iHeartMedia Celebrates Music's Biggest Stars With Fifth Annual iHeartRadio Music Awards Live On TBS, TNT And truTV

Ed Sheeran, Eminem featuring Kehlani, Cardi B featuring G-Eazy, Bon Jovi, Maroon 5, Camila Cabello, Charlie Puth and N.E.R.D Among All-Star Performances 

With Special Appearances From Chance The Rapper, Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs and Christian ‘King’ Combs, Shaun White, Adam Devine, Bebe Rexha, Halsey, Isla Fisher, Jenna Dewan-Tatum, Laverne Cox, Marshmello, Method Man, Rita Ora, The Chainsmokers and More


NEW YORK, N.Y. and BURBANK, Calif. – March 12, 2018 – The 2018 iHeartRadio Music Awards brought the biggest names in entertainment and fans together from the historic, “Fabulous” Forum in Los Angeles to celebrate all things music live on TBS, TNT and truTV; on iHeartMedia radio stations nationwide; and the iHeartRadio app, the free all-in-one digital music, podcasting and live streaming radio service on Sunday, March 11. TV subscribers were also able to watch the iHeartRadio Music Awards on the TBS, TNT and truTV Apps.

The fan-fueled 2018 iHeartRadio Music Awards hosted by Hailey Baldwin and DJ Khaled brought the music of the iHeartRadio app to life with featured performances and incredible collaborations, including Ed Sheeran, Eminem featuring Kehlani, Cardi B featuring G-Eazy, Bon Jovi, Maroon 5, Camila Cabello, Charlie Puth and N.E.R.D. 


Taylor Swift exclusively premiered the music video for her new smash hit single, “Delicate,” and Pharrell Williams presented Chance The Rapper with the 2018 iHeartRadio Innovator Award for his groundbreaking accomplishments in the music industry and his unsurpassable contributions to social causes.  In addition, L'Oréal Paris and iHeartRadio presented Camila Cabello with the first-ever Fangirls Award, which recognizes a female artist who has pushed boundaries with her music and message while inspiring fans around the globe. And, Bon Jovi received the first-ever iHeartRadio Icon Award for their global impact on pop culture, longevity and continued relevance as a touring and radio force with a loyal fan base worldwide.


For the first time, iHeartRadio unveiled the Titanium Award, which recognized artists who have reached a threshold of a billion Total Audience Spins. This calculation is based on certified Mediabase airplay and is multiplied by the number of persons listening to the radio at the time of those plays, delivering total audience impression count. Winners of the award included Ed Sheeran; Bruno Mars; The Chainsmokers and Coldplay; James Arthur; Zedd and Alessia Cara; Charlie Puth; Shawn Mendes; Kygo and Selena Gomez; Imagine Dragons; Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee; Maroon 5; Rihanna; Niall Horan; Sam Hun; Zayn and Taylor Swift; DJ Snake; and DJ Khaled, Rihanna and Bryson Tiller as well as French Montana. 

 
In addition, for the first time ever the 2018 iHeartRadio Music Awards presented seven awards in the seven nights leading up to the telecast. Winners of several categories including Judah and the Lion, Niall Horan, Thomas Rhett, Foo Fighters, Luis Fonsi, Luke Combs and Harry Styles announced that they won with an acceptance speech via iHeartRadio’s social accounts, with select speeches televised during the live broadcast. 


The official hashtag of the evening, #iHeartAwards2018 trended #1 on Twitter Worldwide and in the U.S. in more than 30 cities. The iHeartRadio Music Awards also garnered over 216 billion social media impressions in the U.S alone.

 
Additional highlights included:

  • Cardi B opened the telecast by bringing out G-Eazy for an incredible performance featuring a crew of dancers, motorcycles, pyrotechnics and a medley of "Bartier Cardi," "Motorsport," "Finesse,” "No Limit" and her mega-hit “Bodak Yellow.” Later, during a memorable acceptance speech for “Best New Artist,” Cardi B exclusively revealed that her debut album would be dropping in April.
  • Ed Sheeran accepted his iHeartRadio Music Award for “Song of the Year” via satellite from Melbourne, Australia where he is on tour. He then jumped into a once-in-lifetime performance of his smash hit, “Perfect,” in the middle of a street filled with fans. 
  • Fangirls Award recipient Camila Cabello recreated Madonna’s iconic “Material Girl” video and rocked a pinkevening dress for her show-stopping performance of her mega-hit “Havana” with Young Thug and a bevy of tuxedo-clad male dancers. 
  • Paris Hilton brought her puppy, Diamond Baby, to present the fan-voted award for “Best Musician’s Pet” to Ariana Grande’s pooch Toulouse.
  • Maroon 5 didn’t have fans waiting when they performed their chart-topping song, “Wait,” in front of a pop-deco stage design.
  • Pharrell, the very first iHeartRadio Innovator Award honoree, presented the 2018 iHeartRadio Innovator Award to Chance The Rapper, who thanked James Brown, Ray Charles, Prince, Nicki Minaj, Taylor Swift and Beyonce in his inspiring acceptance speech.
  • Before introducing Eminem, Big Sean was joined by Alex Moscou, one of the surviving students of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, who discussed the upcoming March For Our Lives in Washington D.C. and across the U.S.
  • Eminem shared the stage with R&B sensation Kehlani, for a soul-stirring performance of their hit, “Nowhere Fast” about the current climate of the world that had everyone in the pit raising their hands as glitter later rained down on them.
  • Global rock icons Bon Jovi performed their legendary hits “It’s My Life” and “You Give Love A Bad Name” and later accepted the first-ever iHeartRadio Icon Award from Olympic gold medalist Shaun White. During his speech, Jon Bon Jovi told the artists in attendance "We've been at this game a long time, and the only advice I'll tell this incredible generation of incredible talent is just stay true to who you are and they're gonna make you guys icons too someday."
  • During his incredible performance of his hit single, “How Long” Charlie Puth embraced fans by slapping hands as they sang along to every word. 
  • N.E.R.D. closed the show with an amazing performance of their hit, “Lemon” surrounded by a bevy of glitter-covered dancers led by the dancers from their iconic video for the song.

