iHeart Radio Music Festival 2013 Makes Las Vegas Louder Than Usual

September 25, 2013
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The popular saying, “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas” didn’t just appear out of nowhere. Las Vegas has always been the place to party. To most people, the weekend of September 20th and 21st was just a normal weekend; but in Vegas, it was a nonstop party at the iHeartRadio Music Festival. The MGM Grand Garden Arena was the backdrop for a festival unlike any other. The iHeartRadio Music Festival featured celebrity presenters (including Floyd Mayweather and the Kardashians) and over a dozen Grade A acts, each given approximately twenty to forty minutes for an unforgettable performance.

How can you have multiple memorable performances? A lineup that doesn’t disappoint guarantees there will be at least one part of the festival you’ll never forget. Each year, festivals all over the world focus on one style of music (yes, we’re talking about Coachella and E-Zoo) but the iHeartRadio Music Festival features almost every musical genre. The MGM Grand Garden Arena is the only location where country, alternative rock, EDM, rap and pop could exist on the same property. The MGM Grand Garden Arena wasn’t the only location though. The iHeartRadio Village was added to the Vegas strip this year for daytime performances.

Once the sun went down on Friday September 20, 2013 in the party capital of the world, the 2013 iHeartRadio Music Festival kicked off with performances by Katy Perry, Muse, J.Cole, Chris Brown, Elton John, Queen, Adam Lambert, fun., Robin Thicke and many more. The stage on Friday night was all about bringing offers to the table. Chris Brown brought his incredible dancing skills, as always, in true Breezy style; J.Cole brought friends Miguel and TLC on stage for his ‘Born Sinner’ hits “Power Trip” and “Crooked Smile,” respectively and Katy Perry took it back old-school with her hits “Wide Awake,” “Teenage Dream” and “California Girls.”

Elton John and Queen, musical legends, stole the show on Friday night, performing timeless songs and turning Las Vegas into a giant sing-a-long. Queen brought legendary songs “We Will Rock You” and “We Are The Champions” to the stage. Songs weren’t the only things brought onstage by Queen though—Adam Lambert has become involved with the group and each performance it becomes clear why the combination occurred.  Nate Ruess and fun. also joined Lambert and Queen onstage for “Fat Bottomed Girls,” and although it was an unexpected collaboration, it definitely worked out for the best.

Saturday was all about taking risks; opening the show on Saturday, Sir Paul McCartney used his performance to test the waters for his upcoming album, New, his first new album in six years. His performance was expected to be successful but it seems that it exceeded all expectations. Mid-day on Saturday, artists such as Miley Cyrus, Jason Derulo, the Wanted and Avril Lavigne took the stage at the iHeartRadio Village, extending the length of the festival. It’s always a party in Vegas, no matter the time of day, and iHeartRadio always puts on an amazing party!

Joining the stage on Saturday night Tim McGraw and Thirty Seconds to Mars kept the crowd entertained. Ke$ha fired through her choreography of hits such as “Blow” and “Tik ToK.” The music world has become more competitive as the days pass by but over the past few years, Maroon 5 and Bruno Mars have proven they have what it takes to keep up with the competition. This was confirmed once again on the MGM Grand stage on Saturday night when both acts completely killed their performances.

To be able to appear on the iHeartRadio Festival stage twice in one day is a feat many people don’t attempt. Miley Cyrus did. Surprised? I’m not. Miley is an artist that knows her capabilities and will do just about anything to make people talk. “Make them talk” is a motto floating around the entire entertainment industry, from websites like weknowthedj.com to entertainment megastars such as Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus. On Saturday afternoon, Miley visited the iHeartRadio Village to debut her No. 1 single “Wrecking Ball,” two weeks after debuting the track’s music video. While onstage mid-day at the iHeartRadio Village, Miley gave the audience a show with “We Can’t Stop,” “Party In The USA,” a cover of “Look What They’ve Done to My Song, Ma” and finished with an emotional performance of “Wrecking Ball.” However, Miley returned to the stage at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday night for an encore performance in true-Miley style. Dressed in a fish-net dress, Miley was all about the risks and she completely owned them! Cheers to you, Miley, keep being yourself!

Justin Timberlake headlined the festival on Saturday night and gave his fans three new tracks from newest album, The 20/20 Experience (2 of 2), hitting shelves on September 27th. The set was more engaging than his previous shows but still as wonderful as always! First-time performances of “TKO,” “Only When I Walk Away” and “True Blood” surprised the audience but meshed well with “My Love” and “Like I Love You.” JT didn’t just stick to his own tracks, he snuck in bars from Jay-Z’s “F***WithMeYouKnowIGotIt,” “N****s in Paris,” and Juicy J’s “Bandz A Make Her Dance.” Everyone expected Timberlake to perform a scaled-down version of his ‘Legends of The Summer’ stadium tour but he left the fans with something a bit more memorable. For those of you that might have missed Justin Timberlake’s performance, check out part of the set below.

Another iHeartRadio Music Festival has come to a close and Vegas is quieting down—well, as quiet as Las Vegas can be. The 2013 festival was without a doubt better than past years, which makes us wonder what 2014 will hold. Did you watch the iHeartRadio Music Festival? Which performance was your favorite? Send us a tweet at @weknowthedj and let us know your thoughts!

-Meg C. (@megchamp07)

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