Written by Giavanna Foster

The iHeartRadio music awards took place on March 5 at the Forum in Inglewood, California. It aired live on TBS, TNT, and truTV. Ryan Seacrest hosted this star-studded telecast. This year’s #iHeartAwards featured performances from Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran, and Noah Cyrus. Fifth Harmony, Justin Timberlake, and Bruno Mars shined at the #iHeartAwards. Here are the main highlights:

Fifth Harmony, also known as 5H, received the Best Fan Army award. Fifth Harmony is now one of the most popular artists worldwide. “Worth It”, “All in My Head” and “Work from Home” are certified by the RIAA as multi-platinum singles. Fans helped vote for the winner online and on social media. Over 39+ million votes were counted to determine the winner. Fifth Harmony’s Harmonizers were crowned Best Fan Army. Ariana Grande, Justin Bieber, and Demi Lovato were among the full list of nominees in this category. Also, make sure you watch Clevver News’ #iHeartAwards recap video (above).

Fifth Harmony’s acceptance speech was short and sweet. They thanked their Harmonizers for “bringing so much joy, kindness, and love into our world”. Onstage, Fifth Harmony told the fans to stay tuned for their new music. After Fifth Harmony’s speech, they received a round of applause from the audience.

Also, Fifth Harmony’s rendition of “Ex’s and Oh’s” received the Best Cover award. This means that they won in two categories at the iHeartRadio Music Awards: best cover and best fan army. The girl group tweeted to thank their fans.

Justin Timberlake thanked iHeartRadio on Twitter after receiving the Song of the Year award. “Thank you, THANK YOU @iHeartRadio! First award of the night too! #iHeartAwards #SongOfTheYear”, Timberlake tweeted. At the 2015 #iHeartAwards, Timberlake received the Innovator Award.

Justin Timberlake’s “Can’t Stop the Feeling” won the Song of the Year award. Timberlake celebrated this year of music and took a stand against bullying during his acceptance speech. On March 6, 2017, Timberlake’s moving Song of the Year acceptance speech landed the #12 position on YouTube’s trending list. Timberlake mentioned that “Can’t Stop the Feeling” was a song about inclusion and unity. During the speech, Timberlake also thanked Joe Riccitelli for helping him achieve multi-platinum success as a recording artist. The audience cheered to support his message of acknowledging the ideas of individuality and kindness.


TBS Network tweeted to announce that Bruno Mars took home this year’s Innovator award. “The man, the myth, the innovator. @BrunoMars takes home the Innovator of the Year Award! #iHeartAwards”, they tweeted.

Four-time Grammy winner Bruno Mars is this year’s Innovator Award recipient. Mars joins U2, Justin Timberlake, and Pharrell Williams in the list of iHeartRadio Innovator Award winners. A hard worker, Mars innovates with his authentic style and technicality. Mars is a versatile recording artist, collaborator, producer, and choreographer. “Uptown Funk” is certified as the 13th diamond single in RIAA history. “Just the Way You Are” and “Grenade” are among the list of Mars’ certified multi-platinum singles.

Mars was introduced by Big Sean and lit up the stage while performing a medley of two songs: “Treasure” and “That’s What I Like”. Mars’ Innovator Award acceptance speech was inspiring and sincere. He discussed his humble beginnings and path to fame as a recording artist. Take a look:

“We’ve come a long way. We used to play in bars not too far from here, 200 seater rooms, … and […] you’ve seen them at the Super Bowl. This is my family right here,” Mars said. “Thank you, fellas.” Mars thanked the iHeartRadio family during his speech. Mars also thanked them on Instagram after his speech:

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“Most importantly, I want to thank the fans in the building and the fans at home […] You guys make me want to be a better songwriter, performer, entertainer.” Then a fan said “Love you, Bruno.” He said “I love you too.” Mars received applause from the audience.

“Innovator is a very heavy word. I’m so honored […] It’s a little ironic for me because I genuinely feel like I’m just getting started,” Mars expressed. This year’s prestigious Innovator Award is a well-deserved honor for Bruno Mars. His successful career and inspiring life story proves that success can always be earned with hard work and a passionate drive. Stay tuned for Bruno Mars’ upcoming music releases.

The Chainsmokers also shined, as they received four awards: best new artist, best new pop artist, dance artist of the year and dance song of the year. Adele won this year’s Female Artist of the Year award. Also, Kelsea Ballerini was awarded best new country artist. “Love Yourself” with Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber received the Best Lyrics award. To read the full list of nominees, click here. Also, see the “More” section at the end of this article.

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Interested in more #iHeartAwards news? See the following articles:

J-14 | YASSS: Proof That Fifth Harmony Fans Are the Best Fans Ever 

Hollywood Life | Bruno Mars Lights Up Stage At iHeart Awards With Medley Of ‘Treasure’ & ‘That’s What I Like’ 

Billboard | 2017 iHeartRadio Music Awards: Justin Timberlake, Zayn Malik, The Chainsmokers & More React to Wins 

Capital XTRA | Watch Rihanna’s Snapchat Acceptance Speech at the #iHeartAwards 

Billboard.com | Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars’ ‘Uptown Funk’ Certified Diamond by RIAA