This year’s iHeartRadio Music Awards are gearing up to rival the Grammy’s stage with their performance roster. Today, at a press conference in New York, the first group of performers was announced. Fan favorites Ed Sheeran, Cardi B, Camila Cabello, Maroon 5, Charlie Puth and the Backstreet Boys will all be performing during the live telecast on March 1st.
This marks a shift from the performance music fans watched this past weekend. Ed Sheeran, who was a no-show at the Grammy’s, but is a massive fan favorite, will likely perform his smash hit “Perfect” on the Vegas stage. But will it be in its original incarnation or will it be a surprise performance with Beyoncé? However, his performance could also be a medley of the songs “Shape of You” and “Castle on the Hill,” the first singles off of his Divide album, as he’s prone to mix songs at his live show.
Cardi B and Camila Cabello did perform at the Grammy’s, however, both were part of ensemble performances. Cardi B has performed on last year’s VMA pre-show, but not alone on an awards show. But with a hit like “Bodak Yellow,” fans can rest assured the performance will be a smash. Cabello has plenty of experience with her former group Fifth Harmony, but having only introduced herself as a solo artist late last year, she only has her American Music Awards solo performance to her name.
Backstreet Boys are an interesting choice for the iHeartRadio Awards as the group hasn’t released new music since their collaboration with Country music duo Florida Georgia Line, “God, Your Mama and Me,” from their 2016 album, Dig Your Roots. Does this mean that their much talked about, but as of yet announced or released album may finally be ready to make its debut, with a premiere at the awards show?
Another round of performers is expected to be announced soon. Harry Styles, who performed last year, could be a potential performer, as well as his former One Direction bandmate Niall Horan, who could perform with country’s Maren Morris. Miley Cyrus would be a smart choice as “Malibu” was one of last year’s biggest hits. It’s unlikely that after skipping the Grammy’s to focus on the SuperBowl halftime show that Justin Timberlake will perform. P!nk, after a gripping performance at the Grammy’s, would be a wise choice as well as Florida Georgia Line, Luis Fonsi with last year’s smash “Despacito” or Thomas Rhett.
Fans still have the chance to vote for various categories including “Best Fan Army,” an award sponsored by Taco Bell, which is a genius marketing ploy by the Millennial favorite food chain. Tickets for the iHeartRadio Award show may also be purchased here.