iHeartRadio Music Awards

iHeartRadio Music Awards
2016 iHeartRadio Music Awards

Logo of the third ceremony
Awarded for Outstanding performances in the record industry
Country United States
First awarded 2014
Official website news.iheart.com/awards

iHeartRadio Music Awards is a music awards show founded by iHeartRadio in 2014 to recognize the most popular artists and music over the past year as determined by the network's listeners.[1] It rewards the music that was heard throughout the year across iHeartMedia radio stations nationwide and on iHeartRadio digital music platform.[2] The inaugural edition was held on May 1, 2014 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, and was broadcast live on NBC. The third edition was held on April 3, 2016 and aired on TBS, TNT and truTV. The trophy is manufactured by the New York firm Society Awards.


The nominations are based on results from the iHeartRadio Chart. It includes listener feedback and performance data, according to airplay; digital streaming data from the iHeartRadio platform, including sales, social, online video data and tags from BigChampagne and Shazam. The iHeartRadio Countdown, the two-hour weekly program, highlights the top 20 contemporary hit radio songs in the iHeartRadio Chart. The latter is supplied and compiled by Mediabase.[3] In addition, every public-voting category (seven in 2016), includes social hashtags as the primary voting mechanism.[4]

List of ceremonies

Year Date Venue Host city Host Multiple wins Ref.
2014 May 1 Shrine Auditorium Los Angeles N/A Rihanna
(4 awards)
2015 March 29 Jamie Foxx Taylor Swift
(3 awards)
2016 April 3 The Forum Inglewood Jason Derulo Taylor Swift
(4 awards)
2017 March 5 TBA [8]

Award categories

The major category Artist of the Year (won by Rihanna in 2014 and Taylor Swift in 2015)[9][10] was replaced by the categories Female Artist of the Year and Male Artist of the Year in 2016.[11] Social media-driven categories are indicated with a double dagger (double-dagger).

Current award categories

  • Song of the Year
  • Female Artist of the Year
  • Male Artist of the Year
  • Best New Artist
  • Best Duo/Group of the Year
  • Album of the Year
  • Best Tour
  • Alternative Rock Artist of the Year
  • Alternative Rock Song of the Year
  • Rock Artist of the Year
  • Rock Song of the Year
  • Country Song of the Year
  • Country Artist of the Year
  • Dance Song of the Year
  • Dance Artist of the Year
  • Hip Hop Song of the Year
  • Hip Hop Artist of the Year
  • R&B Song of the Year
  • R&B Artist of the Year
  • Latin Song of the Year
  • Latin Artist of the Year
  • Regional Mexican Song of the Year
  • Regional Mexican Artist of the Year
  • Best Lyrics double-dagger
  • Best Collaboration double-dagger
  • Best Cover Song double-dagger
  • Best Song from a Movie double-dagger
  • Biggest Triple Threat double-dagger
  • Most Meme-able Moment double-dagger
  • Best Fan Army double-dagger

Taylor Swift performing
Taylor Swift, 2015 Artist of the Year winner
Justin Timberlake performing
Justin Timberlake, 2015 Innovator Award recipient

iHeartRadio Innovator Award

The ceremony's biggest honor is presented to artists for their contribution to popular culture.[12]

Past award categories

  • Artist of the Year
  • Hip-Hop/R&B Song of the Year
  • EDM Song of the Year
  • Renegade
  • Young Influencer
  • Instagram Award

Artist with multiple wins and nominations

Rihanna, 2014 Artist of the Year winner

Most Wins (as of 2016)

Rank 1st 2nd 3rd
Artist Taylor Swift Rihanna Calvin Harris
Ariana Grande
Twenty One Pilots
Justin Bieber
Total 7 4 2

Most Nominations (as of 2016)

Rank 1st 2nd 3rd
Artist Taylor Swift Rihanna
Sam Smith
The Weeknd
Ariana Grande
Luke Bryan
Total 13 9 7


Year Day Date Network Household
(in millions)
2014 Thurdsay May 1 NBC 1.7 5.4 [15]
2015 Sunday March 29 1.7 5.2 [16]
2016 Sunday April 3 1.6 3 [17]

See also


  1. "iHeartRadio Music Awards: 5 things you need to know. USA Today". USA Today. May 2, 2014. Retrieved May 2, 2014.
  2. "Tune In To The iHeartRadio Music Awards On Sunday, April 3, Live On TBS, TNT, And truTV". iHeartMedia. March 30, 2016. Retrieved March 30, 2016.
  3. "NBC to Televise Clear Channel's First Ever iHeartRadio Music Awards Live May 1". iheartmedia.com. Retrieved September 12, 2015.
  4. "Frequently Asked Questions". iheartmedia.com. Retrieved October 13, 2015.
  5. Edwards, Gavin. "IHeartRadio Music Awards 2014's 10 Best and Worst Moments". Rolling Stone. Retrieved May 2, 2014.
  6. "iHeartRadio Music Awards Return March 29th on NBC!". News.iheart.com. iHeartMedia. Retrieved March 29, 2015.
  7. Stutz, Colin (March 17, 2016). "Jason Derulo to Host iHeartRadio Music Awards". Billboard. Retrieved March 17, 2016.
  8. "iHeartRadio Music Awards Returning in March". Billboard. August 16, 2016. Retrieved August 20, 2016.
  9. Payne, Chris (May 1, 2014). "Rihanna Wins Big at iHeartRadio Music Awards". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved May 2, 2014.
  10. Vain, Madison (March 29, 2015). "iHeartRadio Music Awards 2015 Winners". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved March 29, 2015.
  11. Blistein, Jon (February 9, 2016). "Taylor Swift, the Weeknd Lead iHeartRadio Music Awards Noms". Rolling Stone. Retrieved February 9, 2016.
  12. 1 2 "U2 to Receive 2016 iHeartRadio Innovator Award at the iHeartRadio Music Awards". People. March 26, 2016. Retrieved March 26, 2016.
  13. "Rihanna Wins Big At iHeartRadio Awards: See The Winners List". MTV. May 1, 2014. Retrieved May 1, 2014.
  14. "Justin Timberlake To Be Honored With Innovator Award At 2015 iHeartRadio Music Awards". iHeartRadio. March 16, 2015. Retrieved March 17, 2015.
  15. "TV ratings: iHeart Radio Music Awards solid, 'Grey's Anatomy' up". Los Angeles Times. May 2, 2014. Retrieved April 3, 2016.
  16. O'Connell, Michael (March 30, 2015). "TV Ratings: iHeartRadio Music Awards Hold as Sunday Series Slip". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved April 3, 2016.
  17. "'iHeartRadio Music Awards' Debuts To Modest Ratings On TNT, TBS & TruTV". deadline. April 5, 2016. Retrieved April 15, 2016.
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