iHeartRadio Music Awards 2019: 5 Things You Need to Know Before the Big Show

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One of music’s biggest nights is only days away!

With the 2019 iHeartRadio Music Awards coming up, it’s time to break down all that’s in store for fans come Thursday. 

As is the case every year, the ceremony will feature a handful of star-studded performances, celebrity guests, plenty of awards and, as is the case in Hollywood, maybe even a few surprises (crossing our fingers!). 

With performers like DrakeEd SheeranAriana Grande and Camila Cabello all up for statues this year, it’s bound to be a show for the pop culture history books.  

But, before a new slate of stars are dubbed iHeartRadio Music Award winners, here’s everything you need to know ahead of the show:

1. Buy This Host a Drink

This year, T-Pain is taking over hosting duties. The “Low” star, who recently won the first season of The Masked Singer last month, is having quite the exciting year already. “The blessings keep rolling in. I am grateful and honored to host this year’s iHeartRadio Music Awards,” he said in a statement. “The past two weeks have been incredible and the run continues. Thank you to everyone for all of the love and support. A special thanks to the iHeart team and FOX for having me.”

Alicia Keys, 2019 Grammys, Grammy Awards, Performance

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2. Let The Music Play

With an award show for music comes—you guessed it!—live performances…and there a plenty in store for 2019. Between Alicia Keys, Grande, HalseyKacey Musgraves, John Legend and Garth Brooks all taking the stage inside the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, you’ll be singing along the entire show. 

3. And the Nominees Are…

Of course, there would be no award show without a slate of nominees and this year, the list has all of your favorite namesCardi B leads the pack of 2019 contenders with a whopping 14 nods, followed by eight for Drake. Grande, Post MaloneMaroon 5Bruno MarsDua Lipa and Carrie Underwoodare among the other familiar names on the special list. 

Taylor Swift

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4. High Honors

In addition to the various award categories, a few stars are going home with special honors. Keys will be recognized with the iHeartRadio Innovator Award, Brooks will be named the inaugural Artist of the Decade, Halsey will get the iHeartRadio Fangirls Award and Taylor Swift will return to the iHeartRadio stage to accept the Tour of the Year Award. 

5. Time to Tune In

If all of this sounds like the perfect way to spend a Thursday night, tune in to the big show on Fox on March 14 at 8 p.m. PST. 

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