The Weeknd accepts the Male Artist of the Year onstage at the 2021 iHeartRadio Music Awards at The Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, California, which was broadcast live on FOX on May 27, 2021. Picture: Kevin Winter for iHeartMedia/AFP
The Weeknd accepts the Male Artist of the Year onstage at the 2021 iHeartRadio Music Awards at The Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, California, which was broadcast live on FOX on May 27, 2021. Picture: Kevin Winter for iHeartMedia/AFP

The Weeknd and Roddy Ricch triumph at iHeartRadio Music Awards 2021

By Bang Showbiz Time of article published May 28, 2021

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The iHeartRadio Music Awards 2021 returned this week and saw the likes of The Weeknd, Roddy Ricch, BTS and more take home prizes.

The annual music awards ceremony returned on Thursday night with a masked in-person ceremony at Los Angeles' Dolby Theatre, following the cancellation of the 2020 event due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

And the star-studded bash saw the 31-year-old megastar and the 22-year-old Compton rapper triumph with three nods apiece.

The Weeknd's “Blinding Lights” won the coveted Song of the Year prize and was also honoured with the inaugural TikTok Bop of the Year title.

The Canadian singer was also crowned Male Artist of the Year.

As for Roddy, he made history as the first artist to win both Hip-Hop Artist of the Year and Best New Hip-Hop Artist, while he also competed against himself for Hip-Hop Song of the Year, with “The Box” triumphing over his own tracks “High Fashion“ featuring Mustard and ”ROCKSTAR“ with DaBaby.

Future and Drake's “Life is Good” and Megan Thee Stallion's “Savage” remix featuring Beyoncé missed out on the award.

As expected, BTS dominated the Socially Voted Categories, taking home Best Fan Army for the BTS Army, Best Music Video for “Dynamite” and Best Music Video Choreography by Son Sung Deuk.

Dua Lipa went home with Female Artist of the Year, beating off stiff competition from Megan Thee Stallion, Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande and Billie Eilish.

Swift's “folklore” was named Best Pop Album and Megan Thee Stallion and Beyoncé's “Savage” remix won Best Collaboration.

Elsewhere, Dan + Shay became the first country group to take home Duo/Group of the Year, and they had a fierce battle on their hands with BTS, Jonas Brothers, Maroon 5 and twenty one pilots nominated in the category.

Luke Combs was named Country Music Artist of the Year for the third consecutive year.

And twenty one pilots took Alternative Rock Artist of the Year for the third time.

Sir Elton John was the recipient of the Icon award and received his honour from Chris Martin and Lil Nas X.

Usher hosted the ceremony and also performed a medley of his hits.

Other performances included The Weeknd and Ariana Grande giving the live debut of their remix of “Save Your Tears”, Silk City wowed with “Leave the Door Open” and a tribute to Elton with H.E.R., Demi Lovato and Brandi Carlile performing the music legend's greatest hits.

An abridged list of the iHeartRadio Music Awards 2021 winners are:

Song of the Year

"Blinding Lights" - The Weeknd

Female Artist of the Year

Dua Lipa

Male Artist of the Year

The Weeknd

Best Pop Album

Taylor Swift - "folklore"

Alternative Rock Album of the Year

Machine Gun Kelly - "Tickets to My Downfall"

Rock Album of the Year

AC/DC - "Power Up"

Country Album of the Year

Luke Combs - "What You See Ain"t Always What You Get"

Dance Album of the Year

Diplo - "Diplo Presents Thomas Wesley, Chapter 1: Snake Oil"

Hip-Hop Album of the Year

Lil Baby - "My Turn"

R&B Album of the Year

Jhene Aiko - "Chilombo"

Best Duo/Group of the Year

Dan + Shay

Best Collaboration

Megan Thee Stallion featuring Beyoncé, "Savage (remix)"

Best New Pop Artist

Doja Cat

Alternative Rock Song of the Year

twenty one pilots - "Level Of Concern"

Alternative Rock Artist of the Year

twenty one pilots

Best New Rock/Alternative Rock Artist

Powfu

Rock Song of the Year

"Shame Shame" - Foo Fighters

Rock Artist of the Year

The Pretty Reckless

Country Song of the Year

Maren Morris - "The Bones"

Country Artist of the Year

Luke Combs

Dance Song of the Year

SAINt JHN - "Roses" (Imanbek Remix)

Dance Artist of the Year

Marshmello

Hip-Hop Song of the Year

Roddy Ricch - "The Box"

Hip-Hop Artist of the Year

Roddy Ricch

Best New Hip-Hop Artist

Roddy Ricch

R&B Song of the Year

Chris Brown & Young Thug - "Go Crazy"

R&B Artist of the Year

H.E.R.

Socially Voted Categories:

Best Lyrics

Harry Styles - "Adore You"

Best Cover

Harry Styles - "Juice" by Lizzo

Best Fan Army

BTS - BTS Army

Best Music Video

BTS - "Dynamite"

Social Star Award

Olivia Rodrigo

Favourite Music Video Choreography

BTS - Son Sung Deuk

TikTok Bop of the Year

The Weeknd, "Blinding Lights"

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