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June 23, 2018 

Music Legends Janet Jackson, Carrie Underwood and Kelly Clarkson Honored

Global K-pop phenomenon BTS were the big winners at the “2018 Radio Disney Music Awards” (RDMA), music’s biggest event for families, sweeping every category in which they were nominated. Additional winners included Shawn Mendes, Kelsea Ballerini, Camila Cabello and Bebe Rexha.

Taped at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, the 2018 RDMA featured the following performances: Carrie Underwood and Ludacris performing “The Champion” together for the first time live; Kelly Clarkson singing a medley of her hit songs, including “Miss Independent,” “Since U Been Gone,” “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” and “Heat,” among others; Meghan Trainor singing a mashup of “Let You Be Right,” “All About That Bass,” “Can’t Dance,” “Me Too” and “No Excuses”; Charlie Puth performing “The Way I Am”; Marshmello performing three of his hits, “Alone,” “Friends” and “Silence”; Echosmith singing a medley of “Over My Head” and “Cool Kids”; and current “American Idol” winner Maddie Poppe performing her debut single, “Going Going Gone.”

Highlights from the show included Janet Jackson receiving the first-ever “Impact” Award from long-time fans Raven-Symoné and Normani Kordei; Carrie Underwood receiving the “Hero” Award from  former “American Idol” judge Randy Jackson; and Kelly Clarkson receiving the “Icon” Award from “American Idol” winner Maddie Poppe and “The Voice” winner Brynn Cartelli; members of the #BTSarmy accepting the award for “#SQUADGOALS – Fiercest Fans;” Marshmello descending from the ceiling; the cast of “Raven’s Home” rocking out to Kelly Clarkson; Carly Pearce accepting the ARDY for “The Freshest! – Radio Disney Country Best New Artist”; Max & Harvey accepting the ARDY for “Doubletap – Favorite Social Music Artist.”

The “2018 Radio Disney Music Awards” premiered Saturday, June 23, on Disney Channel and multiple Disney-branded platforms, including Radio Disney, the Radio Disney app, the DisneyNOW app and Disney.com/RDMA. Encore presentations will air throughout the weekend on SATURDAY, JUNE 23 (9:30 p.m. ET/PT), SUNDAY, JUNE 24 (11:00 a.m. ET/PT), and MONDAY, JUNE 25 (1:00 p.m. ET/PT).

The 2018 Radio Disney Music Awards winners are:

“You Know You Love Them – Best Duo/Group (Presented By KRAFT® Macaroni and Cheese Shapes)”


“The One – Best Artist”

Shawn Mendes

“The Bestest – Song of the Year”

“Havana” – Camila Cabello

“XOXO – Best Crush Song”

“Perfect” – Ed Sheeran

“#SQUADGOALS – Fiercest Fans”

BTS Army – BTS

“The Buzz – Breakout Artist of the Year”

Camila Cabello

“The Freshest – Best New Artist”

Bebe Rexha

“So Happy – Best Song that Makes You Smile”


“Doubletap – Favorite Social Music Artist”

Max & Harvey

“Stuck in Our Heads – Best Song To Lip Sync To”

“New Rules” – Dua Lipa

“When The Beat Drops! – Best Dance Track”

“Mic Drop (Steve Aoki Remix)” – BTS

“Play It Again! – Radio Disney Country Favorite Song”

“Meant To Be” – Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line

“The Bestest! – Radio Disney Country Favorite Artist”

Kelsea Ballerini

“The Freshest! – Radio Disney Country Best New Artist”

Carly Pearce

“Mashup! – Best Collaboration”

“It Ain’t Me” – Kygo & Selena Gomez

The 2018 RDMA is sponsored by new and returning clients from the automotive, toy, food and entertainment categories, including Aquabeads®, Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, Goldfish® crackers, KRAFT® Macaroni and Cheese Shapes, Nintendo’s Mario Tennis Aces video game on the Nintendo Switch system and The Walt Disney Studios. 

— Radio Disney —

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