The 2018 iHeartRadio Music Awards is in the books with several artists taking home multiple awards, including Ed Sheeran, who won the big honor of Song of the Year for “Shape of You,” as well as Male Artist of the Year.
Other artist taking home more than one trophy include: The Chainsmokers, who won Best Collaboration for “Something Just Like This,” featuring Coldplay and Dance Artist of the Year; Cardi B, who nabbed Best New Artist and Best New Hip-Hop Artist; Bruno Mars who won R&B Artist of the Year and R&B Song of the Year for “That’s What I Like;” Niall Horan, who nabbed Best Lyrics for “Slow Hands” and Best New Pop Artist; and his bandmate Harry Styles, who won Best Video for “Sign of the Times,” and Best Cover for his take of Fleetwood Mac’s “The Chain."
Bon Jovi was honored with the iHeartRadio Icon Award, and offered some advice to young artists, telling them to “stay true to who you are,” so one day they’ll to be icons too. They also performed two of their biggest hits, “It’s My Life” and “You Give Love A Bad Name.”Chance the Rapper was honored with the 2018 iHeartRadio Innovator Award, and admitted he feels “very young” and “undeserving” of everything that’s happened to him. He also insisted he didn’t innovate freedom in music and gave a shout out to artists like James Brown, Ray Charles, and Prince, as well as “contemporary women,” like Nicki Minaj, Taylor Swift and Beyoncé. Camila Cabello received the first-ever Fangirls Award, sponsored by L'Oréal Paris, and sent a message to her fans telling them “where you come from doesn’t determine where you’re going,” and reminding them “you can do anything you set your mind to.”Although she didn’t perform during the show, Taylor Swift still gave fans something to talk about, debuting the video for her latest single “Delicate.” For more on the video click here.
Of course the show was packed with over-the-top performances, including
Cardi B opened the show in a biker outfit for a medley that included “Bartier Cardi,” her verses on “MotorSport,” “No Limit” with a guest appearance by G-Eazy, and her contribution to Bruno Mars’ “Finesse,” and, of course her hit “Bodak Yellow.” Ed Sheeran actually went low-key with his performance of his hit “Perfect.” The singer was in Melbourne, Australia, where he accepted his trophy for Song of the Year and then proceeded to perform in what appeared to be an alley surrounded adoring, and singing, by fans.Camila Cabello performed her hit “Havana,” featuring an appearance by YoungThug. Camila channeled Madonna’s “Material Girl” video for the performance, wearing a similar pink dress and surrounding herself with tuxedoed male dancers. Maroon 5 performed their latest single “Wait,” with Adam Levine doing a great job hitting those high notes.
Eminem took the stage with Kehlani for a performance of the gun violence themed song “Nowhere Fast,” after being introduced by Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student Alex Moscou, who called out politicians who are doing nothing about the gun problem in America, urging the public to join the March For Our Lives on March 24th Charlie Puth, and what looked like a new perm, performed his single “How Long Has This Been Going On.” N.E.R.D. closed the show with their latest single “Lemon,” although Rihanna wasn’t there. They were backed by a team of glitter-covered dancers with cameras getting lots of close ups of their booty shaking.
