May 27, 2021, the 2021 iheartRadio Music Awards took place, hosted by R&B singer Usher. He gave a lovely heartfelt monologue about music and him looking forward to the evening.
Congratulations to the winners of last night’s awards!
-Opening Act: The Weekend & Ariana Grande performed Save Your Tears. It was a remarkable performance from these two artists.
-Dan + Shay – Glad You Exist
The duo gave a heartwarming performance of this incredible single.
-Silk Sonic – Leave The Door Open
The group gave an epic performance that had a bold and vintage 70s vibe.
-Elton John Homage by three talented artists performed after the speeches and a touching montage (more details under awards section).
- H.E.R – Bennie & The Jets
- Brandi Carlisle – Don’t Let The Sun Come Down On Me
- Demi Lovato – I’m Still Standing
These three artists remarkably performed the covers of these three classic hits by Sir Elton John. They honoured the British star nicely.
-Doja Cat (Medley): She sang her medley impressively with passion and heart.
- Say So
- Kiss Me More
-Usher – A Medley of his famous hits
- Love In This Club
- U Don’t Have To Call
- Dj’s Got Us Falling In Love Again
- Get Low
In the last two songs, Lil Jon joins Usher to perform with him. It was the final performance of the night, but it ended on a high note. What a joy to watch Usher sing on stage- I felt nostalgic.
-Best Collaboration: Meghan The Stallion & Beyoncé for the remix of the single Savage.
-Alternative Rock Artist of the Year: Twenty One Pilots
-Male Artist of The Year: The Weeknd
-iHeart Icon Award: Sir Elton John
Side Note: Chris Martin gave a fantastic introduction full of humour and heart. Then, there was a lovely montage that honoured Sir Elton John’s impressive career as a singer, including him selling over 300 million albums worldwide.
After the performances, Elton John gave a humble and heartfelt speech. His kindness touched me in inviting young artists to encourage them as they start.
-Hip-Hop Artist of the year: Roddy Rich
-Best New Country Artist: Gabby Barret
-Best New Alternative Artist: Powfu
-Best Latin Artist: Rauw Alejandro
-Best New Hip-Hop Artist: Roddy Rich
-Best New R&B Artist: Snoh Allegra
-Best New Pop Artist: Doja Cat
-Female Artist of The Year: Dua Lipa
-R&B Artist of The Year: H.E.R
-Series of awards
- Best Country Song of The Year: Maren Morris – The Bones
- Alternative Rock Album – Machine Gun Kelly – Tickets to my Downfall
- Social Star Award: Olivia Rodrigo
- Dance Album of The Year: é
- R&B Album of The Year: Jhené Aiko – Chilombo
- Country Artist of The Year: Luke Combs
- Hip-Hop Album of The Year: Lil Baby – My Turn
- Best Fan Army & Best Music Video: BTS
-Song of The Year: The Weeknd – Blinding Lights
Once again, congrats to all the winners of the 2021 iHeartRadio Music Awards. Usher did a remarkable job hosting the event, which he did with enthusiasm and dedication.