Taylor Swift, iHeartRadio Music Awards
Taylor Swift, The Weeknd lead iHeartRadio Music Awards Nominations

Taylor Swift, The Weeknd, Adele and Bruno Mars lead the nominations for the iHeartRadio Music Awards, announced today in a press release. The event will take place on Sunday, April 3, 2016 at the historic Forum in Los Angeles. It will be televised live on TBS, TNT and truTV at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. A simulcast will happen on iHeartMedia stations nationwide, as well as on the iHeartRadio digital music platform.

This year, the iHeartRadio Music Awards include 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, The Weeknd Lead iHeartRadio Music Awards Nominations

Taylor Swift leads nominees with eight nominations and will vie for the first “Female Artist of the Year” award. The Weeknd received seven nominations, including 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. Check out all the nominations, 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.”

The Weeknd, iHeartRadio Awards
Taylor Swift, The Weeknd lead iHeartRadio Music Awards Nominations

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 Music Awards – ‘No Mysterious Panel of Judges’

“Our Awards are not chosen by a mysterious panel of judges,” said John Sykes, President of iHeartMedia’s Entertainment Enterprises. “They are a true reflection of the artists and songs our listeners supported all year long.”

For the first time ever, tickets to the iHeartRadio Music Awards are going on-sale to the general public. As a signature sponsor of the Awards Show, Capital One cardholders will have the opportunity to purchase them first. The exclusive Capital One Cardholder Pre-sale starts February 10 at 10 a.m. PST and runs through February 12 at 10 a.m. PST, or until tickets sell out.

Capital One cardholders can visit for the opportunity to purchase tickets using their Capital One card. Tickets go on sale to the general public starting February 13 at 10 a.m. PST, and will be available at

iHeartRadio Music Awards – Full List of Nominations

Song of the Year:

  • “Blank Space” – Taylor Swift
  • “Can’t Feel My Face” – The Weeknd
  • “Hello” – Adele
  • “Shut Up and Dance” – Walk The Moon
  • “Uptown Funk” – Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars

Female Artist of the Year: (New Category)

  • Adele
  • Carrie Underwood
  • Meghan Trainor
  • Selena Gomez
  • Taylor Swift

Male Artist of the Year: (New Category)

  • Ed Sheeran
  • Justin Bieber
  • Luke Bryan
  • Sam Smith
  • The Weeknd

Best New Artist:

  • Fetty Wap
  • Hozier
  • Sam Hunt
  • Shawn Mendes
  • Tove Lo

Best Duo/Group of the Year: (New Category)

  • Fall Out Boy
  • Maroon 5
  • One Direction
  • Walk The Moon
  • Zac Brown Band

Album of the Year: (New Category)

  • 1989 – Taylor Swift
  • 25 – Adele
  • Beauty Behind the Madness – The Weeknd
  • In the Lonely Hour – Sam Smith
  • X – Ed Sheeran

Best Tour: (New Category)

  • Foo Fighters
  • Garth Brooks
  • Luke Bryan
  • Taylor Swift
  • U2

Alternative Rock Artist of the Year: (New Category)

  • Foo Fighters
  • Muse
  • Twenty One Pilots
  • X Ambassadors

Alternative Rock Song of the Year:

  • “Cigarette Daydreams” – Cage The Elephant
  • “Ex’s & Oh’s” – Elle King
  • “Renegades” – X Ambassadors
  • “Shut Up and Dance” – Walk The Moon
  • “Stressed Out” – Twenty One Pilots

Rock Artist of the Year: (New Category)

  • Breaking Benjamin
  • Disturbed
  • Five Finger Death Punch
  • Foo Fighters
  • Three Days Grace

Rock Song of the Year: (New Category)

  • “Cut The Cord” – Shinedown
  • “Failure” – Breaking Benjamin
  • “Footsteps” – Pop Evil
  • “Heavy Is The Head” – Zac Brown Band featuring Chris Cornell
  • “I Am Machine” – Three Days Grace

Country Song of the Year:

  • “Buy Me A Boat” – Chris Janson
  • “Homegrown” – Zac Brown Band
  • “I See You” – Luke Bryan
  • “Lose My Mind” – Brett Eldredge
  • “Take Your Time” – Sam Hunt

Country Artist of the Year: (New Category)

  • Blake Shelton
  • Brad Paisley
  • Luke Bryan
  • Sam Hunt
  • Thomas Rhett

Dance Song of the Year:

  • “Hey Mama” – David Guetta featuring Nicki Minaj, Bebe Rexha & Afrojack
  • “Lean On” – Major Lazer & DJ Snake featuring MØ
  • “Waves” – Mr. Probz
  • “Where Are Ü Now?” – Skrillex & Diplo with Justin Bieber
  • “You Know You Like It” – DJ Snake & AlunaGeorge

Dance Artist of the Year: (New Category)

  • Calvin Harris
  • David Guetta
  • Major Lazer
  • Skrillex & Diplo
  • Zedd

Hip Hop Song of the Year: (New Category)

