Though Thursday night’s iHeartRadio Music Awards have been wrapped for a few minutes now hours now, its hype is still being felt by artists and fans alike.
The show, which was live at Los Angeles’ famed Dolby Theatre, was hosted by Usher and features a whole host of our favorite stars. It kicked off with an electrifying performance by The Weeknd and Ariana Grande, who automatically caught everyone’s attention ahead of another highly-anticipated appearance.
Scroll to see who soon showed up for their acceptance speech..
Megan The Stallion Recalls Getting The Beyoncé Collab Call
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Obtaining the first award of the night was the savage herself: Yes, Megan Thee Stallion appeared early on in the evening to accept her award for “Best Collaboration” for her same-titled song with Beyoncé.
She began her acceptance speech by saying that, ahead of hearing who would be accompanying her on the new remix track, Megan set out “to see good news trending” and “good news number one.”
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It turns out she even almost couldn’t contain her creativity when word rolled through that Queen B would be joining her.
Megan Thee Soon-To-Be Hospital Administrator
“Beyoncé’s on the remix,” Megan recalled her manager saying. He then told her to revise a verse to accommodate the remix, which she reports re-re-recording in her living room right after receiving the phone call.
The rapper – full name Megan Jovon Ruth Pete – is simultaneously juggling this bustling music career as she finishes up her Bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Management from Texas Southern University. She shares her hometown of Houston with aforementioned icon Beyoncé, both of which are equally as proud of their original stomping grounds.
Up-And-Comer Gabby Barrett Wins Big Again, Even After BBMAs Tank
Next up to the metaphorical bat was country up-and-comer Gabby Barrett. The 21-year-old took home a top prize in her genre for “Best New Country Artist” … a similar crown to the three she took home earlier this week at Sunday’s Billboard Music Awards.
Whereas the BBMAs were shown on NBC, the iHeart Awards were hosted on competitor network FOX. Trade publication “The Wrap” headlined that Billboard Awards actually “[sunk] to a new low” amongst their viewership, adding in the article that the show “did very little for their host network.”
A decidedly interesting point at the iHeart Awards was midway through, when the master of multi-genre music Taylor Swift made a special appearance via video.
Taylor Swift Takes Home Top Prizes While Working In The Studio
Swift, 31, showed up from an allegedly London-based studio to thank her followers for voting towards her coveted Best Pop Album prize.
As “Elle” already acknowledged: “Tonight’s honors come after Swift won the Billboard Music Awards’ Top Female Artist and Top Billboard 200 Artist awards on Sunday. She was also given the BRIT Awards‘ Global Icon Award on May 11.
Though the studio backdrop is speculated by some as simply being a green screen, it’s also thought by another camp that Swift might actually be re-recording one of her biggest albums – 2014’s “1989.”
See Taylor’s two-minute acceptance speech: