Rihanna Wins Big, Pharrell Gets Emotional at iHeart Radio Music Awards

Rihanna at the iHeart Radio Music
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The first-ever iHeart Radio Music Awards broadcast live Thursday on NBC from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. The show aired over 150 iHeart radio stations across the country, and 60 million votes were cast for several categories of this awards show.

“Clear Channel is the biggest music company in the world by reach, so for us to finally have a show where we celebrate and reward artists of the year that have really excelled — it’s about time,” said Clear Channel president John Sykes.

Rihanna was the big winner of the night taking home four awards, including artist and song of the year.

Performers included Pitbull, Luke Bryan, Bastille, 30 Seconds to Mars, Kendrick Lamar, Ariana Grande, Blake Shelton, Ed Sheeran, Shakira and Arcade Fire.

Pharrell Williams received iHeart Radio’s innovator award with Beyonce, Oprah, Usher,  Lady Gaga, Demi Lovato and Shakira speaking of Williams and his contributions to music in video messages.

“He was the person who made it cool to just be you,” said Beyonce.

Williams took to the stage to do what he does best and performed a medley of songs including “Blurred Lines,” “Get Lucky” and “Happy.”

Gwen Stefani then presented the award to Williams, who was visibly emotional and took a minute to soak in the moment.

“You gotta believe in something bigger than yourself,” he said. “I never dreamt in a million years as a producer that I would be standing here as an artist.”

Jared Leto and 30 Seconds to Mars performed their hit song “City of Angels.” During the performance, video clips featuring Kanye West, Selena Gomez and Olivia Wilde aired while they spoke on their dreams and the city of Los Angeles.

“The new album (“Love, Lust, Faith and Dreams”)  has been a break through of sorts. It kind of put us on a different path and I think shattered a lot of expectations,” Leto said on the red carpet. He also talked his music doc “Artifact,” telling Variety, “It taught us the lesson of a lifetime which is it’s always important to fight for what you believe in.”

During the show, artists like Steven Tyler, Jason Derulo, Rita Ora and Adam Levine also told their L.A. story.

John Legend wrote love song “All of Me” here in L.A about his supermodel wife, Chrissy Teigen. “We met on a video shoot, so that’s an L.A. story,” he laughed. “My love affair with L.A. started with my love affair with my wife.”

The world premiere of the late Michael Jackson’s new song “Love Never Felt So Good” was aired with Usher performing to it in tribute.

Kendrick Lamar, a Los Angeles native, also performed and repped the West Coast with the Tupac and Dr. Dre anthem “California Love.”

“Breaking Bad’s” Aaron Paul, via video message, introduced Arcade Fire who performed from the Roxy. “I love each and every one of you beautiful bitches,” said Paul. “People love it when I say bitch.”

BEST LYRICS: “Wrecking Ball” – Miley Cyrus

Billy Ray Cyrus accepted daughter Miley Cyrus’ award for best lyrics with “Wrecking Ball.”

Hip Hop/R&B Song of the Year: “Pour It Up” – Rihanna

Rihanna was unable to accept her award. iHeartRadio tweeted that Rihanna was stuck in traffic on the 405.

Best Fan Army: Rihanna Navy – Rihanna

“This award is for the fans,” said Rihanna, who finally made it to the show.

She thanked her fans for embracing her as who she is.

“It’s not easy, what we do. It’s very difficult at times. I never felt comfortable being anything other than myself,” said Rihanna.

“Rihanna Navy or die,” she shouted.

Alternative Rock Song of the Year: “Demons” – Imagine Dragons 

On the red carpet the band talked the importance of radio: “Radio is huge. We played small bars across the U.S. for three years and we slowly saw growth. But, when radio picked us up as a young band and believed in us, we saw exponential buys in our fans. They’ve been strong supporters.”

Song of the Year: “Stay” – Rihanna featuring Mikky Ekko

Back on stage, Rihanna said,”Thanks to radio for playing my music. This record wouldn’t have been this big if it wasn’t for you.”

Country Song of the Year: “Boys ‘Round Here” – Blake Shelton 

Shelton thanked country radio and expressed his happiness for having two songs nominated so he could finally beat fellow nominee Luke Bryan.

