The epic hits simply saved coming on the 2021 iHeartRadio Music Awards. The star-studded present kicked off Thursday night time, and introduced out a few of the largest names in music to carry out reside.

Hosted by Usher — who additionally sang throughout the performance-packed ceremony — this 12 months’s present featured some unimaginable numbers from artists together with The Weeknd, Ariana Grande, Demi Lovato, Silk Sonic and others.

The night time additionally incorporates a musical tribute to the beloved work of Elton John, forward of the star being honored with the iHeartRadio Icon Award — offered by Chris Martin and Lil Nas X.

ET is looking in any respect the most important, finest and most memorable performances from this 12 months’s iHeartRadio Music Awards.


The Weeknd and Ariana Grande Kick off the Show


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Thursday’s large night time started with a stellar opening quantity from The Weeknd with a black-suited efficiency of “Save Your Tears.” The celebrated singer was quickly joined by Ariana Grande — who regarded gorgeous in a purple robe — and the pair delivered a enjoyable, sultry duet of the hit tune. The singers have been all smiles as they shared the stage for the quantity and so they set the tone for a enjoyable night time of reside music. The quantity was additionally Grande’s first reside efficiency since information broke of her current marriage ceremony to Dalton Gomez earlier this month.

Silk Sonic Leads a Sing-Along

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Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak are a dream crew of soul and funk super-talent, and this could not be extra evident than with their efficiency of “Leave the Door Open.” With Mars on the piano, .Paak crooning, and everybody in blue velvet blazers, Silk Sonic invited the viewers to sing alongside, and so they delivered some of the spectacular, dazzling and effortlessly charming performances from any music awards reveals in current reminiscence.

Superstar Tribute to Elton John

Performance da Demi Lovato no tributo do Elton John no #iHeartAwards2021#DemiLovatopic.twitter.com/O0hRXeqdr8

— Magia da Demi 🦋 (@magiadademii) May 28, 2021

In celebration of the music legend being honored with the Icon Award, the present introduced collectively H.E.R., Demi Lovato and Brandi Carlile for an all-star medley of a few of John’s largest hits. The tribute started with H.E.R. seated at a pink grand piano crooning “Bennie and the Jets,” earlier than breaking out one among her legendary electrical guitar solos. Carlile took the stage to belt out a robust rendition of “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me,” and a retro-glammed out Lovato closed issues out with a enjoyable cowl of “I’m Still Standing.” Together it was a flawless showcase of why Elton John is a legend amongst legends.

Doja Cat Delivers a Sci-Fi Spectacle

Doja Cat delivered an incredible medley efficiency on the #iHeartAwards2021. pic.twitter.com/msaRoLoQvG

— Pop Base (@PopBase) May 28, 2021

After taking house the award for Best New Pop Artist of the Year, Doja Cat took the stage for a splendidly bizarre and spectacularly surreal medley efficiency of her songs “Say So,” “Streets” and “Kiss Me More.” The over-the-top quantity was set in a corn discipline, with back-up dancers dressed like gray aliens, and the entire thing wraps up with Doja Cat getting lifted off the stage into the sky in a beam of sunshine. It’s simply as splendidly wild as you’d anticipate from the gifted singer who has gone out of her strategy to all the time placed on memorable performances.

Usher Honors His Entire Career and It’s Great

In case you missed @Usher in his shorts and “Raver” boots! #iHeartAwards2021#usherpic.twitter.com/sZwo8JvkAn

— GoreJust Goth (@gorejustgoth) May 28, 2021

After he hosted the complete night time — and revealed that he and his girlfriend, Jenn Goicoechea, expect their second baby collectively — Usher delivered one of many closing performances of the present, and it was actually a spectacle of music and dance. Beginning with a efficiency on stage, after which transitioning right into a pre-taped musical quantity shot in the course of the desert, Usher delivered a wide-ranging medley of his basic hits, together with “Confessions: Part I,” “U Don’t Have to Call” and “DJ Got Us Fallin’ in Love,” earlier than closing issues out with arguably his largest hit ever, “Yeah!” The pre-taped video transitioned again right into a reside efficiency within the theater for a really memorable quantity that super-charged the power of the present.

Check out the video under for extra on the 2021 iHeartRadio Music Awards. See the whole listing of this 12 months’s large winners right here!