Each year, iHeartRadio calls on some of the hottest artists of the past year to headline their annual music festival, and 2014 was another big one for the books.
Yesterday kicked off day 1 of the 2-day fest in Las Vegas, and along with the prestigious lineup were some awesome surprises for fans during some of the bigger sets.
Nicki Minaj was one of the major headliners of the evening, and she performed some of her biggest hits including “Anaconda,” and even an acapella version of her verse on the “Flawless” remix. It was an appearance from Ariana Grande, however, that had the crowd at the edge of their seats.
Performing their joint Jessie J-assisted hit, who was unable to make it out during Nicki’s set, the two girls shut down the arena with “Bang Bang.”
Last night also included an opening performance from Taylor Swift, who sang her fan favorites, including “Never Getting Back Together,” “22,” and her new single “Shake It Off” that had the whole venue dancing.
Chris Martin also had his own set with his band Coldplay. He was allegedly joined by his rumored girlfriend Jennifer Lawrence backstage after he performed some of their classic hits.
One of the biggest surprises of the night came later on in Usher‘s set, as he not only performed some of his biggest hits – old and new – in preparation for his upcoming tour, he also brought out Chris Brown.
The two R&B swooners catered to the ladies with their new track “New Flame,” and sang their hearts out on the venue stage.
Check out the performances from day 1 of the iHeartRadio Music Festival up top.
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Chris Brown & Quincy Bring Out The Stars For Celebrity Kick Ball Game
17 photos Launch gallery
1. Chris Brown prepares to take down Team Quincy
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2. Amber Rose looks ready to whoop some butt!
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3. Kendall and Kylie go head-to-head
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4. The Game is ready to knock out Team Breezy
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5. Oops! DJ Khaled's pants fell down during the game!
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6. Jamie Foxx keeps it trill for the game
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7. Kylie posted this photo of herself repping Team Breezy.
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8. Chris Brown and Quincy prep before their competition
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9. Kylie Jenner keeps it stylish
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10. DJ Khaled gets his team prepped with Christina Milian and Kendall Jenner
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11. DJ Khaled reps Team Breezy
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12. Kendall and Kylie brew up a sibling rivalry
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13. Amber Rose competes with a huge smile on her face
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14. The Game shows that it's all love at the end of the day
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15. The Game hangs out with Kendall and Kylie
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16. DJ Khaled and The Game show each other some love before going head-to-head
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17. Quincy takes a selfie on the field before the game
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