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Katy Perry, Ed Sheeran, The Chainsmokers and Big Sean Join Bruno Mars At The 2017 iHeartRadio Music Awards


Ryan Seacrest to Host , Sunday March 5, Live on TBS, TNT and truTV

NEW YORK, N.Y. and BURBANK, Calif. – February 15, 2017 – The fan-fueled fourth annual iHeartRadio Music Awards on Sunday, March 5, will feature live performances and first-time duets and collaborations by today’s biggest , including Katy Perry, Ed Sheeran, The Chainsmokers, Shawn Mendes, Thomas Rhett, Noah Cyrus and Big Sean, who join already announced performer Bruno Mars.  

Hosted by Ryan Seacrest, host of “On Air with Ryan Seacrest,” his market-topping #1 nationally syndicated LA morning drive-time show for iHeartMedia’s 102.7 KIIS-FM, as well as a nationally syndicated Top 40 radio show, the event will air live on TBS, TNT and truTV at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT from the historic Forum in Los Angeles and will broadcast on iHeartMedia stations nationwide, as well as on the iHeartRadio digital music platform.

“The biggest artists in music show up each year,” said Ryan Seacrest. “iHeartRadio reaches hundreds of millions of people across the country every day, so this is an opportunity for the fans to have a voice in who’s the best and brightest, and the artists, in turn to show their appreciation. It’s always a lively celebration and an evening of special performances and appearances.”

“2016 was an incredible year in music and the iHeartRadio Music Awards will not only recognize the amazing artists of the past 12 months, but celebrate their success, creativity and innovation,” said Tom Poleman, President of National Programming Group for iHeartMedia. “As a pop culture icon, Ryan Seacrest is a known champion of great music across our radio stations nationwide. We’re thrilled to have him as our master of ceremonies.”  

“This is the one night where fans can not only hear the songs that defined the last year in music, but also discover what is coming right out,” said John Sykes, President of Entertainment Enterprises for iHeartMedia. “This will be a night of live performances and once-in-a-lifetime collaborations that will carry fans into the new year of music.”

Nominees for the iHeartRadio Music Awards were announced on January 4. Drake leads nominees with 12 nominations, including Male Artist of the Year, while The Chainsmokers received 11 nominations, including the inaugural Best New Pop Artist category. Other artists who have received multiple nominations include Rihanna, twenty one pilots, Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, Beyoncé, Daya, Halsey, Nicky Jam and Sia.  For a full list of nominations visit iHeartRadio.com/awards.

This year, the iHeartRadio Music Awards will feature new awards for Producer of the Year, Label of the Year and Best Music Video, as well as individual awards in music’s biggest genres for Artist of the Year, Song of the Year, Album of the Year and Best New Artist presented by the all-new 2017 Subaru Impreza®.

Fan voting will determine this year’s Best Fan Army presented by Taco Bell®, Best Lyrics, Best Collaboration, Best Cover Song, Best Song from a Movie and the first-ever Best Music Video, Social Star and Best Underground Alternative Band awards. Social voting for the Social Star Award and Best Fan Army Award presented by Taco Bell began through iHeartRadio’s social sites and in the iHeartRadio app on January 3, while social voting for all other categories began on January 4. Voting will close on February 24, with voting for the Social Star Award and the Best Fan Army Award presented by Taco Bell continuing through the evening of the awards on March 5. Fans can vote by visiting iHeartRadio.com/awards.

Proud partners of the 2017 iHeartRadio Music Awards include Bioré® Skincare, Chase, Coors Light®, ICE BREAKERS, Taco Bell, The All-New 2017 Subaru Impreza® and T-Mobile.

The awards are produced by iHeartMedia and Den of Thieves. Executive Producers for iHeartMedia are John Sykes, Tom Poleman and Lee Rolontz. 

For breaking news and exclusive iHeartRadio Music Awards content visit iHeartRadio.com/awards or follow the social buzz on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Google+.

Category finalists (by alphabetical order) are:

Song of the Year:

–       “CAN’T STOP THE FEELING!” – Justin Timberlake

–       “Cheap Thrills” – Sia featuring Sean Paul

–       “Closer” – The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey

–       “One Dance” – Drake featuring Wizkid and Kyla

–       “Stressed Out” – twenty one pilots

Female Artist of the Year: 

–       Adele

–       Ariana Grande

–       Rihanna

–       Selena Gomez

–       Sia


Male Artist of the Year:   

–       Drake

–       Justin Bieber

–       Luke Bryan

–       Shawn Mendes

–       The Weeknd

Best Duo/Group of the Year: 

–       Coldplay

–       DNCE

–       Florida Georgia Line

–       The Chainsmokers

–       twenty one pilots


Alternative Rock Song of the Year: 

