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Bon Jovi Celebrates 35-Year Career with Icon Award at 2018 iHeartRadio Music Awards: 'Stay True to Who You Are'

People logo People 3/12/2018 Nicole Sands

a man wearing a suit and tie standing in front of a stage © Christopher Polk/Getty Images It’s been more than three decades, and Bon Jovi has sure held on to what they’ve got.

The legendary rock band was honored with the first-ever iHeartRadio Icon Award to celebrate their contributions to music throughout their 35-year career during the 2018 iHeartRadio Music Awards on Sunday, where they performed classics like “It’s My Life” and “You Give Love a Bad Name.”

“I want to thank the three and a half decades of fans that have been listening to Bon Jovi songs,” frontman Jon Bon Jovi, 56, said during the band’s acceptance speech. “We’ve been at this game a long time and the only advice I’ll tell this incredible generation of incredible talent is just stay true to who you are, and then they’re going to make you guys icons too someday.”

An award and a return to stage is not the only thing Bon Jovi is kicking off the year with. The band, who will be inducted into the 2018 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April, recently released the second leg of their latest album This House Is Not For Salewith two new singles titled “When We Were Us” and “Walls.”

a man standing in front of a stage: Jon Bon Jovi

Jon Bon Jovi
© Christopher Polk/Getty Images
But what’s an album without a show? Bon Jovi is gearing up to head back out on a two-month tour starting March 14 in Denver, Colorado and ending in Washington, D.C. on May 14.

Other iHeartRadio Music Award performers include Ed Sheeran, Cardi B, Maroon 5, Camila Cabello, Charlie Puth, Eminem featuring Kehlani, N.E.R.D. and G-Eazy.

The 2018 iHeartRadio Music Awards will broadcast live from the Forum in Los Angeles on Sunday, March 11th at 8 p.m. ET on TBS, TNT and truTV.

2018 iHeart Radio Music Awards red carpet (Wonder Wall)


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