jokes to share throughout, he briefly interviewed the stars in the audience and backstage after they took the stage. Basically, Seacrest did what he did best and we’re okay with that!
Did you tune in to this year’s iHeart Radio Music Awards? What were your favorite moments or least favorite moments? Sound off your thoughts in the comments below!