–       “Bored to Death” – blink-182

–       “Dark Necessities” – Red Hot Chili Peppers

–       “Heathens” – twenty one pilots

–       “Ride” – twenty one pilots

–       “Trouble” – Cage The Elephant


Alternative Rock Artist of the Year:

–       blink-182

–       Cage The Elephant

–       Coldplay

–       The Strumbellas

–       twenty one pilots


Rock Song of the Year:

–       “Bang Bang” – Green Day

–       “Dark Necessities” – Red Hot Chili Peppers

–       “Take Me Down” – The Pretty Reckless

–       “The Devil’s Bleeding Crown” – Volbeat

–       “The Sound Of Silence” – Disturbed


Rock Artist of the Year 

–       Disturbed

–       Five Finger Death Punch

–       Red Hot Chili Peppers

–       Shinedown

–       Volbeat


Country Song of the Year:

–       “Church Bells” –  Carrie Underwood

–       “Snapback” –  Old Dominion

–       “Somewhere On A Beach” –  Dierks Bentley

–       “T-Shirt” – Thomas Rhett

–       “You Should Be Here” – Cole Swindell


Country Artist of the Year:

–       Carrie Underwood

–       Jason Aldean

–       Keith Urban

–       Luke Bryan

–       Thomas Rhett


Dance Song of the Year: 

–       “Closer” – The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey

–       “Cold Water” – Major Lazer featuring Justin Bieber and MØ

–       “Don’t Let Me Down” –  The Chainsmokers featuring Daya

–       “I Took A Pill In Ibiza” –  Mike Posner

–       “Let Me Love You” –  DJ Snake featuring Justin Bieber

Dance Artist of the Year: 

–       Calvin Harris

–       DJ Snake

–       Flume

–       Major Lazer

–       The Chainsmokers

Hip-Hop Song of the Year: 

–       “All The Way Up” – Fat Joe and Remy Ma featuring French Montana and Infared

–       “Controlla” – Drake

–       “For Free” – DJ Khaled featuring Drake

–       “One Dance” – Drake featuring Wizkid and Kyla

–       “Panda” – Desiigner


Hip-Hop Artist of the Year:

–       Desiigner

–       DJ Khaled

–       Drake

–       Future

–       J. Cole

R&B Song of the Year:

–       “Exchange” – Bryson Tiller

–       “Needed Me” – Rihanna

–       “No Limit” – Usher featuring Young Thug

–       “Sorry” – Beyoncé

–       “Work” – Rihanna featuring Drake

R&B Artist of the Year: 

–       Beyoncé

–       Bryson Tiller

–       Rihanna

–       The Weeknd

–       Usher

Latin Song of the Year: 

–       “Ay Mi Dios” – IAmChino featuring Pitbull, Yandel and El Chacal

–       “De Pies A Cabeza” – Maná featuring Nicky Jam

–       “Duele El Corazon” – Enrique Iglesias featuring Wisin

–       “La Carretera” – Prince Royce

–       “Ya Me Enteré” – Reik featuring Nicky Jam

Latin Artist of the Year: 

–       Enrique Iglesias

–       J Balvin

–       Nicky Jam

–       Prince Royce

–       Yandel

Regional Mexican Song of the Year:

–       “Amor Del Bueno” – Calibre 50

–       “Cicatrices” – Regulo Caro

–       “Me Está Gustando” – Banda Los Recoditos

–       “¿Por Qué Terminamos?” – Gerardo Ortiz

–       “Solo Con Verte” – Banda Sinaloense MS de Sergio Lizárraga

Regional Mexican Artist of the Year: 

–       Banda El Recodo de Cruz Lizárraga

–       Banda Los Recoditos

–       Calibre 50

–       Gerardo Ortiz

–       Remmy Valenzuela

Best New Rock/Alternative Rock Artist: (New Category)

–       Foals

–       Kaleo

–       Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats

–       Red Sun Rising

–       The Strumbellas


Best New Country Artist: (New Category) 

–       Chris Lane

–       Chris Stapleton

–       Granger Smith

–       Kelsea Ballerini

–       Maren Morris


Best New Hip-Hop Artist: (New Category)

–       Chance The Rapper

–       Desiigner

–       D.R.A.M.

