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Ariana Grande Will Open the iHeartRadio Music Awards with The Weeknd

Jill O'Rourke

Jill O'Rourke

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Future coach of The Voice, Ariana Grande, is set to perform at the iHeartRadio Music Awards on Thursday night. Grande will reportedly open the show with The Weeknd.


The pair will be performing the song “Save Your Tears” live for the first time together. Grande was featured on a remix of the Weeknd track, released earlier this year.

Ariana Grande to Perform at iHeartRadio Music Awards

The iHeartRadio Music Awards will air from the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles Thursday night. The show will be hosted by Usher, and this will be Grande’s first TV appearance in almost two years. It’s also her first live performance since marrying Dalton Gomez.

Grande retweeted the iHeartRadio account’s announcement of her performance with The Weeknd. The show’s audience will include frontline workers and first responders, as we start to enjoy more and more live performances.


“Usher said to me, ‘I’ve been touring for 20 years and I forgot this energy that this audience has. I forgot why I do this on stage. God, I can’t wait to go on tour,'” John Sykes, iHeartMedia president of entertainment enterprises, told Fox News. He called it “the reconnection between fans and artists.”

SEE ALSO: ARIANA GRANDE, DALTON GOMEZ TIE THE KNOT IN INTIMATE WEDDING CEREMONY

The Pair Will Perform Their ‘Save Your Tears’ Remix

“Save Your Tears” is the third collaboration between Grande and The Weeknd. They previously teamed up on the tracks “Love Me Harder” and “off the table.” In April, they released the new remix, along with an animated music video in which The Weeknd creates a robot that looks like Grande.


Thursday night’s award show will also reportedly feature appearances from Doja Cat, Taylor Swift, and Dua Lipa, among others. Elton John is also set to receive the 2021 iHeartRadio Icon Award, presented by Chris Martin and Lil Nas X.

Check out Grande’s performance with The Weeknd when the iHeartRadio Music Awards air Thursday night on FOX at 8 p.m. ET.

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About the Author

Jill O'Rourke

Jill O’Rourke is a contributor at Talent Recap, writing news stories and recaps for shows like ‘AGT,’ ‘The Voice,’ and ‘American Idol.’ She graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in English and Film Studies, and has been writing about pop culture since 2012, with previous bylines at Crushable and A Plus. Jill spends her free time binge-watching sitcoms and daydreaming about life as a hobbit

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