The 2017 iHeartRadio Music Awards started with Justin Timberlake speaking about inclusion and dedicating his award to children who feel different, and ended with a rousing performance by Bruno Mars.
The 2017 iHeartRadio Music Awards started with Justin Timberlake speaking about inclusion and dedicating his award to children who feel different, and ended with a rousing performance by Bruno Mars that included crowd participation from Florida Georgia Line, Thomas Rhett, Ty Dolla $ign, Heidi Klum and more.
Timberlake won the night's first award, song of the year, for "Can't Stop This Feeling!" - his massive No.1 hit that was nominated for an Academy Award last month.
"I wrote this song because I wanted it to be about inclusion, about being together. And so I guess I want to take this opportunity and speak to young people right now 'cause 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, who is from Memphis, said to the crowd at the Forum in Inglewood, California.
"Because being different means you make the difference," added Timberlake, who ended his speech with an expletive that was bleeped.
"Can't Stop This Feeling!" appeared on the "Trolls" soundtrack and was nominated for the best original song Oscar.
Mars, who earned the Innovator Award and closed the show, started his performance with his past hit, "Treasure," and later sang his newest hit, the groovy "That's What I Like." It featured his signature, slick dance moves and all-star band.
"Innovator is a very heavy word. ...It's a little ironic for me because I genuinely feel like I'm just getting started," Mars, 31, said onstage, sporting a black suit and sunglasses. "So buckle up. I don't know where we're going yet but we're going. Keep up y'all."
Other A-list stars were part of the awards show, too: Ed Sheeran started solo and strummed his guitar during "Shape of You" - currently No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100 - and later walked to another stage to perform "Castle on the Hill" with a full band. Sheeran won best lyrics for co-writing Justin Bieber's "Love Yourself."
"We started this song on the back of a tour bus," Sheeran said onstage next to co-writer Benny Blanco (Bieber, who didn't attend, also co-wrote the song).
The Chainsmokers, who won best new artist during the live telecast, performed "Paris" and "Something Just Like This" with Chris Martin, who ran into the crowd during the performance. The EDM duo, who won a Grammy last month, also won dance song of the year for their ubiquitous hit "Closer," featuring pop singer Halsey.
"It's been a really, really tough year, but I hope that somehow this song made the summer a little bit better for you guys despite everything that's been going on," Halsey said onstage.
Martin and his band Coldplay won best tour. He accepted the award onstage with three people - not his band mates - but child background dancers who performed with Katy Perry at the top of the show.
"Hello, we are Coldplay. Thank you so much for this award. We love our job and we love our fans," the young girl read from a paper. "You wouldn't believe it, but we are in our late 30s."
Perry, in a bright red blazer, hot pink pants and a short blond haircut, kicked off the show with kid dancers dressed as labourers when she sang "Chained to the Rhythm." Miley Cyrus was ecstatic as she introduced her younger sister, Noah Cyrus, to the stage for a performance. Miley and her parents sang along as Noah performed "Make Me (Cry)" alongside English singer-producer Labrinth.
Pop singer Shawn Mendes, rapper Big Sean and Thomas Rhett - who won country artist of the year - also performed at the show, attended by John Legend, Demi Lovato, DJ Khaled, Ansel Elgort, Macklemore, Jhene Aiko, Joe Jonas and more.
Drake, who didn't attend the show, was the top nominee with 12. Fifth Harmony, whose band member Camila Cabello recently left the group, won best fan army.
Some of the winners were announced on Snapchat, including Rihanna (R&B album of the year), Green Day (rock song of the year) and twenty one pilots (alternative rock artist of the year).
Ryan Seacrest hosted the two-hour show, which aired live on TBS, TNT and truTV.
