Justin Timberlake To Receive The ‘iHeartRadio Innovator Award’


Justin Timberlake is to receive the ‘iHeartRadio Innovator Award’ at this year’s ‘iHeartRadio Awards‘, set to be honoured for his unmatched success in the music industry since his debut in the early 90s.

“Justin is one of the most dynamic artists of our lifetime, a visionary whose influence on pop culture starts with brilliant music and stretches well beyond,” declared Tom Poleman, President of National Programming Platforms for iHeartMedia. “I’m amazed how he regularly breaks barriers that continue to shape and define music trends. We’re thrilled to recognize him amongst his peers—who also proudly call themselves his fans.”

He will receive the enviable gong when the iHeartRadio Music Awards airs live from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on March 29 at 8 p.m. on NBC.

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  1. Blue Ivy Rod (SlayMaticThinksImSlayriah) March 16, 2015

    What the f***? an innovator award? What’s next, the most VEVO views or how many grammies you have? I bet Justina whined about not being able to have a special award so they made this s*** up for him

    • seethe March 16, 2015

      That’s a very ignorant comment.

      • vol_up March 16, 2015

        Don’t worry. That person probably calls Beyonce “his kween”.

    • SMH March 16, 2015

      That’s a very TRUE comment.

  2. mIbo March 16, 2015

    I love that guy.

  3. Funkyyyall March 16, 2015

    What a f****** joke.

    • ? March 16, 2015

      And yet if Beyonce, Rihanna or some other basic ass got that award most of you would be squealing like idiots. Hipocritical much?

  4. BeyIsKing March 16, 2015

    Talent yes. Innovative? In what world?

  5. SMH March 16, 2015

    This boy’s career is the biggest example of white privilege in the entire industry. usher outdoes him on every level in every area, and he didn’t need Mickey Mouse or a boy band to do it either.

    • vol_up March 16, 2015

      In what world? Your crazy one?

      • SMH March 16, 2015

        The real world, dear. Sorry that the delusional world you live in prevents you from seeing that.

      • vol_up March 16, 2015

        Ok. I’ll just wait for usher to come back from Hasbeenland.Do you think it will happen in this lifetime?

      • IDM March 16, 2015

        He came back from has been world in 2010 with omg b****

    • rihanna used up w**** March 17, 2015

      Usher does not outdo him on being accesible to mainstream,/

      Usher does not outdo his videos, style and lyrics.

  6. Teflon Boy March 16, 2015

    It’s true, he’s hardly an innovator considering his sound was already quite omnipresent within black culture when he piggy backed onto it and brought it to a white audience. If anything Timbaland and Neptunes deserve this award.

    • moniq March 16, 2015

      And? I don’t see people denying work of MJ, Beyonce and others when they also had producers and writers. At least JT is seriously involved in what he creates. The same standarts have to be applied to all, not just to the white guy.

  7. Mark111 March 16, 2015

    It’s an iheart radio award, might as well be a kid’s choice. Who cares, lol.

  8. gina March 16, 2015

    Gurl bye! They just making up awards for any old thing nowadays. Iheart radio? #ByeFelicia

  9. Stephy March 16, 2015

    Innovator of what? He’s a MJ understudy… ZZZzzzzzz

  10. christinastherealtalent March 16, 2015


    Just like the industry creates these random awards to give your fave! And how she’s bought most of her awards including Grammy’s.

    • Blue Ivy Rod (SlayMaticThinksImSlayriah) March 16, 2015

      It was the first ever icon award at the Amas and it was well deserved. JT is a lot of things and innovator isn’t one of em

  11. TheElusiveLamb March 16, 2015

    I’m a moderate JT fan so when I say this, it comes from a place of being unbiased… What innovative thing has be done?

    • TheElusiveLamb March 16, 2015


    • BeyRihLiyah March 16, 2015

      lmaooo the only thing innovative about him is his long time producer hmmm what is his producer name? oh yeah timbaland lmaoooo

  12. Cough Cough March 16, 2015

    Yeah I like JT but he will always be a weaker version of Usher. Similar style, weaker vocals, weaker stage show, weaker dancing, weaker catalogue. I don’t find anything he has ever done to be innovative, not one thing. But I do like JT and jam to his music so I won’t hate on him but there are others more befitting of this award.

  13. BeyRihLiyah March 16, 2015

    he is not innovative but his long time producer is *sips tea*

    • Stephy March 16, 2015

      Speak On It.

  14. #TeamTinashe Stan March 16, 2015

    WHAT? I’m a fan of Justin but he don’t deserve no got damn hanky panky Innovator award. I’m really disliking how the MEDIA is making it seem like it’s…..
    When really it’s

    Where are the Usher achievement awards from WHITE MEDIA??? VMA Vanguard???

    • Stephy March 16, 2015

      You Betta Speak On It Gurl

  15. Mark111 March 16, 2015

    Ed Sheeran vocally and artistically is everything JT should be. And what his fans THINK he is.

    • ? March 16, 2015

      Ed Sheeran is the definition of overrated and he is the guy that basically creates Justified rip-offs. No logic.