–       Kent Jones

–       Kevin Gates


Best New Latin Artist: (New Category)

–       Carlos Rivera

–       Christian Daniel

–       CNCO

–       IAmChino

–       Sofia Reyes


Best New R&B Artist: (New Category)      

–       Belly

–       Bryson Tiller

–       Dreezy

–       Kayla Brianna

–       Ro James


Best New Regional Mexican Artist: (New Category)

–       Adriel Favela

–       Banda Los Sebastianes

–       Cheyo Carrillo

–       Joss Favela

–       La Séptima Banda


Best New Pop Artist: (New Category) 

–       Alessia Cara

–       Daya

–       Lukas Graham

–       The Chainsmokers

–       ZAYN


Producer of the Year: (New Category)

–       Benny Blanco

–       Greg Kurstin

–       Max Martin

–       Mike Elizondo

–       The Chainsmokers


Best Lyrics: *Socially Voted Category

–       “7 Years” – Lukas Graham

–       “Came Here to Forget” – Blake Shelton

–       “Cheap Thrills” – Sia featuring Sean Paul

–       “Closer” – The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey

–       “Heathens” – twenty one pilots

–       “Love Yourself” – Justin Bieber

–       “Scars To Your Beautiful” – Alessia Cara

–       “Send My Love (To Your New Lover)” – Adele

–       “Too Good” – Drake featuring Rihanna

–       “You Should Be Here” – Cole Swindell


Best Collaboration: *Socially Voted Category 

–       “Cheap Thrills” – Sia featuring Sean Paul

–       “Closer” – The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey

–       “Don’t Let Me Down” – The Chainsmokers featuring Daya

–       “This Is What You Came For” – Calvin Harris featuring Rihanna

–       “Work” – Rihanna featuring Drake

Best Cover Song: *Socially Voted Category

–       “All I Ask” – Bruno Mars

–       “Ex’s and Oh’s” – Fifth Harmony

–       “Fast Car” – Justin Bieber

–       “Hands to Myself” – DNCE

–       “Here” – Shawn Mendes

–       “How Will I Know” – Ariana Grande

–       “Love on the Brain” – Kelly Clarkson

–       “Purple Rain” – Jennifer Hudson and the cast of The Color Purple

–       “Sound of Silence” – Disturbed

–       “Too Good” – Zara Larsson


Best Song from a Movie: *Socially Voted Categor 

–       “CAN’T STOP THE FEELING!”” – Justin Timberlake (Trolls)

–       “Still Falling For You” – Ellie Goulding (Bridget Jones’s Baby)

–       “Girls Talk Boys” – 5 Seconds of Summer (Ghostbusters)

–       “Heathens” – twenty one pilots (Suicide Squad)

–       “Just Like Fire” – P!nk (Alice Through the Looking Glass)


Best Music Video: (New Category) *Socially Voted Category

–       “CAN’T STOP THE FEELING!”” – Justin Timberlake

–       “Don’t Let Me Down” – The Chainsmokers featuring Daya

–       “Formation” – Beyoncé

–       “Hasta El Amanecer” – Nicky Jam

–       “Heathens” – twenty one pilots

–       “Hymn for the Weekend” – Coldplay

–       “I Took A Pill In Ibiza” – Mike Posner

–       “Pillowtalk” – ZAYN

–       “Side to Side” – Ariana Grande featuring Nicki Minaj

–       “This Is What You Came For” – Calvin Harris featuring Rihanna

–       “Work” – Rihanna featuring Drake

–       “Work From Home” – Fifth Harmony featuring Ty Dolla $ign


Best Underground Alternative Band: (New Category) *Socially Voted Category           

–       Hey Violet

–       Pierce the Veil

–       PVRIS

–       Sleeping With Sirens

–       Tonight Alive


Social Star Award: (New Category) *Socially Voted Category       

–       Alex Aiono from YouTube

–       Baby Ariel from Musical.ly

–       Emma McGann from YouNow

–       Hailey Knox from YouNow

–       Jack and Jack from Snapchat

–       Jacob Sartorius from Musical.ly

–       Marcus Perez from Facebook

–       Steph Clavin from Instagram

–       Todrick Hall from YouTube

–       xYego from Smule

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

–       5 Seconds of Summer – 5SOSFam

–       Ariana Grande – Arianators

–       Beyoncé – Beyhive

–       Britney Spears – Britney Army

–       Demi Lovato – Lovatics

–       Fifth Harmony – Harmonizers

–       Justin Bieber – Beliebers

–       Katy Perry – KatyCats

–       Lady Gaga – Little Monsters

–       Rihanna – Rihanna Navy

–       Selena Gomez – Selenators

–       Shawn Mendes – Mendes Army

–       Twenty-one pilots – #twentyonepilots

CEO of RF Focus, Radio and Music Industry Veteran. Radio DJ, Programmer, Musician and Voice Talent. Graduated from Performing Arts in Buffalo, N.Y. and worked at the legendary KKBT (92.3 The Beat) during its nationwide heyday in the early 90s. Also worked for Stevie Wonder at KJLH.

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