Bruno Mars will be recognized with the iHeartRadio Innovator Award at the 2017 iHeartRadio Music Awards. Mars will receive the award during the March 5, 2017 show airing live on TBS, TNT and truTV from the Forum in Los Angeles. Bruno Mars, previously announced to take the stage to perform, was selected to receive the prestigious award for his “unparalleled contribution to popular culture and the music industry.”
“We are proud to have Bruno join Pharrell Williams, Justin Timberlake, and U2 in the elite group of iHeartRadio Innovators,” stated John Sykes, President of Entertainment Enterprises for iHeartMedia. “From the start of his career Bruno has been fearless in his approach to all things creative. This award was made for him.”
“Bruno Mars has raised the bar for both performers and musicians worldwide,” said Tom Poleman, President of National Programming Group for iHeartMedia. “Not only does he have incredible passion for his craft, but he has the talent to back it up. Bruno has reinvented music pop culture and we are honored to present him with one of the most prominent awards of the evening.”
Commenting on the honor, 21-time Grammy Award nominee Mars said, “I’m incredibly honored to be presented with this year’s iHeartRadio Innovator Award. I’m excited to take the stage for the first time at the annual iHeartRadio Music Awards.”
Ryan Seacrest will host the 2017 iHeartRadio Music Awards. In addition to Mars, confirmed performers include Katy Perry, Ed Sheeran, The Chainsmokers, Shawn Mendes, Thomas Rhett, Noah Cyrus and Big Sean.