The Canadian vocalist took home Song of the Year for “Blinding Lights” along with the Male Artist of the Year, which Harry Styles, Justin Bieber, Post Malone and Roddy Ricch were also nominated for. Additionally, The Weekend was awarded TikTok Bop of the Year for the aforementioned No. 1 track.
Several artist returned to their thrones as best artist of the year in their respective genres: Luke Combs won Country Artist of the Year for the third consecutive year, Marshmello claimed Dance Artist of the Year for the third year in a row and H.E.R. was named R&B Artist of the Year for the second consecutive year. Other notable wins included Doja Cat for Best New Artist, “Savage” (Remix) by Megan Thee Stallion featuring Beyoncé for Best Collaboration and Roddy Ricch for Hip-Hop Artist of the Year.
Along with honoring this year’s biggest names in music, the show featured performances from The Weeknd with Ariana Grande, Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak, Dan + Shay, Doja Cat, Usher and a nominal tribute to the iHeartRadio Icon Award winner, Elton John, from Demi Lovato, Brandi Carlile and H.E.R.
The Weeknd also confirmed in his Song of the Year acceptance speech that his After Life era has officially concluded. Take a look at what the top artist had to say.