Leading with five, the Canadian star takes home Male Artist of the Year and Song of the Year with ‘Blinding Lights’, while Dua Lipa wins another coveted prize of Female Artist of the Year.
AceShowbiz -The 2021 iHeartRadio Music Awards has crowned the singers who are dearest to young fans’ hearts. At the ceremony which took place on Thursday, May 27, The Weeknd came home as the biggest winner, repeating his victorious night at the 2021 Billboard Music Awards which was held a few days ago on Sunday, May 23.
Leading with eight nominations, the Canadian artist, whose real name is Abel Makkonen Tesfaye, nabbed five prizes. He was named Male Artist of the Year and won Song of the Year, thanks to “Blinding Lights”. The 31-year-old was also hailed as Titanium Artist of the Year, while his 2019 hit “Blinding Lights” was chosen as TikTok Bop of the Year and Titanium Song of the Year.
The Weeknd, who came in person to receive the awards, also kicked off the show with a performance of “Save Your Tears” (remix), joined by his collaborator Ariana Grande.
Also leading in terms of number were Roddy Ricch, BTS and Christian Nodal with three awards each. The rapper bagged Hip-Hop Artist of the Year, Hip-Hop Album of the Year for his set “My Turn” and Hip-Hop Song of the Year for his single “The Box”.
As for BTS, the South Korean boy group snagged Best Fan Army, Best Music Video for the visuals of their international hit “Dynamite” as well Favorite Music Video Choreography. Christian Nodal, meanwhile, soared in Latin categories after winning Regional Mexican Artist of the Year, Regional Mexican Album of the Year with “AYAYAY!” as well as Regional Mexican Song of the Year with “Se Me Olvido”.
Another coveted prize, Female Artist of the Year, landed to Dua Lipa. Taylor Swift grabbed Best Pop Album for her surprise set “Folklore”. Filming an acceptance from home, “The One” songstress acknowledged that the album came out amid a time when “we all needed to escape into stories,” and thanked fans for choosing to escape through her album. “You really wrapped your arms around it,” Swift said.
Doja Cat was named Best New Pop Artist, while Best Duo/Group of the Year went to Dan + Shay. Megan Thee Stallion, who attended the show with her boyfriend Pardison, won Best Collaboration for her “Savage” (Remix) which features Beyonce Knowles. The show also saw Elton John being honored with the Icon Award presented by Coldplay‘s Chris Martin and Lil Nas X.
This year’s iHeartRadio Music Awards was hosted by Usher, who noted in his opening statement, “It’s been a crazy year but we’re going to get this right,” as those in attendance were wearing masks. He also celebrated that “live music is back.”
Full Winners of 2021 iHeartRadio Music Awards
- Song of the Year: “Blinding Lights” – The Weeknd
- Female Artist of the Year: Dua Lipa
- Male Artist of the Year: The Weeknd
- Best Duo/Group of the Year: Dan + Shay
- Best Collaboration: “Savage” (Remix) – Megan Thee Stallion featuring Beyonce Knowles
- Best Pop Album: Taylor Swift – “Folklore”
- Best New Pop Artist: Doja Cat
- Alternative Rock Album of the Year: Machine Gun Kelly – “Tickets to My Downfall”
- Alternative Rock Song of the Year: “Level Of Concern” – twenty one pilots
- Alternative Rock Artist of the Year: twenty one pilots
- Best New Rock/Alternative Rock Artist: Powfu
- Rock Album of the Year: AC/DC – “Power Up”
- Rock Song of the Year: “Shame Shame” – Foo Fighters
- Rock Artist of the Year: The Pretty Reckless
- Country Album of the Year: Luke Combs – “What You See Ain’t Always What You Get”
- Country Song of the Year: “The Bones” – Maren Morris
- Country Artist of the Year: Luke Combs
- Best New Country Artist: Gabby Barrett
- Dance Album of the Year: Diplo – “Diplo Presents Thomas Wesley, Chapter 1: Snake Oil”
- Dance Song of the Year: “Roses” (Imanbek Remix) – SAINt JHN
- Dance Artist of the Year: Marshmello
- Hip-Hop Album of the Year: Lil Baby – “My Turn”
- Hip-Hop Song of the Year: “The Box” – Roddy Ricch
- Hip-Hop Artist of the Year: Roddy Ricch
- Best New Hip-Hop Artist: Roddy Ricch
- R&B Album of the Year: Jhene Aiko – “Chilombo”
- R&B Song of the Year: “Go Crazy” – Chris Brown & Young Thug
- R&B Artist of the Year: H.E.R.
- Best New R&B Artist: Snoh Aalegra
- Latin Pop/Reggaeton Album of the Year: Bad Bunny – “YHLQMDLG”
- Latin Pop/Reggaeton Song of the Year: “Tusa” – KAROL G & Nicki Minaj
- Latin Pop/Reggaeton Artist of the Year: J Balvin
- Best New Latin Artist: Rauw Alejandro
- Regional Mexican Album of the Year: Christian Nodal – “AYAYAY!”
- Regional Mexican Song of the Year: “Se Me Olvido” – Christian Nodal
- Regional Mexican Artist of the Year: Christian Nodal
- Producer of the Year: Max Martin
- Songwriter of the Year: Ashley Gorley
- Best Lyrics (Socially Voted Category): “Adore You” – Harry Styles
- Best Cover Song (Socially Voted Category): “Adore You” (Harry Styles) – Lizzo cover
- Best Fan Army (Socially Voted Category): #BTSARMY – BTS
- Best Music Video (Socially Voted Category): “Dynamite” – BTS
- Social Star Award (Socially Voted Category): Olivia Rodrigo
- Favorite Music Video Choreography (Socially Voted Category): BTS – Son Sung Deuk
- TikTok Bop of the Year (Socially Voted Category): “Blinding Lights” – The Weeknd
- Titanium Song of the Year: The Weeknd – “Blinding Lights”
- Titanium Artist of the Year: The Weeknd
- Label of the Year: Republic Records
- iHeartRadio Icon Award: Elton John
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