iHeartRadio Music Awards 2021: Airtime, How to Live Stream, Host, Performers, Nominees & All About Eighth Annual Awards


Awards season in Hollywood kicked off a few weeks ago and with the 2021 Billboard Music Awards closing, it’s now time for the eighth annual iHeartRadio Music Awards. The coveted awards ceremony will honor some of the world’s greatest artists and also see renowned musicians take to the stage with the intention of surprising audiences.

In addition to the nominees, the iHeartRadio Music Awards will also honor Elton John with the iHeartRadio Icon Award 2021 for his global impact on pop culture. The Weeknd, who recently won 10 Billboard Music Awards, will be one of the main performers of the evening with special guest Ariana Grande, Bruno Mars & Anderson .Paak (AKA Silk Sonic), Dan + Shay and Doja Cat.

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Airtime and location

The iHeartRadio Music Awards will be broadcast live from the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles on Thursday, May 27.8 / 7.

How to broadcast live

Fans can see all the action from the iHeartRadio Music Awards on the Fox Channel. The show will air live at 8 p.m. Thursday, May 27 on Fox. The event will also be broadcast on iHeartMedia radio stations across the country and on the iHeartRadio streaming platform.


R&B icon Usher will take over as host of the evening. Interestingly, he will also perform a medley of his hit songs at the ceremony. The talented crooner took to his Instagram to share the big news and captioned the photo, “Can’t wait to host AND perform at the 2021 @iheartradio Music Awards! Watch the show on @foxtv on May 27! #iHeartAwards ”Speaking of the same, Usher also said in a statement, as reported by AND online, “I am delighted to host and perform during the 2021 iHeartRadio Music Awards. This year’s show features an incredible roster of exceptionally talented artists. It’s gonna be a good time!


Elton John will receive an Icon Award at the coveted awards ceremony. The hitmaker “Tiny Dancer” will be presented by Chris Martin and Lil Nas X, while Demi Lovato, Brandi Carlile and HER are expected to perform in his honor. Artists namely Taylor Swift, Dua Lipa, Roddy Ricch, Twenty One Pilots, Megan Thee Stallion and a few others will also make an appearance at the awards ceremony.


Some of the world’s best musicians have been nominated for the 2021 iHeartRadio Music Awards. Artists receiving multiple nominations include 24kGoldn, AC / DC, AJR, All Time Low, The Weeknd, Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande, Bad Bunny, Beyoncé, Billie Eilish, blackbear, BLACKPINK, Blake Shelton, BTS, Caliber 50, Cardi B, Charlie Puth, Chris Brown, Christian Nodal, DaBaby, Doja Cat, Drake, Pop Smoke, Post Malone, Roddy Ricch and more. Here’s what the full list of nominees looks like:

Song of the year

“ Blinding Lights ” – The Weeknd
‘Circles’ – Post Malone
“ Don’t start now ” – Dua Lipa
‘ROCKSTAR’ – DaBaby with Roddy Ricch
“ Watermelon Sugar ” – Harry Styles

Female Artist of the Year

Ariana Grande
Billie Eilish
Dua Lipa
Megan Thee stallion
Taylor Swift

Male Artist of the Year

Harry Styles
Justin bieber
Post Malone
Roddy Ricch
The weekend

Best duo / group of the year

Dan + Shay
Jonas Brothers
Brown 5
Twenty-one pilots

Better collaboration

“ Go Crazy ” – Chris Brown and Young Thug
‘Holy’- Justin Bieber with Chance the Rapper
‘I Hope’ – Gabby Barrett with Charlie Puth
‘Mood’ – 24kGoldn with iann dior
‘Savage’ (Remix) – Megan Thee Stallion with Beyoncé

Best New Pop Artist

24k gold
black bear
Doja cat
JP Saxony
Pop smoke

Alternative rock song of the year

‘Snap!’ – AJR
‘Bloody Valentine’ – Machine Gun Kelly
‘all I wanted’ – Billie Eilish
“ Level of Concern ” – Twenty-one pilots
‘Monsters’ – All Time Low with Blackbear

Alternative rock artist of the year

All the time down
Billie Eilish
Cage the elephant
Twenty-one pilots

Best New Rock / Alternative Rock Artist

Royal and the serpent

Rock song of the year

“ Death By Rock and Roll ” – La jolie imprudente
“ Patience ” – Chris Cornell
‘Shame shame’ – Foo Fighters
‘Shot In The Dark’ – AC / DC
“ Under the Cemetery ” – Ozzy Osbourne

Rock artist of the year

Five finger punch
Ozzy Osbourne
the pretty Reckless

Country song of the year

“ Even If I Leave ” – Luke Combs
‘I hope’ – Gabby Barrett
‘Nobody But You’- Blake Shelton with Gwen Stefani
“ A Margarita ” – Luke Bryan
“ The Bones ” – Maren Morris

Country Artist of the Year

Blake Shelton
Luke bryan
Luke combs
Maren Morris
Thomas rhett

Best New Country Artist

Ashley McBryde
Gabby Barrett
Ingrid Andress
Jameson rodgers

Dance Song of the Year

“ Head and Heart ” – Joel Corry x MNEK
‘ily (i love you baby)’ – Surf Mesa with Emilee
“ Enduring Lover ” – Sigala and James Arthur
‘Rain On Me’ – Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande
“Roses” (Imanbek Remix) “- SAINt JHN

