LOS ANGELES — The iHeartRadio Music Awards are getting a big face lift in 2019.
The fête being relocated from Inglewood, Calif., to L.A. Live — right in the heart of a reinvigorated downtown core.
With a shift in venue also comes a big shift in how TV viewers will be able to enjoy the annual awards show: It’s moving from three Turner Broadcasting cable networks to the FOX network, bringing it to broadcast TV and widening its potential audience.
The iHeart awards are “fan-driven,” and the 2019 event will take place March 14 from Microsoft Theater. The 2018 event was held March 11 at The Forum, the former home of the Los Angeles Kings and Lakers and is now exclusively used as a innovative live music venue.
Now, like the Kings and Lakers, iHeart is set on L.A. Live — the sports and entertainment complex that has served as a growth and renaissance engine for downtown Los Angeles.
FOX will air the awards during a live telecast set for a Thursday evening, airing 8-10pm Eastern and tape-delayed for the West Coast and Hawaii. That marks a change from a Sunday evening telecast on TBS, TNT and TruTV.
In addition to the TV coverage, a host of iHeart-owned and operated radio stations will be broadcasting live audio of the awards show to further build its stature against such pre-existing music celebratory events as the Grammy awards and the Dick Clark-conceived American Music Awards.
The iHeartRadio Music Awards are now in its sixth year.
Performing artists and guests are forthcoming.
“This is a show that is truly controlled by music fans, because it celebrates the artists and songs that they listened to all year long on our 850 broadcast radio stations and the iHeartRadio app,” said John Sykes, President of Entertainment Enterprises for iHeartMedia. “FOX has established itself as a premier television destination for music fans, which has made it a natural home for our Awards.”
Fox Broadcasting President of Alternative Entertainment and Specials Rob Wade added, “There’s no more powerful brand in the business than iHeartRadio. iHeartRadio is fans’ first stop to listen to their favorite artists and find the next breakout star. We’re proud to be their partner as we honor this year’s biggest music artists.”
Want to attend? Tickets go on sale January 16 at axs.com.