iHeartMedia and Turner announced today the finalists for the 2016 iHeartRadio Music Awards on Sunday, April 3 at the historic Forum in Los Angeles. The event will be televised live on TBS, TNT and truTV at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT and will be simulcast on iHeartMedia stations nationwide, as well as on the iHeartRadio digital music platform.
For the third straight year, the iHeartRadio Music Awards will celebrate the amazing music that was heard throughout the year across iHeartMedia radio stations nationwide and on iHeartRadio. The 2016 telecast will feature today’s biggest artists and songs with live performances including first released performers Justin Bieber and Meghan Trainor, first-time duets and collaborations, celebrity guest appearances, live award presentations, and an exclusive can’t-miss performance by a soon-to-be-named artist that will be simulcast from the Capital One JamFest, which is part of the March Madness Music Festival taking place in Houston, TX. This is the first year for the Turner networks to simulcast the event, which is scheduled to take place the night between the NCAA Final Four National Semifinals and the NCAA National Championship on TBS.
This year, the iHeartRadio Music Awards will feature 31 categories, including new awards for “Best Tour,” “Best Duo/Group of the Year” and “Latin Song of the Year,” as well as individual awards for “Artist of the Year” in music’s biggest genres. Taylor Swift leads nominees with eight nominations and will vie for the first “Female Artist of the Year” award, while The Weeknd received seven nominations, including in the inaugural “Male Artist of the Year” category. Swift and the Weeknd will go head-to-head in the coveted “Song of the Year” and first-ever “Album of the Year” categories. Other artists who have received multiple nominations include Adele, Drake, Justin Bieber, Ed Sheeran, Luke Bryan and Sam Smith. All nominations are listed below.
“Because the iHeartRadio Music Awards are a celebration of all things music, it’s extremely fitting that we expand the categories this year to recognize even more of today’s biggest artists across every genre,” said Tom Poleman, President of iHeartMedia’s National Programming Group. “It’s going to be an unforgettable night and a true representation of the country’s favorite artists and music.”
In addition to being a compelling celebration of music and artists, the 2016 iHeartRadio Music Awards will celebrate the fans, giving them once-in-lifetime access to their favorite artists and an up-close-and-personal view of the event like never before. Fan voting will determine this year’s “Best Fan Army presented by Taco Bell,” “Best Lyrics,” “Best Collaboration” and the first-ever “Best Cover Song,” “Best Song from a Movie,” and “Most Meme-Able Moment” awards. Voting will begin through iHeartMedia’s social media partner Telescope on February 9 and extend through March 25, with the “Best Fan Army presented by Taco Bell” and “Most Meme-Able Moment” voting continuing through the evening of the awards on April 3. Fans can vote by visiting iheartradio.com/awards.
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