iHeartRadio Music Awards: N.E.R.D's 'Lemon' Set Was Anything But Bitter

By Hayden Brooks

March 12, 2018

After show-stopping numbers from Cardi B and Camila Cabello, N.E.R.D closed out our 2018 iHeartRadio Music Awards on a high note on Sunday night (March 11) with a performance of "Lemon," which was accompanied by Mette Towley, the star of the music video who got her head shaved by Rihanna.

For the closing ceremony number, which was presented by host Hailey Baldwin, Skateboard P was joined on stage by Towley, a batch of dancers and his N.E.R.D mate Shay Hayley. If you thought that the eye-popping aesthetics from Bardi's performance couldn't be rivaled, then the "Lemon" set proved otherwise. Pharrell kept the energy high with his flow. Dancers poured onto the stage in sparkling bodysuits and, boy, did they keep the booty-popping action at a maximum. Plus, the purple explosion of lights provided viewers with one visual feast.

In our previous interview with Pharrell, the hitmaker explained the meaning behind the title of the track, emphasizing the flavor of the fruit. "It is bitter. Hence, the origin of the song," he said. "It's like when we all have the potential to be very fruitful as human beings, but there's certain times where people act like they're like happy for you, but when they answer your question or when they see you, it's kinda like they just bit into a lemon. And that's kinda like what it's about." 

Earlier in the night, Skateboard P also took to the stage to present Chance the Rapper with this year's Innovator Award and referred to the MC as a hero and an "amazing dad." "He completely breaks the stereotype as a young dad. He's an amazing father," he told the audience, breaking away from the script in prompter.

Whether you’re looking for a full list of winners from the jam-packed affair or recaps of the show-stopping performances, we have you covered with all that there is from our 2018 iHeartRadio Music Awards. If you missed out on the action, click here for all the up-to-date highlights from the DJ Khaled and Baldwin-hosted ceremony. 

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