There are the Grammy Awards, the American Music Awards, and the newer award show on the block—the iHeartRadio Music Awards. The musicians nominated for iHeartRadio Awards are ones that have been heavily heard throughout the year on the multiple iHeartMedia radio stations across the United States. The first annual event took place on May 1, 2014, at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles and was broadcast live on NBC. But broadcasting duties have been transferred to a simulcast format between TBS, TNT, and truTV since then.
Previous winners include a variety of famous artists like Pharrell Williams, Justin Timberlake, U2, and Bruno Mars. This year, during the fifth annual iHeartRadio Music Awards, The Chainsmokers have definitely emerged as the big winners of the night. Here is how that iHeartRadio success for The Chainsmokers transpired.
The awards night was hosted by none other than the DJ, super producer, record label mogul, and ultimate human-excitement machine DJ Khaled. He shared the stage with the model and television personality Hailey Baldwin.
The night proved to have many highlights. Taylor Swift debuted her music video for “Delicate” coming off of her album reputation just after she received the iHeartRadio Music Award for Female Artist of the Year. Bon Jovi accepted the iHeartRadio Icon Award, celebrating over 35 years of contributions to Rock & Roll. Pharrell Williams had the privilege of presenting Chance the Rapper with the iHeartRadio Innovator Award, while also hopping on stage again to perform with his N.E.R.D. bandmate Shay Haley to rip into their single “Lemon” with Mette Towley.
The Chainsmokers were given the chance to be official award presenters for the iHeartRadio Award for the Best New Hip-Hop Artist. They presented it to the biggest female name in Hip Hop music at the moment—the brutally honest Cardi B. The “Bodak Yellow” rapper also won the award for Best New Artist, beating out the other nominees that consisted of Khalid, Judah & the Lion, Luke Combs, Christian Nodal, Ozuna, and Niall Horan.
Speaking of awards, The Chainsmokers competed for six awards out of the 40 that were handed out during the night. Drew Taggart and Alex Pall ended up taking three wins home with them.
The Chainsmokers were nominated for the Song of the Year Award and the Dance Song of the Year Award with their hit “Something Just Like This.” These two awards were won by Ed Sheeran with the “Shape of You” and Zedd and Alessia Cara with “Stay” respectively. The duo was also nominated for the Best Duo/Group of the Year, which was won by Maroon 5.
But then The Chainsmokers ended up winning the Dance Artist of the Year Award, beating out Calvin Harris, Zedd, Kygo, and Cheat Codes. They won the Best Collaboration for their song “Something Just Like This,” which they performed together with Coldplay. They also won the Best Dance Album of the Year for Memories…Do Not Open, the duo’s debut full-length album.
During the moment of truth when The Chainsmokers and Coldplay won for Best Collaboration with their song “Something Just Like This,” Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart hit the stage and Taggart expressed what the moment meant to him and the group during his acceptance speech:
“Being able to work with a group like that is something that we never thought would ever happen, and we learned so much from the process of working with them about your own musical identity, how to grow into yourself, about what songs mean for the world.”
2018 was not the first year that The Chainsmokers were involved in the iHeartRadio Music Awards. In 2017 they beat Chance the Rapper, Kelsea Ballerini, Joss Favela
Bryson Tiller, The Strumbellas, and CNCO for the Best New Artist award. Their EP release Collage took home the Dance Album of the Year award, and “Closer” won the Dance Song of the Year.” But believe it or not, Alex Pall and Drew Taggart weren’t done winning. They also won the 2017 iHeartRadio Music Awards for Best New Pop Artist over Alessia Cara, Daya, Zayn, and Lukas Graham, and clutched Dance Artist of the Year again over Major Lazer, Calvin Harris, DJ Snake, and Flume.
To put the duo’s wins into perspective, in just five years that the iHeartRadio Music Awards have existed The Chainsmokers have already taken their place among the most elite artists. As of this moment, they are tied for third place with Taylor Swift for the most iHeartRadio Music Award nominations with a total of 18. Rihanna holds the number one spot with 25 nominations, and she is followed by Drake who has 19 nominations. In the exclusive winner’s circle, The Chainsmokers have also become the fourth highest award receivers with seven iHeartRadio Music Award wins, following Drake in first place with nine wins and Rihanna and Taylor Swift who each have eight wins. With The Chainsmokers getting an early start in 2018 with new music such as the singles “Sick Boy” and “You Owe Me,” the chance of Alex Pall and Drew Taggart returning to the iHeartRadio Music Awards in 2019 is already strong. Stay tuned.