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Video: iHeartRadio Music Awards airing TONIGHT on NBC, with Blake Shelton, Luke Bryan, Arcade Fire and more performing

by Brandy McDonnell Modified: May 1, 2014 at 5:15 pm •  Published: May 1, 2014
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Oklahoma country music superstar Blake Shelton, Luke Bryan, Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell, Arcade Fire, Pitbull, Shakira, Ed Sheeran, Thirty Seconds to Mars and more will perform on the inaugural iHeartRadio Music Awards, airing at 7 tonight on NBC.

The first-ever iHeartRadio Music Awards will be televised live  from the historic Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. By using hashtags to cast more than 13.2 million votes on Facebook and Twitter, music fans turned their favorite artists and songs into iHeartRadio Music Awards’ finalists.

Announced last month, the three-hour iHeartRadio Music Awards will recognize the most popular artists and music from the past 12 months as determined by iHeartRadio listeners. Each voting category initially featured 10 nominees based on results from the iHeartRadio Chart, which includes listener feedback and performance data according to airplay; digital streaming data from the iHeartRadio platform, including “thumbs up” and custom station creations; and music sales, social interactions and online video data and tags from BigChampagne and Shazam, according to a news release.

During the last four weeks, listeners cast their votes to narrow down these nominees to their top five favorites in each category, garnering more than 2.2 billion social impressions.

Category finalists (in alphabetical order) are:

Artist of the Year:


· Imagine Dragons

· Justin Timberlake

· Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

· Maroon 5

· Rihanna


Song of the Year:


· “Hold On, We’re Going Home” – Drake featuring Majid Jordan

· “Mirrors” – Justin Timberlake

· “Radioactive” – Imagine Dragons

· “Stay” – Rihanna featuring Mikky Ekko

· “The Monster” – Eminem featuring Rihanna


Best Collaboration:

(Most voted on category with more than 3.9 million votes cast)


· “Holy Grail” – Jay Z featuring Justin Timberlake

· “Stay” – Rihanna featuring Mikky Ekko

· “Suit & Tie” – Justin Timberlake featuring Jay Z

· “The Monster” – Eminem featuring Rihanna

· “Timber” – Pitbull featuring Kesha


Best New Artist:


· Florida Georgia Line

· Icona Pop

· Imagine Dragons

· Lorde

· Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

· Passenger


Country Song of the Year:


· “Boys ‘Round Here” – Blake Shelton

· “Highway Don’t Care” – Tim McGraw with Taylor Swift

· “It Goes Like This” – Thomas Rhett

· “Mine Would Be You” – Blake Shelton

· “That’s My Kind of Night” – Luke Bryan


Hip Hop/R&B Song of the Year:


· “Blurred Lines” – Robin Thicke featuring T.I. & Pharrell

· “Hold On We’re Going Home” – Drake featuring Majid Jordan

· “Holy Grail” – Jay Z featuring Justin Timberlake

· “Pour It Up” – Rihanna

· “Started from the Bottom” – Drake


EDM Song of the Year:


· “Get Lucky” Daft Punk featuring Pharrell

· “Stay the Night” – Zedd featuring Hayley Williams

· “Summertime Sadness” – Zedd featuring Hayley Williams

· “Sweet Nothing” – Calvin Harris featuring Florence Welch

· “Wake Me Up” – Avicii


Alternative Rock Song of the Year:


· “Demons” – Imagine Dragons

· “Do I Wanna Know?” – Arctic Monkeys

· “Pompeii” – Bastille

· “Royals” – Lorde

· “Safe and Sound” – Capital Cities


Best Lyrics:


· “Wake Me Up” – Avicii (Vocals by Aloe Blacc)

· “I Love It” (featuring Charli XCX) – Icona Pop

· “Say Something” – A Great Big World

· “Same Love” – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

· “Wrecking Ball” – Miley Cyrus


Best Fan Army:


· Arianators – Ariana Grande

· Little Monsters – Lady Gaga

· Lovatics – Demi Lovato

· Mahomies – Austin Mahone

· Rihanna Navy – Rihanna

· Swifties – Taylor Swift


by Brandy McDonnell
Entertainment Reporter
Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more than 1...
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