Results from the 2017 iHeartRadio Music Awards

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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. It rewards the music that was heard throughout the year across iHeartMedia radio stations nationwide and on iHeartRadio digital music platform. The inaugural edition was held on May 1, 2014 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, and was broadcast live on NBC. The fourth edition will be held on March 5, 2017 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. In addition, every public-voting category (eight in 2017), includes social hashtags as the primary voting mechanism.

Award categories

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Award Song of the Year Best New Artist
Winner Justin Timberlake
(“Can’t Stop the Feeling!“)
The Chainsmokers
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Award Female Artist of the Year Male Artist of the Year
Winner Adele Justin Bieber

Previous Song of the Year

The categories cover an array of genres, including alternative rock, hip-hop, R&B, Latin and regional Mexican music. The category Artist of the Year (won by Rihanna in 2014 and Taylor Swift in 2015) was replaced by the categories Female Artist of the Year and Male Artist of the Year in 2016. Public-voting categories through social media are indicated with a double dagger (double-dagger).

Year Date Venue Host city Host Song of the Year winner  
2014 May 1 Shrine Auditorium Los Angeles N/A Stay” – Rihanna feat. Mikky Ekko  
2015 March 29 Jamie Foxx Shake it Off” – Taylor Swift  
2016 April 3 The Forum Inglewood Jason Derulo Hello” – Adele  
2017 March 5 Ryan Seacrest Can’t Stop the Feeling!” – Justin Timberlake

Current award categories
Song of the Year
Best New Artist
Female Artist of the Year
Male Artist of the Year
Best Duo/Group of the Year
Alternative Rock Artist of the Year
Alternative Rock Song of the Year
Alternative Rock Album of the Year
Rock Artist of the Year
Rock Song of the Year
Rock Album of the Year
Country Song of the Year
Country Artist of the Year
Country Album of the Year
Dance Song of the Year
Dance Artist of the Year
Dance Album of the Year
Hip-Hop Song of the Year
Hip-Hop Artist of the Year
Hip-Hop Album of the Year
R&B Song of the Year
R&B Artist of the Year
R&B Album of the Year
Latin Song of the Year
Latin Artist of the Year
Latin Album of the Year
Regional Mexican Song of the Year
Regional Mexican Artist of the Year
Regional Mexican Album of the Year
Best New Pop Artist
Best New Rock/Alternative Rock Artist
Best New Country Artist
Best New Hip-Hop Artist
Best New R&B Artist
Best New Regional Mexican Artist
Producer of the Year
Best Tour
Most Thumbed Up Artist of the Year
Most Thumbed Up Song of the Year
Label of the Year
Best Lyrics double-dagger
Best Collaboration double-dagger
Best Cover Song double-dagger
Best Song from a Movie double-dagger
Best Music Video double-dagger
Best Underground Alternative Band double-dagger
Social Star Award double-dagger
Best Fan Army double-dagger

iHeartRadio Innovator Award

The ceremony’s biggest honor is presented to artists for their contribution to popular culture.

2014: Pharrell Williams
2015: Justin Timberlake
2016: U2
2017: Bruno Mars

Past award categories
Album of the Year
Biggest Triple Threat double-dagger
Most Meme-able Moment double-dagger
Artist of the Year
Hip-Hop/R&B Song of the Year
EDM Song of the Year
Young Influencer
Instagram Award

Multiple wins and nominations

Most Wins (as of 2017)

Rank 1st 2nd 3rd
Artist Drake Taylor Swift
Twenty One Pilots
Total 9 7 6

Most Nominations (as of 2017)

Rank 1st 2nd 3rd
Artist Rihanna Drake Taylor Swift
Total 20 18 13