Still unmatched in it's ability to gather the biggest musical acts in the world, the 3rd annual iHeartRadio Music Festival raised the bar even higher for the second night of the two-day festival. The MGM Grand Garden Arena was packed wall-to-wall with fellow artists just watching and even Kardashians, all taking in the unlimited talents of Justin Timberlake, Paul McCartney, Phoenix, Bruno Mars, Drake and yes, even Miley Cyrus. And contrary to popular belief, there were plenty of awesome non-Miley moments we were stoked to experience.
Drake's hilariously meta fashion choice. Drake - 1, Everything Else - 0. Drake emerged on the iHeartRadio stage clad in a shirt printed with a giant photo of Jaden Smith's face with his hands in prayer position. The original photo was a screenshot of Smith watching Drake from the MTV VMAs audience last month that went viral. Drake wearing a photo of Smith watching Drake. YES.
—and ours. From flame throwers to streaking fireworks (with confetti on top? How is that safe?), McCartney didn't kick off the night, he blew it up. The rest of the artists performing must've been quaking at the thought of following such a display from the legendary musician.Paul McCartney sets the bar insanely high, deafens audience and self. In an interesting change of pace, Paul McCartney, arguably the biggest name of the entire festival, was chosen to open the show Saturday night. But in classic Sir Paul showmanship, the all-too brief set ended in a blaze of pyro hell-fire whose detonations had people crouching for cover. On the live stream it doesn't seem so loud, but from the VIP rafters we broke into, there was genuine fear for McCartney's safety
Miley Cyrus can actually sing. Really sing. If you can look past her insane outfits for a minute (it's hard, I know), Cyrus is actually fantastic singer and demonstrated her vocal chops on Saturday night. She barreled through her first #1 hit "Wrecking Ball" with impressive power. But Cyrus really shone when she returned to her country roots with a moving rendition of Melanie Safka's 1972 tune "Look What They've Done to My Song." With the trifecta of talent, insane style and fearlessness in the face of critics, Cyrus may be going farther than we all could've expected.
Thirty Seconds to Mars's showers audience with genius marketing scheme. Because we're such perceptive journalists, we noticed the confetti that rained down on the audience during their set was more than just something to ruin your open cocktails. Turns out every piece was printed with a message from the band, including a shoutout for their new album and the Latin phrase "Provehito In Altum," which means something along the lines of "march on to higher grounds." Lead singer Jared Leto also has the idiom tattooed on his right shoulder. Never an opportunity missed.