Artist of the Year: Rihanna

Full list of Nominations/Winners

Artist of the Year:

· Imagine Dragons
· Justin Timberlake
· Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
· Maroon 5
· Rihanna (WINNER)

Best Lyrics:

· “Wake Me Up” – Avicii (Vocals by Aloe Blacc)
· “I Love It” (featuring Charli XCX) – Icona Pop
· “Say Something” – A Great Big World
· “Same Love” – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
· “Wrecking Ball” – Miley Cyrus (WINNER)

Best Collaboration:
(Most voted on category with more than 3.9 million votes cast)

· “Holy Grail” – Jay Z featuring Justin Timberlake
· “Stay” – Rihanna featuring Mikky Ekko
· “Suit & Tie” – Justin Timberlake featuring Jay Z
· “The Monster” – Eminem featuring Rihanna
· “Timber” – Pitbull featuring Kesha (WINNER)

Hip Hop/R&B Song of the Year:

· “Blurred Lines” – Robin Thicke featuring T.I. & Pharrell
· “Hold On We’re Going Home” – Drake featuring Majid Jordan
· “Holy Grail” – Jay Z featuring Justin Timberlake
· “Pour It Up” – Rihanna (WINNER)
· “Started from the Bottom” – Drake

Song of the Year:

· “Hold On, We’re Going Home” – Drake featuring Majid Jordan
· “Mirrors” – Justin Timberlake
· “Radioactive” – Imagine Dragons
· “Stay” – Rihanna featuring Mikky Ekko (WINNER)
· “The Monster” – Eminem featuring Rihanna

Best New Artist:

· Florida Georgia Line
· Icona Pop
· Imagine Dragons
· Lorde (WINNER) 
· Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
· Passenger

Country Song of the Year:

· “Boys ‘Round Here” – Blake Shelton (WINNER)
· “Highway Don’t Care” – Tim McGraw with Taylor Swift
· “It Goes Like This” – Thomas Rhett
· “Mine Would Be You” – Blake Shelton
· “That’s My Kind of Night” – Luke Bryan

EDM Song of the Year:

· “Get Lucky” Daft Punk featuring Pharrell
· “Stay the Night” – Zedd featuring Hayley Williams
· “Summertime Sadness” – Zedd featuring Hayley Williams
· “Sweet Nothing” – Calvin Harris featuring Florence Welch
· “Wake Me Up” – Avicii (WINNER) 

Alternative Rock Song of the Year:

· “Demons” – Imagine Dragons (WINNER)
· “Do I Wanna Know?” – Arctic Monkeys
· “Pompeii” – Bastille
· “Royals” – Lorde
· “Safe and Sound” – Capital Cities

Best Fan Army:

· Arianators – Ariana Grande
· Little Monsters – Lady Gaga
· Lovatics – Demi Lovato
· Mahomies – Austin Mahone
· Rihanna Navy – Rihanna (WINNER) 
· Swifties – Taylor Swift


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    1. emo says:

      You folks have put music to a shame di you have shame awards.

    2. Perry Gene says:

      And the glory goes to the devil, Rihanna girl.

    3. R Kimber says:

      Most of the awards were spot on but “Timber” w/ Pitbull featuring Kesha winning best collaboration over all of those other amazing songs?? Really?? Love Pitbull but not his best work AND of all of the amazing artists he could have chosen to collaborate with he chose Kesha?? I think she is a mediocre talent at best and I wish she would just go away. Just calling it like it is!!

    4. Looks like it was Ri Ri’s night. Artist of the Year, Hip Hop/R&B Song of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Fan Army for the ‘Navy.

      After taking some heat in Twitter for her recent nude photo shoot, she’s back on top, indexing at 75% positive today – 37 points higher than Monday.


    5. Liz says:

      Summertime Sadness” – Zedd featuring Hayley Williams…. its Lana Del Ray not Hayley Williams

    6. Atosha says:

      What was the artist with red hairs’ name who sung and played guitar on last nights iheart radio awards.

    7. Luke says:

      Can you add me on my Facebook all of our artsit

    8. Ismael says:

      The show suck

    9. whatajoke says:

      Who does these nominations the Best Fan Army & you have not got the Directioners in the list, I was wondering how she won it, know I now. Rihanna won the other awards for turning up it is no way Stay was the best song & winning the hip hop/r&b with Pour It Up is a joke.

    10. Karen says:

      Come on Shakira! Lip synching on I heart radio awards????

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