  • “Blessings” – Big Sean featuring Drake & Kanye West
  • “Flex (Ooh, Ooh, Ooh)” – Rich Homie Quan
  • “Hotline Bling” – Drake
  • “Trap Queen” – Fetty Wap
  • “Truffle Butter” – Nicki Minaj featuring Drake & Lil Wayne

Hip Hop Artist of the Year: (New Category)

  • Big Sean
  • Drake
  • Fetty Wap
  • Future
  • J. Cole

R&B Song of the Year: (New Category)

  • “Bitch Better Have My Money” – Rihanna
  • “Earned It” – The Weeknd
  • “Planes” – Jeremih featuring J. Cole
  • “Post To Be” – Omarion featuring Chris Brown & Jhene Aiko
  • “The Hills” – The Weeknd

R&B Artist of the Year: (New Category)

  • Beyoncé
  • Chris Brown
  • The Weeknd
  • Trey Songz
  • Usher

Latin Song of the Year: (New Category)

  • “Ay Vamos” – J Balvin
  • “El Perdón” – Nicky Jam & Enrique Iglesias
  • “Hilito” – Romeo Santos
  • “La Gozadera” – Gente De Zona featuring Marc Anthony
  • “Mi Verdad” – Maná featuring Shakira

Latin Artist of the Year: (New Category)

  • Enrique Iglesias
  • J Balvin
  • Nicky Jam
  • Pitbull
  • Prince Royce

Regional Mexican Song of the Year: (New Category)

  • “Aunque Ahora Estés Con Él” – Calibre 50
  • “Eres Una Niña” – Gerardo Ortiz
  • “Levantando Polvadera” – Voz de Mando
  • “Mi Vicio Más Grande” – Banda El Recodo de Cruz Lizárraga
  • “Te Mestiste” – Ariel Camacho y Los Plebes del Rancho

Regional Mexican Artist of the Year: (New Category)

  • Banda Los Recoditos
  • Calibre 50
  • Gerardo Ortiz
  • Julión Álvarez y Su Norteño Banda
  • Voz De Mando

Best Lyrics: *Socially Voted Category

  • “Die A Happy Man” – Thomas Rhett
  • “Fight Song” – Rachel Platten
  • “Hello” – Adele
  • “Photograph” – Ed Sheeran
  • “See You Again” – Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth

Best Collaboration: *Socially Voted Category

  • “Bad Blood” – Taylor Swift featuring Kendrick Lamar
  • “Like I’m Gonna Lose You” – Meghan Trainor featuring John Legend
  • “See You Again” – Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth
  • “Uptown Funk” – Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars
  • “Where Are Ü Now?” – Skrillex & Diplo with Justin Bieber

Best Cover Song: (New Category) *Socially Voted Category

  • “1989” (Album in Full) – Ryan Adams covering Taylor Swift
  • “Bad Blood” – Alessia Cara covering Taylor Swift
  • “Bitch Better Have My Money” – Kelly Clarkson covering Rihanna
  • “Cheerleader” – Pentatonix covering Omi
  • “Hands To Myself/Sorry” – Troy Sivan covering Selena Gomez And Justin Bieber
  • “Hello” – Demi Lovato covering Adele
  • “Hotline Bling” – Justin Bieber covering Drake
  • “Hotline Bling” – Sam Smith & Disclosure covering Drake
  • “Trap Queen” – Ed Sheeran covering Fetty Wap
  • “Uptown Funk” – Fifth Harmony, Jasmine V, Jacob Whitesides and Mahogany Lox covering Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars

Best Song from a Movie: (New Category) *Socially Voted Category

  • “Earned It” – The Weeknd (50 Shades of Grey)
  • “Love Me Like You Do” – Ellie Goulding (50 Shades of Grey)
  • “See You Again” – Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth (Furious 7)
  • “Til It Happens To You” – Lady Gaga (The Hunting Ground)
  • “Writing’s On The Wall” – Sam Smith (Spectre)

Most Meme-able Moment: (New Category) *Socially Voted Category

  • Adele and all of the “Hello” memes (Lionel Richie, Miss Piggy, Etc.)
  • Drake and “Hotline Bling”
  • Katy Perry and the Left Shark (from Super Bowl 49)
  • Kanye West and Kanye For President / Kanye 2020
  • Taylor Swift’s “Crazy Girl” with Running Mascara (from “Blank Space” video)

Best Fan Army: *Socially Voted Category

  • 5 Seconds of Summer – 5SOSFam
  • Adam Lambert – Glamberts
  • Ariana Grande – Arianators
  • Demi Lovato – Lovatics
  • Fifth Harmony – Harmonizers
  • Justin Bieber – Beliebers
  • Little Mix – Mixers
  • Nicki Minaj – Barbz
  • One Direction – Directioners
  • Selena Gomez – Selenators
  • Shawn Mendes – Mendes Army
  • Taylor Swift – Swifties



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