The iHeartRadio Music Awards was hosted by Jamie Foxx this year. While the singer-comedian received his fair share of laughs, one of his jokes received a ton of criticism. Foxx began his monologue by poking fun at Suge Knight’s hit-and-run murder trial, and then he made fun of Bruce Jenner’s alleged transition from male to female. “We got some groundbreaking performances here too tonight. We got Bruce Jenner who will be here doing some musical performances. He’s doing a his and her duet by himself.” Foxx said. Some people in the audience nervously laughed, while most of the audience members didn’t laugh at all. Those who went on social media to voice their opinion posted that Foxx’s joke about Jenner was tasteless and ignorant. Some people even accused Foxx of transphobia (transgender phobia).
Despite Foxx’s “offensive” joke, the awards show had a lot of positive moments worth celebrating. Jennifer Hudson and Iggy Azalea performed “Trouble,” while Nick Jonas performed his hit “Chains.” The other performances from the night included Meghan Trainor (“Dear Future Husband“), Jason Derulo (“Want To Want Me“), Jason Aldean (“Burnin’ It Down”), Snoop Dogg (“Peaches N Cream“), Nate Ruess (“Nothing Without Love”), Jamie Foxx and Chris Brown (“You Changed Me“), Kelly Clarkson (“Heartbeat Song“), and Florida Georgia Line (“Sun Daze”). Arguably the two most talked about performances of the night included Rihanna performing her new song “Bitch Better Have My Money,” and Taylor Swift joined Madonna onstage to perform “Ghosttown.”
Besides the performances, the awards show also handed out a few trophies. Taylor Swift received the Artist of the Year award, Song of the Year honor for “Shake It Off,” and Best Lyrics trophy for “Blank Space.” The Best New Artist award went to Sam Smith, and Jason Aldean’s “Burnin’ It Down” was named Country Song of the Year.
The rest of the winners include 5 Seconds of Summer (Best Fan Army Award), Brantley Gilbert (Renegade Award), Jeremih featuring YG “Don’t Tell ‘Em” (Hip Hop/R&B Song of the Year), Jessie J/Ariana Grande/Nicki Minaj “Bang Bang” (Best Collaboration), Calvin Harris “Summer” (Dance Song of the Year), and Hozier “Take Me to Church” (Alternative Rock Song of the Year”).
The biggest honor of the night went to Justin Timberlake, who received the Innovator Award. During his acceptance speech, the pop singer thanked his fans, ‘N Sync bandmates, and his wife (Jessica Biel) who he referred to as his best friend.
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