iHeartMedia and Turner announced today that the iHeartRadio Music Awards will return on Sunday, March 5, 2017 to the historic, fabulous Forum in Los Angeles. The fourth year of the event will again be televised live on TBS, TNT and truTV at 8 PM ET/5 PM PT and simulcast on iHeartMedia stations nationwide, as well as on iHeartRadio.
The award show has become a hit with music-fans since it launched back in 2014. The iHeartRadio Music Awards offers star-studded events and live performances from artists with the biggest songs throughout the year. The event is also home to surprise guests and first-time duets and collaborations.
Over the past three years, the lineup has included live performances and appearances by megastars such as Rihanna, Taylor Swift, Sam Smith, Lady Gaga, Madonna, Meghan Trainor, Katy Perry, Snoop Dogg, Nick Jonas, Blake Shelton, Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell, Pitbull, Shakira, Jason Derulo, Justin Bieber, ZAYN, Demi Lovato, Chris Brown, Fetty Wap, and many others.
In addition to celebrating music and artists, the iHeartRadio Music Awards celebrates the fans, millions of whom cast their votes for the winners through social media. The 2016 awards show generated 115 billion social media impressions throughout its promotional period. According to Nielsen Twitter TV Ratings, the iHeartRadio Music Awards held strong as the No. 1 trending show of the week, surpassing the Academy of Country Music Awards, American Idol, Empire, The Walking Dead season finale and more.
“This is the one awards show that honors not only the biggest music artists of the year, but also the millions of fans that got them to the top,” said John Sykes, President of iHeartMedia Entertainment Enterprises. “This is a night where viewers can watch their favorite artists and truly connect, live across three Turner channels.”
“The iHeartRadio Music Awards have really upped the ante when it comes to fan engagement, making it especially valuable among Turner’s slate of live event programming,” said Michael Bloom, Senior Vice President of Unscripted Series and Specials for TNT and TBS. “We look forward to working with iHeartMedia in making the whole initiative even more engaging and unforgettable this year.”
Among the many winners of the 2016 awards were Adele’s “Hello” for Song of the Year, Taylor Swift for Female Artist of the Year, Justin Bieber for Male Artist of the Year, Fetty Wap for Best New Artist, Maroon 5 for Best Duo/Group and Taylor Swift’s 1989 for Album of the Year. In addition, U2 received the most prestigious award of the evening – the 2016 iHeartRadio Innovator Award – for their undeniable impact on the world of popular culture.
More information about the 2017 iHeartRadio Music Awards, including the award categories, will be announced at a later date. The 2017 iHeartRadio Music Awards will be produced by iHeartMedia and Den of Thieves. Executive Producers for iHeartMedia will be John Sykes, Tom Poleman and Lee Rolontz.