Dance Artist of the Year

Anabel Englund
Surf Mesa

Hip-hop song of the year

‘High Fashion’ – Roddy Ricch with mustard
‘Life Is Good’ – Future with Drake
‘ROCKSTAR’ – DaBaby with Roddy Ricch
“Savage” (Remix) “- Megan Thee Stallion with Beyoncé
“ The Box ” – Roddy Ricch

Hip-Hop Artist of the Year

Lil baby
Megan Thee stallion
Pop smoke
Roddy Ricch

Best New Hip-Hop Artist

Jack harlow
Moneybagg Yo
Pop smoke
Rod wave
Roddy Ricch

R&B Song of the Year

‘BS’ – Jhené Aiko with ELLE
‘Go Crazy’ – Chris Brown and Young Thug
‘Heat’ Chris Brown with Gunna
‘Playing Games’ – Summer Walker
‘Slide’ – ELLE with YG

R&B Artist of the Year

Chris Brown
Jhené Aiko
Snoh Aalegra
Summer walker

Best New R&B Artist

Chloe x Halle
Pass Marley
Snoh Aalegra

Latin pop / reggaeton song of the year

‘Caramelo’ – Ozuna
‘Dákiti’ – Bad Bunny and Jhay Cortez
‘Hawái (Remix)’ – Maluma & The Weeknd
‘RITMO (Bad Boys For Life)’ – Black-eyed Peas and J Balvin
‘Tusa’ – KAROL G and Nicki Minaj

Latin Pop / Reggaeton Artist of the Year

Bad bunny
J. Balvin

Best New Latin Artist

Jay wheeler
Natanael Cano
Neto Bernal
Rauw Alejandro

Mexican regional song of the year

‘Palabra De Hombre’- El Fantasma
‘Se Me Olvidó’ – Christian Nodal
‘Sólo Tú’ – Caliber 50
‘Te Volvería A Elegir’ – Caliber 50
‘Yo Ya No Vuelvo Contigo’- Lenin Ramírez with Grupo Firme

Regional Mexican Artist of the Year

Banda Los Sebastianes
Caliber 50
Christian Nodal
Edwin Luna and La Trakalosa from Monterrey
Gerardo Ortíz

Producer of the Year

Andrew Watt
Dr Luke
Frank dukes
Louis bell
Max Martin

Songwriter of the Year

Ali Tamposi
Amy allen
Ashley Gorley
Dan Nigro

Best lyrics: * Category voted socially

“ I adore you ” – Harry Styles
“ Before you go ” – Lewis Capaldi
“ Blinding Lights ” – The Weeknd
‘cardigan’ – Taylor Swift
“ Don’t start now ” – Dua Lipa
‘all I wanted’ – Billie Eilish
‘I Hope’ – Gabby Barrett with Charlie Puth
“ If the World Ends ” – JP Saxe with Julia Michaels
‘Intentions’ – Justin Bieber with Quavo
‘Life Is Good’ – Future with Drake

Best Cover Song: * Category voted socially

‘Adore You’ (Harry Styles) – Lizzo Cover
‘Can’t Take My Eyes Off You’ (Frankie Valli) – Cover by Shawn Mendes
‘Fix You’ (Coldplay) – Cover by Sam Smith
‘Heart Of Glass’ (Blondie) – Cover by Miley Cyrus
‘Juice’ (Lizzo) – Harry Styles Cover

Best army of fans: * Category voted socially

#Agnation – Agnez Mo
#Arianators – Ariana Grande
#Beliebers – Justin Bieber
#Harries – Harry Styles
#Limelights – Why not
#Louies – Louis Tomlinson
#MendesArmy – Shawn Mendes
#NCTzens – NCT 127
# Selenators – Selena Gomez
#Swifties – Taylor Swift

Best music video: * Category voted socially

“ Blinding Lights ” – The Weeknd
“ Don’t start now ” – Dua Lipa
‘Dynamite’ – BTS
‘Hawai’ – Maluma
“ How do you like it ” – BLACKPINK
‘Life Is Good’ – Future with Drake
‘Rain On Me’ – Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande
‘WAP’ – Cardi B with Megan Thee Stallion
“ Watermelon Sugar ” – Harry Styles
“ Delicious ” – Justin Bieber

Social star award: * Category voted socially

Dixie D’Amelio
Jaden hossler
Nessa barrett
Olivia rodrigo
Tate McRae

Favorite choreography of the music video: * Category voted socially

‘BTS’ – Son Sung Deuk
’34 +35 ‘(Ariana Grande) – Scott and Brian Nicholson
‘Do It’ (Chloé x Halle) – Kendra Bracy and Ashanti Ledon
‘Honey Boo’ (CNCO and Natti Natasha) – Kyle Hanagami
‘Physical’ (Dua Lipa) – Charm La’Donna
‘Rain On Me’ (Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande) – Richy Jackson
‘Say It’ (Doja Cat) – Cortland Brown
‘WAP’ (Cardi B with Megan Thee Stallion) – JaQuel Knight
‘Bop’ (DaBaby) – Coach Cherry & DaniLeigh

TikTok Bop of the year (new category): * Category voted socially

“ Blinding Lights ” – The Weeknd
‘Lottery (Renegade)’ – K CAMP
‘Savage’ – stallion Megan Thee
‘Savage Love’ (Laxed-Siren Beat) – Jawsh 685, Jason Derulo
‘Say it’ – Doja Cat
‘WAP’ – Cardi B with Megan Thee Stallion

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