Award presenters of the March 11 telecast included Shaun White, Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs and Christian ‘King’ Combs, Adam Devine, Bebe Rexha, Big Sean, Dustin Lynch, Eve, G-Eazy, Halsey, Isla Fisher, Jenna Dewan-Tatum, Laverne Cox, Marshmello, Method Man, Paris Hilton, Rita Ora, The Chainsmokers and more. 


In addition, the show featured celebrity guest appearances from 5SOS, Ashanti, Brad Goreski, Olympic Medalist Chris Mazdzer, Cody Simpson, Drake Bell, Jackie Cruz from Orange Is the New Black, Jake Miller, James Maslow, Justine Skye, Khalid, Lisa Loeb, Mackenzie Ziegler from Dance Moms, Ne-Yo, Sarah Hyland, Serayah McNeill from Empire, Teddi Mellencamp from The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills as well as Eris Baker and Lonnie Chavis from This is Us plus more.

Category winners were:

Song of the Year:

  • - "Shape Of You" - Ed Sheeran

Female Artist of the Year:  

  • - Taylor Swift

Male Artist of the Year:  

  • - Ed Sheeran

Best Duo/Group of the Year: 

  • - Maroon 5

Best Collaboration:

  • - "Something Just Like This" - The Chainsmokers and Coldplay

Best New Artist

  • - Cardi B

Best New Pop Artist: 

  • - Niall Horan

Alternative Rock Song of the Year:

  • - "Feel It Still" - Portugal. The Man

Alternative Rock Artist of the Year:

  • - Imagine Dragons

Best New Rock/Alternative Rock Artist:

  • - Judah & The Lion

Rock Song of the Year:

  • - "Run" - Foo Fighters

Rock Artist of the Year:

  • - Metallica

Country Song of the Year:

  • - "Body Like A Back Road" - Sam Hunt

Country Artist of the Year:

  • - Thomas Rhett

Best New Country Artist:

  • - Luke Combs

Dance Song of the Year:

  • - "Stay" - Zedd and Alessia Cara

Dance Artist of the Year: 

  • - The Chainsmokers

Hip-Hop Song of the Year: 

  • - "Wild Thoughts" - DJ Khaled featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller

Hip-Hop Artist of the Year: 

  • - Kendrick Lamar

Best New Hip-Hop Artist:

  • - Cardi B

R&B Song of the Year: 

  • - "That's What I Like" - Bruno Mars

R&B Artist of the Year: 

  • - Bruno Mars

Best New R&B Artist

  • - Khalid

Latin Song of the Year:  

  • - "Despacito" - Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee

Latin Artist of the Year: 

  • - Luis Fonsi

Best New Latin Artist: 

  • - Ozuna

Regional Mexican Song of the Year: 

  • - "Adios Amor” - Christian Nodal

Regional Mexican Artist of the Year:  

  • - Calibre 50

Best New Regional Mexican Artist:

  • - Christian Nodal

Producer of the Year:

  • - Andrew Watt

Best Lyrics: *Socially Voted Category

  • - "Slow Hands" - Niall Horan

Best Cover Song: *Socially Voted Category

  • - "The Chain" - Harry Styles

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

  • - BTS - BTS

Best Music Video: *Socially Voted Category

  • - "Sign Of The Times" - Harry Styles

Social Star Award: *Socially Voted Category

  • - Anitta

Cutest Musician’s Pet: (New Category) *Socially Voted Category

  • - Toulouse - Ariana Grande

Best Boy Band: (New Category) *Socially Voted Category            

  • - BTS

Best Solo Breakout: *Socially Voted Category            

  • - Louis Tomlinson

Best Remix: (New Category) *Socially Voted Category            

  • - "Reggaetón Lento" - CNCO and Little Mix

Best Tour

  • - U2 

Label of the Year

  • - Republic Records 

Most Thumbed Up Artist of the Year

  • - Bruno Mars

Most Thumbed Up Song of the Year. 

