2016 iHeart Radio Music Awards


Deborah You, Photojournalist

If you listen to the radio, watch youtube videos or search the web, you are bound to hear of iHeart Radio. On April 3rd, 2016 iHeart Radio hosted their third annual iHeart Radio Music Awards in Inglewood, California at The Forum. Held in the famous arena where thousands of well known artists have performed in and many award shows have taken place in, many artists and bands walked the carpet and take the stage that night. A few singers even got the opportunity to perform live, including Zayn singing “Like I Would,” Iggy Azalea performing “Team,” Meghan Trainor, Demi Lovato, DNCE, Fetty Wap, and many others.

Jason Derulo, known for his famous hit “Want to Want Me,” was the host for this year’s event in Inglewood, in addition to performing his work on stage. Lauren Bui (9) has been to and is “planning on attending many concerts such as Jingle Ball, Shawn Mendes, and Wango Tango, but says it would be such an honor to attend the iHeart Radio Music Awards. These awards are special because it isn’t very likely where all your favorite bands and singers are in the same place at once, singing and hanging out together back stage.”

In addition to the performers, many artists presented: Zendaya, Justin Timberlake, Pharrell Williams, Diplo, Wiz Khalifa and Selena Gomez, while stars like Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber, Calvin Harris and Adele won awards for their unbelievable and successful hits.

Bill Fu (12) says that if he “could meet an artist that was there at the awards or could’ve been there, it would definitely be either Britney Spears, Alicia Keys or Pentatonix, because of their amazing voices and unique styles as artists. [He] wasn’t able to catch the awards on television that night, but says [he] would attend next years in a heartbeat.

On the red carpet, many celebrities were seen but were then seated on the other side of the stage floor, different from the performers, presenters and winners. These included Laura Marano, R5, Angela Lanter, Sabrina Carpenter, Nathalia Ramos and Cody Simpson. Though all the awards were special, few stood out as the biggest awards of the night given to U2 as the “Innovator Award,” “Best Tour” and “Album of the Year” for Taylor Swift, and “Song of the Year” for Adele’s “Hello.”

With the night finished and accomplished, both artists and fans left the venue with songs in their heads, pictures on their phones and smiles on their faces.