Dua Lipa’s “Levitating” was crowned Song of the Year at the 2022 iHeartRadio Music Awards.
The annual ceremony took place at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on Tuesday night (22.03.22) and while the 26-year-old pop superstar took home the top honor of the night, Olivia Rodrigo, Foo Fighters and Silk Sonic were among the most awarded artists.
Olivia was crowned Best New Pop Artist and Female Artist of the Year, while “good 4 u” was voted TikTok Bop of the Year.
Camila Cabello also won Best Cover Song for her rendition of “good 4 u.”
Foo Fighters took home a stack of awards, including Rock Artist of the Year, Rock Song of the Year for “Waiting on a War” and Rock Album of the Year for “Medicine at Midnight.”
Accepting his Rock Artist of the Year award, frontman Dave Grohl said via video: “Thank you so much for voting us Rock Artist of the Year, iHeartRadio thank you so much. We would like to thank all of our friends and family that us to work with. Above all, the fans and audiences who love our music.”
Silk Sonic – Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak – were named Best Duo of the Year and also won RB Song of the Year for ‘Leave The Door Open’ and RB Album of the Year for ‘An Evening With Silk Sonic”.
Lil Nas X was crowned Male Artist of the Year and gave an inspirational speech about how “OK to be crazy when you’re chasing your dreams.”
The 22-year-old megastar – who came out publicly as gay in June 2019 – said: “I wouldn’t be where I am right now, in my life and my career, if I weren’t delusional. To believe that I could drop out of school and be an international hit in a year. That’s crazy!
“To believe that I could come out of the closet at the height of my career… to think that I could do that would be insane!”
Justin Bieber and The Kid LAROI won two awards for ‘Stay’, which was named Best Collaboration and also nabbed the iHeartRadio Chart Ruler Award.
Elsewhere, Machine Gun Kelly won Alternative Artist of the Year, Eurovision 2021 winner Maneskin was named Best New Alternative Artist and Billie Eilish’s ‘Happier Than Ever’ won Alternative Album by the year.
Jennifer Lopez was the winner of this year’s iHeartRadio Icon Award and Megan Thee Stallion received the Trailblazer Award.
The star-studded evening was hosted by LL Cool J and saw performances from Megan, John Legend, Charlie Puth and Maneskin.
An abbreviated list of winners:
Song of the Year: ‘Levitating’ – Dua Lipa
Female Artist of the Year: Olivia Rodrigo
Male Artist of the Year: Lil Nas X
Best Duo/Group of the Year: Silk Sonic
Best Collaboration: ‘Stay’ – The Kid LAROI Justin Bieber
Best New Pop Artist: Olivia Rodrigo
Alternative Artist of the Year: Machine Gun Kelly
Best New Alternative Artist: Maneskin
Alternative Song of the Year: ‘Monsters’ – All Time Low featuring blackbear
Alternative Album of the Year: “Happier Than Ever” – Billie Eilish
Rock Artist of the Year: Foo Fighters
Best New Rock Artist: Mammoth WVH
Rock Song of the Year: “Waiting on a War” – Foo Fighters
Rock Album of the Year: ‘Medicine at Midnight’ – Foo Fighters
Country Artist of the Year: Luke Combs
Best New Country Artist: Lainey Wilson
Country Song of the Year: ‘If I Didn’t Love You’ – Jason Aldean Carrie Underwood
Dance Artist of the Year: David Guetta
Hip Hop Artist of the Year: Drake
Hip Hop Song of the Year: “What You Know Bout Love” – Pop Smoke
Hip Hop Album of the Year: “The Off-Season” – J. Cole
RB Artist of the Year: Jazmine Sullivan
Best New RB Artist: Giveon
RB Song of the Year: ‘Leave The Door Open’ – Silk Sonic
RB Album of the Year: “An Evening with Silk Sonic”, Silk Sonic
Latin Pop/Reggaeton Artist of the Year: Bad Bunny
Best New Latin Artist: Grupo Firme
Latin Pop/Reggaeton Album of the Year: Karol G
Producer of the Year: Finneas
Songwriter of the Year: Omer Fedi
iHeartRadio Trailblazer Award: Megan Thee Stallion
iHeartRadio Chart Ruler Award: ‘Stay’ – The Kid LAROI and Justin Bieber
Best Fan Army (Socially Voted Category): #BTSARMY – BTS
Best Music Video (Socially Voted Category): ‘Butter’ – BTS
Best Lyrics (Socially Voted Category): ‘All Too Well (10 Minute Version) (Taylor’s Version) (From The Vault)’ – Taylor Swift
TikTok Bop of the Year (socially elected category): ‘good 4 u’ – Olivia Rodrigo
Best Comeback Album (Socially Voted Category: ’30’ – Adele