Yungblud, DJ Mustard, Backstreet Boys & More Remember the First Time They Heard Their Music On the Radio


“I used to be like ‘Mom, my music’s taking part in on the radio in America,’ Yungblud recalled. ‘And she was like, ‘That’s psychological.'”

The iHeartworkRadio Music Awards took over the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Thursday (Mar. 14), the place Billboard stopped on the purple carpet to talk with nominees, performers and presenters about their most memorable moments on the radio. More particularly, we requested about their response to listening to themselves on the radio for the primary time.

As anticipated, each artist remembered the primary surreal second of listening to their music play on the radio and had a memorable story to share. Check out a number of the priceless responses under.

Yungblud – "I Love You, Will You Marry Me?"

Yungblud was one of many first performers of the evening, opening the present with a efficiency of "11 Minutes," with Halsey and Travis Barker. When requested in regards to the first time he heard his music on the radio, Yungblud described it as "completely bonkers."

"I heard it in the UK and I used to be freaking out, 'trigger my mate knew it was occurring and I didn’t. It was my music 'I Love You, Will You Marry Me?' And then I got here to America and I heard it on the radio. I used to be like, 'What is occurring?' I known as my mother, I used to be like, 'Mom my music’s taking part in on the radio in America,' and he or she was like, 'That’s psychological.'"

DJ Mustard – "Rack City"

"'Rack City' got here on, and after I heard it I simply ran down the road quick as f—. I’m an enormous dude so working down the road quick as f— was lots for me."

DJ Mustard additionally teased that he has some new music on the way in which, simply in time for summer time. He stated he's collaborating with different artists like YG, 21 Savage, Meek Mill, and Quavo.

Backstreet Boys – "We've Got It Going On"

"The first time I heard 'We’ve Got It Going On,' our very first official single, I used to be driving my truck again from rehearsals and I virtually wrecked my truck, like drove it off the highway," Brian Littrell remembered. "I used to be like 'Oh my God, we made it to the radio.' But yeah, we virtually had a loss of life defying accident."

Bebe Rexha – "Artist Chart"

"I used to be in Kentucky, I used to be at a gasoline station and I used to be on a tour. The music was taking part in on the radio and I used to be shopping for gum or one thing, and I began screaming out loud, 'This is me!' And the man, it was 2 a.m. additionally, the man thought I used to be dropping my thoughts. I used to be like, 'I swear it’s me!' He didn’t perceive the idea of that. He simply thought I used to be psycho, however it’s high-quality."

MAX – "Lights Down Low"

"I’m from New York so, I used to be driving down the West Side Highway, and my hometown station was taking part in ["Lights Down Low"] as I used to be getting dwelling. It was so surreal. I’ve listened to it day-after-day rising up. I began screaming out the window and yelling. And my household was yelling out the window too. They have been like 'This is my son’s music!'

"And then within the grocery retailer, that’s all the time a second surreal one since you’re not anticipating it," he continued. "It’s not as glamorous however you’re nonetheless like 'Oh snap, the grocery retailer!'"

Lauv – "I Like Me Better"

"I used to be in Nashville, and I used to be in an Uber. I'll be sincere I’d gotten clued that it may be performed that day. So I actually known as an Uber Black SUV, and I used to be like, 'It higher come on, it higher come on.' Then it got here on and I began freaking out. I’ve been taking part in music my complete life, writing songs since I used to be 13. To hear my music on the radio for the primary time on a serious radio station, I simply took a bunch of movies, put them on twitter, freaked out, blasted it. The Uber driver was most likely like 'What the f— is occurring?' I advised him, 'This is my music!' He was like 'okay…'"

"I've had quite a lot of loopy Uber experiences although," he added. "One time this Uber driver, I bought in and he turned my music down and was like, 'I don’t like this music,' and I used to be like, 'Same.' And that was the one factor we stated for the entire drive."

Dylan Scott – "Crazy Over Me"

"It was fairly just a few years in the past, most likely six or seven years in the past, I used to be in the course of nowhere Tennessee, and I used to be using down the highway with a buddy. We have been simply speaking and it was most likely midway by way of the music earlier than we realized, 'Wait that is me on the radio.' So it was cool to share that with him. It’s all the time cool to listen to your music, whether or not it’s the primary time or the millionth time. But it was extra like, I used to be quiet and in shock, so we listened to it.

Billie Eilish – "Ocean Eyes"

"Me and my brother, we have been in a vegan ice cream place in the course of nowhere. It got here on within the retailer, no one was in there. 'Ocean Eyes' got here on, and we have been like, 'Ooh!' I simply began dancing 'trigger I used to be like, 'This is fireplace.' Then I noticed it was me, and I used to be nonetheless like, 'This is fireplace.'"

Grey – "Starving"

"We have been within the studio with Zedd, and he was like 'Do you wish to go speak to Jojo on the radio?' And we have been like 'What? What do you imply?' and he was like, 'Yea, I’m gonna name him proper now.' 30 seconds later, we go within the automotive and listen to "Starving," on the radio for the primary time. We have a video of us dancing within the automotive, it was loopy."

Tank – "Maybe I Deserve"

"In 2000, I used to be down south driving, doing promo. We have been in between cities so I’m undecided the place we have been. But impulsively, 'Maybe I Deserve' begins taking part in on the radio, and it’s me, all of my background singers, my complete crew, everyone appears to be like at me and I’m simply cheesing, I’m simply so excited. And it’s like that each time. I by no means get to used to listening to myself on the radio as a result of I perceive radio, I perceive the enterprise of it, so I'm blessed that they play my data. I feel I did a little bit shoulder lean, I used to be in a van so I didn’t have quite a lot of room."