Imagine Dragons, Portugal. The Man and Judah & the Lion won big at the fifth annual iHeartRadio Music Awards (March 11). It was a show to remember, hosted by Hailey Baldwin and DJ Khaled, with unforgettable live performances from Ed Sheeran, Eminem featuring Kehlani, Cardi B, Bon Jovi, Maroon 5, Camila Cabello, Charlie Puth, and N.E.R.D and G-Eazy.
Year after year, the iHeartRadio Music Awards shines the spotlight on a multitude of genres, alternative rock included. Among this year's big winners were Imagine Dragons, Portugal. The Man, and Judah & the Lion.
Alternative Rock Song song of the year went to Portugal. The Man's "Feel It Still." The song was nominated alongside alt hits including Imagine Dragons' "Believer" and "Thunder," Thirty Seconds To Mars' "Walk On Water," and The Revivalists' "Wish I Knew You.
Imagine Dragons took home the award for Alternative Rock Artist of the Year. This last year was a big one for Imagine Dragons, as they released their latest album Evolve, which yielded hits including "Believer" and "Thunder," and earned the two Grammy nominations. The band also headed out on the road on their "Evolve World Tour."
And rounding out the alternative rock categories this year, was Judah & the Lion, who took home the award for Best New Rock/Alternative Artist, which was announced earlier in the week. The band was nominated alongside Greta Van Fleet, K.Flay, Rag'n'Bone Man, and The Revivalists. In their acceptance speech, they guys said of their win:
"Just wanted to say if you’re shocked out there, we are as well. Just blown away by the love and support that iHeart has shown us. And obviously big thanks to our team that’s been working hard, putting in the ground work in all these years. And to our family of fans that have supported us since our first Kickstarter to now, or maybe hearing our song on the radio that are jumping on our family now, big thank you so much from us. We love you guys so much. And to all the artists that made that list, huge congratulations to a great year."
Additionally Alternative Rock Album of the Year went to Imagine Dragons for their chart-topping record Evolve. The album was was the band's third full-length studio album, which included hit singles (also nominated) "Believer" and "Thunder." Evolve topped the US Alternative Albums and Top Rock Albums charts, and became certified Platinum in the United States.
Congratulations to Imagine Dragons, Portugal. The Man, and Judah & the Lion! For the full list of 2018 iHeartRadio Music Awards winners, click HERE.