LAS VEGAS, NV (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — The fourth annual iHeartRadio Music Festival hosted by Ryan Seacrest at the MGM Grand Las Vegas wrapped up Saturday night September 21st after two days of incredible performances by today’s most popular musicians and a number of one-of-a-kind collaborations.
The multi-genre lineup included nearly 40 headliners who entertained concertgoers both on the main stage at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on the evenings of September 19th and 20th and at the iHeartRadio Music Festival Village on Saturday afternoon. Performers included Taylor Swift, Coldplay, Usher, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj, Mötley Crüe, Zac Brown Band, One Direction, Ed Sheeran, Paramore, Iggy Azalea, Train, Eric Church, Lorde, Calvin Harris, Bastille, Steve Aoki, 50 Cent, Weezer and more.
The iHeartRadio Music Festival, which debuted four years ago in celebration of the successful iHeartRadio all-in-one digital service, has quickly become one of the most talked about music events of the year. In fact, a recent study sponsored by Eventbrite and Mashwork named the iHeartRadio Music Festival among the top two most buzzed-about music festivals in America. The Festival is a live representation of the diverse music catalog that fans find and enjoy through the iHeartRadio app, which is ranked the No. 1 digital audio service with over 345 million downloads; the app reached its first 20 million registered users faster than any digital service in Internet history.
More than 20,000 music fans experienced the two-day event LIVE, including thousands of broadcast radio listeners from across the country who won all-expense-paid dream trips to Las Vegas as part of iHeartMedia’s summer-long on-air and online promotion.
The millions of fans not in Las Vegas to experience the Festival in person were able to listen and watch the iHeartRadio Music Festival live across iHeartMedia’s more than 850 radio stations in over 150 markets and via the Yahoo Live ( https://music.yahoo.com ) stream. In addition, the Festival will also return to The CW Network as an exclusive two-night television special on September 29 and 30 from 8:00-10:00 p.m.
The iHeartRadio Music Festival was a dominant social media topic throughout the weekend, and #iHeartRadio continues to trend worldwide with tweets and retweets from fans as well as artists and Festival presenters.
Highlights of the 2014 iHeartRadio Music Festival and Village
–Once again, the iHeartRadio Music Festival featured a host of thrilling collaborations and special guest appearances including Steve Aoki and Will.i.am; Ariana Grande and Childish Gambino; Usher and Chris Brown; 50 Cent and G-Unit; Ed Sheeran and Macklemore; and Calvin Harris and John Newman, who closed the 2014 Festival. Additionally, Jason Derulo, Alicia Keys and Lil John were surprise guest performers.
–The Festival drew a large number of celebrity presenters and attendees including iHeartMedia on-air personalities Elvis Duran, Bobby Bones and DJ Prostyle, Pete Wentz, Nick Jonas, Fergie, Chris Pratt, Sophia Bush, Laverne Cox, Nick Cannon, Hilary Duff and more.
–Taylor Swift was honored by the Recording Association of America and iHeartRadio to commemorate Big Machine Record’s “Shake It Off,” which was the fastest certified platinum song in 2014 and the first artist to debut No. 1 on the iHeartRadio chart.
–The iHeartRadio Music Festival Village returned to The Lot across from Luxor Hotel & Casino on Saturday afternoon with live performance by Iggy Azalea, Neon Trees, Kacey Musgraves, Childish Gambino, Magic!, The Pretty Reckless, Nico & Vinz, Lil Jon and a surprise collaboration between Fences and Macklemore. The afternoon event also featured fan zones and interactive experiences by iHeartRadio's brand partners.
Proud partners of this year’s events include: Ideal Image®, Jim Beam® Bourbon, LINE (Festival only), Macy’s, MasterCard®, MATADOR™ Beef Jerky, MGM Resorts International, Pennzoil Platinum® with PurePlus™ Technology, Pepsi Made with Real Sugar, State Farm®, Taco Bell®, The CW Network and wet n wild®. Village only: Elizabeth Arden and Keek.
In the past four years the Festival has helped raise $1.3 million for a number of national charities, including the American Association of Cancer Research, Alliance for Lupus Research, Muscular Dystrophy Association, Ryan Seacrest Foundation, CureDuchenne, Autism Speaks and many more. Additionally, the Festival plays host to a number of critically ill children and their families through its partnership with Make-a-Wish Foundation and other similar organizations.
The iHeartRadio Music Festival is co-produced by John Sykes, President of Entertainment Enterprises for iHeartMedia, and Tom Poleman, President of National Programming Platforms for iHeartMedia. For more details about the iHeartRadio Music Festival visit iHeartRadio.com/festival. –by CelebrityAccess Staff Writers