Friday, March 15, 2019

And The 2019 iHeartRadio Music Award Winners Are...

The 2019 iHeartRadio Music Awards brought the biggest names in entertainment and fans together from Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles to celebrate all things music live on FOX; on iHeartMedia radio stations nationwide and on iHeartRadio, the all-in-one digital music, podcast, on demand and live-streaming radio service on Thursday, March 14.

Hosted by T-Pain, the fan-fueled iHeartRadio Music Awards featured performances and incredible collaborations including Alicia Keys, Ariana Grande, Backstreet Boys, Ella Mai, Garth Brooks, Halsey with special guests Yungblud and Travis Barker, John Legend, Kacey Musgraves with special guest Chris Martin, lovelytheband and Marshmello with special guest Lauv.

The 2019 iHeartRadio Music Awards honored Alicia Keys with the iHeartRadio Innovator Award; Garth Brooks with the first-ever Artist of the Decade Award; Halsey with the iHeartRadio Fangirls Award presented by L'Oréal Paris; and Taylor Swift with the Tour of the Year Award.

In addition, iHeartMedia partnered with leading short-form mobile video app TikTok to present seven awards in the seven days leading up to the Thursday, March 14 telecast. Beginning Thursday, March 7, winning artists were presented their awards and gave acceptance speeches that aired exclusively on the TikTok app each morning at 8:00 AM ET.  Winners included Panic! At The Disco for Alternative Rock Album of the Year, Jason Aldean for Country Album of the Year, twenty one pilots for Rock Album of the Year, Marshmello for Dance Artist of the Year, Imagine Dragons for Most Thumbed Up Artist of the Year, the Chainsmokers for Dance Album of the Year and Lauren Jauregui’s dog, Gracie, for Cutest Musician’s Pet.

The official hashtag of the evening, #iHeartAwards2019 trended #1 on Twitter Worldwide and in the U.S.

Additional highlights included:
  • For the first-time ever, the iHeartRadio Music Awards presented an AI (Artificial Intelligence) voice assistant with an award. The iHeartRadio Game Changer Tech Award, which honors the most innovative use of technology that brings fans closer to the music they love, was awarded to Amazon’s Alexa. Garth Brooks and Bobby Bones spoke to Alexa, who gave a tongue-in-cheek acceptance speech. Watch it HERE.
  • Halsey opened the show with a stirring performance of “Without Me.” She was later joined onstage by YungBlud and Travis Barker for the song, “11 Minutes.” 
  • Kacey Musgraves performed her hit, “Rainbow,” sitting on an actual rainbow, with surprise guest Chris Martin accompanying her on piano.
  • Jamie Foxx presented Alicia Keys with the iHeartRadio Innovator Award and later came back to introduce her performance. The iconic superstar performed for the first time ever with her son, Egypt, who accompanied his mother on piano for a special medley of her new song, “Raise A Man,” and one of her biggest hits, “You Don’t Know My Name.”
  • In a world television premiere, Ariana Grande gave an intimate performance of her new hit single, “Needy,” accompanied by violinists. 
  • For the first time in the iHeartRadio Music Awards show history, winners of three Best New Artist categories – Marshmello (Best New Pop Artist) with special guest Luav, lovelytheband (Best New Rock/Alternative Rock Artist) and Ella Mai (Best New R&B Artist) – came together to perform a medley of their hits including “Happier,” “broken” and “Trip”
  • John Legend performed his new song, “Preach,” backed by a choir. 
  • Backstreet Boys started their performance of “No Place” from the audience before seamlessly transitioning into their iconic hit, “I Want It That Way.”

  • Actor and Country music fan, Chris Pratt (right), surprised those at the show by presenting Garth Brooks with the first-ever Artist of the Decade Award. It was a rare award show appearance for Brooks, who performed a live medley of his number one hits -- with Pratt even joining in on stage to sing along -- before accepting his award.

Category winners were:

Song of the Year:
“The Middle” – Zedd, Maren Morris, Grey

Artist of the Year:
Ariana Grande

Female Artist of the Year:
Ariana Grande

Male Artist of the Year:

Best Duo/Group of the Year:
5 Seconds Of Summer

Best Collaboration:
“Finesse (Remix)” - Bruno Mars featuring Cardi B

Pop Album of the Year:

Sweetener - Ariana Grande

Best New Pop Artist:

Alternative Rock Song of the Year:
“High Hopes” - Panic! At the Disco

Alternative Rock Artist of the Year:
Imagine Dragons

Alternative Rock Album of the Year:
Pray for the Wicked – Panic! At The Disco

Best New Rock/Alternative Rock Artist:

Rock Song of the Year:
“Safari Song” - Greta Van Fleet

Rock Artist of the Year:
Three Days Grace

Rock Album of the Year:
Trench – twenty one pilots

Country Song of the Year:
“Meant To Be” - Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line

Country Artist of the Year:
Luke Combs

Country Album of the Year:
Rearview Town – Jason Aldean

Best New Country Artist:
Jordan Davis

Dance Song of the Year:
“The Middle” - Zedd, Maren Morris, Grey

Dance Artist of the Year:

Dance Album of the Year:
Sick Boy – The Chainsmokers

Hip-Hop Song of the Year:
“God's Plan” - Drake

Hip-Hop Artist of the Year:
Cardi B

Hip-Hop Album of the Year:
Scorpion - Drake

Best New Hip-Hop Artist:
BlocBoy JB

R&B Song of the Year:
“Boo'd Up” - Ella Mai

R&B Artist of the Year:
Ella Mai

R&B Album of the Year:
My Dear Melancholy - The Weeknd

Best New R&B Artist:
Ella Mai

Latin Song of the Year:
“X” - Nicky Jam and J Balvin

Latin Artist of the Year:
Bad Bunny

Latin Album of the Year:
Vibras – J Balvin

Best New Latin Artist:
Manuel Turizo

Regional Mexican Song of the Year:
“Mitad Y Mitad” - Calibre 50

Regional Mexican Artist of the Year:
Calibre 50

Regional Mexican Album of the Year:
Con Todas Las Fuerzas - Banda Sinaloense MS de Sergio Lizárraga

Label of the Year:
Republic Records

Producer of the Year:
Louis Bell

Songwriter of the Year:
Frank Dukes

Most Thumbed Up Artist of the Year:
Imagine Dragons

Most Thumbed Up Song of the Year:
“God’s Plan” - Drake

Best Lyrics: *Socially Voted Category
“Consequences” - Camila Cabello

Best Cover Song: *Socially Voted Category
“You’re Still The One” - Harry Styles and Kacey Musgraves

Best Fan Army presented by Taco Bell: *Socially Voted Category

Best Music Video: *Socially Voted Category
“Delicate” – Taylor Swift

Social Star Award: *Socially Voted Category
Agnez Mo

Cutest Musician’s Pet: *Socially Voted Category
Gracie - Lauren Jauregui

Best Solo Breakout: *Socially Voted Category
Tiffany Young

Song That Left Us Shook: (New Category) *Socially Voted Category
“I'll Never Love Again” - Lady Gaga

Favorite Tour Photographer: (New Category) *Socially Voted Category
Helene Pambrun (Harry Styles)

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