Written by Giavanna Foster
On April 3, 2016, Jason Derulo hosted the third iHeartRadio Music Awards at The Forum. Justin Timberlake, Pharrell Williams, Selena Gomez and Zendaya were among this evening’s presenters. This award show featured an incomparable list of talent. Taylor Swift, The Weeknd, and Adele received the most nominations. This year’s iHeartRadio Music Awards was unforgettable.
Each performance at this year’s iHeartRadio Music Awards was memorable. Here are the highlights:
Justin Bieber performed “Love Yourself” and “Company” live. Bieber played acoustic guitar while singing “Love Yourself”. “Company” featured an in-sync choreography routine and colorful blue and white lighting. Bieber delivered an authentic performance that welcomed the audience.
Kelly Osbourne honored Demi Lovato as “one of the biggest and most powerful female voices of the world today” before introducing her performance. Demi Lovato performed “Stone Cold”, her hit song from Confident. Brad Paisley accompanied Demi as the guitarist who wowed the audience with his soulful riffs. Together, Demi and Brad delivered a show-stopping, soulful acoustic performance.
KeKe Palmer introduced DNCE and Nile Rodgers. “Cake by the Ocean” is a groovy song that features Joe Jonas. This song’s performance featured colorful, disco-themed lighting. JinJoo Lee, the guitarist with pink hair, played amazing guitar riffs. Joe Jonas sported a black leather jacket with a black-and-white striped shirt. At one point, Joe sang “Cake by the Ocean” to Demi!
During the bridge, two backup singers joined DNCE to mashup “Cake by the Ocean” and Chic’s “Le Freak”. One was wearing a bright yellow dress, and the other was wearing a bright pink dress. “Cake by the Ocean”, DNCE’s new smash hit, is rising in popularity. The music video for this song gained over 40 million views on YouTube in 5 months.
Taylor Swift received the most honorary awards of the evening. She received four well-deserved awards: Female Artist of the Year, Album of the Year (1989), Best Tour, and Most Meme-able Moment.
Justin Bieber was honored with three awards. Bieber received the Male Artist of the Year award. He was also the winner of the Best Fan Army award (Beliebers). “Where Are Ü Now“, Bieber’s collaboration with Skrillex and Diplo, was honored as the Dance Song of the Year.
Adele’s “Hello” won Song of the Year. Adele was unable to attend the iHeartRadio Music Awards because she was touring. Adele expressed her gratitude in her acceptance speech live from Birmingham. “Hello” has gained over 1.4 billion views on YouTube. “Hello” holds the record for reaching a billion views in only 84 days. Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars won the Best Collaboration award for their hit single “Uptown Funk”. Currently, “Uptown Funk” has over 1.5 billion views on YouTube.
Pop singer, actor and dancer Selena Gomez received the Biggest Triple Threat award. Calvin Harris won the Dance Artist of the Year award. U2 was the recipient of the iHeartRadio Innovator Award.