Justin Timberlake and Rihanna Emerge Victorious at iHeartRadio Music Awards


Justin Timberlake, Rihanna, and Twenty One Pilots were among the big winners at the 2017 iHeartRadio Music Awards on Sunday night (05Mar17).

Can’t Stop The Feeling! from the Trolls film soundtrack landed Justin the Song of the Year prize early on in the Los Angeles ceremony, and the pop superstar delivered a powerful message to his fans as he took to the stage, reminding the audience his mega hit was all about “inclusion” and “being together”.

“If you are black or you are brown or you are gay or you are lesbian or you are trans, or maybe you’re just a sissy singing boy from Tennessee…,” he said, referring to himself. “Anyone that is treating you unkindly – it’s only because they are afraid, or they have been taught to be afraid of how important you are.

“Being different means you’re making a difference. So… f**k ’em.”

Twenty One Pilots were named Alternative Rock Artist of the Year, while they also went home with Alternative Rock Song of the Year for Heathens, and Alternative Rock Album of the Year for Blurryface.
Meanwhile, Rihanna’s Work collaboration with Drake scored the R&B Song of the Year award, as her Anti release won R&B Album of the Year.


Bruno Mars was named the Innovator of the Year, and admitted he was blown away by the love and support he had received from fans.

“This is incredible,” he told the crowd at The Forum. “Most importantly, I want to thank the fans. I love you guys. I do this all for you guys. You make me a better songwriter, a better performer, a better entertainer.”

“Innovator is a very heavy word. This award, I’m so honored,” Bruno gushed. “It’s a little ironic for me because I genuinely feel like I’m just getting started. I don’t know where we’re going yet, but we are going.”


It was also a good night for The Chainsmokers, cleaning up with Best New Artist, Best New Pop Artist, and Dance Song of the Year for Closer featuring Halsey.

Chance The Rapper claimed Best New Hip-Hop Artist, Bryson Tiller was named Best New R&B Artist, and Best New Latin Artist was awarded to CNCO.

Coldplay landed Best Tour, former One Direction star Zayn Malik won Best Music Video for Pillowtalk, Justin Bieber’s Love Yourself topped the Best Lyrics category, and 5 Seconds of Summer landed the

Best Song from a Movie for Ghostbusters track Girls Talk Boys. Fifth Harmony took home the Best Fan Army accolade for their loyal devotees, who are nicknamed the Harmonizers.

Other winners included Green Day‘s Bang Bang for Rock Song of the Year, Disturbed for Rock Artist of the Year, Kelsea Ballerini for Best New Country Artist, and Thomas Rhett, who was honored as Country Artist of the Year.

The full list of winners at the 2017 iHeartRadio Music Awards is as follows –

Innovator Award: Bruno Mars
Song of the Year: Can’t Stop The Feeling – Justin Timberlake
Female Artist of the Year: Adele
Male Artist of the Year: Justin Bieber
Best New Artist: The Chainsmokers
Best Duo/Group of the Year: twenty one pilots
Best New Pop Artist: The Chainsmokers
Pop Album of the Year: 25 – Adele
Producer of the Year: Benny Blanco
Alternative Rock Song of the Year: Heathens – twenty one pilots
Alternative Rock Artist of the Year: twenty one pilots
Alternative Rock Album of the Year: Blurryface – twenty one pilots
Rock Song of the Year: Bang Bang – Green Day
Rock Artist of the Year: Disturbed
Best New Rock/Alternative Rock Artist: The Strumbellas
Rock Album of the Year: Hardwired… to Self-Destruct – Metallica
Country Song of the Year: Somewhere On A Beach – Dierks Bentley
Country Artist of the Year: Thomas Rhett
Best New Country Artist: Kelsea Ballerini
Country Album of the Year: Traveller – Chris Stapleton
Dance Song of the Year: Closer – The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey
Dance Artist of the Year: The Chainsmokers
Dance Album of the Year: Collage – The Chainsmokers
Hip-Hop Song of the Year: One Dance – Drake featuring Wizkid and Kyla
Hip-Hop Artist of the Year: Drake
Best New Hip-Hop Artist: Chance The Rapper
R&B Song of the Year: Work – Rihanna featuring Drake
R&B Artist of the Year: The Weeknd
R&B Album of the Year: Anti – Rihanna
Latin Song of the Year: Duele El Corazon – Enrique Iglesias featuring Wisin
Latin Artist of the Year: Nicky Jam
Best New Latin Artist: CNCO
Latin Album of the Year: Energia – J Balvin
Regional Mexican Song of the Year: Solo Con Verte – Banda Sinaloense MS de Sergio Lizarraga
Regional Mexican Artist of the Year: Calibre 50
Regional Mexican Album of the Year: Recuerden Mi Estilo – Los Plebes Del Rancho De Ariel Camacho
Best New R&B Artist: Bryson Tiller
Best New Regional Mexican Artist: Joss Favela
Best Tour: A Head Full of Dreams Tour – Coldplay
Best Lyrics (Socially Voted Category): Love Yourself – Justin Bieber
Best Cover Song (Socially Voted Category): Ex’s and Oh’s – Fifth Harmony
Best Song from a Movie (Socially Voted Category): Girls Talk Boys – 5 Seconds of Summer (Ghostbusters)
Best Music Video: Pillowtalk – Zayn
Best Underground Alternative Band (Socially Voted Category): Pierce the Veil
Social Star Award: Jack and Jack from Snapchat
Best Fan Army (Socially Voted Category): Fifth Harmony – Harmonizers