The Nominees For The First Ever iHeartRadio Music Awards Have Been Announced!

Photo courtesy of iHeartRadio
Photo courtesy of iHeartRadio

 

Awards shows. If I believed in feeling guilty for enjoying something, they would be my guilty pleasure, and honestly, the world needs more of them. And thank goodness for that because the nominees for the inaugural iHeartRadio Music Awards have been announced… Yay!

Leading the way with seven nominations, spanning five categories is Rihanna who picked up nods in Artist of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Collaboration; a category where she will compete against herself, earning nominations for “Stay” feat. Mikky Ekko and “The Monster” feat. Eminem.

Justin Timberlake scored himself five noms including Artist of the Year, and just like Rihanna, he will be duelling with himself in the Best Collaboration category, once for “Suit & Tie” feat. Jay Z, and again for his feature part in Jay Z’s “Holy Grail”.

Alt rockers Imagine Dragons have gained themselves four nominations, being pitting against Rihanna and JT for Artist of the Year and Song of the Year, as well as Best New Artist and Alternative Rock Song of the Year.

The nominees for the first annual iHeartRadio Music Awards were selected from over 13 million fan-only votes that came in from Twitter and Facebook and the winners will be selected from the top five finalists in each category. Again it’s up to the fans to vote for their favourites to determine who among the chosen artists will reign supreme.

Voting is open now over at the iHeartRadio website and continues through until April 25. The winners will be announced on May 1 from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles and will be broadcast on NBC at 8pm PT.

If I may add my two cents here for a moment, can I just say that for a fan-only voted music awards show, where the entire nomination process was conducted wholly and solely on the Internet, to not see the name Bieber or the acronym 1D mentioned anywhere on the entire list, gives me hope for the future generation of music listeners.

The full nomination list can be found below.

SONG OF THE YEAR

“Stay” Rihanna feat. Mikky Ekko
“Mirrors” Justin Timberlake
“The Monster” Eminem feat. Rihanna
“Hold On We’re Going Home” Drake feat. Majid Jordan
“Radioactive” Imagine Dragons

ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Rihanna
Justin Timberlake
Imagine Dragons
Maroon 5
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

BEST NEW ARTIST 

Icona Pop
Passenger
Lorde
Imagine Dragons
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Florida Georgia Line

BEST FAN ARMY

Rihanna Navy
Little Monsters
Arianators
Swifties
Mahomies
Lovatics

BEST COLLABORATION

“Timber” Pitbull feat. Ke$ha
“Stay” Rihanna feat. Mikky Ekko
“Suit & Tie” Justin Timberlake feat. JAY Z
“The Monster” Eminem feat. Rihanna
“Holy Grail” JAY Z feat. Justin Timberlake

COUNTRY SONG OF THE YEAR

“Highway Don’t Care” Tim McGraw feat. Taylor Swift
“Boys ‘Round Here” Blake Shelton
“That’s My Kind of Night” Luke Bryan
“Mine Would Be You” Blake Shelton
“It Goes Like This” Thomas Rhett

HIP HOP/R&B SONG OF THE YEAR

“Pour It Up” Rihanna
“Holy Grail” JAY Z feat. Justin Timberlake
“Hold On We’re Going Home” Drake feat. Majid Jordan
“Blurred Lines” Robin Thicke feat. T.I. & Pharrell
“Started From The Bottom” Drake

EDM SONG OF THE YEAR

“Wake Me Up” Avicii
“Get Lucky” Daft Punk feat. Pharrell
“Summertime Sadness” Lana Del Rey feat. Cedric Gervais
“Stay The Night” Zedd feat. Hayley Williams
“Sweet Nothing” Calvin Harris feat. Florence Welch

ALT ROCK SONG OF THE YEAR

“Royals” Lorde
“Pompeii” Bastille
“Demons” Imagine Dragons
“Do I Wanna Know” Arctic Monkeys
“Safe And Sound” Capital Cities

BEST LYRICS

“I Love It” Icona Pop
“Wrecking Ball” Miley Cyrus
“Say Something” A Great Big World
“Wake Me Up” Avicii
“Same Love” Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

 

Sarah Goddard
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