iHeartMedia Celebrates Music’s Biggest Stars With Fifth Annual iHeartRadio Music Awards
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.