Some of decade's hottest artists come together for radio concert

Oct 24 2011 - 9:31am



If you're as into music as I am, then you've probably been dreaming of a day when all of your favorite artists come together for a concert where the audience isn't just in the crowd, it's everyone listening on the radio and online.

Well, this fall an event like this finally took place. In late September, the "biggest event in radio history" kicked off with some of this decade's hottest artists. The iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas was the first of its kind and did not disappoint.

Sadly, I was unable to attend actual concert but where there's a will, there's a way. The concert was broadcast live online and on thousands of radio stations, and it was an unforgettable memory just to listen to it on the radio.

The Black Eyed Peas opened this amazing event, singing their hit "Boom Boom Pow," and I'd say there could not have been anyone better. Another artist whose performance I can't forget was Kelly Clarkson, who sounds even better live than on her records. Bruno Mars was next and was the highlight of the first night; he gave a tribute to the late Amy Winehouse with his track "Valerie." Other performers included Carrie Underwood, Coldplay and Jay-Z.

How could the second and final night of the festival live up to the first? It was even better with Steven Tyler opening and Nicki Minaj performing "Fly." Lady Gaga was the best act, performing with Sting and with a set made specifically for this night -- a motorcycle with a built-in piano.

Sublime with Rome and David Guetta also had great performances, along with Jennifer Lopez. Country stars like Kenny Chesney and Rascal Flatts showed the nation a whole new side to country music with some of their greatest hits.

This event definitely surprised me; as for a second festival in the future, we will just have to wait and see.

Austin Miller-Anderson is a senior at Ben Lomond High; email him at

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