NBC will televise the first-ever iHeartRadio Music Awards 5/1 (8-11 p.m. ET/PT) from the Shrine Auditorium in LA. The three-hour event will showcase this year’s biggest artists and songs and feature live performances, never-before-done duets and collaborations, celebrity guest appearances and live award presentations. The awards will recognize artists and music over the past 12 months as determined by iHeart listeners. The show will feature 13 different award categories across all genres of music. Each voting category will initially feature 10 nominees — listeners will then narrow down to five finalists during a four-week period, with the finalists to be announced during a one-hour special live event on 3/26 at the iHeartRadio Theater in LA. Fans will then vote over the next several weeks to determine the winners in each category.
In the months leading up to the iHeartRadio Music Awards, Clear Channel will feature interviews and special programming focusing on the nominees across all of its 835 radio stations and the iHeart service. Fans will also participate through CCME’s social and digital media platforms.
The NBC-aired show, which will feature performances from other LA venues, will also broadcast and stream live the audio across all participating Clear Channel radio stations and their websites, and on iHeartRadio.
The awards will be based on results from the all-new iHeartRadio Chart. Those charts are supplied and compiled by Mediabase. They include listener feedback and performance data, according to airplay; digital streaming data from the iHeartRadio platform, including “thumbs up” and custom station creations; and sales, social, video data and tags from BigChampagne and Shazam. In addition, for the first time ever in any music awards show, every voting category will include social #hashtags as the primary voting mechanism.
“Collaborating with a company that has the global reach of Clear Channel allows us to interact with music fans all over the world,” said Paul Telegdy, President, Alternative and Late Night Programming, NBC Entertainment. “We feel fortunate being on the ground floor of the iHeartRadio Music Awards, which will deliver an array of great performances from today’s biggest stars.”
“With a reach of more than 240 million people every month, Clear Channel has an unparalleled ability to identify and track the biggest artists and songs in the country,” said John Sykes, President of Entertainment Enterprises for Clear Channel. “The iHeartRadio Music Awards will be the first awards show in history to reflect America’s favorite music, and which is truly powered by the people.”
Clear Channel also unveils the iHeartRadio Countdown, its new two-hour weekly program that highlights the top 20 CHR songs in the iHeartRadio Chart. The new show will be co-hosted each week by a major artist and iHeartRadio’s own Romeo on the Radio, airing on all CCME CHR stations on Saturday or Sunday. The iHeartRadio Countdown will also spotlight songs outside the top 20 each week with special features such as Most Social Song, the iHeartRadio Most “Thumbed Up Song,” iHeartRadio exclusives, along with premieres and sneak peeks from that week’s guest host.
The iHeartRadio Awards will be executive produced by John Sykes and Tom Poleman of Clear Channel Media and Entertainment, Ryan Seacrest Productions and Ian Stewart and Hamish Hamilton of Done and Dusted Inc., who will produce the show for NBC Studios. Hamilton will also direct.