Taylor Swift wins Tour of the Year at iHeartRadio Music Awards


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Los Angeles, CA — The sound of music filled Microsoft Theater as the world’s top musical artists performed hits and received accolades at the sixth annual iHeartRadio Music Awards on Thursday night.

The star-studded event, broadcasted live on Fox, was hosted by R&B titan T-Pain and featured performances by John Legend, Ariana Grande, Alicia Keys, Halsey, Kacey Musgraves, Garth Brooks, Ella Mai, and the Backstreet Boys.

Backstreet Boys performing at iHeartRadio Music Awards

The night’s big winners included Ariana Grande (Artist of the Year, Female Artist of the Year), Drake (Male Artist of the Year) and Taylor Swift, who won the Tour of the Year award for her record-breaking Reputation stadium tour.

“For the entire six months leading up to the first show of this tour, every headline that I read about the tour was, ‘This is going to be a massive failure, this is going to be a flop tour,’ and, you know, it really did wonders for my self-esteem,” Swift said in her acceptance speech. “It was really great to hear people saying that I was going to be playing to nearly empty stadiums.”

She, of course, proved the haters wrong. Her latest tour went on to gross $345.7 million, setting a record for the highest-selling U.S. tour in history.

Special honors were given to 15-time Grammy winner Alicia Keys (Innovator Award) and Garth Brooks (Artist of the Decade).

Gartha Brooks performs at the iHeart Radio Music Awards

Halsey also was named a winner as she was awarded the L’Oréal Paris and iHeartRadio Fangirls Award. The award recognizes a female artist who has pushed boundaries with her music and message while inspiring her fans around the globe.

“I have watched my fans, and I have been a part of fandoms, and I have seen people be motivated and be passionate and determined about something,” said Halsey. “In a time where it is so necessary to have feeling and to have empathy… when I see a fangirl or a fanboy or a fan-anyone I see a person who is capable of feeling and capable of affecting change, and that means a lot to me.”

Halsey takes the stage at iHeartRadio Music Awards

In an awards show dedicated in part to the fans, it was only fitting that iHeartRadio listeners also got a chance to be part of the action. They voted on winners in several categories including best fan army, best lyrics, best cover song, best music video, social star, best solo breakout, and “song that left us shook.” 

Here are the list of winners per category:

Song of the Year

“The Middle” — Zedd, Maren Morris, Grey

Artist of the Year

Ariana Grande

Female Artist of the Year

Ariana Grande

Male Artist of the Year


Best Duo/Group of the Year

5 Seconds of Summer

Best Collaboration

“Finesse (Remix)” — Bruno Mars featuring Cardi B

Pop Album of the Year

“Sweetener” — Ariana Grande

Best New Pop Artist


Alternative Rock Song of the Year

“High Hopes” — Panic! At the Disco

Alternative Rock Artist of the Year

Imagine Dragons

Alternative Rock Album of the Year

“Pray for the Wicked” — Panic! At The Disco

Best New Rock/Alternative Rock Artist


Rock Song of the Year

“Safari Song” — Greta Van Fleet

Rock Artist of the Year

Three Days Grace

Rock Album of the Year

“Trench” — Twenty One Pilots

Country Song of the Year

“Meant to Be” — Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line

Country Artist of the Year

Luke Combs

Country Album of the Year

“Rearview Town” — Jason Aldean

Best New Country Artist

Jordan Davis

Dance Song of the Year

“The Middle” — Zedd, Maren Morris, Grey

Dance Artist of the Year


Dance Album of the Year

“Sick Boy” — the Chainsmokers

Hip-Hop Song of the Year

“God’s Plan” – Drake

Hip-Hop Artist of the Year

Cardi B

Hip-Hop Album of the Year

“Scorpion” – Drake

Best New Hip-Hop Artist

BlocBoy JB

R&B Song of the Year

“Boo’d Up” — Ella Mai

R&B Artist of the Year

Ella Mai

R&B Album of the Year

“My Dear Melancholy” — The Weeknd

Best New R&B Artist

Ella Mai

Latin Song of the Year

“X” — Nicky Jam and J Balvin

Latin Artist of the Year

Bad Bunny

Latin Album of the Year

“Vibras” — J Balvin

Best New Latin Artist

Manuel Turizo

Regional Mexican Song of the Year

“Mitad Y Mitad” — Calibre 50

Regional Mexican Artist of the Year

Calibre 50

Regional Mexican Album of the Year

“Con Todas Las Fuerzas” — Banda Sinaloense MS de Sergio Lizárraga

Label of the Year

Republic Records

Producer of the Year

Louis Bell

Songwriter of the Year:

Frank Dukes

Most Thumbed Up Artist of the Year:

Imagine Dragons

Most Thumbed Up Song of the Year:

“God’s Plan” – Drake

Best Lyrics: *Socially Voted Category

“Consequences” — Camila Cabello

Best Cover Song: *Socially Voted Category

“You’re Still the One” — Harry Styles and Kacey Musgraves

Best Fan Army presented by Taco Bell: *Socially Voted Category


Best Music Video: *Socially Voted Category

“Delicate” — Taylor Swift

Social Star Award: *Socially Voted Category

Agnez Mo

Cutest Musician’s Pet: *Socially Voted Category

Gracie — Lauren Jauregui

Best Solo Breakout: *Socially Voted Category

Tiffany Young

Song That Left Us Shook: *Socially Voted Category

“I’ll Never Love Again” — Lady Gaga

Favorite Tour Photographer: *Socially Voted Category

Helene Pambrun (Harry Styles)


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