Lynyrd Skynyrd deliver the home down with “Free Bird,” Logic enlists Ryan Tedder for his show-closing set & extra.
Another iHeartRadio Music Festival is within the books, and day 2 had all of the madness we've come to count on from the A-list occasion. There have been collaborations (Justin Timberlake & Shawn Mendes, Logic & Ryan Tedder), there have been surprises (an off-the-lineup Lil Jon DJ set) and there was even "Free Bird." Yes, Lynyrd Skynyrd introduced their signature tune to Las Vegas' T-Mobile Arena for some critical Down South rock 'n' roll, sandwiched ever so uniquely between Kelly Clarkson's wailing pop and Imagine Dragons' laser mild present.
You actually can’t discover this mix of musicians wherever else, so go forward and relive Saturday evening minute by minute beneath. (All instances in PT.)
7:47 p.m.: Justin Timberlake opens day 2 of the 2018 iHeartRadio Music Festival with the pounding beat of his Man of the Woods lead single "Filthy."
eight:17 p.m.: JT asks the gang, "Can I do one thing particular for you tonight?" That particular one thing is bringing out Shawn Mendes ("He's one of many coolest cats I've met") to affix him on the FutureSex/LoveSounds karma traditional "What Goes Around…Comes Around."
eight:40 p.m.: Carrie Underwood pulls out a half-dozen hits for her set, together with the empowering opening quantity "Church Bells," however there's one tune she received't be doing. "I simply appeared down at my set record, and in keeping with it, I'm singing 'HornyBack' subsequent," she laughs whereas Timberlake's left-behind rundown.
eight:49 p.m.: Underwood, who’s anticipating her second baby with husband Mike Fisher, wraps up the Vegas-appropriate monitor "Last Name" by saying, "My child was kicking throughout that one!"
9:06 p.m.: Mendes returns to the stage for his full set, and the title of his first tune, "There's Nothing Holding Me Back," might additionally consult with the impossibly loud screams coming from his followers throughout T-Mobile Arena.
9:18 p.m.: Shawn marvels at getting to affix Timberlake onstage simply an hour earlier, calling him "one in all my all-time idols."
9:23 p.m.: The 20-year-old singer wraps up by transitioning from Kings of Leon's "Use Somebody" into his personal "Treat You Better," similar to he did at his MTV Unplugged set final 12 months.
9:32 p.m.: Following Friday evening's Ludacris shock, this time we get an surprising two-part set from his Atlanta compatriot Lil Jon, who has the gang dropping their minds over "Turn Down for What" — even Luke Bryan and Ryan Seacrest.
9:37 p.m.: Lil Jon makes his means off the stage however guarantees, "I'll be again although! YEAH!"
9:44 p.m.: Luke Bryan arrives and instantly transforms T-Mobile right into a honky tonk, getting the occasion began with "Country Girl (Shake It for Me)."
10 p.m. "Vegas, I hope that is your tune," Bryan says earlier than launching into "Play It Again" — a superbly applicable quantity for the iHeartRadio crowd, given the romantic hit's radio-centered story line.
10:21 p.m.: Kelly Clarkson made headlines earlier within the week after she known as out iHeartRadio for inviting her to carry out on the competition however not taking part in her new music. Well, her opening variety of the evening, "Love So Soft," was her most up-to-date monitor to interrupt into Billboard's Pop Songs airplay chart, peaking at No. 21, and he or she pulled out two extra songs from her 2017 Meaning of Life album to introduce them to the business crowd: the rocking "Whole Lotta Woman" and newest single "Heat."
10:31 p.m.: "I ain't sang this tune since American Idol," Clarkson says earlier than performing "Respect" to pay tribute to the late Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin. "I like her, y'all," she says after wrapping the tune. "My entire life on TV began with that tune."
10:55 p.m.: Lynyrd Skynyrd begins issues off with "What's Your Name," and the gang positively already is aware of the reply to that query. "Skynyrd's in the home!" frontman Johnny Van Zant hollers from the stage.
11:18 p.m.: The classic-rock legends have quite a lot of songs to select from, however after taking part in "Simple Man" in honor of the U.S. troops and urging the gang to sing each phrase of "Sweet Home Alabama," there was just one potential alternative for the ultimate quantity: "Free Bird." There's a motive somebody yells "Play 'Free Bird!'" at nearly each live performance; it's as a result of there's nothing like being within the room when the 10-plus-minute barn-burner is carried out. The guitars are much more epic than anticipated, and even the youthful crowd who got here by way of the doorways for Shawn Mendes or Logic can't assist however get swept up within the chaotic finale. The entire factor is made much more poignant as video of Johnny's brother — founding Skynyrd frontman Ronnie Van Zant, who famously died in a airplane crash in 1977 on the peak of the band's profession — performs overhead so the brothers are almost duetting on the group's signature tune. Massive confetti bursts mark the ultimate minutes of the frenzied efficiency, and after the band makes their means offstage, a crew of staff with leaf blowers sends mountains of the confetti flying again into the gang to sign that the Down South occasion has formally ended.
11:36 p.m.: Homegrown heroes Imagine Dragons have a troublesome act to observe (do you suppose Dan Reynolds & firm ever thought they might play must hit the stage after Skynyrd did "Free Bird"?), however they begin in reliably larger-than-life trend, with a large mild present and drum line, adopted by Reynolds sneaking as much as the entrance of the stage and launching proper into the refrain of their greatest hit, "Radioactive."
12:07 a.m.: Logic is the ultimate performer of the evening, and he brings out Ryan Tedder for his or her new collaboration "One Day." Tedder will get behind the keys for the uplifting tune to deliver two days of music magic to an finish.