Performers included 周末 and Ariana Grande
, who opened the show with
“Save Your Tears
,” Bruno Mars
, Anderson .Paak
), 和 + Shay and Doja Cat
Elton John was awarded the 2021 iHeartRadio Icon Award, presented by presented by Chris Martin and Lil Nas X and was treated to a tribute performance from Brandi Carlile, Demi Lovato and H.E.R.
Among those who made special appearances throughout the night were Taylor Swift, 杜阿利帕, 罗迪·里奇, twenty one pilots, 梅根·塞种马, LL Cool J, 妮莉, Machine Gun Kelly, French Montana, Lil Jon, 罗宾·赛克, Joel McHale, Oliver Stark, Ryan Guzman, Gabby Barrett, Ava Max and Raphael Saadiq.
Usher also performed a medley of his hits, 包含 “Confessions,” “Love In This Club,” “U Don’t Have To Call,” “DJ Got Us Fallin’ In Love,” 和 “Scream.” Lil Jon surprised the crowd by pulling up in a 1972 Impala to join Usher on stage for a performance of “是的”
The show aired live from the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles.
Winners included The Weeknd for Song of the Year for “Blinding Lights,” Female Artist of the Year went to Dua Lipa, Male Artist of the Year to The Weeknd, Best New Pop Artist to Doja Cat, and Alternative Rock Album of the Year to Machine Gun Kelly for “Tickets to My Downfall.”