This past weekend, a plethora of musicians all converged in one spot and lit up the Las Vegas strip at the iHeartRadio Festival.
Held for the fourth year in a row, iHeartRadio Festival was hosted by Ryan Seacrest and broadcasted on the CW for our viewing pleasure at home. No doubt the biggest year ever, iHeart brought the biggest acts of 2014 all to one stage. Over two-dozen artists took the stage of the MGM Grand Garden Arena, representing genres of pop, rap, R&B, country and EDM.
Stars pulled out all the stops for their larger-than-life Vegas performances. Iggy Azalea showed the crowd what makes her so “fancy”, Taylor Swift taught them how to “shake it off” and Saturday’s headliner, Calvin Harris, had the audience missing “summer” already.
But with that much entertainment in one place, it’s easy to miss a beat. But don’t worry, PC has got you covered. Here are four performances you may have missed from iHeartRadio Festival 2014.
The British import has been gaining fans on this side of the pond since 2012 as a songwriter for the likes of One Direction. This year was Sheeran’s first appearance at iHeart Radio and he definitely made it count. Starting his set, the U.K. star needed nothing but his guitar to perform “Don’t” and “The A Team”. But fifteen minutes into his show, Ed welcomed an unexpected guest on stage; Macklemore! The two then answered their screaming fans with an awesome duet version of Macklemore’s “Same Love”.
Another iHeart Radio newcomer, Lorde held her own and brought her own signature style. Much like her music, Lorde’s set was much more subdued than her fellow performers. Manning a single mic stand and wearing a comfy black and white romper and her signature dark lips, the New Zealand singer proved she didn’t need theatrics to exude her star power. The seventeen year old sang breathy, haunting versions of “Tennis Courts”, “Glory and Gore” and of course “Royals”.
Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj
As expected, Nicki Minaj commanded the stage for her half hour set, rapping tongue twisters and channeling a few of her alter egos for an a capella verse of “***Flawless Remix” as well as bouncy versions of “Super Bass” and “Anaconda”. But the highlight of her show was a perfectly timed Ariana Grande cameo around eighteen minutes in. The former Nickelodeon star, who held down a set of her own, joined Nicki to sing vocals on their current collab “Bang Bang”. Nicki was obviously appreciative for Ari’s contribution, Instagramming a poster-worthy pic of the two on stage.
These days, the British boy band doesn’t really have to do much to make a stadium full of girls go crazy. Nonetheless, the guys of 1D got together to deliver their standards on the last night of the festival. That includes everything from “Story of My Life”, and “Midnight Memories” to their debut hit “That What Makes You Beautiful”.
“We’ve been together as a band now just over four years….and on behalf of all the boys, thank you, iHeart, for knowing all the words and singing along,” Liam said during a quick band break.
Closing their set with “Best Song Ever” amid a downpour of streamers, 1D hit a high note with fans before saying goodnight.
What was your favorite performance from iHeartRadio Festival this year?