I Heart Radio festival takes over Las Vegas with epic first night
If you missed the action at I Heart Radio day one never fear. We have the full play by play for you from Billboard right here.
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U2, Sia & a surprise Miley Cyrus appearance are also highlights from the first night in Vegas.
Fans inside Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena on Friday night (Sept. 23) for the iHeartRadio Music Festival were blown away by emotional and energetic sets from U2, Drake, Sia, Twenty One Pilots and more — and we’re only halfway through this thing.
But before we move on to Britney Spears, Sting and the rest of the Saturday night lineup, take a look at what you might have missed from night one of #iHeartFestival:
7:09 p.m. PT: Los 5 — winners of the Macy’s Rising Star competition — kick off the show. The Latin pop quintet includes members from Mexico, Argentina and Brazil. Last year, the contest’s winner was Voice alum Christina Grimmie, who was fatally shot at her Orlando concert this past summer.
7:42 p.m.:Billy Idol starts his set with a fiery bang, launching into back-to-back hits: “Dancing With Myself” and “White Wedding.”
7:59 p.m.: And Idol really lights the night up when Miley Cyrus joins him for “Rebel Yell.” “I’m singing with Billy f—ing Idol!” the new Voice coach yells from the stage.
8:10 p.m.: Newly engaged Bachelorette couple Jordan Rodgers and JoJo Fletcher announce country star Sam Hunt. JoJo told reporters backstage that she loves his music — and so does friend and onetime romantic rival Lauren Bush, who is about to star on Ben & Lauren: Happily Ever After? with Bachelor fiancé Ben Higgins, premiering Oct. 11 on Freeform.
8:22 p.m.: Hunt turns T-Mobile Arena into his own personal “House Party.”
9:09 p.m.:OneRepublic closes out an almost half-hour set with “Counting Stars,” as frontman Ryan Tedder makes his way through the crowd to grab dozens of lucky fans’ hands and take a few selfies.
9:27 p.m.:Sia offers one of her first showings of latest single “The Greatest” — which she debuted live earlier this month at the Apple live-stream event — and her performance-art soul mate Maddie Ziegler brings the video’s Orlando tribute to life in a stirring dance.
9:44 p.m.: While walking between the arena and the backstage press area, the crowds were momentarily held in a corral while mystery artists made their way through. It turned out to be U2 being shuttled to the stage area to get ready for their show-closing set.9:49 p.m.:Twenty One Pilots show off the impressive roster of hits they have stacked up over the past year, starting with “Heathens” and running through “Stressed Out” and “Ride,” of course.
Pictures courtesy of Tom Donoghue
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