IHEARTMEDIA AND NBC ANNOUNCE THE RETURN OF THE IHEARTRADIO MUSIC AWARDS LIVE ON MARCH 29
Second Edition of Telecast Returns to Historic Shrine Auditorium for Performance-Filled Three-Hour Show
NEW YORK, N.Y. and UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif January 7, 2015 – iHeartMedia and NBC announced today that the successful iHeartRadio Music Awards will return on Sunday, March 29, 2015 live on NBC from 8-11 p.m. ET/PT from the historic Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. The awards will again be broadcast live simultaneously on iHeartMedia stations nationwide and across the iHeartRadio digital music platform.
The inaugural 2014 three hour iHeartRadio Music Awards telecast showcased the year’s biggest artists and songs determined by the iHeartRadio Chart and music fans nationwide. The music of the iHeartRadio app came to life at the show, with performances by recording stars Pitbull, Ariana Grande, Blake Shelton, Pharrell, Shakira, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Kendrick Lamar, Luke Bryan, Arcade Fire, Ed Sheeran, Bastille and Usher – in a world premiere performance of the new Michael Jackson song “Love Never Felt So Good.”
Beyoncé, Katy Perry, Imagine Dragons, Chris Martin, Lorde, Lil Jon, Hilary Duff, Joe Manganiello, Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs, Juanes, Bobby Bones, Steven Tyler, Lady Gaga, Gwen Stefani, Jennifer Lopez, Ryan Seacrest, Selena Gomez, Lionel Richie, Oprah Winfrey and more made special guest appearances.
The 2014 iHeartRadio Music Awards drew an audience of more than 5.5 million which was up 86 percent vs. the time period average, a significant increase for NBC in the 10 p.m. hour among adults 18-49.
“We are in touch with music fans 365 days a year. Last year’s inaugural iHeartRadio Music Awards was not only a ratings success, but also the beginning of a powerful new awards show franchise that accurately reflects and showcases the artists and music the American public truly loves. NBC has proven their music prowess and have become great partners on this show” said John Sykes, President of Entertainment Enterprises, iHeartMedia Inc.
“Our partners at iHeartRadio and Done + Dusted brought to life an awards show unlike any other, and we’re thrilled its returning to celebrate another great year in music through unprecedented artist performances and innovative storytelling,” said Paul Telegdy President of Alternative and Late Night Programming. “NBC continues its legacy as the home of can’t miss entertainment for music fans of all ages.”
“It’s quite staggering to think that this time last year no-one had heard of The iHeartRadio Music Awards and now the media impressions are in the billions. Couple that with the artists having so much fun last year and that’s an amazingly exciting way to go into year two,” said Ian Stewart, President of Done + Dusted Inc.
Among the many winners of the 2014 awards, as chosen by fans using hashtags to cast more than 65 million votes across Facebook and Twitter, were Rihanna for artist of the year, Lorde for best new artist, Rihanna’s “Stay” for song of the year and “Demons,” from the Imagine Dragons, for alt rock song of the year. The iHeartRadio Music Awards also generated an incredible social footprint: the award show was a dominant social media topic throughout the week of the show, with #iHeartAwards trending No. 1 on Twitter throughout the night.
More information about the 2015 iHeartRadio Music Awards including the venue, award categories and more will be announced soon.
The iHeartRadio Music Awards will be executive produced by John Sykes, Tom Poleman, Liz Kelly of iHeartMedia and Ian Stewart and Hamish Hamilton of Done and Dusted Inc., who will also produce the show for NBC Studios. Hamilton will also direct.
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With 245 million monthly listeners in the U.S., 97 million monthly digital uniques and 196 million monthly consumers of its Total Traffic and Weather Network, iHeartMedia has the largest reach of any radio or television outlet in America. It serves over 150 markets through 859 owned radio stations, and the company’s radio stations and content can be heard on AM/FM, HD digital radio, satellite radio, on the Internet at iHeartRadio.com and on the company’s radio station websites, on the iHeartRadio mobile app, in enhanced auto dashes, on tablets and smartphones, and on gaming consoles.
iHeartRadio, iHeartMedia’s digital radio platform, is the No. 1 all-in-one digital audio service with over 500 million downloads; it reached its first 20 million registered users faster than any digital service in Internet history and reached 50 million users faster than any digital music service and even faster than Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest. The company’s operations include radio broadcasting, online, mobile, digital and social media, live concerts and events, syndication, music research services and independent media representation.
About NBC Entertainment
NBC Entertainment develops and schedules programming for the network’s primetime, late-night, and daytime schedules. NBC’s quality programs and balanced lineup have earned the network critical acclaim, numerous awards and ratings success. The network finished the 2013-14 season as No. 1 in the 18-49 demo for the first time in 10 years. NBC has earned more Emmy Awards than any network in television history. NBC’s roster of popular scripted comedies includes the critically acclaimed “Parks and Recreation,” as well as “About a Boy” and “Marry Me.” NBC’s drama slate is highlighted by “The Blacklist,” veteran series “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” fan favorites “Parenthood,” “Grimm,” “The Night Shift,” “Chicago Fire” and “Chicago P.D.,” as well as its new series “Allegiance,” “A.D.,” “Odyssey” and “The Slap.”
Unscripted series for NBC include the Emmy Award-winning musical competition hit “The Voice” as well as “The Biggest Loser,” “Hollywood Game Night” and the perennial #1 most-watched summer series, “America’s Got Talent.”
In late night, NBC regularly delivers #1 broadcast results with “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” “Last Call with Carson Daly” and “Saturday Night Live.” NBC Daytime’s “Days of our Lives” consistently ranks among daytime’s top programs in the valuable women 18-34 category. The five-time, Emmy Award-winning NBC.com streams full episodes and provides original content for NBC entertainment shows online and through apps for mobile and tablet devices.
NBC recently launched NBC Kids, a new Saturday morning programming block designed specifically to address the developmental needs of preschool-aged children. Programmed by the kids’ experts at Sprout, the nation’s first 24-hour preschool television channel, this new three-hour block will feature educational series that promote active, healthy lifestyles for younger children.
Since its founding 15 years ago, Done + Dusted has made a name for itself as one of the biggest global live events and television production companies capable of executing a live show or concert from concept to broadcast in every medium and every film format worldwide. What they’ve learned along the way is applicable to any event, particularly now that many events of all types and sizes have both in-person and remote audiences. Some of their most recognized events they have produced include Madonna at Brixton Academy, which was the first live music event to crash the Internet, they are the only independent production company in history to film an Olympic and Para-Olympic Opening and Closing Ceremonies (London), produced the largest televised event in UAE history, produced the first intercontinental 3D broadcast, and countless other firsts. Recent producing projects include: the 2014 Laureus World Sports Awards from Malaysia, the 2014 iHeartRadio Music Awards, the 2014 Nickelodeon Kids Choice Sports Awards and 2014 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in London.