Relive Ariana Grande's First iHeartRadio Music Awards 5 Years Ago

She won the iHeartRadio Young Influencer Award that year

By Lena Grossman Mar 13, 2019 11:00 AMTags
Ariana Grande, iHeartRadio Music Awards, 2014Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Clear Channel

Ariana Grande is back in action at the 2019 iHeartRadio Music Awards.

The "7 Rings" singer is nominated for five awards at the March 14 show, including Female Artist of the Year and Best Music Video. Fellow nominees in the Female Artist of the Year category include Cardi B (who has 14 nominations—the most of the night), Dua Lipa, Halsey and Camila Cabello.

The iHeartRadio Music Awards are a fairly new show compared to some other major nights in music, such as the Grammys, MTV VMAs, Billboard Music Awards and more. The iHeartRadio Awards first came into fruition in 2014 and some of those first year winners included Rihanna for Artist of the Year, Pitbull and Kesha's hit track "Timber" for Best Collaboration of the Year, Lorde for Best New Artist and Avicii's "Wake Me Up" for Best EDM Song.

Grande performed "The Way" and "Problem" at the inaugural show, and it feels fitting that five years later she'll be back onstage to showcase some of her newest hits. Plus, she won the iHeartRadio Young Influencer Award that year, and she's most definitely lived up to that accolade.

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Life was way different for Grande way back in 2014. Back then, she wasn't the most followed female on Instagram and not even close to being engaged to and broken up with Pete Davidson. She had yet to mourn her ex Mac Miller. The tragic bombing at her Manchester concert was three years away, as well as her emotional and powerful comeback weeks later.

Grande has covered a lot of ground in her five years since her iHeartRadio Music Awards debut, and she's got the chart-topping numbers and dedicated band of followers to prove it. Just like everything else Ari-related, her performance at Thursday's show will surely be unforgettable.

Take a look at the gallery below to see some epic throwback photos of her first year at the iHeartRadio Music Awards.

Leg Pop

Ariana Grande performs her songs "The Way" and "Problem" during the 2014 iHeartRadio Music Awards.

Work, Work, work, work, work

Rihanna rocks a lace outfit and blue lipstick as she stands next to Grande. RiRi won four awards that night, which was the most of any artist.

All Smiles

The "7 Rings" singer smiles in a black sequin dress during her performance.

Sing with me

Grande belts out her tune while her back-up dancers surround her.

Strut your stuff

Ari turns the stage into her own catwalk during her performance at the 2014 iHeartRadio Music Awards.

All My Thanks

Grande smiles as she accepts the iHeartRadio Young Influencer Award. 

Why Not pose for a photo?

Grande poses with Hilary Duff, who presented her with the iHeartRadio Young Influencer Award. 

Congrats on all the nominations!