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The iHeartRadio Music Awards are this weekend! If you have literally no idea what these words mean, or have assumed that it refers to a new Apple product that's a radio for your heart, you're not alone. Sunday's event will only be the third in the award show's history, but the relative newbie tends to bring out all of the top names in pop music.
Expected to be in attendance this Sunday: Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, Zayn, Zendaya, and blasts from the past like Justin Timberlake and Mel B, a.k.a. Scary Spice. Red carpet style has ranged from simple minidresses to hot pink bralettes and matching trousers, so this year's will likely be a similar grab bag of looks.
An interesting note about this year's event: It'll take place at the exact same time as the American Country Music Awards, so celebrities will be forced to attend one or the other. A bonus from that, however, is that when one cuts to commercial (or gets boring), you can just switch to the other. Below, everything else you need to know.
Jason Derulo is hosting the event, which if his Carpool Karaoke is any indication, will be delightful. Performing alongside him will be Zayn, Chris Brown, DNCE, Fetty Wap, Demi Lovato, Justin Bieber, Meghan Trainor, and Iggy Azalea. There'll also be a simulcast of a performance by Pitbull and Maroon 5, who will be filmed from the March Madness Music Festival in Houston, Texas.
The iHeartRadio Music Awards differ from other awards shows like the Grammys in that the nominees are based around the iHeartRadio Chart, which considers listener feedback, streaming data, sales, online video data, and more. A few awards, however, will be chosen fans on social media, including Best Fan Army and "Meme-able Moment." Included in the latter are Left Shark, Hotline Bling, and Kanye 2020.
As a not-entirely-shocking surprise, Taylor Swift leads this year's nominations, with a total of eight, including Album of the Year and Female Artist of the Year. The Weeknd, meanwhile is up for six awards, followed by Adele, Drake, Justin Bieber, and Ed Sheeran with five nominations each.
Some of the winners have already been announced, like Adele's "Hello" for Song of the Year and Taylor Swift for Best Tour.
How to Watch
The awards show will begin at 8 p.m. EST/5 p.m. PST.
Though the event will take place at the Forum in Los Angeles, it will be broadcast live on TBS, TNT, and TruTV.