2021 iHeartRadio Music Festival: All The Jaw-Dropping Moments


This year's iHeartRadio Music Festival made its epic return to Las Vegas as many of music's biggest stars took over the stage for some unforgettable live performances in front of a room full of fans.

Dua Lipa, Cheap Trick, Walker Hayes, FINNEAS, Darius Rucker, Weezer, J. Cole and Nelly with special guests Florida Georgia Line all got the party started on Friday, September 17 at T-Mobile Arena. Lipa kicked off the evening with a dance-inducing set, followed by a nostalgic set from Cheap Trick, making way for everyone to get "Fancy Like" with Walker Hayes. Then, FINNEAS laid down a stunning performance, Darius Rucker brought back Hootie & the Blowfish, Weezer rocked the house, and J. Cole brought out a surprise guest to join him. And closing out Night One of this year's iHeartRadio Music Festival was Nelly with special guests Florida Georgia Line.

For Night Two on Saturday, September 18 Billie Eilish, Sam Hunt, The Kid LAROI, Coldplay, Lil Baby, Journey and Khalid with special guest Tate McRae hit the T-Mobile stage. Billie started the night with an unforgettable set that included a performance of her latest single "Happier Than Ever." Next up was Sam Hunt who brought the iHeart audience to his very own house party with his jam-packed country set. Not to be outdone, The Kid LAROI continued the party, performing several of his chart-topping hits. Coldplay then delivered an unforgettable performance of both their classic and new hits. Lil Baby was up next with an energy-filled performance of his club bangers. The rapper was followed by Khalid, who performed several of his fan-favorite hits before bringing out his special guest Tate McRae. Journey closed out the night, concluding Night Two of this year's iHeartRadio Music Festival with a rockin' set.

If you missed any of the action this weekend, you can relive the 2021 iHeartRadio Music Festival by tuning in to The CW Network on Saturday, October 2nd and Sunday, October 3rd from 8-10 pm ET/PT for a two-night television special.

Keep scrolling below for all of the highlights from the 2021 iHeartRadio Music Festival.

Dua Lipa

Dua Lipa gave everyone a dose of Future Nostalgia and had everyone on their feet and dancing along to hits like "Physical," "New Rules," "Love Again," "Levitating" and more.

2021 iHeartRadio Music Festival - Night 1 – Show

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2021 iHeartRadio Music Festival - Night 1 – Show

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2021 iHeartRadio Music Festival - Night 1 – Show

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Cheap Trick

Cheap Trick treated everyone to a trip down memory lane with performances of their biggest hits over the years, including "I Want You to Want Me," "Dream Police" and "Surrender."

2021 iHeartRadio Music Festival - Night 1 – Show

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2021 iHeartRadio Music Festival - Night 1 – Show

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2021 iHeartRadio Music Festival - Night 1 – Backstage

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2021 iHeartRadio Music Festival - Night 1 – Show

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Walker Hayes

Walker Hayes had everyone singing about Applebees on a date night and Oreo shakes with his hit song "Fancy Like."

2021 iHeartRadio Music Festival - Night 1 – Show

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2021 iHeartRadio Music Festival - Night 1 – Show

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2021 iHeartRadio Music Festival - Night 1 – Show

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FINNEAS

FINNEAS is dropping his debut album, Optimist, next month, and previewed the project with his iHeartRadio Music Festival set — and rocked the house with his closing song "The 90s."

2021 iHeartRadio Music Festival - Night 1 – Show

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2021 iHeartRadio Music Festival - Night 1 – Show

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2021 iHeartRadio Music Festival - Night 1 – Show

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Darius Rucker

Darius not only performed some of his country hits ... he brought back Hootie & the Blowfish with "Only Wanna Be With You." And, what's more iconic than closing with fan favorite "Wagon Wheel?"

2021 iHeartRadio Music Festival - Night 1 – Show

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2021 iHeartRadio Music Festival - Night 1 – Show

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2021 iHeartRadio Music Festival - Night 1 – Show

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Weezer

Weezer rocked the house with all the fan favorites like "Beverly Hills," "Hash Pipe," "Holiday In The Sun," their Toto cover of "Africa," "Say It Ain't So" and "Buddy Holly" ... all with Rivers Cuomo in an iconic mullet and mustache.

2021 iHeartRadio Music Festival - Night 1 – Show

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2021 iHeartRadio Music Festival - Night 1 – Show

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2021 iHeartRadio Music Festival - Night 1 – Show

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2021 iHeartRadio Music Festival - Night 1 – Show

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J. Cole

It's a Cole world and we're just living in it. Fresh off the basketball court, J. Cole took over the stage to perform songs including "London," "Power Trip," "No Role Modelz" and even brought out Bas to perform "The Jackie."

2021 iHeartRadio Music Festival - Night 1 – Show

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2021 iHeartRadio Music Festival - Night 1 – Show

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2021 iHeartRadio Music Festival - Night 1 – Show

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Nelly with Special Guests Florida Georgia Line

Nelly closed out Night One with an amazing performance of fan favorites (the nostalgia was REAL) — including a few of his collaborations with Florida Georgia Line.

2021 iHeartRadio Music Festival - Night 1 – Show

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2021 iHeartRadio Music Festival - Night 1 – Show

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2021 iHeartRadio Music Festival - Night 1 – Show

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NIGHT 2

Billie Eilish

The 19-year-old artist opened up the second and final night of the festival alongside her brother and collaborator Finneas on backup vocals. Billie's electric setlist consisted of fan-favorite songs from her 2019 album When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? and her sophomore outing Happier Than Ever.

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Sam Hunt

The country crooner turned the iHeartRadio Music Festival stage into his very own house party.

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Photo: Greg Noire for iHeartRadio

Photo: Greg Noire for iHeartRadio

Coldplay

Just when you thought the 2021 iHeartRadio Music Festival couldn't get any better, Coldplay hit the T-Mobile Arena stage to perform some new tracks like their latest single "Higher Power" and some fan-favorites, including "Viva La Vida and "Fix You."

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Lil Baby

Baby dipped in his 2017 bag and gave the audience a dose of nostalgia, performing "My Dawg". But the fun didn't stop there. It wouldn't be a Lil Baby show if fans didn't get to hear his 2020 TikTok anthem, "Woah" -- which he performed alongside a few young TikTok dancers.

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Photo: Greg Noire for iHeartRadio

Photo: Greg Noire for iHeartRadio

Khalid

The 23-year-old soul singer vibed out along with fans to his hit records "Talk", "Young, Dumb & Broke" and "OTW". He also surprised the crowd by bringing out Tate McRae to perform their summer anthem "working".

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Photo: Todd Owyoung for iHeartRadio

THE Kid LAROI

After hitting the Daytime Stage earlier in the day, the 18-year-old Aussie returned to the iHeartRadio Music Festival stage to deliver several of his fan-favorite hits.

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Photo: Greg Noire for iHeartRadio

Photo: Greg Noire for iHeartRadio

Journey

The band got the crowd off their feet with striking vocals from Arnel Pineda and rock star performances from Neil Schon, Jonathan Cain, Deen Castronovo, and Marco Mendoza. They saved 'Don't Stop Believin' for the big finale, of course, and the crowd was showered with confetti as the final notes played.

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