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iHeartRadio Music Awards: The Real Winners

iHeartRadio Music Awards: The Real Winners

April 4, 2016 | D&L

Following the huge event that was the iHeartRadio Music Awards, we couldn’t help but bring to light a few moments that caught our attention and the true, real winners who fought for their gift to be heard.

Of course, with many award ceremonies that have taken place lately, there is always going to be a collection of fans left disappointed if their chosen act doesn’t win their category, but in this case, it’s all about popularity on the radio; recognising the most popular artists and music, which is determined by the network’s listeners.

So when it comes down to the public making the ‘deciding vote’, it very much depends on how much air play and recognition artists are receiving from their fans as well as network’s around the world. Although some people aren’t feeling this ‘popularity contest’, we must give credit where credit is due from the results of the awards.

Firstly, we must give a round of applause to Fetty Wap (Best New Artist), Taylor Swift and Justin Bieber who all won iHeartRadio awards on their artistry and performance as a whole package. Taylor won Female Artist of the Year and Justin took home the award for Male Artist of the Year and although they have led very different paths in their lives, the music speaks volumes and can relate to their fan base.

Taylor also won Album of the Year with 1989, as well as Best Tour, which comes as no surprise. Not only does she put on an incredible vocal performance, she continues to bring empowering public figures with her on stage and uses her concerts as an opportunity to address various subjects in everyday life. So whether you’re a Taylor fan or just a fan of some of her songs, you can’t take away her music and business skills.

Speaking of fans, the Belieber’s definitely ‘showed up’ for Justin as he won the title for Best Fan Army. Ever since he came onto the scene with ‘Baby’ and developed his sound with ‘Boyfriend’, he has gained fans of all ages with his latest album, Purpose. Although he has had his problems in the past with his personal life, he has continued to come back with what he loves, regardless of what’s happened behind the scenes.

Chris Brown has also had a similar lifestyle where he has faced certain obstacles in his private life, but when it comes down to his incredible talent of singing and dancing, his outstanding ability to perform is flawless. So congrats to Chris on winning the award for RnB Artist of The Year.

Now, when we turn to Fetty Wap, he burst onto the music scene with a genre of music that was being ‘tested out’ – so to speak – and he believed in trap music so much that he even made a song about it! Following ‘Trap Queen’, ‘679’ and ‘Mine Again’ (the list goes on), Fetty has built his signature sound and unique voice, whilst contributing to making trap music – with hip-hop touches – known worldwide. It was very popular in US states, but now it’s on an even bigger scale!

Lastly, a moment that stood out for personal reasons for the artist herself – although not shown on screen – was Lady Gaga winning the title for Best Song from a Movie with ‘Til It Happens To You’. Gaga has been very open with her story of rape when she was a young girl and she has drawn from that experience to pen a song to help others and bring awareness to the subject matter. So it’s amazing to see that her song has been heard, her words have been absorbed and her message has been shared with many around the world.

Congratulations to all the winners! Check out all the iHeartRadio award winners below, plus Fetty Wap’s performance:

Photo Credit: Rap Up

Song of the Year:

“Blank Space” – Taylor Swift

“Can’t Feel My Face” – The Weeknd

“Hello” – Adele — WINNER

“Shut Up and Dance” – Walk the Moon

“Uptown Funk” – Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars

Female Artist of the Year:


Carrie Underwood

Meghan Trainor

Selena Gomez

Taylor Swift — WINNER

Male Artist of the Year:

Ed Sheeran

Justin Bieber — WINNER

Luke Bryan

Sam Smith

The Weeknd

Best New Artist:

Fetty Wap — WINNER


Sam Hunt

Shawn Mendes

Tove Lo

Best Duo/Group of the Year:

Fall Out Boy

Maroon 5 — WINNER

One Direction

Walk the Moon

Zac Brown Band

Album of the Year:

1989 – Taylor Swift — WINNER

25 – Adele

Beauty Behind the Madness – The Weeknd

In the Lonely Hour – Sam Smith

X – Ed Sheeran

Best Tour:

Foo Fighters

Garth Brooks

Luke Bryan

Taylor Swift — WINNER


Alternative Rock Artist of the Year:


Foo Fighters


Twenty One Pilots — WINNER

X Ambassadors

Alternative Rock Song of the Year:

“Cigarette Daydreams” – Cage The Elephant

“Ex’s & Oh’s” – Elle King

“Renegades” – X Ambassadors

“Shut Up and Dance” – Walk the Moon

“Stressed Out” – Twenty One Pilots — WINNER

Rock Artist of the Year:

Breaking Benjamin


Five Finger Death Punch

Foo Fighters — WINNER

Three Days Grace

Rock Song of the Year:

“Cut the Cord” – Shinedown

“Failure” – Breaking Benjamin

“Footsteps” – Pop Evil

“Heavy Is the Head” – Zac Brown Band featuring Chris Cornell — WINNER

“I Am Machine” – Three Days Grace

Country Song of the Year:

“Buy Me a Boat” – Chris Janson — WINNER

“Homegrown” – Zac Brown Band

“I See You” – Luke Bryan

“Lose My Mind” – Brett Eldredge

“Take Your Time” – Sam Hunt

Country Artist of the Year:

Blake Shelton

Brad Paisley

Luke Bryan — WINNER

Sam Hunt

Thomas Rhett

Dance Song of the Year:

