After two days and dozens of legendary performances, the ninth annual iHeartRadio Music Festival hosted by Ryan Seacrest concluded on Saturday evening at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas with memorable performances by Alicia Keys, Backstreet Boys, Cage The Elephant, Camila Cabello, Chance The Rapper, Def Leppard, French Montana, Green Day, Halsey, Heart, H.E.R., Hootie & The Blowfish, Marshmello with Special Guest Kane Brown, Miley Cyrus, Mumford & Sons, Steve Aoki with special guests Darren Criss and Monsta X, Tim McGraw, Zac Brown Band and more.
The iconic weekend-long concert event included the biggest names in music across all genres on the main stage at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on the evenings of September 20 and September 21, and at the Daytime Stage at the iHeartRadio Music Festival on Saturday afternoon at the Las Vegas Festival Grounds, which featured performances by Juice WRLD, Maren Morris, Billie Eilish, Old Dominion, H.E.R., Zara Larsson, CNCO, Brett Young, FLETCHER, Monsta X, Bryce Vine, Lauv and Loud Luxury.
Among the event’s highlights were Heart, who rocked the packed house at the T-Mobile Arena on Friday night. The iconic band delivered powerful vocals and performed hits like ‘Magic Man,’ ‘What About Love’ and ‘Crazy On You,’ and wowed the crowd with green lasers during ‘Barracuda.’
Elsewhere, Hootie & the Blowfish entertained the huge crowd on Friday night with hits like ‘Hold My Hand,’ ‘Let Her Cry,’ ‘Time’ and crowd favourite ‘Only Wanna Be With You.’ The group then surprised everyone by playing the song ‘Hold On’ from the upcoming Imperfect Circle, their first new album in 14 years. They surprised fans with their own rendition of Kool and the Gang’s ‘Get Down On It’ to end their set.
Halsey pulled out all the stops during her time on the iHeartRadio Music Festival stage, performing a series of her hits including ‘Gasoline,’ ‘Bad At Love,’ ‘Nightmare’ and ‘Without Me.’ In addition, she treated fans to her first live performance of her latest single, ‘Graveyard.’
Def Leppard, meanwhile, immediately had the audience on their feet and screaming when they took the stage. The band kicked off their epic set with ‘Promises,’ followed by their 1987 hit, ‘Animal’ and the legendary ‘Pour Some Sugar On Me.’
By comparison, Mumford & Sons began their set with ‘Guiding Light’ off their latest album, Delta, followed by their hit song ‘The Cave.’ During the band’s set, they said the event boasted the “most eclectic line-up of musicians” that they “never thought [they] would be lucky enough to share a line-up with.”
In the past nine years, the iHeart Radio Music Festival has helped raise $2 million for a number of charities including the American Association for Cancer Research, Ryan Seacrest Foundation, Musicians on Call, Augie’s Quest to Cure ALS, Lalela, The Genesis Foundation for Children, Community Foundation of NW Mississippi, City of Hope, Lupus Research Alliance, Camp Southern Ground, Kristen Ann Carr Fund and many more. Additionally, the Festival plays host to a number of critically ill children and their families through its long-term partnership with the Make-a-Wish Foundation.