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Radio music fest bringing big names to Las Vegas

Lady Gaga, Kenny Chesney, Alicia Keys, Coldplay, Carrie Underwood and other top musicians are coming to Las Vegas to celebrate that which they dominate: the airwaves.

Self-annointed as "the biggest live music event in radio history," the iHeart Radio Music Festival will overtake the MGM Grand Garden arena on Sept. 23 and 24, featuring live performances by some of the biggest names in pop, rock and country in what will be perhaps the largest collection of stars on one stage that Vegas has seen yet.

On Friday, Sept. 23, the show will feature Brit rockers Coldplay, who have packed the MGM Grand Garden on their own in recent years, along with hip-pop chart toppers The Black Eyed Peas, country belle Underwood, R&B leading light Keys, guitar hero John Mayer, reactivated alt-rock luminaries Jane’s Addiction and hit maker Bruno Mars.

The next night will see Lady Gaga return to the venue, which she had sold out in the past, along with current "American Idol" judges Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler, classic rockers Aerosmith, superstar DJ David Guetta, bawdy female rapper Nicki Minaj, country stars Rascall Flatts and Chesney, ska punk troupe Sublime with Rome, popster Kelly Clarkson and special guests Usher and Sting.

More acts will be announced in the coming weeks.

Ryan Seacrest will host the event.

The festival is timed with the debut of a new version of Clear Channel’s streaming-radio app and website iHeartRadio, which will be available on Sept. 23 and will allow downloaders to listen to hundreds of Clear Channel radio stations around the country.

The event will be broadcast on the iHeartRadio app as well as on various Clear Channel stations and their respective websites.

Tickets, priced at $54.05, $108.65, $177.20 and $289.65, go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday at Ticketmaster outlets.

In the meantime, fans can log onto the iHeartRadio Facebook page (facebook.com/iheartradio) for access to presale tickets.

Contact reporter Jason Bracelin at jbracelin@review journal.com or 702-383-0476.

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