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The 2016 iHeartRadio Music Festival went down this past weekend in Las Vegas and had no shortage of star-studded performances and A-list appearances.
The daytime portion of the festival included performances from Alessia Cara, DNCE, Sam Hunt, Jeremih, The Chainsmokers, Tinashe and more, while the indoor nighttime concert included Pitbull, Britney Spears, Tears for Fears, U2, Billy Idol, The Backstreet Boys, Usher, Hailee Steinfeld, Ariana Grande, Sia and Sting.
From a pop star’s throwback look to the return of a beloved boy band, here are the best and biggest moments from the 2016 iHeartRadio Music Festival.
Britney Spears Did It Again
Britney Spears bared her belly and rocked the double pony to give fans at the iHeartRadio Music Festival a flashback to Spears’ “…Baby One More Time!” era. The singer looked like no time has passed since her debut onto the pop scene in 1998, showing off her impressive dance moves and getting hot and heavy with her “Make Me” duet partner G-Eazy. It looks like Vegas and her successful residency agrees with Spears.
The Backstreet Boys Are Back (Alright?)
Speaking of Las Vegas, fellow ’90s heartthrobs The Backstreet Boys are following in the footsteps of Ms. Spears and heading to the famous strip for a residency. The five members of BSB made the announcement over the weekend while performing at the iHeartRadio Music Festival, successfully making dreams come true for anyone who grew up in the nineties.
The ’80s Returned
While Spears and BSB were bringing back the ’90s, there were a few artists rocking like it was 1983. Tears For Fears, Sting, U2 and Billy Idol all took the stage to remind fans that age ain’t nothing but a number.
Billy Idol And Miley Cyrus Did A Rebel Yell
It takes a rebel to know a rebel, so when Billy Idol and Miley Cyrus hit the stage together this weekend, we weren’t surprised. We just wanted more, more, more.
Sia Brought Her Videos To Life
Maddie Ziegler has starred in five of Sia’s last six music videos, so for her weekend set at the iHeartRadio Music Festival, the Australian singer enlisted the help of the young dancer to bring her music videos to life. The performance proved that sometimes a leotard and a lot of emotion are all you need to fill a stage.
Usher’s Moves Moved The Crowd
In 1997, Usher broke into the pop and R&B scene with his smooth voice and even smoother dance moves in his video for “You Make Me Wanna.” It’s been almost twenty years, and after this weekend’s performance at the iHeartRadio Music Festival we’re calling it – Usher is Benjamin Button’ing us. Did we mention he already performed earlier that day at the Global Citizen Festival…in New York?!
Couldn’t make it to the big event? Don’t beat yourself up. The 2016 iHeartRadio Music Festival will be airing in Canada on CTV Two, and here’s when you can watch it!
Night One: Thursday, Oct. 6, from 8:00pm to 10:00pm ET.
Night Two: Friday, Oct. 7, from 8:00pm to 10:00pm ET.