What are the iHeartRadio Music Awards? Excellent question! In fact, we’re willing to bet that most of the artists performing don’t even know what they are, or why they’re there. What’s that? There were free drinks? Ah, got it.
Anyway, this is happening, so let’s do this werq. Pitbull and G.R.L. started things off with a comically lip-synched performance of “Wild Wild Love” — the only thing more artificial than the vocals was the half-yacht they performed on. Then that joyous harmonica riff from “Timber” kicked in, and we thought we were about to witness Kesha‘s triumphant return to music… but instead it was just more Pit, with Kesha on the backing track. Surely setting the tone for what will be a night full of disappointments.
Below, watch that and all the rest of the performances as we update the post throughout the show.
Pitbull & G.R.L. — “Wild Wild Love/Timber”
Luke Bryan — “That’s My Kind Of Night”
Bastille — “Pompeii”
Ed Sheeran — “The A Team/Sing”
Ariana Grande — “The Way/Problem”
Usher just dancing to Michael Jackson’s “Love Never Felt So Good”
Kendrick Lamar — “California Love/m.A.A.d city”
30 Seconds To Mars — “City Of Angels”
Shakira — ”Empire”
Blake Shelton — “Doin’ What She Likes”
Arcade Fire — “Normal Person”
Pharrell — “Come Get It Bae/Blurred Lines/Get Lucky/Happy”
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