One of the industry's biggest annual musical events is coming to TBS, TNT and truTV. Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. has forged a multi-year deal with iHeartMedia, Inc. for the three networks to be the new television home for the iHeartRadio Music Awards.
TBS, TNT and truTV will present a live simulcast of the annual event, which will also be broadcast live on iHeartMedia radio stations nationwide and across TBS, TNT, truTV and iHeartRadio's digital platforms.
The Turner networks' first presentation of the iHeartRadio Music Awards is one of many major live events set to air on the networks next spring. The show is set to take place Sunday, April 3, 2016, airing between TBS's exclusive coverage of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship Final Four on April 2 and the network’s first-ever telecast of the National Championship game on April 4. Also slated for spring 2016 are the NBA Playoffs, with TNT televising more games than any other network. And Turner, in partnership with CBS Sports, provides exclusive live coverage of every game of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship in its entirety across TBS, TNT, truTV and CBS.
"This multi-platform celebration will complement a spring packed with big live event music, entertainment and sports programming across our networks. The iHeartRadio Music Awards programmed between Turner’s exclusive coverage of the Final Four and National Championship games will make for an incredible weekend for sports and music fans alike."
In addition to being a compelling celebration of music and artists, the iHeartRadio Music Awards is a celebration of the fans, millions of whom cast their votes for the winners through social media. During the awards' inaugural year, more than 65 million votes were cast across Facebook and Twitter, and the show generated 8.5 billion impressions on social media. This year's event grew by nearly +75% to generate more than 14 billion social media impressions, three times more than the Academy Awards.