If you’re going to pull off a shocking moment, Las Vegas is certainly the place to do it.
This weekend, an eclectic assortment of artists did just that at the iHeartRadio Music Festival, which touched down at T-Mobile Arena for two nights of epic performances. From Miley’s classic rock covers to Green Day’s political jab, we’ve rounded up 11 of the festival’s biggest and boldest surprises. Check it out:
He wasn’t billed on the lineup, so you can imagine the hysteria that took over when Lil Nas X suddenly galloped in to perform “Panini” (sans choreo, sadly). He bounded offstage just as quickly, but returned after Camila Cabello’s set for an encore of “Rodeo” and, of course, the little cowboy song that could, “Old Town Road.”
Keys’s hit-packed set — which included “No One,” “Empire State of Mind,” and “Girl On Fire” — reached its emotional peak when she welcomed Capaldi to the stage. The British singer-songwriter recently scored a smash with “Someone You Loved,” and he and Keys beautifully belted the ballad together. The surprises didn’t stop there — Keys also snuck a bit of Post Malone’s “Congratulations” into the live debut of her new song “Show Me Love.” Is there anything she can’t do?
confused all the dads with her vintage covers
MC’s first post-divorce concert was a crowd-pleasing spectacle. As we already noted, she rocked out to the live debut of her Ariana Grande and Lana Del Rey collab, “Don’t Call Me Angel,” before tearing through some of her most beloved solo hits. But it was her cover songs that truly shook things up — Miley busted out Led Zeppelin’s “Black Dog” and Pink Floyd’s “Comfortably Numb,” quipping to the audience, “My favorite faces to see out in the crowd are confused dads.”
Lil Nas X manned the requisite “special guest” slot on Friday, but Saturday boasted an equally hype surprise: T-Pain, who got the crowd going with truncated versions of his biggest hits. And, in case you forgot, the man has hits aplenty — he flew through “Good Life,” All I Do Is Win,” “Got Money,” “Buy U A Drank,” and more.