“Hey Mama” – David Guetta featuring Nicki Minaj, Bebe Rexha & Afrojack

“Lean On” – Major Lazer & DJ Snake featuring MØ

“Waves” – Mr. Probz

“Where Are Ü Now” – Skrillex & Diplo with Justin Bieber — WINNER

“You Know You Like It” – DJ Snake & AlunaGeorge

Dance Artist of the Year:

Calvin Harris — WINNER

David Guetta

Major Lazer

Skrillex & Diplo


Hip Hop Song of the Year:

“Blessings” – Big Sean featuring Drake & Kanye West

“Flex (Ooh, Ooh, Ooh)” – Rich Homie Quan

“Hotline Bling” – Drake — WINNER

“Trap Queen” – Fetty Wap

“Truffle Butter” – Nicki Minaj featuring Drake & Lil Wayne

Hip Hop Artist of the Year:

Big Sean

Drake — WINNER

Fetty Wap


J. Cole

R&B Song of the Year:

“Bitch Better Have My Money” – Rihanna

“Earned It” – The Weeknd — WINNER

“Planes” – Jeremih featuring J. Cole

“Post To Be” – Omarion featuring Chris Brown & Jhene Aiko

“The Hills” – The Weeknd

R&B Artist of the Year:


Chris Brown — WINNER

The Weeknd

Trey Songz


Latin Song of the Year:

“Ay Vamos” – J Balvin

“El Perdón” – Nicky Jam & Enrique Iglesias — WINNER

“Hilito” – Romeo Santos

“La Gozadera” – Gente De Zona featuring Marc Anthony

“Mi Verdad” – Maná featuring Shakira

Latin Artist of the Year:

Enrique Iglesias

J Balvin

Nicky Jam

Pitbull — WINNER

Prince Royce

Regional Mexican Song of the Year:

“Aunque Ahora Estés Con Él” – Calibre 50

“Eres Una Niña” – Gerardo Ortiz

“Levantando Polvadera” – Voz de Mando — WINNER

“Mi Vicio Más Grande” – Banda El Recodo de Cruz Lizárraga

“Te Metiste” – Ariel Camacho y Los Plebes del Rancho

Regional Mexican Artist of the Year:

Banda Los Recoditos — WINNER

Calibre 50

Gerardo Ortiz

Julión Álvarez y Su Norteño Banda

Voz De Mando

Best Lyrics:

“Die A Happy Man” – Thomas Rhett

“Fight Song” – Rachel Platten — WINNER

“Hello” – Adele

“Photograph” – Ed Sheeran

“See You Again” – Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth

Best Collaboration:

“Bad Blood” – Taylor Swift featuring Kendrick Lamar

“Like I’m Gonna Lose You” – Meghan Trainor featuring John Legend

“See You Again” – Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth

“Uptown Funk” – Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars — WINNER

“Where Are Ü Now” – Skrillex & Diplo with Justin Bieber

Best Cover Song:

1989 (Album in Full) – Ryan Adams covering Taylor Swift

“Bad Blood” – Alessia Cara covering Taylor Swift

“Bitch Better Have My Money” – Kelly Clarkson covering Rihanna

“Cheerleader” – Pentatonix covering Omi

“Hands To Myself/Sorry” – Troye Sivan covering Selena Gomez And Justin Bieber

“Hello” – Demi Lovato covering Adele

“Hotline Bling” – Justin Bieber covering Drake

“Hotline Bling” – Sam Smith & Disclosure covering Drake

“Trap Queen” – Ed Sheeran covering Fetty Wap

“Uptown Funk” – Fifth Harmony, Jasmine V, Jacob Whitesides and Mahogany Lox covering Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars — WINNER

Best Song from a Movie:

“Earned It” – The Weeknd (50 Shades of Grey)

“Love Me Like You Do” – Ellie Goulding (50 Shades of Grey)

“See You Again” – Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth (Furious 7)

“Til It Happens To You” – Lady Gaga (The Hunting Ground) — WINNER

“Writing’s On The Wall” – Sam Smith (Spectre)

Most Meme-able Moment:

Adele and all of the “Hello” memes (Lionel Richie, Miss Piggy, Etc.)

Drake and “Hotline Bling”

Katy Perry and the Left Shark (from Super Bowl 49)

Kanye West and Kanye For President / Kanye 2020

Taylor Swift’s “Crazy Girl” with Running Mascara (from “Blank Space” video) — WINNER

Triple Threat

Lady Gaga – Singer/Actor/Activist

Hailee Steinfeld – Singer/Actor/Model

Jason Derulo – Singer/Host/Dancer

Jennifer Lopez – Singer/Actor/Dancer

Justin Timberlake – Singer/Actor/Dancer

Nick Jonas – Singer/Actor/Model

Selena Gomez – Singer/Actor/Dancer — WINNER

Troye Sivan – Singer/Actor/YouTuber

Usher – Singer/Actor/Dancer

Zendaya – Singer/Actor/Dancer

Best Fan Army:

5 Seconds of Summer – 5SOSFam

Adam Lambert – Glamberts

Ariana Grande – Arianators

Demi Lovato – Lovatics

Fifth Harmony – Harmonizers

Justin Bieber – Beliebers — WINNER

Little Mix – Mixers

Nicki Minaj – Barbz

One Direction – Directioners

Selena Gomez – Selenators

Shawn Mendes – Mendes Army

Taylor Swift – Swifties