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Your 2021 iHeartRadio Music Awards Cheat Sheet: Everything You Need To Know

everything you need to know about the 2021 iHeartAwards!

When are they? Thursday, May 27, 2021

Where do I watch? FOX. You can also listen on iHeartMedia radio stations nationwide and on the iHeartRadio app.

Who’s hosting, who’s performing, who’s presenting, who’s nominated, and who’s getting special awards? Well, you’ll have to keep scrolling for that!

The iHeartRadio Music Awards are in their eighth year now, and they will celebrate the most-played artists and songs on iHeartRadio stations and on the iHeartRadio app throughout 2020 from music biggest genres, including Pop, Country, Alternative Rock, Rock, Dance, Hip-Hop, R&B, Latin Pop/Reggaeton and Regional Mexican formats.

Who is the host?

Usher will host the iHeartRadio Music Awards this year! When asked about hosting the show, Usher said, “I’m excited to be hosting and performing during the 2021 iHeartRadioMusic Awards. This year’s show includes an incredible lineup of exceptionally talented artists.  It’s going to be a great time!”

Who are the performers?

  • Usher
  • The Weeknd + Ariana Grande
  • Silk Sonic (Bruno Mars + Anderson .Paak)
  • Dan + Shay
  • Doja Cat
  • Demi Lovato + Brandi Carlile + H.E.R. (Elton John Tribute)

Specific song choices have yet to be revealed, so for now we’ll just have to guess what they’ll each perform.

Who are the presenters? Who is appearing?

It is unclear exactly who is presenting or appearing in what specific capacity, but the following artists have been announced to be making appearances during the show:

  • Taylor Swift
  • Dua Lipa
  • Roddy Ricch
  • twenty one pilots
  • Megan Thee Stallion
  • Coldplay’s Chris Martin – presenting the Icon Award to Elton John
  • Lil Nas X – presenting the Icon Award to Elton John
  • LL Cool J
  • Nelly
  • Machine Gun Kelly
  • French Montana
  • Lil Jon
  • Robin Thicke
  • Joel McHale
  • Oliver Stark
  • Ryan Guzman
  • Gabby Barrett
  • Ava Max
  • Raphael Saadiq
  • AJR
  • + more

Who is receiving the iHeart Radio Icon Award this year?

Elton John will receive the 2021 iHeartRadio Icon Award, and it will be presented to him by Chris Martin of Coldplay and Lil Nas X. The show will also feature a special tribute performance from Demi Lovato, Brandi Carlile, and H.E.R., artists that Elton handpicked to perform. This award honor Elton John’s global impact on pop culture, longevity, and continued relevance as a touring and radio force with a loyal fanbase worldwide.

Throughout his lasting career, Elton John has earned 1 diamond, 38 platinum or multi-platinum, and 26 gold albums, over 50 Top 40 hits, he has sold more than 300 million records worldwide and holds the record for the biggest-selling single of all time, “Candle in the Wind 1997.” In addition to music, he established the Elton John AIDS Foundation, which today is one of the leading non-profit HIV/AIDS organizations. Elton John becomes only the second artist ever to receive the iHeartRadio Icon Award, joining past honoree Bon Jovi.

Who is nominated?

Ariana Grande, Bad Bunny, Beyoncé, Billie Eilish, Blake Shelton, BTS, Cardi B, Chris Brown, DaBaby, Doja Cat, Drake, Dua Lipa, Future, Gabby Barrett, H.E.R., Harry Styles, Jhené Aiko, Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, Luke Bryan, Luke Combs, Maren Morris, Megan Thee Stallion, Ozzy Osbourne, Pop Smoke, Post Malone, Roddy Ricci, Shawn Mendes, Taylor Swift, The Weeknd, twenty one pilots, and more each received multiple nominations this year. See the full list of nominations here.

iHeartRadio listeners have the opportunity to decide winners in several new and established categories. Fans will responsible for the winners in this year’s Best Fan Army, Best Lyrics, Best Cover Song, Best Music Video, the Social Star Award, Favorite Music Video Choreography Award and the first-ever TikTok Bop of the Year Award categories. Nominations are based on consumption data, including streaming, album sales, song sales and radio airplay.

Will there be a red carpet show to watch?

Yes! Tune in to the “iHeartRadio Music Awards Live! Presented by Dr. Pepper Zero Sugar Pre-Show on the Red Carpet” hosted by Elvis Duran, Amy Brown, Maxwell, and Emily Curl for exclusive interviews and more via iHeartRadio’s Facebook and YouTube pages on Thursday, May 27 at 7PM ET / 4PM PT right before the show!

Watch the 2021 iHeart Radio Music Awards hosted by Usher live from The Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, Thursday, May 27 at 8PM ET on FOX!


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