2018 iHeartRadio Music Award Winners(Click here for the complete list)
Song of the Year
"Despacito" - Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber"Shape Of You" - Ed Sheeran - WINNER"Something Just Like This" - The Chainsmokers and Coldplay"That's What I Like" - Bruno Mars"Wild Thoughts" - DJ Khaled featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller
Female Artist of the Year
Alessia CaraHalseyP!NKRihannaTaylor Swift - WINNER
Best New Artist
Cardi B - WINNERNiall HoranLuke CombsChristian NodalJudah & The LionOzunaKhalid
Male Artist of the Year
Bruno MarsCharlie PuthEd Sheeran - WINNERShawn MendesThe Weeknd
Best Duo/Group of the Year
Imagine DragonsMaroon 5 - WINNERMigosPortugal. The ManThe Chainsmokers
"Despacito" - Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber"Don't Wanna Know" - Maroon 5 featuring Kendrick Lamar"Something Just Like This" - The Chainsmokers and Coldplay - WINNER"Stay" - Zedd and Alessia Cara"Wild Thoughts" - DJ Khaled featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller
Best New Pop Artist
Camila CabelloJulia MichaelsLiam PayneLogicNiall Horan - WINNER
"Bodak Yellow" - Cardi B"Despacito" - Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee"There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back" - Shawn Mendes"Look What You Made Me Do" - Taylor Swift"Perfect" - Ed Sheeran"Slow Hands" - Niall Horan -WINNER
Best Cover Song
"All We Got" - Shawn Mendes"Bad Liar" - HAIM"Issues" - Niall Horan"Lost" - Khalid"Say You Won't Let Go" - Camila Cabello and Machine Gun Kelly"The Chain" - Harry Styles - WINNER"Touch" - Ed Sheeran"The Tribute Song" - Thirty Seconds To Mars
Best Fan Army presented by Taco Bell
Arianators - Ariana GrandeBeliebers - Justin BieberBTS – BTS - WINNERCamilizers - Camila CabelloEXO-L - EXOHarmonizers - Fifth HarmonyLovatics - Demi LovatoMendes Army - Shawn MendesMixers - Little MixSelenators - Selena GomezSmilers - Miley CyrusSwifties - Taylor Swift
Best Music Video
"Bad Liar" - Selena Gomez"Bodak Yellow" - Cardi B"Despacito" - Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee"I'm The One" - DJ Khaled"Look What You Made Me Do" - Taylor Swift"Malibu" - Miley Cyrus"New Rules" - Dua Lipa"Shape Of You" - Ed Sheeran"Sign Of The Times" - Harry Styles - WINNER"Sorry Not Sorry" - Demi Lovato"Swish Swish" - Katy Perry"That's What I Like" - Bruno Mars"There's Nothing Holdin’ Me Back" - Shawn Mendes
Dance Song of the Year
"It Ain't Me" - Kygo and Selena Gomez"No Promises" - Cheat Codes featuring Demi Lovato"Rockabye" - Clean Bandit and Anne-Marie featuring Sean Paul"Something Just Like This" - The Chainsmokers and Coldplay"Stay" - Zedd and Alessia Cara - WINNER
Dance Artist of the Year
Calvin HarrisCheat CodesKygoThe Chainsmokers - WINNERZedd
Hip-Hop Song of the Year
"Bad and Boujee" - Migos featuring Lil Uzi Vert"Bodak Yellow" - Cardi B"HUMBLE." - Kendrick Lamar"Rockstar" - Post Malone"Wild Thoughts" - DJ Khaled featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller - WINNER
Hip-Hop Artist of the Year
DJ KhaledDrakeFutureKendrick Lamar - WINNERMigos
R&B Song of the Year
"B.E.D." - Jacquees"Location" - Khalid"Love Galore" - SZA featuring Travis Scott"Redbone" - Childish Gambino"That's What I Like" - Bruno Mars - WINNER
R&B Artist of the Year
Bruno Mars - WINNERChildish GambinoKhalid -RihannaThe Weeknd
Alternative Rock Song of the Year
"Believer" - Imagine Dragons"Feel It Still" - Portugal. The Man - WINNER"Thunder" - Imagine Dragons"Walk On Water" - Thirty Seconds To Mars"Wish I Knew You" - The Revivalists
Alternative Rock Artist of the Year
Cage The ElephantImagine Dragons - WINNERJudah & The LionKings Of LeonPortugal. The Man
Rock Song of the Year
"Go To War" - Nothing MoreHelp" - Papa Roach"Run" - Foo Fighters - WINNER"Rx (Medicate)" - Theory of a Deadman"Song #3" - Stone Sour
Rock Artist of the Year
Foo FightersHighly SuspectMetallica - winnerPapa RoachRoyal Blood
Another "Whitney" Biopic -- This One Family-Approved
Whitney Houston’s family is finally allowing her story to be told their way. “Whitney” will shed light on both her private and personal life with previously unreleased tracks, never-before-seen footage, and live performances recorded throughout her career.
Kevin Macdonald said he had the full support of Pat Houston and Whitney’s estate, and they allowed him to make the film he wanted to make. “I approached Whitney’s life like a mystery story – why did someone with so much raw talent and beauty self-destruct so publicly and painfully,” he said. The way he sees it, “Whitney” is an intimate family story that shows us a new side to the superstar.
“Whitney” will hit theaters on July 6th.