  16. I STAN(D) FOR TALENT March 16, 2015

    White privileges. Ugh!

    • BeyRihLiyah March 16, 2015

      I see that you crawled out of your hole did you make your pimp any money last night?

    • Stephy March 16, 2015

      Yo avi is so messy.

  17. YY March 16, 2015

    Well, I think he deserves it. The hate seems nonsensical.

  18. I STAN(D) FOR TALENT March 16, 2015

    At least he ain’t no damn thief.

    • Cough Cough March 16, 2015

      At least he can sing in studio, slay a stage effortlessly and deliver live renditions without singing every song the same exact , dry way as the studio track, every time.

      • :) March 16, 2015

        Yes, I love him for that.

  19. LB March 16, 2015

    Congrats JT

  20. That B**** March 16, 2015

    I’m laughing at everyone thinking usher can out sing JT that’s a lie usher has been played out for a very long time Justin is a better performer as well. I will admit that usher is a better dancer but JT is a good dancer as well. And what do you mean he’s not an innovator can we talk about future s** love sounds yeah ok. And this is not the biggest award show but it’s still a nice honor. And it’s not like he’s out the blue getting a big award he just got the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award not that long ago. This is the first or many acknowledgements.

    • coolness March 16, 2015

      Since when could JT outsing Usher??!?? He’s a better all round performer yes but Usher will sing him under the table and I’m talking LIVE!

  21. @rihicon March 16, 2015


  22. FutureCIARA March 16, 2015

    Imma let yall finish, But JANET ICON JACKSON deserves this award, He either needs to accept it on her behalf, or present it to her. This is such a tacky joke, He owes his career to the Jacksons and Usher.

    • Biting Truth March 16, 2015

      Janet is a has been who would have never even had a career if not for her more talented brothers last namey. Looks like she finally took the hint that no one cares anymore and retired instead of embarrassing herself with another album that would have flopped. You WISH that she still had the standing that JT has, but must painfully accept doesn’t.

  23. Naomi March 16, 2015

    Congrats. I personallu don’t see how hes been innovative but good for him.

  24. S****** Blonde March 16, 2015

    Light of my life, fire of my loins.

    • FutureCIARA March 16, 2015

      Burning itch in your crotch.

  25. manicbo March 16, 2015

    He deserves it. The haters are Rihanna and Beyonce fans mostly. Really?

  26. Proc March 16, 2015

    Seeethe Usher and Janet fans, seethe. While those two are off on a scavenger hunt trying to find another hit (or entrance back into an industry that has basically forgotten them) as their bitter & jealous fans make excuses to justify their having played out, Justin is still winning and retains every bit of star power he ever had. LOL! Ha! You mad? Yeah I would be too if I were a fan of washed up pop stars who everyone else moved on from.

    • Bruh March 16, 2015

      How is Usher played out when his latest single charted #1 on R&B & Rhytimic Charts and is #11 on the Hot 100?And he’s still touring and SELLING out arenas worldwide,He’s still relevant and doing more well den most other black male R&B artists.You can’t compare his situation with Janet who is done with music .Usher still has a huge fan base.

    • Keri Qween March 16, 2015

      B**** please

      Janet Jackson never needs another hit in her life she is a LEGEND, she doesn’t need to compete with any of the artists of today her talent and INNOVATION speaks for itself her discography speaks for itself, she’s on another level that your fave isn’t on

      And Usher is an ICON and still enjoying success on the urban charts as we speak dont try it and get jt f****** dragged

    • Ayo March 16, 2015

      The Usher & JT situation is like Chris Brown and JB situation.. Chris is the more talented 1 and get mores hits and touring but because he’s black he doesn’t get the recognition or privileges that JB (white wannabe Chris) gets so when JB releases a new album this year he’s gonna be labeled the new princeof R&B /Pop by the white media and their gonna shove him down our throats hopefully not JT level but he still gonna be shoved. No matter what the idiot I’m replying to thinks. Usher is still popular and still getting hits. The radio still uses Usher and he’s slaying on his tour. Usher deserves the vanguard and Innovator awards but their gonna give it to the the WHITE lesser version of him. JT has inspired No Artist. NONE!!!!!!’

      • Rocnar March 16, 2015

        Funny you would bring up Bieber since it was Usher’s sellout to pop ass who is responsible for infesting the world with him. #ICANT with people acting like Usher’s fake ass is the truth after he’s spent the last 5+ years trend-chasing/hopping, throwing his core fan base under the bus and basically proving what a phony producers puppet he is. Check the producer credits to both an Usher and a Timberlake album and you’ll see which one tends to have more involvement and control. Usher’s whole sound basically belongs to whoever is pushing the buttons while he’s at the mic.

    • IDM March 16, 2015

      Usher is slaying urban radio with his songs,feauteres and etc he’s not a has been. Hes still poppin. He,Drake,and Chris Brown are JT type popular amongst the urban community.