- iHeartRadio Music Awards 2017 Live Stream: How to Watch the Show Online
- ACM Awards: Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert, Maren Morris lead nominations
- Jess Moskaluke, Andy Shauf, Colin James among Sask. artists nominated for Junos
- Jessica Biel, Justin Timberlake’s Wife: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know
- Nova Scotia artists Classified and Ria Mae lead East Coast Music Award nominations
- Justin Timberlake’s New Album: 5 Fast Facts
- A Guide to Watching the Golden Globes
- 2017 iHeartRadio Music Awards nominees announced
- Bristol Palin rips ‘sissies’ for not playing Trump inauguration
- Fake news: No room in the stadium, Brad Pitt moving to Brantford, the War on Christmas and more
- Donny Osmond has a message for Justin Bieber
- Trump’s Inauguration Nightmare: All the Musicians Who Have Turned Down Invites
You might also like
- FBI Director Comey asked Justice Department to reject Trump’s wiretap claims
- Former DNI James Clapper: ‘I can deny’ wiretap of Trump Tower
- Trump to leave Iraq off new travel ban order: White House source
- Ivanka Trump has found her cause to champion — and Democrats love it
- Trump administration calls for probe into Obama 'abuse' of investigations amid wiretap claims
- Trump's explosive wiretapping claim has some DC Republicans mum
- Trump supporters rally across the US in support of president's agenda amid wiretap firestorm
- Trump accuses predecessor of 'McCarthyism,' wire-tapping during general election; Obama camp denies
- Trump got nearly $1 million in energy-efficiency subsidies in 2012
- Trump administration considering separating women, children at US-Mexico border
- Lululemon founder: 'I wouldn't want to be working at Under Armour right now'
- Regulations hurting small banks didn't come from my law, Dodd-Frank architect says
- Powerful South Carolina political consultant implicated in indictments of a veteran state senator
- Will Donald Trump get a second Supreme Court nomination?
- "Hazing" rituals await Supreme Court's "junior justice" Neil Gorsuch
- The hunt is on for Planet Nine. Here's how to join it
- Trump approves controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline
- Trump praises 'Fox & Friends,' renews old feuds in early morning tweets
- Rex Tillerson finally answers question from NBC News' Andrea Mitchell
- First Read's Morning Clips: The Latest in the Russia Investigation
- Spicer: 'I've let the president down'
- Russian President Vladimir Putin met with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Wednesday
- OMB Diriector Mick Mulvaney: Washington's 'a lot more broken' than Trump thought
- Trump attacks conservatives over failure of health care bill
- A very consequential week didn't go well for President Trump
- Health Care Showdown: Republicans look to go big or go home
- No deal on health care bill after conservatives meet with Trump
- CA gov on those supporting health bill: 'Their name is going to be mud'
- Give it to me straight, doc: Is Obamacare dying?
- First Read's Morning Clips: Waiting for CBO
- 14 People Share What's It's Really Like to Have An Ex Who Is Now Their In-Law
- The Internet Is Freaking Out About The Way This Chef Cuts Pizza
- Angels manager Mike Scioscia rethinks the use of his closer in tight games
- Chemistry onstage makes Faith Hill and Tim McGraw a top tour
- I’m Taking A Break From Social Activism And OMG I Need Like Everyone I Know To Read About This
- 5 'Fate Of The Furious' Moments So Unnecessary, They're Necessary
- Noah Cyrus Reveals Her Next Tattoo & Dishes On Her Famous Family
- The Lonely Island Tell The Story Of How 'Dear Sister' Came To 'SNL'
- 'Marketplace' is America's most popular business show. Now it has ambitious plans to expand
- United fiasco shows airlines' power over passengers — and how it might change
- 'I really did it for my daughters': L.A. radio host Wendy Walsh on why she spoke out against Bill O'Reilly
- Trump backs Fox News host Bill O'Reilly, but advertisers keep fleeing
- IFC swings for the comedy fences with Funny or Die's 'Brockmire'
- MGM to spend $1 billion for full control of the Epix movie service
- YouTube TV launches today. It has some cool features and some big drawbacks
- 'Boss Baby' to sack 'Smurfs,' and other box office predictions
- Meet the new faces aboard 'Mystery Science Theater 3000's' Satellite of Love
- Werner Herzog wouldn't live anyplace other than Los Angeles, 'the city with the most substance'
- 'A blemish on America': The arts world reacts to proposed cuts in Trump's budget
- Brian Grazer and Ron Howard's Imagine Entertainment is getting into the booming, competitive animation business
- Fox News faces another sexual harassment claim as Mercedes and Hyundai pull ads from 'O'Reilly Factor'
- Roman Polanski is denied latest bid to resolve 40-year-old statutory rape case