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IHeartRadio Music Awards Nominees Announced

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iHeartMedia and Turner announced the nominees for the 2018 iHeartRadio Music Awards on Sunday, March 11, 2018 at the historic, “Fabulous” Forum in Los Angeles. The event will be simulcast live on TBS, TNT and truTV at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT; on iHeartMedia radio stations nationwide; and the iHeartRadio app, the free all-in-one digital music, podcasting and live streaming radio service. TV subscribers can also watch the iHeartRadio Music Awards on the truTV, TNT & TBS Apps.

For the fifth straight year, the iHeartRadio Music Awards will celebrate the biggest songs and artists heard throughout 2017 across iHeartMedia radio stations nationwide and on the iHeartRadio app. The 2018 telecast will feature live performances from today’s superstar performers, once-in-a-lifetime artist collaborations, celebrity guest appearances and live award presentations. This is Turner Broadcasting’s third year broadcasting the event.

“We have a guiding principle at iHeartRadio that fans rule,” said John Sykes, President of iHeartMedia Entertainment Enterprises. “In our fifth year we are still holding true to our original vision of staging an awards show that truly reflects the music fans loved listening to on iHeartRadio all year long.”

Artists receiving multiple nominations include Rihanna, Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, Bruno Mars, Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee, Justin Bieber, DJ Khaled and The Chainsmokers. All nominees are listed below. For a full list of categories visit iHeartRadio.com/awards.

“We’ve expanded the iHeartRadio Music Awards categories each year to ensure it accurately reflects the tastes of the millions of listeners on our broadcast radio stations and on the iHeartRadio app,” said Tom Poleman, Chief Programming Officer for iHeartMedia. “We’ve been thrilled with the response from both fans and artists and we can’t wait to celebrate the year in music by honoring its biggest songs and moments.”

For the first time ever, this year iHeartRadio will present seven awards in the seven nights leading up to the Sunday, March 11 telecast. Each night at 8 p.m. ET, an artist will be presented their award and give an acceptance speech.

In addition to being a compelling celebration of music and artists, the 2018 iHeartRadio Music Awards will again celebrate the fans, giving iHeartRadio listeners the opportunity to decide winners in several new and established categories. Fan voting will determine this year’s Best Fan Army presented by Taco Bell, Best Lyrics, Best Cover Song, Best Music Video, the Social Star Award, Best Solo Breakout and the first-ever Cutest Musician’s Pet, Best Boy Band and Best Remix awards. In addition, fans will get to vote on social media during the show for winners of the Best Performance and Best Dressed awards, which will be announced immediately after the event.

Social voting for the Social Star Award and Best Fan Army presented by Taco Bell award began through iHeartRadio’s social sites and in the iHeartRadio app on January 9. Social voting for all other categories begin today, January 10 and will close on March 4, with voting for the Social Star Award and the Best Fan Army presented by Taco Bell award continuing through the evening of the awards on March 11. Fans can vote by visiting iHeartRadio.com/awards.  

Ranking as one of the most talked-about television events in social media last year, the 2017 iHeartRadio Music Awards generated 165 billion impressions throughout the promotional period. It also proved its strength on individual platforms like Twitter, where it was the No. 1 trending topic in the United States and worldwide the night of the live simulcast. In addition, the iHeartRadio Music Awards won the night with the Nielsen Social Content Rating, finishing first ahead of The Walking Dead.

Among the many winners of the 2017 awards were Justin Timberlake’s “CAN’T STOP THE FEELING!” for Song of the Year, Adele for Female Artist of the Year, Justin Bieber for Male Artist of the Year, The Chainsmokers for Best New Artist presented by the all-new Subaru Impreza®, twenty one pilots for Best Duo/Group of the Year and Coldplay for Best Tour. In addition, Bruno Mars received the most prestigious award of the evening – the 2017 iHeartRadio Innovator Award – in recognition of his unparalleled contribution to popular culture and the music industry.

This year’s awards will feature a broad array of categories, including Female Artist of the Year, Male Artist of the Year, Best Duo/Group of the Year and individual winners for Album of the Year in music’s biggest genres, including Pop, Country, Alternative Rock/Rock, Dance, Hip-Hop, R&B, Latin and Regional Mexican formats. For the second year, the 2018 Best New Artist awards will be grouped by music format and format winners will then become finalists for the top title of Best New Artist. Category finalists (by alphabetical order) are:

Song of the Year:

–       “Despacito” – Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber

–       “Shape Of You” – Ed Sheeran

–       “Something Just Like This” – The Chainsmokers and Coldplay

–       “That’s What I Like” – Bruno Mars

–       “Wild Thoughts” – DJ Khaled featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller

Female Artist of the Year: 

