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By Nate Millado

For a decade, the iHeartRadio Music Festival has gifted us with some uh-may-zing performances from the likes of Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, Jay-Z, Carrie Underwood, Mariah Carey, and Justin Timberlake—not to mention legendary acts like U2, Prince, and Sirs Elton John and Paul McCartney. For its big 1-0, iHeartRadio is celebrating with a two-night virtual event. Remote performances will be shot on stages in Los Angeles and Nashville in front of a virtual fan wall of iHeartRadio listeners.

To get you hyped for this momentous mega-concert, we've compiled a playlist featuring some of the hottest artists slated to perform!

Watch the festival LIVE on The CW App and CWTV.com on September 18 and 19 at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. Relive all of the epic performances during a two-night special on The CW on September 27 and 28, 8–10 p.m. ET/PT.

Bon Jovi, "Do What You Can"

Sure, it's a no-brainer to add "You Give Love a Bad Name" and "Livin' On a Prayer" to any playlist, but we'll go with the country-tinged "Do What You Can"—Bon Jovi's timely single about the coronavirus pandemic. "I believe the greatest gift of an artist is the ability to use their voice to speak to issues that move us," says the Jersey-strong lead singer, Jon Bon Jovi.

BTS, "Dynamite"

As if Korean boy band BTS could get any bigger, they continued their world domination with their first-ever English-language single, "Dynamite." The disco-fied Hot 100 chart-topper (the group's first) racked up a massive 17.5 million U.S. streams in its first week. They'll surely bust out their latest hit at iHeartRadio.

Alicia Keys feat. Khalid, "So Done"

Alicia Keys' new single is a mood—and we're here for it! "This song, it does something to you and it just transports you," says the Grammy-winning Queen of R&B. "And Khalid looked at me and was like, 'Man, this song is just putting in a trance, I'm entranced by it.'" A slow-burn bop for your playlist.

Coldplay, "Viva La Vida"

Coldplay fans chose their No. 1 pop anthem, "Viva La Vida," as the song they'd most like to hear live at The Citadel in Amman, Jordan. And, honestly, what's not to like? Looping strings, propulsive percussion, soaring piano, and Chris Martin's pleading vocals crescendo to an arena-ready climax.

Kane Brown feat. Khalid, "Be Like That"

Genre-defying artist Kane Brown joins forces with Swae Lee and Khalid for a summer banger that's still worth cranking up in your car well into fall.

Keith Urban, "Tumbleweed"

Rapid-fire wordplay combined with Keith Urban's amazing guitar-shredding equals the country superstar's latest earworm.

Migos, "Need It"

Trap kings Offset, Quavo, and Takeoff trade bars with YoungBoy over a bouncy beat.

Miley Cyrus, "Midnight Sky"

Miley Cyrus came in like a disco ball with her latest independent woman anthem. "I was born to run/I don't belong to anyone," croons the husky-voiced pop star.

Thomas Rhett, "Be a Light"

Every playlist needs a breather, and Thomas Rhett slows the tempo down with his COVID-relief single. The country crooner gets a star-studded assist from Reba McEntire, Hillary Scott, Chris Tomlin, and Keith Urban to deliver his powerful message: "In a world full of hate/Be a light."

Usher feat. will.i.am, "OMG"

Just like the iHeartRadio Music Festival, Usher's crowd-pleasing hit just turned 10 years old! The R&B star's silky vocals glide over hypnotic hand claps, spurring even the shyest of wallflowers to get up and dance!

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Poppy is one lucky hamster. While sheltering in place, Young Sheldon star Iain Armitage revealed on Instagram that he was fostering his new furry pal, noting , "She makes life in quarantine much more fun!"

Indeed, CBS stars have always enjoyed the companionship of their four-legged friends, whether it's on a hike or during a much-needed cuddle on the couch.

Scroll to see more sweet photos of TV stars spending time with their furry friends!

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Darin Brooks sits with his family and their pet dog.

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Darin Brooks (The Bold and the Beautiful) poses for a family portrait with wife Kelly Kruger, baby Everleigh, and Chance.

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Stephen Colbert sits on a couch while petting a dark brown dog.

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Stephen Colbert (The Late Show) "You're just in time for dinner, Mr. Bond. And Benny is...hungry," he jokes about his dog.

The Late Show With Stephen Colbert airs Weeknights at 11:35/10:35c on CBS. Stream full episodes on CBS All Access.

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Ashley Madekwe (Tell Me a Story) purrfects her red-carpet look.

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Emily Wickersham snuggles in very close to her sleeping dog.

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Emily Wickersham: (NCIS) watches over a snoozing Miguel.

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Norah O'Donnell hugs Ollie her light brown dog.

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Norah O'Donnell (CBS Evening News) and Ollie are ready for their close-up.

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Allison Janney laughs as one of her three dogs approaches the camera during a walk in nature.

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Allison Janney (Mom) "Weekends were made for hikes with the kids," she says.

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Michela Watkins smiles against a backdrop of a western desert.

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Michaela Watkins (The Unicorn) shares a selfie with Jeff.

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Bryton James and his dog

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Bryton James (The Young and the Restless) gives his pup a lift.

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Sharon Osbourne (The Talk) and husband Ozzy make room for their pack of dogs.

The new season of The Talk premieres Monday, Sept. 21 on CBS and CBS All Access.

Carrie Ann Inaba and her cat Mimi Vader

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Carrie Ann Inaba (The Talk) "Who rescues who?" she says of her late feline friend Mimi Vader.

The new season of The Talk premieres Monday, Sept. 21 on CBS and CBS All Access.

Originally published in Watch Magazine, July-August 2020.

