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Do we really need the iHeartRadio Music Awards?

Do we really need the iHeartRadio Music Awards?

Since its inception in 2014, the iHeartRadio Music Awards has struggled to distinguish itself in a crowded landscape of second-tier telecasts aiming to be the meme-inducing, social media-driven alternative to the prestigious Grammys.

And after three shows, it still hasn’t found its edge — or really anything that makes it worth dedicating three hours of Sunday viewing.

In the year ahead of Sunday’s show, the fledgling fan-driven ceremony underwent a number of changes that upped the ante on its ability to deliver spectacle.

There was a move to a bigger venue — shifting from the vintage Shrine Auditorium in Los...

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