  • - "Shape Of You" – Ed Sheeran

Pop Album of the Year

  • - Divide by Ed Sheeran

Alternative Rock Song of the Year

  • - "Feel It Still" by Portugal. The Man

Alternative Rock Album of the Year

  • - Evolve by Imagine Dragons

Rock Album of the Year

  • - One More Light by Linkin Park

Country Album of the Year

  • - From A Room: Volume 1 by Chris Stapleton

Best New Country Artist

  • - Luke Combs

Dance Album of the Year

  • - Memories...Do Not Open by The Chainsmokers

Hip-Hop Album of the Year

  • - DAMN. By Kendrick Lamar

R&B Album of the Year

  • - American Teen by Khalid

Latin Album of the Year

  • - El Dorado by Shakira

Regional Mexican Album of the Year

  • - Adios Amor by Christian Nodal

For a full list of categories visit iHeartRadio.com/awards.

The awards are produced by iHeartMedia and Den of Thieves. Executive Producers for iHeartMedia are John Sykes, Tom Poleman and Lee Rolontz.

Proud partners of the 2018 iHeartRadio Music Awards include Bioré® Skincare, Chase, eBay Fashion, L'Oréal Paris and Taco Bell®.
 

About TBS

TBS, a division of Turner, is home to seven of the most popular and critically-acclaimed new comedy series on cable – Angie Tribeca, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, The Detour, People of Earth, Search Party, Wrecked and The Guest Book – as well as the animated hit American Dad!  Upcoming comedies include The Last O.G., Close Enough, Tarantula and Final Space. TBS also presents late-night comedy in the form of CONANstarring Conan O'Brien, and Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, and will soon launch a late-night block from Super Deluxe. TBS' slate of unscripted series includes the top-rated competition series Drop the Mic and The Joker's Wild. Additionally, TBS’ programming lineup includes popular comedy hits such as Family Guy, and The Big Bang Theory, blockbuster movies, live coverage of Major League Baseball's regular and post-season play, the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship and ELEAGUE, Turner's professional, eSports gaming competition.

 

About TNT

TNT, a division of Turner, is basic cable's #1 network in primetime with young adults and is home to one of cable's most popular slates of original series, including: Animal KingdomClawsGood BehaviorThe Last ShipMajor CrimesThe Librarians, the upcoming The AlienistOne Day She’ll Darken and more. TNT's premium non-fiction series including Michael Moore Live from the Apocalypse. TNT also presents popular shows such as ArrowSupernaturalBones and Castle; primetime specials, such as the Screen Actors Guild Awards® and the iHeartRadio Music Awards; and championship sports coverage, including the NBA and the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship.

 

Turner, a Time Warner company, is a global entertainment, sports and news company that creates premium content and delivers exceptional experiences to fans whenever and wherever they consume content. These efforts are fueled by data-driven insights and industry-leading technology. Turner owns and operates some of the most valuable brands in the world, including Adult Swim, Bleacher Report, Boomerang, Cartoon Network, CNN, ELEAGUE, FilmStruck, Great Big Story, HLN, iStreamPlanet, Super Deluxe, TBS, Turner Classic Movies (TCM), TNT, truTV and Turner Sports.

 

About truTV

truTV is the home for original, creator-driven comedy series with a distinct point of view. With millions of engaged fans across linear, digital and social channels, the cable network features a growing roster of critically-acclaimed premium scripted, non-scripted and hybrid series, such as Adam Ruins Everything, At Home with Amy Sedaris, Bobcat Goldthwait’s Misfits & Monsters, Hack My Life, I’m Sorry, Impractical JokersJon Glaser Loves GearTalk Show the Game Show, The Carbonaro EffectThe Chris Gethard ShowThose Who Can’t and more. As a division of Turner, truTV is also a partner in airing the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship each year.

 

Turner, a Time Warner company, is a global entertainment, sports and news company that creates premium content and delivers exceptional experiences to fans whenever and wherever they consume content. These efforts are fueled by data-driven insights and industry-leading technology. Turner owns and operates some of the most valuable brands in the world, including Adult Swim, Bleacher Report, Boomerang, Cartoon Network, CNN, ELEAGUE, FilmStruck, Great Big Story, HLN, iStreamPlanet, Super Deluxe, TBS, Turner Classic Movies (TCM), TNT, truTV and Turner Sports.

 

About iHeartMedia

iHeartMedia is the number one audio company in the United States, reaching nine out of 10 Americans every month – and with its quarter of a billion monthly listeners, has a greater reach than any other media company in the U.S. The company’s leadership position in audio extends across multiple platforms including 850 live broadcast stations; streaming music, radio and on demand via its iHeartRadio digital service available across more than 250 platforms and 2,000 devices including smart speakers, digital auto dashes, tablets, wearables, smartphones, virtual assistants, TVs and gaming consoles; through its influencers; social; branded iconic live music events; and podcasts as the #1 commercial podcast publisher globally. iHeartMedia also leads the audio industry in analytics and attribution technology for its marketing partners, using data from its massive consumer base. iHeartMedia is a division of iHeartMedia, Inc. (PINK: IHRTQ). Visit iHeartMedia.com for more company information.