Taylor Swift, Dua Lipa and The Weeknd among iHeartRadio Music Awards winners

Taylor Swift, Dua Lipa and The Weeknd were among the winners of the iHeartRadio Music Awards, which included a performance by newlywed Ariana Grande.

Pop star Grande, 27, tied the knot with Los Angeles realtor Dalton Gomez on May 15 in an intimate ceremony with fewer than 20 guests.

She showed off her wedding ring during her performance at the Hollywood awards show, appearing on stage at the Dolby Theater with The Weeknd for their duet Save Your Tears.

There was a masked audience in person at the event, which was hosted by R&B star Usher.

The biggest prize of the evening, song of the year, was won by The Weeknd for their hit Blinding Lights.

In accepting the award, the Canadian superstar hinted at new music following the success of his most recent album After Hours.

He said, “The after-hours are over and dawn is approaching.”

The Weeknd also won the Male Artist of the Year award, while Lipa took home the female equivalent and Swift took home the award for Best Pop Album for Folklore Locking Disc.

Accepting the award in a video message, Swift said, “I have to say thank you to the fans for making this album what it was because we all needed to escape into stories, be it movies or TV or movies or music and the fact that you chose this album, I am so honored.

“And you’ve really wrapped your arms around him, so someday we can wrap ourselves around each other when we meet again, so I’m sending you the biggest hug.”

There were live performances by Usher, Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak and Doja Cat.

The latter was named Best New Pop Artist while Roddy Ricch won the Hip-Hop Artist of the Year award.

Megan Thee Stallion was the first winner at the televised ceremony taking home the award for Best Collaboration for Savage, her chart-topping title with Beyonce.

Sir Elton John received the Icon Award at the iHeartRadio Music Awards (Chris Pizzello / AP)

Sir Elton John received the iHeartRadio Icon Award and was presented on stage by Coldplay frontman Chris Martin and hip-hop star Lil Nas X.

Brandi Carlile, Demi Lovato and HER have paid a musical tribute to the veteran English rocker, with a mix of his hits Bennie And The Jets, Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me and I’m Still Standing.

As husband David Furnish filmed on his phone from the side of the stage, Sir Elton said: “It is very touching and I am very honored because when I came to Los Angeles in 1970 radio was so important. that I had never heard radio in America before because I had never been here before. But it was just amazing to me.

Sir Elton also spoke of his joy at seeing new stars arrive.

Speaking to Lil Nas X, who has been praised for proudly discussing his sexuality in his music, Sir Elton said: “Special thanks to Lil Nas X because he is a wonderful artist and has balls of steel.”

Now in their eighth year, the iHeartRadio Music Awards have celebrated the most played artists and songs on iHeartRadio stations and the iHeartRadio app throughout 2020.

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