iHeartRadio Music Festival 2020 did not disappoint on Saturday (September 19th) after an impressive debut on Friday night. With a robust lineup led by Keith Urban, Usher, Miley Cyrus, Kane Brown, and Bon Jovi, cyber fans enjoyed watching their musical heroes take center stage and rip their discography. While the audience received a flood of music, it also earned gems regarding this year’s election and the importance of voting in November. See some of the second night’s must-see highlights below.
From the start, Keith Urban found himself parked at the beginning, kicking off the second night of the iHeart Music Festival with “Somewhere in my Car”
The famed showman has proven why he remains one of the wonderful performers of music having clocked over 25 years in the game. Opening with “OMG”, Usher exuded pure versatility, displaying his vocal and dancer talent. The R&B luminary didn’t shy away from returning to his revered catalog, revisiting his 90s worm “U Make Me Wanna” and then zooming in on a 2000 jam medley like “You Got It Bad”, “Burn” “You don’t have to call” and “Yes”.
Like his contemporary Keith Urban, Kane Brown took part in this year’s ACM Awards earlier this week, but that hasn’t stopped the country’s heavyweights from once again treating his fans. Playing from Nashville via hologram, Brown invited his friends Khalid and Swae Lee to deliver their melodious bop “Be Like That”. Later, he returned to the stage to give fans a healthy dose of hits including “What Ifs” and “BFE”.
The New Jersey rock band wasted no time in debuting new music. Upon entering the stage, Bon Jovi enlisted Jennifer Nettles to perform their latest collaboration, “Do What You Can”, which serves as a follow-up to the 2006 track “Who Says You Can’t Get Home”. Bon Jovi wasn’t even a bit rash about the classics, producing memorable classics like 1986’s “You Give Love a Bad Name” and 2007’s “Lost Highway”. The icing on the cake came when the rock group returned to the 1980s. to offer fans an overwhelming interpretation of “Wanted Dead or Alive”.
Swae Lee, one of the creators of the social distancing performances, reminded fans why he is a traits savant as a solo star, diving into French Montana’s “Unforgettable” and Post Malone’s “Sunflower” during his short set at iHeart. It would have been great for Slim Jxmmi to appear and perform “Black Beatles” or “Powerglide” with his brother, but instead, Swae decided to give fans a fluid exclusive and previewed his new record “Dance Like No One’s Watching. “.
To wrap up the night’s festivities, Miley Cyrus went out with a bang, channeling her inner blonde to perform “Heart of Glass”. The heart-themed lineup continued as it transitioned seamlessly to “Nothing Breaks Like a Heart” led by Mark Ronson and a rock-infused version of “Who Owns My Heart”. Then, Cyrus slipped into her new album “Midnight Sky” with a giant disco ball orbiting above her to mark her ardent endeavors.