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Timberlake dedicates iHeartRadio Award to 'different kids'

Associated Press logo Associated Press 3/6/2017 By MESFIN FEKADU, AP Music Writer
Ed Sheeran arrives at the iHeartRadio Music Awards at the Forum on Sunday, March 5, 2017, in Inglewood, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Ed Sheeran arrives at the iHeartRadio Music Awards at the Forum on Sunday, March 5, 2017, in Inglewood, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Justin Timberlake's "Can't Stop This Feeling!" may have lost the Oscar, but it won an iHeartRadio Music Award on Sunday, where the pop star dedicated his win to children who feel "different."

Katy Perry arrives at the iHeartRadio Music Awards at the Forum on Sunday, March 5, 2017, in Inglewood, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Katy Perry arrives at the iHeartRadio Music Awards at the Forum on Sunday, March 5, 2017, in Inglewood, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

"I wrote this song because I wanted it to be about inclusion, about being together. And so I guess I want to take this opportunity and speak to young people right now 'cause there's a lot of you looking at me, if you are black or you are brown or you are gay or you're a lesbian or you are trans, or maybe you're just a sissy singing boy from Tennessee, anyone that is treating you unkindly, it's only because they are afraid or have been taught to be afraid of how important you are," Timberlake said to the crowd at the Forum in Inglewood, California.

Ed Sheeran arrives at the iHeartRadio Music Awards at the Forum on Sunday, March 5, 2017, in Inglewood, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Ed Sheeran arrives at the iHeartRadio Music Awards at the Forum on Sunday, March 5, 2017, in Inglewood, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

"Because being different means you make the difference," added Timberlake, who ended his speech with an expletive that was bleeped.

Shawn Mendes arrives at the iHeartRadio Music Awards at the Forum on Sunday, March 5, 2017, in Inglewood, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Shawn Mendes arrives at the iHeartRadio Music Awards at the Forum on Sunday, March 5, 2017, in Inglewood, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Timberlake picked up the first award of the night for song of the year, presented by actor Jeremy Renner. "Can't Stop This Feeling" became a No.1 hit last year and was nominated for best original song at last month's Academy Awards. It's from the animated film "Trolls."

Drew Taggart, left, and Alex Pall, of The Chainsmokers, arrive at the iHeartRadio Music Awards at the Forum on Sunday, March 5, 2017, in Inglewood, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Drew Taggart, left, and Alex Pall, of The Chainsmokers, arrive at the iHeartRadio Music Awards at the Forum on Sunday, March 5, 2017, in Inglewood, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Timberlake was just one of the A-list stars at the awards show, which will include performances by Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran, Shawn Mendes, Coldplay's Chris Martin and The Chainsmokers.

Ryan Seacrest arrives at the iHeartRadio Music Awards at the Forum on Sunday, March 5, 2017, in Inglewood, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Ryan Seacrest arrives at the iHeartRadio Music Awards at the Forum on Sunday, March 5, 2017, in Inglewood, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Katy Perry, in a bright red blazer, hot pink pants and a short blond haircut, kicked off the show with a fun vibe and kid dancers when she sang "Chained to the Rhythm."

Macklemore arrives at the iHeartRadio Music Awards at the Forum on Sunday, March 5, 2017, in Inglewood, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Macklemore arrives at the iHeartRadio Music Awards at the Forum on Sunday, March 5, 2017, in Inglewood, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Drake is the top nominee with 12, followed by The Chainsmokers, who have 11 nominations. Mars will be honored with the Innovator Award for his success in music as a singer, songwriter and producer.

Noah Cyrus arrives at the iHeartRadio Music Awards at the Forum on Sunday, March 5, 2017, in Inglewood, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Noah Cyrus arrives at the iHeartRadio Music Awards at the Forum on Sunday, March 5, 2017, in Inglewood, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Big Sean, Thomas Rhett, Noah Cyrus and Labrinth will also perform. Presenters include Miley Cyrus, John Legend, Demi Lovato, DJ Khaled, Florida Georgia Line, Ansel Elgort and Macklemore.

Bebe Rexha arrives at the iHeartRadio Music Awards at the Forum on Sunday, March 5, 2017, in Inglewood, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Bebe Rexha arrives at the iHeartRadio Music Awards at the Forum on Sunday, March 5, 2017, in Inglewood, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Ryan Seacrest is hosting the show, airing live on TBS, TNT and truTV.

Ansel Elgort arrives at the iHeartRadio Music Awards at the Forum on Sunday, March 5, 2017, in Inglewood, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Ansel Elgort arrives at the iHeartRadio Music Awards at the Forum on Sunday, March 5, 2017, in Inglewood, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
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