Written by Emilee Lindner • Photography by Shirlaine Forrest/Getty Images • June 19, 2017
Drake won big on Sunday night when the 2017 iHeartRadio Much Music Video Awards took off in Toronto. The rapper won most buzzworthy Canadian artist, beating out Justin Bieber, The Weeknd, Cara and Shawn Mendes, along with single of the year for "One Dance."But it was the performances, not the wins, that delivered the hottest moments of the night. With 10 artists taking the stage, there was plenty of entertainment to comb through. Here are five sets that got fans pumped:
Often, you'll find Lorde performing on stage by herself, symbolizing the isolation she requires to produce such intelligent pop. But after dishing out the first half of new song "Green Light," the New Zealander switched gears and joined a chorus of Adidas-clad young people. Standing in the middle of them, she sang Melodrama closer "Perfect Places," with her peers backing her up.
Niall Horan met fans in a smaller venue to perform "Slow Hands," his tune that follows his career in boy band One Direction. The singer, with his acoustic guitar strapped to him, came under the spotlight on a catwalk to seranade a (clearly) very loving audience with the sweet "This Town." Halfway through he switched gears, transitioning into the more swanky "Slow Hands," making fans go wild.
Before launching in to "Crying in the Club," her first solo single since leaving Fifth Harmony, Cabello dedicated the song to her father, Alejandro Cabello, "because it's Father's Day." Flanked by dancers and wearing all black, she bounced along to the fiery track, which will be featured on her upcoming LP, The Hurting The Healing The Loving. The performance took on a haunted music box theme, with ballerina dancers twirling mechanically around her on her rooftop stage.
The Australia rapper is back with her new song "Switch," and brought along some dancers to help her spread her new music to the MMVAs. In a yellow jumpsuit, Iggy Azalea rapped the verses, which flip her voice up to a higher register and has her exercising her voice to a place we haven't hear it before. As for the chorus, Anitta's vocals played over the speakers and Azalea indulged in some synchronized choreography.
Imagine Dragons took the prize for Best International Group on Sunday night, and to celebrate, they came prepared with their new song "Believer." The band, which has constantly shown that they can swirl together pop with a hard rock sound, had frontman Dan Reynolds running up the catwalk and interacting with fans. Later on, they revealed an entire drum line of darkly clad individuals, and the confetti-filled finale had Reynolds waving a Canadian flag. Catch Imagine Dragons on tour with tickets here.