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Rita (Dexter)

Julie Benz as Rita Bennet hold an infant and looks concerned in a scene from Dexter

Rita Bennett (Julie Benz), Dexter

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Dexter comes home to find baby Harrison crying in a pool of blood—and Rita dead in the bathtub.

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Philippa Georgiou (Star Trek: Discovery)

Michelle Yeoh as Captain Philippa Georgiou in Star Trek Discovery

Michelle Yeoh as Captain Philippa Georgiou in Star Trek: Discovery.

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Discovery boldly went where no other Star Trek series had gone before: offing its presumed lead in the second episode. We were just as devastated as Michael Burnham was to lose her mentor and commanding officer, stabbed by a Klingon—but were equally shocked for Michelle Yeoh's return as a villainous Emperor in a mirror universe.

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Nicholas Brody (Homeland)

Damian Lewis stands in his prisoner uniform in front of the red rope noose moments before his end

Damian Lewis as Nicholas Brody in Homeland.

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The turncoat Marine was found guilty of treason and publicly hanged in a Tehran square, as Carrie tearfully looked on.

Stream all episodes of Homeland on the SHOWTIME and SHOWTIME ANYTIME® apps, as well as via SHOWTIME On Demand.

The Mother (How I Met Your Mother)

Cristin Milioti on the set of How I Met Your Mother

Cristin Milioti as Tracy Mosby in hit sitcom How I Met Your Mother.

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Ted spent nine seasons telling his kids (and viewers) how he met his soulmate, Tracy—only to learn in the series finale that she died of an undisclosed illness.

Warrick Brown (CSI)

Actor Gary Dourdan stares dramatically while wearing his characters official windbreaker

Gary Dourdan as Warrick Brown in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.

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Shot twice in his car by a mole in the Las Vegas PD, Warrick dies in Grissom's arms.

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Michael Cordero (Jane the Virgin)

A dramatic overhead view of Michael Cordero Jr played by Brett Dier as he lays dieing on the floor

Brett Dier as Michael Cordero ,Jr. in Jane the Virgin.

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After flip-flopping for years between Michael and Rafael, Jane finally chooses (and marries) her first love. Their happy-ever-after appeared short-lived, after Sin Rostro shoots the new groom. Michael survives...only to collapse from complications of his gunshot wound nine months later.

Caitlin Todd (NCIS)

Sasha Alexander as Caitlin Todd in a scene from NCIS

Sasha Alexander as Caitlin Todd in drama series NCIS.

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The special agent took a bullet to save Gibbs, but was spared thanks to her protective vest. Whew, close call! Moments later, a sniper shoots her in the head.

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Will Gardner (The Good Wife)

Josh Charles as Will Gardner sits with his hands folded and stares out

Josh Charles as Will Gardner drama series The Good Wife.

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The beloved attorney is gunned down after his unhinged client opens fire in the courtroom, sending Alicia, Kalinda, Diane—and longtime fans—into a tailspin.

Stream full episodes of The Good Wife on CBS All Access.

Lt. Col. Blake (M*A*S*H)

Dramatic image of McLean Stevenson as Lieutenant Colonel Henry Blake in a scene from MASH

McLean Stevenson as Lt. Col. Henry Blake in M*A*S*H.

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After Blake's homeward-bound plane was shot down, a dazed Radar walks into the operating room to break the news. "There were no survivors." The (offscreen) death was a network television first: no major character had ever been killed off before!

James "Ghost" St. Patrick (Power)

Omari Hardwick as Ghost stands over large pile of cash

Omari Hardwick as James "Ghost" St. Patrick in Power.

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Pretty ballsy to whack your protagonist in the middle of the final season, but no one ever accused Power of being predictable. In the end, it was revealed that Ghost's son Tariq pulled the trigger.

Originally published in Watch Magazine, July-Aug 2020.

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Flo Rida

Musician Flo Rida performs on stage.

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"Flo's music has a summer vibe that makes me want to grab my flip flops and hit the beach for some fun in the sun."

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"Hustlin'"by Rick Ross

Musical artist Rick Boss performing

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"This song reminds me of the work ethic that has powered my career and keeps me fired up to smash my workouts."

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"House Party" by Sam Hunt

Musician Sam Hunt sings into a microphone as he performs onstage at the 2019 Stagecoach Festival.

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"It brings good memories of the celebrations with my brothers and teammates after life and sports victories."

LISTEN UP: Play Music From Sam Hunt On Last.fm

DJ Carnage

Musician Carnage performs at the Electric Daisy Carnival.

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"His beats and verses keep my head bobbin' and loving every minute of a summer road trip."

LISTEN UP: Play Music From Carnage On Last.fm

All Diplo

Musician Diplo performs onstage at the Jingle Ball in 2016.

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"His music gets me fired up and activates my BEAST MODE before the big football games."

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"Ice Ice Baby" by Vanilla Ice

Musician Vanilla Ice performs on stage in his heyday in the 90's.

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"After performing this song on The Masked Singer, I'm definitely guilty to jamming out and singing to it when I'm alone driving."

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"Sunday Best"by Surfaces

Musicians of the band Surfaces smile and wear pastel clothing in front of a simple pastel circular backdrop.

Photo Credit: Stefan Kohli.

"It has an upbeat message, especially during these times. It always puts me in a good mood."

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"Good Vibrations" by Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch

Musician Mark Wahlberg stand shirtless in his iconic bad boy pose from the 'Good Cibrations' -era 90's.

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"This song goes down as one of the all-time greats! I've always loved it and appreciate Mark as a friend."

LISTEN UP: Play Music From Marky Mark And The Funky Bunch On Last.fm

Originally published in Watch Magazine, July-August 2020.

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