Justin Timberlake celebrates “being different” at iHeartRadio awards

Justin Timberlake dedicated his iHeartRadio award to children who feel different

Justin Timberlake won the evening’s first prize at Sunday’s iHeartRadio Music Awards, taking home song of the year for “Can’t Stop The Feeling,” his massive No.1 hit that was nominated for an Academy Award last month.

Jessica Biel teases Justin Timberlake over voting booth selfie

“I wrote this song because I wanted it to be about inclusion, about being together,” Timberlake said while accepting his award. “I want to take this opportunity and speak to young people right now because there’s a lot of you looking at me, if you are black or you are brown or you are gay or you’re a lesbian or you are trans -- or maybe you’re just a sissy singing boy from Tennessee -- anyone that is treating you unkindly, it’s only because they are afraid or have been taught to be afraid of how important you are.” 

Timberlake is from Memphis. “Can’t Stop the Feeling” appeared on the “Trolls” soundtrack and was nominated for the best original song Oscar.

“Being different means you make the difference,” added Timberlake, who ended his speech with an expletive that was bleeped.

Grammys 2017: Bruno Mars channels Prince for tribute

Bruno Mars, who earned the Innovator Award and closed the show, started his performance with his past hit, “Treasure,” and later sang his newest single, the groovy “That’s What I Like.” 

“Innovator is a very heavy word,” Mars said while accepting his award. “It’s a little ironic for me because I genuinely feel like I’m just getting started. So buckle up. I don’t know where we’re going yet but we’re going. Keep up, y’all.”

Drake, who didn’t attend, was the night’s big winner with seven awards. He was also the top contender, with 12 nominations. The Chainsmokers had 11 nominations and won five awards, including best new artist. The Grammy-winning EDM duo performed “Paris” and “Something Just Like This” with Coldplay’s Chris Martin.

The evening also included performances by Ed Sheeran, Katy Perry, Shawn Mendes and others.

Here is the full list of winners:

Innovator Awards: Bruno MarsSong of the Year: “Can’t Stop the Feeling,” by Justin TimberlakeFemale Artist of the Year: AdeleMale Artist of the Year: Justin BieberBest New Artist: The ChainsmokersBest Duo/Group of the Year: twenty one pilotsBest Tour: ColdplayAlternative Rock Artist of the Year: twenty one pilotsAlternative Rock Song of the Year: “Heathens,” twenty one pilotsAlternative Rock Album of the Year: “Blurryface,” twenty one pilotsCountry Artist of the Year: Thomas RhettCountry Song of the Year: “Somewhere On A Beach,” Dierks BentleyCountry Album of the Year: “Traveller,” Chris StapletonDance Artist of the Year: The ChainsmokersDance Song of the Year: “Closer,” The Chainsmokers feat. HalseyDance Album of the Year: “Collage,” The ChainsmokersHip-Hop Artist of the Year: DrakeHip-Hop Song of the Year: “One Dance,” Drake feat. Wizkid and KylaHip-Hop Album of the Year: “Views,” DrakeLatin Artist of the Year: Nicky JamLatin Song of the Year: “Duele el Corazón,” Enrique Iglesias feat. WisinLatin Album of the Year: “Energía,” J BalvinPop Album of the Year: “25,” AdeleR&B Artist of the Year: The WeekndR&B Song of the Year: “Work,” Rihanna feat. DrakeR&B Album of the Year: “Anti,” RihannaRegional Mexican Artist of the Year: Calibre 50Regional Mexican Song of the Year: “Solo Con Verte,” Banda Sinaloense MS de Sergio LizárragaRegional Mexican Album of the Year: “Recuerden Mi Estilo,” Los Plebes Del Rancho De Ariel CamachoRock Artist of the Year: DisturbedRock Song of the Year: “Bang Bang,” Green DayRock Album of the Year: “Hardwired ...to Self-Destruct,” MetallicaLabel of the Year: Republic RecordsProducer of the Year: Benny BlancoMost Thumbed Up Artist of the Year: DrakeMost Thumbed Up Song of the Year: “One Dance,” Drake feat. Wizkid and KylaBest Collaboration: “Work” by Rihanna feat. Drake*Best Cover Song: “Ex’s and Oh’s” by Fifth Harmony*Best Fan Army: Fifth Harmony*Best Lyrics: “Love Yourself,” written by Justin Bieber, Benny Blanco and Ed Sheeran*Best Song from a Movie: “Girls Talk Boys,” 5 Seconds of Summer, from “Ghostbusters”*Best Underground Alternative Band: Pierce the Veil*Social Star Award: Jack & Jack*

*Socially Voted Category

Article Justin Timberlake celebrates “being different” at iHeartRadio awards compiled by www.cbsnews.com

Recent entertainment