    • B**** I Can’t Even Spell Welfare March 16, 2015

      What? Janet is an undeniable Legend and Icon. Let’s please try to stay on topic. This is about Justin Timberlake and there isn’t, wasn’t, and never will be anything “innovative” about him.

      This you will have to deal with.

  27. JOHNVIDAL March 16, 2015

    Didn´t he debut in the late 90s???

  28. Avenger March 16, 2015

    Uhoh stans of the irrelevant are mad…

    • Bruh March 16, 2015

      You say he irrelevant when he currently is touring and has a hit right now. Grow up Jt is just like Jb shoved down our throats

  29. Keri Qween March 16, 2015

    I like jt but come on

  30. Dossome March 16, 2015

    Broken barriers?
    Shapes and defines music trends?

    ^^Wait,are we talking about Justin Timberlake here?????

  31. Dossome March 16, 2015

    If we keep it real though,if this stupid award was given to either Rihanna or Beyonce,y’all would throw objectivity and reasoning into the Red Sea and embark on a shameless stan war

  32. B**** I Can’t Even Spell Welfare March 16, 2015

    Innovator? LOL!

    Justin Timberlake doesn’t have an innovative bone in his body. He is talented, sure.

  33. Jcrewed Up March 16, 2015

    Hmmmm….so this is what’s being passed off as “innovative” now? Okay.

  34. Yo March 16, 2015

    There’s always that white artist that has to steal the image and sound of a certain black artist

    Black Artist : Usher White Copycat: Justin Timberlake
    Nicki Minaj Iggy Azalea
    Chris Brown Justin Bieber

  35. coolness March 16, 2015

    Congrats I guess! He’s very talented but innovative is a stretch.

  36. Theman March 16, 2015

    Chris Brown & JB have nothing to do with the other. JT is definitely talented too. Usher is an Icon. Janet is legendary. Wtf are you guys talking about? They create awards for ratings. Mariah or Usher should’ve received this award.

  37. EllieLights96 March 16, 2015

    Love that this pisses you all off. I couldn’t care less if Justin is or isn’t deserving of the way he’s propped and celebrated. I enjoy watching his haters squirm and get flustered while wishing it was someone else getting his pampering! Teeheehee. How does it feel to know that JT could release a new album next week that would sell more in that week than what a new album by Usher or Janet would sell in all and that the media would shower him with all sorts of extravagant promo opportunities to make that happen that Usher and Janet haven’t been given in YEARS? 😉 How does it feel to know that ALL the major award shows (even the black ones) would so vie for JT to perform and would even GUARANTEE him an award just for showing up, while Usher and Janet’s camps would have to almost beg to get them that last minute presenter spot that Iggy or Katy decide not to take? How does it feel to be totally powerless and to know that your opinion over these things holds no weight? Doesn’t it make you mmmmaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaddddd? 😛 Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!!

    • Bruh March 17, 2015

      But Usher performs on all the award shows u idiot. Last year he performed at IHeartRadio Music Awards,Bet Awards,and The MTV VMAs, and this year he performed on the Grammys. I know you love JT. But the media still showers Usher with extravagant promo opportunities too so STFU. Now Janet is a different story

    • Mary Mary Why You Buggin’ March 17, 2015

      And this essay still does not make Justin an innovator. Sorry.

    • Bruh March 17, 2015

      The Last time i check every album Usher has released in this ERA “RVR,L4M,and UR” he has top 10 hits and great promotion the Major awards shows give Usher mad love and everytime he releases music Grammys,VMA,BET,and Bilboard call him to perform on their shows. You cant say Usher is irrelevant like Janet. He can get still get hits,tour, and he performs at every freaking award show

      • L21480 March 17, 2015

        And they all undersold. Scoring one or two top 10 hits don’t make up for poor overall album sales. At this point Usher struggles for Gold status and is scared to release an album because the probability of it not selling well is high. That’s a booboo no top 10 can bandage.

    • Yeezy March 17, 2015

      Are you f****** blind. Usher has performed on every freaking major award show from the past year and this year. He’s probably gonna perform on IHeartRadio Awards 2015

  38. Florida Evans March 17, 2015

    Can someone please explain to me who Justin Timberlake has inspired? Seriously. He is simply a hodgepodge of black artists who are far superior than him. These are facts folks. Like @AYO said above, “JT has inspired No Artist. NONE!!!!!!”

    And yet, we have people trying to bring legend Janet into this discussion (has nothing to do with it at all) when she CONTINUES to produce progeny. Janet’s “Rhythm Nation” video alone is more important than anything Justin has ever produced. Are you idiots being serious? I like Justin but there is nothing innovative about him.

  39. DMWN March 17, 2015

    It’s hilarious to me that Janet fans would dare get on here and talk about someone having a career because of unfair “privilege.” Um. As if being Michael’s sister didn’t GREATLY benefit her. No record label would have signed her with that weak little singing voice of hers if she couldn’t use MJ’s name on her resume. Now after she failed to maintained what was damn near HANDED to her, you fools want to get on some high horse and posture about white privilege. Get real. She never had to work for anything, which is why when she started to flop she was never able to bounce back.

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