–       Alessia Cara

–       Halsey

–       P!NK

–       Rihanna

–       Taylor Swift

Male Artist of the Year:  

–       Bruno Mars

–       Charlie Puth

–       Ed Sheeran

–       Shawn Mendes

–       The Weeknd

Best Duo/Group of the Year: 

–       Imagine Dragons

–       Maroon 5

–       Migos

–       Portugal. The Man

–       The Chainsmokers

Best Collaboration:

–       “Despacito” – Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber

–       “Don’t Wanna Know” – Maroon 5 featuring Kendrick Lamar

–       “Something Just Like This” – The Chainsmokers and Coldplay

–       “Stay” – Zedd and Alessia Cara

–       “Wild Thoughts” – DJ Khaled featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller

Best New Pop Artist:

–       Camila Cabello

–       Julia Michaels

–       Liam Payne

–       Logic

–       Niall Horan

Alternative Rock Song of the Year:

–       “Believer”  – Imagine Dragons

–       “Feel It Still” – Portugal. The Man

–       “Thunder” – Imagine Dragons

–       “Walk On Water” – Thirty Seconds To Mars

–       “Wish I Knew You” – The Revivalists

Alternative Rock Artist of the Year:

–       Cage The Elephant

–       Imagine Dragons

–       Judah & The Lion

–       Kings Of Leon

–       Portugal. The Man

Best New Rock/Alternative Rock Artist:

–       Greta Van Fleet

–       Judah & The Lion

–       K.Flay

–       Rag’n’Bone Man

–       The Revivalists

Rock Song of the Year:

–       “Go To War” – Nothing More

–       “Help” – Papa Roach

–       “Run” – Foo Fighters

–       “Rx (Medicate)”” – Theory of a Deadman

–       “Song #3” – Stone Sour

Rock Artist of the Year:

–       Foo Fighters

–       Highly Suspect

–       Metallica

–       Papa Roach

–       Royal Blood

Country Song of the Year:

–       “Body Like A Back Road” – Sam Hunt

–       “Dirt On My Boots” – Jon Pardi

–       “Hurricane” – Luke Combs

–       “Small Town Boy” – Dustin Lynch

–       “Unforgettable” – Thomas Rhett

Country Artist of the Year:

–       Blake Shelton

–       Jason Aldean

–       Luke Bryan

–       Sam Hunt

–       Thomas Rhett

Best New Country Artist:

–       Brett Young

–       Jon Pardi

–       Kane Brown

–       Lauren Alaina

–       Luke Combs

Dance Song of the Year:

–       “It Ain’t Me” – Kygo and Selena Gomez

–       “No Promises” – Cheat Codes featuring Demi Lovato

–       “Rockabye” – Clean Bandit and Anne-Marie featuring Sean Paul

–       “Something Just Like This” – The Chainsmokers and Coldplay

–       “Stay” – Zedd and Alessia Cara

Dance Artist of the Year: 

–       Calvin Harris

–       Cheat Codes

–       Kygo

–       The Chainsmokers

–       Zedd

Hip-Hop Song of the Year: 

–       “Bad and Boujee” – Migos featuring Lil Uzi Vert

–       “Bodak Yellow” – Cardi B

–       “HUMBLE.” – Kendrick Lamar

–       “Rockstar” – Post Malone

–       “Wild Thoughts” – DJ Khaled featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller

Hip-Hop Artist of the Year:

–       DJ Khaled

–       Drake

–       Future

–       Kendrick Lamar

–       Migos

Best New Hip-Hop Artist:

–       21 Savage

–       Cardi B

–       GoldLink

–       Lil Uzi Vert

–       Playboi Carti

R&B Song of the Year:

–       “B.E.D.” – Jacquees

–       “Location” – Khalid

–       “Love Galore” – SZA featuring Travis Scott

–       “Redbone” – Childish Gambino

–       “That’s What I Like” – Bruno Mars

R&B Artist of the Year: 

–       Bruno Mars

–       Childish Gambino

–       Khalid

–       Rihanna

–       The Weeknd

Best New R&B Artist:

–       6LACK

–       Kehlani

–       Kevin Ross

–       Khalid

–       SZA

Latin Song of the Year: 

–       “Despacito” – Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee

–       “El Amante” – Nicky Jam

–       “Hey DJ” – CNCO

–       “Mi Gente” – J Balvin featuring Willy William

–       “Súbeme La Radio” –  Enrique Iglesias

Latin Artist of the Year: 

–       CNCO

–       J Balvin

–       Luis Fonsi

–       Nicky Jam

–       Shakira

Best New Latin Artist:

–       Abraham Mateo

–       Bad Bunny

–       Danny Ocean

–       Karol G

–       Ozuna

Regional Mexican Song of the Year: 

