First-ever iHeartRadio Music Awards hits LA

Usher paid tribute to the King of Pop as the featured dancer. (NBC/iHeart Radio)

LOS ANGELES (NBC/iHeart Radio) – The first-ever iHeart Radio Music Awards celebrated the best of music.

It aired Thursday night on NBC.

One of the highlights: The world premiere of a never-released Michael Jackson song. Usher paid tribute to the King of Pop as the featured dancer.

Several other live performances were woven through the show from a wide variety of artists and acts — from Luke Bryan to Kendrick Lamar and Shakira.

But the night belonged to Rhianna, winning several awards — including the biggest honor: Artist of the Year.

Rhianna also took Best Song of the Year, Best R&B/Hip-Hop song, and Best “Fan Army.”

  • Imagine Dragons won Best Alternative Rock Song for “Demons.”
  • Country singer and “The Voice” coach Blake Shelton won Best Country Song for “Boys Round Here.”
  • Pit Bull and Ke$ha won Best Collaboration on their song “Timber.”
  • Future coach on “The Voice” Pharrell Williams won the iHeart Innovator Award for his spectrum of work this year. He told fans it was less about winning and more about them.

The fresh take on this show: All categories, nominees and winners are voted on by iHeartRadio listeners. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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