Taylor Swift, Justin Timberlake Shine at the iHeartRadio Music Awards

Taylor Swift cleaned up in style at the second iHeartRadio music awards hosted by Jamie Foxx and broadcast live on NBC from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on Sunday.

The country-turned-pop star won three awards — artist of the year, song of the year and best lyrics — and jammed on an acoustic guitar next to Madonna during a dramatic performance of the pop queen’s song “Ghosttown.”

After winning artist of the year, Swift, in typical fashion, gave a shout-out to her fans for sticking by her side for the past decade. “I’m so proud of the fact that, having done this for 10 years now, we’ve gotten closer and closer each year — not farther apart,” she said. “You make me so happy.”

Earlier in the evening, Swift also showed she could be self-deprecating. When she won the best lyrics award — after she and Justin Timberlake had a playful, overly excited exchange — she took the stage to accept her award and poked fun at her own lyrics. “Blank Space,” the song for which she won best lyrics, contains a commonly misunderstood lyric, in which many fans think she sings “Starbucks lovers.” Onstage, Swift publicly clarified that the lyric is “long list of ex-lovers.”

“I’m very lucky that that line and my song was misunderstood all over the world,” she said, referring to the massive success of the song and her latest album “1989.”

IHeartRadio also presented the versatile and multifaceted Timberlake with the Innovator award. In his speech, Timberlake quoted Steve Jobs’ words “stay hungry, stay foolish” as ones that speak to his own career. With his “SNL” performances, he pointed out, he’s proved that he can be foolish. And he joked that anyone who knows him knows that he’s always hungry, “literally and figuratively.”

Timberlake also shared a message with younger viewers who might be scared of innovating for fear of being an outcast. “If you’re a young person like I used to be, and you’re at home watching and you’re being called weird, and you’re being called different, or whatever the hell you’re being called, I’m here tonight to tell you your critics do not count. Their words will fail. You won’t.”

Other winners in attendance at the theater included 5 Seconds of Summer for best fan army, Jeremih for hip-hop/R&B song of the year and country singer Brantley Gilbert, who received the Renegade Award. Gilbert, who is about to tour with Kenny Chesney, reflected on his eventful year. “It’s been a wonderful year,” he said. “I got engaged to my beautiful fiance, I’ve had a bunch of wonderful shows. God’s been good.”

Jeremih, on the carpet before the awards, noted that just to be nominated was exciting. “It feels incredible — not only just to be here, but to be nominated for an award, especially [hip-hop/R&B] song of the year,” he said.

As for the performances, the evening gave popular artists a platform with which they could introduce fresh, new tracks. Rihanna emerged from a helicopter channeling Oscar the Grouch in a bright green fluffy jacket during the first live performance of her new track “B–tch Better Have my Money.” Meghan Trainor performed her new single “Dear Future Husband” in a sailor-themed number, Jason Derulo showed off his dance moves during a performance of his new hit “Want to Want Me,” and Snoop Dogg got eccentric with a few suggestive props during a lively performance of “Peaches N Cream.”

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