–       “Adios Amor” – Christian Nodal

–       “Ella Es Mi Mujer” – Banda Carnaval

–       “Las Ultras” – Calibre 50

–       “Regresa Hermosa” – Gerardo Ortiz

–       “Siempre Te Voy A Querer” – Calibre 50

Regional Mexican Artist of the Year: 

–       Banda Carnaval

–       Banda Los Recoditos

–       Banda Sinaloense MS de Sergio Lizarraga

–       Calibre 50

–       Gerardo Ortiz

Best New Regional Mexican Artist:

–       Christian Nodal

–       Edwin Luna y La Trakalosa de Monterrey

–       El Fantasma

–       Ulices Chaidez y Sus Plebes

Producer of the Year:

–       Andrew “Pop” Wansel and Warren “Oak” Felder

–       Andrew Watt

–       Benny Blanco

–       Justin Tranter

–       Steve Mac

Best Lyrics: *Socially Voted Category

–       “Bodak Yellow” – Cardi B

–       “Despacito” – Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee

–       “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back” – Shawn Mendes

–       “Look What You Made Me Do” – Taylor Swift

–       “Perfect” – Ed Sheeran

–       “Slow Hands” – Niall Horan

Best Cover Song: *Socially Voted Category

–       “All We Got” – Shawn Mendes

–       “Bad Liar” – HAIM

–       “Issues” – Niall Horan

–       “Lost” – Khalid

–       “Say You Won’t Let Go” – Camila Cabello and Machine Gun Kelly

–       “The Chain” – Harry Styles

–       “Touch” – Ed Sheeran

–       “The Tribute Song” – Thirty Seconds To Mars

Best Fan Army presented by Taco Bell: *Socially Voted Category

–       Arianators – Ariana Grande

–       Beliebers – Justin Bieber

–       BTS – BTS

–       Camilizers – Camila Cabello

–       EXO-L – EXO

–       Harmonizers – Fifth Harmony

–       Lovatics – Demi Lovato

–       Mendes Army – Shawn Mendes

–       Mixers – Little Mix

–       Selenators – Selena Gomez

–       Smilers – Miley Cyrus

–       Swifties – Taylor Swift

Best Music Video: *Socially Voted Category

–       “Bad Liar” – Selena Gomez

–       “Bodak Yellow” – Cardi B

–       “Despacito” –  Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee

–       “I’m The One” – DJ Khaled

–       “Look What You Made Me Do” – Taylor Swift

–       “Malibu” – Miley Cyrus

–       “New Rules” – Dua Lipa

–       “Shape Of You” – Ed Sheeran

–       “Sign Of The Times” – Harry Styles

–       “Sorry Not Sorry” – Demi Lovato

–       “Swish Swish” – Katy Perry

–       “That’s What I Like” – Bruno Mars

–       “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back” – Shawn Mendes

Social Star Award: *Socially Voted Category

–       Andrew Huang

–       Anitta

–       Christian Collins

–       Conor Maynard

–       dodie

–       Gabbie Hanna

–       JoJo Siwa

–       Mariah Belgrod

–       Max & Harvey

–       RoomieOfficial

Cutest Musician’s Pet: (New Category) *Socially Voted Category

–       Batman – Demi Lovato

–       Bear Rexha – Bebe Rexha

–       Nugget – Katy Perry

–       Olivia – Taylor Swift

–       Pig Pig – Miley Cyrus

–       Toulouse – Ariana Grande

Best Boy Band: (New Category) *Socially Voted Category           

–       AJR

–       BTS

–       CNCO

–       In Real Life

–       PRETTYMUCH

–       The Vamps

–       Why Don’t We

Best Solo Breakout: *Socially Voted Category           

–       Camila Cabello

–       Harry Styles

–       Liam Payne

–       Louis Tomlinson

–       Niall Horan

Best Remix: (New Category) *Socially Voted Category           

–       “Bon Appétit”  – Katy Perry, Migos and 3LAU

–       “Despacito” –  Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber

–       “do re mi” ” – blackbear featuring Gucci Mane

–       “Friends” – Justin Bieber and BloodPop with Julia Michaels

–       “Havana” – Camila Cabello and Daddy Yankee

–       “Homemade Dynamite” – Lorde, Khalid, Post Malone and SZA

–       “May I Have This Dance” – Francis & The Lights featuring Chance The Rapper

–       “Mi Gente” – J Balvin and Willy William featuring Beyoncé

–       “Reggaetón Lento” – CNCO and Little Mix

Additional categories include Biggest Triple Threat, Best Tour, Label of the Year, Most Thumbed Up Artist of the Year and Most Thumbed Up Song of the Year. For a full list of categories visit iHeartRadio.com/awards.

Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, January 12 at 10 a.m. PT at ticketmaster.com.

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