The iHeartRadio Music Festival continued on its second day and quickly turned up the heat on the mild 70 degree day in Las Vegas. Many who could not score an elusive ticket to the evening show of mega-stars at T-Mobile Arena
were able to attend the outdoor Daytime Village opposite the Luxor Hotel. The indoor festivities included another wealth of talent with Big Sean
, Kings of Leon
, Niall Horan
and Thomas Rhett
among the scheduled performers. Here are some of the best highlights from Saturday.
While the Daytime Village featured music spanning multiple genres, it was clear the fans singing and dancing along during to all the hits performed weren’t concerned with labels like country, rock, pop or hip-hop. There were sixteen scheduled artists, including: Kelsea Ballerini, Cheat Codes, All Time Low, Bleachers, Niall Horan, Halsey and Migos who performed from 11:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m., with a few surprises. Bebe Rexha was the first to welcome a guest to the stage, letting the crowd know she had "never played this song in my set before" in reference to “Back to You,” a collaboration with Louis Tomlinson, who accompanied her on stage. Shortly thereafter French Montana brought out Juicy J to join him for a couple of songs during his set. The iHeart Daytime Village sums up the iHeartMusic Festival experience in less than 8 hours, and for those lucky enough to score tickets to both events, the excitement was just getting started.
The main event brought a reprise of female empowerment that P!nk represented the night prior. Kesha
opened the second night with some new music (“Woman” and “Learn to Let Me Go”) to go with her emotionally charged single, “Praying.” Macklemore
jumped in to accompany Kesha on their new collaboration “Good Old Days.” Friday opened with strong a strong female presence but the second night at iHeartRadio complemented the lineup with Lorde, Miley Cyrus
, Bebe Rehxa
and a surprise guest appearance by Demi Lovato
Miley Cyrus treated fans with favorites “We Can’t Stop” and “Party in the USA” adding that, “It’s not a party in the USA if we don’t have equality, justice, understanding, change, expression, kindness, opportunity. I won’t stop fighting for justice for every f***ing single one of you.” Cyrus’ comments were heard loud and clear and mirrored messages of the NFL this weekend as players took to their platform to display unity against comments made by President Trump earlier in the week. She also crushed her live debut of "Week Without You" from her new album dropping this week.
Khaled flaunts his connections
didn’t waste any time teasing the crowd with his opening proclamation, “You know I got surprises right?” His short time on stage included Migos' Quavo and Chance the Rapper (who was performing across town at Life Is Beautiful) on "I'm The One"; Travis Scott strolling in to rap "Butterfly Effect" and "Goosebumps"; and Demi Lovato making a guest-appearance on "Sorry Not Sorry." DJ Khaled capped the night with French Montana on "Unforgettable," a perfect close to another epic weekend. Unforgettable indeed.
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