JUSTIN BIEBER, KELSEA BALLERINI AND ALESSIA CARA AMONG TOP WINNERS OF 2017 RADIO DISNEY MUSIC AWARDS AFTER MOST EVER VOTES — MORE THAN 283 MILLION WORLD — TALLIED
Jamie Lynn Spears Surprises Her Sister Britney Spears in Show-Stopping Tribute Performance with Hailee Steinfeld, Kelsea Ballerini and Sofia Carson
Justin Bieber, Kelsea Ballerini and Alessia Cara are among the top winners of the 2017 Radio Disney Music Awards (RDMA), music’s biggest event for families, which just wrapped at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. The telecast, hosted by Kelsea Ballerini, Sofia Carson, Jordan Fisher, Alex Aiono and Jenna Ortega, was aired SUNDAY, APRIL 30 (7:00–9:00 p.m. EDT), on Disney Channel and multiple Disney-branded digital platforms. It included musical performances by Alessia Cara, Hailee Steinfeld, Kelsea Ballerini, Noah Cyrus, Julia Michaels, Sofia Carson, Sabrina Carpenter, Auli’i Cravalho, Fitz and The Tantrums, Erin Bowman, Grace VanderWaal, Train, Lindsey Stirling, Jordan Fisher and Tally.
Highlights of the show are: Jamie Lynn Spears joining recording artists Hailee Steinfeld, Kelsea Ballerini and Sofia Carson onstage during a tribute performance to her sister Britney Spears, recipient of the first-ever RDMA Icon Award; a first-ever “Moana” musical collaboration by Jordan Fisher, Alessia Cara, Auli’i Cravalho and Tally; and Nick Jonas receiving the RDMA Hero Award for his philanthropic work with Beyond Type 1 (diabetes). The show opened with the world premiere of “Ways to Be Wicked” from “Descendants 2” and a special appearance by the stars of the movie together on stage — Dove Cameron, Sofia Carson, Cameron Boyce and Booboo Stewart.
With over 283 million votes from around the world, the 2017 RDMA tallied its highest numbers yet across six polling platforms: the Radio Disney app, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google One Box and, for the first time, the popular social platform Musical.ly was included, allowing users to vote for the category “Stuck In Our Heads – Best Song To Lip Sync To.”
The 2017 Radio Disney Music Awards presented during the show included:
- “The Bestest! – Radio Disney Country Favorite Artist” winner is Kelsea Ballerini who also took home an “ARDY” for her hit single “Peter Pan” in the “Play It Again! – Radio Disney Country Favorite Song” category.
- Alessia Cara won for “The Buzz – Breakout Artist Of The Year.”
- “The Freshest – Best New Artist” winner is Grace VanderWaal.
- Winner of “#TRENDING – Favorite Social Media Star” is “Bizaardvark” star Jake Paul.
- “Mashup! – Best Collaboration” winner is Camila Cabello for “Bad Things.”
Justin Bieber won “ARDYs” in multiple categories including “He’s The One – Best Male Artist,” “XOXO – Best Crush Song” and “When The Beat Drops! – Best Dance Track.” A full list of 2017 RDMA winners are available at Disney.com/RDMA
During the “Disney Channel Presents the 2017 Radio Disney Music Awards,” viewers are invited to join a LIVE viewing party on the Radio Disney app and Radio Disney Facebook during the telecast on both coasts, hosted by Radio Disney talent and social media stars. The 2017 RDMA is sponsored by American Girl®, Aquabeads®, BAND-AID® Brand, Chrysler, Comcast’s Xfinity, Flavor Blasted® Goldfish® Crackers, KRAFT® Macaroni and Cheese Shapes and The Walt Disney Studios.