2015 I Heart Music Awards

 

 

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2015 iHeartRadio Music Awards

The 2nd annual iHeartRadio Music Awards broadcasted Sunday March 29 on NBC, and saw a number of returning celebrities from last year, as well as new faces, musical performances, and the award ceremeony. Below is a coverage report including the show’s highlights, photographs, and some personal commentary.

 

Celebrity Turn-out

Celebrity attendance at the show was comprised of award nominees and music guests as well as appearances by big name artists such as Nick Jonas, Boy George, and the new face of Madonna’s Material Girl, Zendaya.

 

Chris Brown

Taylor Swift

Above:  Chris Brown; Taylor Swift; Nick Jonas;

 

Musical Guests and Awards

            Musical Performances:

  • Iggy Azaelia and Jennifer Hudson opened the show with “Trouble”
  • Chris Brown and Jamie Foxx performing “Change Me”
  • 2015 break-out artist Meghan Trainor  performing “Dear Future Husband.”
  • Kelly Clarkson performing “Heartbeat Song”
  • Snoop Dogg performing “Peaches and Cream”
  • Rihanna debuted her new single “Bitch Better Have My Money”
  • Taylor Swift and Madonna performing “Ghosttown”
  • Foo Fighters performing “White Limo” with a tribute band member
  • Florida Georgia Line performed “Sun Daze”

 

 

 

            Award Cateogires and Winners:

  • Artist of the Year – Taylor Swift
  • Song of the Year – “Shake It Off” (Taylor Swift)
  • Best Collaboration – “Bang Bang” (Jessie J Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj)
  • Best New Artist – Sam Smith
  • Country Song of the Year – “Burnin’ It Down” (Jason Aldean)
  • Hip Hop/R&B Song of the Year – Don’t Tell ‘Em (Jeremih ft. YG)
  • Dance Song of the Year – “Summer” (Calvin Harris)
  • Alternative Rock Song of the Year – “Take Me to Church” (Zozier)
  • Best Lyrics – “Blank Space” (Taylor Swift)
  • Best Fan Army – 5SOSFAM
  • Renegade – Brantley Gilbert
  • Innovator Award – Justin Timberlake

 

Highlights

Taylor Swift proved to be a big hitter at this year’s event, looking stunning on the red carpet and winning three categories (best lyrics, artist of the year, and song of the year). Justin Timberlake aso won the Innovator Award, which was not an official category listed on the program guide. He gave a lengthy speech but incorporated humor, mixing it up from the usual brief relative-thanking speeches. He also recited by memory a considerably long quote by Theadore Roosevelt, relating that the winner is ultimately “the man in the arena,” rather than those who work behind the scenes. Iggy Azaelea was a nominee for four different categories, but ended up award-less at the end of the show, by surprise. Rihanna performed as a music guests, performing for the first time her new single “Bitch Better Have My Money,” wearing knee-high boots and a giant green fur coat, with a full-scale replica hellicopter behind her. A series of video interviews were stitched together, catching “candid” moments by personalities like Steven Tyler, Mike Tyson, Nicki Minaj, among others. An unanounced surprise collaboration occurred after Mike Tyson’a heartfel speech, wherein Madonna stepped out and was joined by Taylor Swift. Tom Ford showed up to present client and friend Justin Timberlake with the Innovator Award, also bringing with him a sentimental video montage featuring Timberlake’s friends and collaborators, exploring Timberlake’s impact on pop music and them personally. Iggy Azaelea and Jennifer Hudson’s opening performance of “Trouble” received tough criticism by Rolling Stone magazine, who begged the question “Who knows why Azalea thought it would be fun to frolic around in prison garb, but who’s surprised?” David Grohl of the Foo Fighters recognized the singer of the Foo Fighters British cover band “U.K. Foo Fighters,” and invited him onstage to perform “White Limo” with them.

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