Stars get top billing at iHeart Radio Country Festival

AUSTIN, TX - MAY 02: (L-R) Recording artists Kimberly Schlapman, Jimi Westbrook, Karen Fairchild and Phillip Sweet of Little Big Town perform onstage during the 2015 iHeartRadio Country Festival at The Frank Erwin Center on May 2, 2015 in Austin, Texas. The 2015 iHeartRadio Country Festival will be televised as an exclusive nationwide two-hour broadcast special on NBC, May 27 from 9-11 p.m. ET.  (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for iHeartMedia) *** Local Caption *** Kimberly Schlapman;Phillip Sweet;Karen Fairchild;Jimi Westbrook
AUSTIN, TX – MAY 02: (L-R) Recording artists Kimberly Schlapman, Jimi Westbrook, Karen Fairchild and Phillip Sweet of Little Big Town perform onstage during the 2015 iHeartRadio Country Festival at The Frank Erwin Center on May 2, 2015 in Austin, Texas. The 2015 iHeartRadio Country Festival will be televised as an exclusive nationwide two-hour broadcast special on NBC, May 27 from 9-11 p.m. ET. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for iHeartMedia) *** Local Caption *** Kimberly Schlapman;Phillip Sweet;Karen Fairchild;Jimi Westbrook

The second annual iHeartRadio Country Festival hosted Country music’s biggest superstars on Saturday night at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas. The event celebrated all things Country and included performances by Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Brantley Gilbert, Darius Rucker, Little Big Town, Dierks Bentley, Justin Moore, The Band Perry, Sam Hunt and Tyler Farr.

Hosted by Jennifer Nettles and Darius Rucker, the event included special guest appearances by Bobby Bones, Big & Rich, Cody Alan, Brooklyn Decker, Craig Robinson, Eric Decker and Jessie James Decker.

The music of the iHeartRadio app came to life with an extraordinary lineup and these special moments:

  • The Band Perry closed out their set with a cover of Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk”
  • iHeartRadio Music Award winner Brantley Gilbert brought Justin Moore on stage to perform their collaboration “Small Town Throwdown”
  • After Tim McGraw sang “Something Like That,” iHeartRadio’s Bobby Bones led the crowd in singing “Happy Birthday” to celebrate the artist’s 48th birthday
AUSTIN, TX - MAY 02:  (L-R) Recording artists Neil Perry, Kimberly Perry and Reid Perry of The Band Perry perform onstage during the 2015 iHeartRadio Country Festival at The Frank Erwin Center on May 2, 2015 in Austin, Texas. The 2015 iHeartRadio Country Festival will be televised as an exclusive nationwide two-hour broadcast special on NBC, May 27 from 9-11 p.m. ET.  (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for iHeartMedia) *** Local Caption *** Neil Perry;Kimberly Perry;Reid Perry
AUSTIN, TX – MAY 02: (L-R) Recording artists Neil Perry, Kimberly Perry and Reid Perry of The Band Perry perform onstage during the 2015 iHeartRadio Country Festival at The Frank Erwin Center on May 2, 2015 in Austin, Texas. The 2015 iHeartRadio Country Festival will be televised as an exclusive nationwide two-hour broadcast special on NBC, May 27 from 9-11 p.m. ET. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for iHeartMedia) *** Local Caption *** Neil Perry;Kimberly Perry;Reid Perry

The 2015 iHeartRadio Country Festival was a prominent social media topic throughout the weekend, and #iHeartCountry continues to trend with tweets and retweets from fans as well as artists.

NBC, which also airs the Emmy Award-winning musical competition series “The Voice” and the popular “iHeartRadio Music Awards,” will televise the iHeartRadio Country Festival on NBC Wednesday, May 27 from 9-11 p.m. ET / 8-10 p.m. CT. The all-star Country event also streamed live exclusively on Yahoo Live for fans nationwide and broadcasted live on iHeartMedia’s Country radio stations across the U.S.

AUSTIN, TX - MAY 02:  Recording artist Brad Paisley performs onstage during the 2015 iHeartRadio Country Festival at The Frank Erwin Center on May 2, 2015 in Austin, Texas. The 2015 iHeartRadio Country Festival will be televised as an exclusive nationwide two-hour broadcast special on NBC, May 27 from 9-11 p.m. ET.  (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for iHeartMedia) *** Local Caption *** Brad Paisley
AUSTIN, TX – MAY 02: Recording artist Brad Paisley performs onstage during the 2015 iHeartRadio Country Festival at The Frank Erwin Center on May 2, 2015 in Austin, Texas. The 2015 iHeartRadio Country Festival will be televised as an exclusive nationwide two-hour broadcast special on NBC, May 27 from 9-11 p.m. ET. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for iHeartMedia) *** Local Caption *** Brad Paisley

iHeartMedia ran a six weeklong nationwide promotion, giving thousands of Country music fans nationwide the opportunity to win a trip to Austin for a one-of-a-kind experience at the iHeartRadio Country Festival.  The promotion ran across more than 120 iHeartMedia Country radio stations as well as on iHeartRadio, the company’s all-in-one digital streaming and music platform.

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