iHeartRadio Music Festival: Fun Facts About 12 Acts

The 2017 iHeartRadio Music Festival is gearing up to be a star-studded event, with artists like Harry Styles, Halsey, The Weeknd, and more slated to perform.

Of course, you can watch the shows live on Friday and Saturday night right here at iHeartRadio.ca!

To warm up for the big event, here are fun facts about 12 of the performers! 

• Coldplay frontman Chris Martin’s ex-wife, actress Gwyneth Paltrow, lent vocals to the band’s “Everglow” off their last album, A Head Full of Dreams.

• The Weeknd’s stage name was reportedly inspired by his rep as a high school dropout in Toronto “after [he] left one weekend and never came home.” 

• Chris Stapleton loves himself some whiskey – so much that some of his song titles include "Drinkin' Dark Whiskey," "Whiskey and You," "Guitars, Whiskey, Guns and Knives," "Good Corn Liquor," "Drinkin' Alone" and "Hangover Tonight." 

• Lorde was signed to Universal Music after executives heard her on a recording from a school talent show singing Duffy’s “Warwick Avenue.” 

• Each of the members of Kings Of Leon go by their middle names: Singer Anthony "Caleb" Followill, drummer Ivan "Nathan" Followill, guitarist Cameron "Matthew" Followill, and bassist Michael "Jared" Followill. 

• Big Sean’s grandmother was one of the first female black captains in WWII. 

• P!NK received her nickname after the Quentin Tarantino character Mr. Pink in the 1992 crime drama Reservoir Dogs.

• Earlier this year, Miley Cyrus teamed up with Converse to collaborate and promote their Converse Pride Collection, a collection of 22 standout rainbow sneakers. 

• Thirty Seconds to Mars hold a Guinness World Record for Longest Concert Tour by a Rock Band when they committed to two straight years of touring in support of their third studio album, This is War.

• David Guetta was born to a Moroccan Jewish father and a Belgian mother.

• Thomas Rhett has written songs for fellow country acts Jason Aldean, Lee Brice, and Florida Georgia Line.

• Kesha, whose single is “Praying,” once studied comparative religion at a Columbia University summer program for gifted teens.

Original article at iHeartRadio