Green Day Receives Landmark Award at the 2024 iHeartRadio Music Awards – PEOPLE

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A trio of alternative rock’s “saviors” were honored at the iHeartRadio Music Awards!

Green Day was one of two acts who received the Landmark Award at the 2024 iHeartRadio Music Awards on Monday. Along with TLC, the group featuring Billie Joe Armstrong, Tré Cool and Mike Dirnt was celebrated at the awards ceremony at The Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles with the special, honorary award.

After receiving a thoughtful introduction from fellow alt star Avril Lavigne, who cited the group as one of her favorites, the punk trio took the stage for a performance. The “When I Come Around” band played a medley of two songs, showing just how far they’ve come and how true they’ve stayed to their riotous, youthful sound.

Tré Cool, Billie Joe Armstrong and Mike Dirnt of Green Day at the iHeartRadio Music Awards at The Dolby Theater in Los Angeles on April 1, 2024.

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The hitmakers kicked off their set with a rocking performance of “Bobby Sox,” a bisexual, pop-punk anthem off their latest album Saviors. Armstrong, 52, wore a hot pink suit while his bandmates were dressed in black and the stage was engulfed in pink imagery.

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Green Day then broke into their 1994 hit “Basket Case” off their seminal album Dookie, which celebrated its 30th anniversary in February. As the stage turned green and the rockers broke into the song’s iconic guitars, the audience roared and continued to cheer as Armstrong walked toward the end of the stage to shred at the end.

After their set, Lavigne, 39, passed off the group’s trophy to Armstrong, who appeared overjoyed.

The “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” band was also nominated for one award at the event. They received a nod for alternative artist of the year, competing with blink-182, Fall Out Boy, Foo Fighters and Paramore in the category.

Green Day’s recognition at the iHeartRadio Music Awards comes amid a major comeback year for the group. In January, the rockers released their 14th studio album, Saviors, which debuted within the Top 10 of the Billboard 200 chart.

The alt-rock icons are also currently celebrating two milestone anniversaries: the 30th anniversary of Dookie and the 20th anniversary of the fan-favorite record American Idiot. The Grammy winners will set out on a massive tour across North America this summer to commemorate the LPs.

Green Day performing at EA Sports’ The Madden Bowl at the House of Blues Las Vegas on Feb. 9, 2024.

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The Nimrod band was among the many acts who performed at the 12th annual iHeartRadio Music Awards. Their fellow Landmark Award honorees TLC also played a nostalgic set, and hitmakers like Justin Timberlake, Jelly Roll, Lainey Wilson and Tate McRae filled out the bill.

Check out all of PEOPLE’s full iHeartRadio Music Awards coverage here.

A handful of other music legends were celebrated with coveted awards as well. Beyoncé was honored with the esteemed Innovator Award, recognizing her influence on pop culture, creative risks and her skill to “successfully transform [her] music,” according to a press release.

Cher received the Icon Award, due to her contributions to pop culture that span seven decades.

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Mike Dirnt, Billy Joe Armstrong and Tré Cool of Green Day at Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest in Hollywood, California on Dec. 31, 2023.

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Earlier this year, Armstrong reflected on Green Day’s legacy in an interview with PEOPLE.

He explained that the Oakland-based band felt like they were taking “the biggest gamble” by making Dookie back in 1994, considering it marked their major label debut.

“It was also very exciting at the same time,” the frontman shared of the trio’s meteoric rise that followed the record’s release. “All of a sudden, we’re playing Lollapalooza and Woodstock, and our shows were getting bigger. We were on MTV. That was a lot of fun. But it was a double-edged sword, a little bit.”

Despite feeling nervous about becoming a major-label act at the time, the rocker added that the hitmakers have always held onto their punk-rock ethos. Armstrong added, “I still try to maintain that kind of spirit about what we do, which is just being independent and free to express yourself the way that you want.”

The iHeartRadio Music Awards are airing live from The Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on April 1 from 8-10 p.m. ET on FOX.

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