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iHeartmedia (formerly Clear Channel) and NBC Announce Finalists for iHeartRadio Music Awards

justin-timberlake-20132iHeartmedia (formerly Clear Channel) Media and Entertainment and NBC today announced the finalists for its first-ever iHeartRadio Music Awards on Thursday, May 1 at the historic Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Music fans used hashtags to cast more than 13.2 million votes across Facebook and Twitter to catapult their favorite artists and songs into iHeartRadio Music Awards’ category finalists. The event will be televised live on NBC from 8-11 p.m. ET/PT.

Announced last month, the three-hour iHeartRadio Music Awards will recognize the most popular artists and music over the past 12 months as determined by iHeartRadio listeners. Each voting category initially featured 10 nominees based on results from the iHeartRadio Chart which includes listener feedback and performance data according to airplay; digital streaming data from the iHeartRadio platform, including “thumbs up” and custom station creations; and music sales, social interactions, online video data and tags from BigChampagne and Shazam.

During the last four weeks, listeners cast their votes to narrow down these nominees to their top five favorites in each category, garnering more than 2.2 billion social impressions. Category finalists (by alphabetical order) are:
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Artist of the Year:
Imagine Dragons

Justin Timberlake

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Maroon 5

Rihanna

Song of the Year:
“Hold On We’re Going Home” – Drake ft. Majid Jordan

“Mirrors” – Justin Timberlake

“Radioactive” – Imagine Dragons

“Stay” – Rihanna ft. Mikky Ekko

“The Monster” – Eminem ft. Rihanna

Best Collaboration:
(Most voted on category with more than 3.9 million votes cast)
“Holy Grail” – Jay Z ft. Justin Timberlake

“Stay” – Rihanna ft. Mikky Ekko

“Suit & Tie” – Justin Timberlake ft. Jay Z

“The Monster” – Eminem ft. Rihanna

“Timber” – Pitbull ft. Ke$ha

Best New Artist:
Florida Georgia Line

Icona Pop

Imagine Dragons

Lorde

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Passenger

Country Song of the Year:
“Boys ‘Round Here” – Blake Shelton

“Highway Don’t Care” – Tim McGraw with Taylor Swift

“It Goes Like This” – Thomas Rhett

“Mine Would Be You” – Blake Shelton

“That’s My Kind of Night” – Luke Bryan

Hip Hop/R&B Song of the Year:
“Blurred Lines” – Robin Thicke ft. T.I. & Pharrell

“Hold On We’re Going Home” – Drake ft. Majid Jordan

“Holy Grail” – Jay Z ft. Justin Timberlake

“Pour It Up” – Rihanna

“Started From The Bottom” – Drake

EDM Song of the Year:
“Get Lucky” – Daft Punk ft. Pharrell

“Stay The Night” – Zedd ft. Hayley Williams

“Summertime Sadness” – Lana Del Rey ft. Cedric Gervais

“Sweet Nothing” – Calvin Harris ft. Florence Welch

“Wake Me Up” – Avicii

Alternative Rock Song of the Year:
“Demons” – Imagine Dragons

“Do I Wanna Know?” – Arctic Monkeys

“Pompeii” – Bastille

“Royals” – Lorde

“Safe And Sound” – Capital Cities

Best Lyrics:
“Wake Me Up” – Avicii (Vocals by Aloe Blacc)

“I Love It (ft. Charli XCX)” – Icona Pop

“Say Something” – A Great Big World

“Same Love” – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

“Wrecking Ball” – Miley Cyrus

Best Fan Army:
Arianators – Ariana Grande

Little Monsters – Lady Gaga

Lovatics – Demi Lovato

Mahomies – Austin Mahone

Rihanna Navy – Rihanna

Swifties – Taylor Swift

Round Two voting began today at iHeartRadio.com/awards and will continue through April 25 where millions of fans will rally behind their favorite artists and songs to vote for which nominee they want to win each category. Listeners can tune into their local iHeartmedia (formerly Clear Channel) radio stations for a chance to win their way into the iHeartRadio Music Awards featuring never-before-done duets and collaborations, celebrity guest appearances and live award presentations.

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