Here Are All the 2018 iHeartRadio Music Awards Nominees

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Just when you think award show season is over, another unnecessary event of questionable clout appears out of goddamn nowhere. Enter the iHeartRadio Music Awards. Since 2014, iHeartRadio (formerly Clear Channel, the company that has a total monopoly on all commercial radio) has hosted their own annual music award show, determined by the iHeartRadio chart—the trophies and titles quite literally go to whatever artist gets the most spins on Top 40 radio. While that might sound like a much more democratic voting system than, say, the Grammys, keep in mind that iHeartRadio controls what gets played, and when—determined by major label money, not geographic popularity. (The latter’s a part of it, but not the whole of it.) The nominations, however, are usually pretty solid because of the practice, which is good for pop music fans and bad for...pretty much everyone else.


The fifth annual iHeartRadio Awards are going down this Sunday, March 11 at the Forum in Los Angeles and while you might not think its worth your time, the thing certainly reflects popular listening habits better than any award show out there—sorry, not sorry. Oh, and in 2015, Rihanna performed after emerging from a helicopter, so, you know, the performances might be memorable? Here’s hoping.

Without further ado, here are your 2018 iHeartRadio Awards nominees. Puerto Rican heroes Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee have scored the most nominations (7) for their undeniable banger “Despacito,” beating out Rihanna, Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, Bruno Mars, Justin Bieber, DJ Khaled and The Chainsmokers who are all tied with five noms each. As an extremely proud Puerto Rican, I consider this a victory for my island and will probably watch solely for this reason. You should do the same.


Song of the Year
“Despacito” - Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber
“Shape Of You” - Ed Sheeran
“Something Just Like This” - The Chainsmokers and Coldplay
“That’s What I Like” - Bruno Mars
“Wild Thoughts” - DJ Khaled featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller

Female Artist of the Year:
Alessia Cara
Taylor Swift

Male Artist of the Year:
Bruno Mars
Charlie Puth
Ed Sheeran
Shawn Mendes
The Weeknd

Best Duo/Group of the Year: 
Imagine Dragons
Maroon 5
Portugal. The Man
The Chainsmokers


Best Collaboration:
“Despacito” -Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber
“Don’t Wanna Know” - Maroon 5 featuring Kendrick Lamar
“Something Just Like This” - The Chainsmokers and Coldplay
“Stay” - Zedd and Alessia Cara
“Wild Thoughts” - DJ Khaled featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller

Best New Pop Artist:
Camila Cabello
Julia Michaels
Liam Payne
Niall Horan

Alternative Rock Song of the Year:
“Believer” - Imagine Dragons
“Feel It Still” - Portugal. The Man
“Thunder” - Imagine Dragons
“Walk On Water” - Thirty Seconds To Mars
“Wish I Knew You” - The Revivalists


Alternative Rock Artist of the Year:
Cage The Elephant
Imagine Dragons
Judah & The Lion
Kings Of Leon
Portugal. The Man

Best New Rock/Alternative Rock Artist:
Greta Van Fleet
Judah & The Lion
Rag’n’Bone Man
The Revivalists


Rock Song of the Year:
“Go To War” - Nothing More
“Help” - Papa Roach
“Run” - Foo Fighters
“Rx (Medicate)“ - Theory of a Deadman
“Song #3" - Stone Sour

Rock Artist of the Year:
Foo Fighters
Highly Suspect
Papa Roach
Royal Blood

Country Song of the Year:
“Body Like A Back Road” - Sam Hunt
“Dirt On My Boots” - Jon Pardi
“Hurricane” - Luke Combs
“Small Town Boy” - Dustin Lynch
“Unforgettable” - Thomas Rhett


Country Artist of the Year:
Blake Shelton
Jason Aldean
Luke Bryan
Sam Hunt
Thomas Rhett

Best New Country Artist:
Brett Young
Jon Pardi
Kane Brown
Lauren Alaina
Luke Combs

Dance Song of the Year:
“It Ain’t Me” - Kygo and Selena Gomez
“No Promises” - Cheat Codes featuring Demi Lovato
“Rockabye” - Clean Bandit featuring Sean Paul & Anne-Marie
“Something Just Like This” - The Chainsmokers and Coldplay
“Stay” - Zedd and Alessia Cara


Dance Artist of the Year:
Calvin Harris
Cheat Codes
The Chainsmokers

Hip-Hop Song of the Year:
“Bad and Boujee” - Migos featuring Lil Uzi Vert
“Bodak Yellow” - Cardi B
“HUMBLE.” - Kendrick Lamar
“Rockstar” - Post Malone
“Wild Thoughts” - DJ Khaled featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller


Hip-Hop Artist of the Year:
DJ Khaled
Kendrick Lamar

Best New Hip-Hop Artist:
21 Savage
Cardi B
Lil Uzi Vert
Playboi Carti

R&B Song of the Year:
“B.E.D.” - Jacquees
“Location” - Khalid
“Love Galore” - SZA featuring Travis Scott
“Redbone” - Childish Gambino
“That’s What I Like” - Bruno Mars


R&B Artist of the Year:
Bruno Mars
Childish Gambino
The Weeknd

Best New R&B Artist:
Kevin Ross

Latin Song of the Year:
“Despacito” - Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee
“El Amante” - Nicky Jam
“Hey DJ” - CNCO
“Mi Gente” - J Balvin featuring Willy William
“Súbeme La Radio” - Enrique Iglesias


Latin Artist of the Year: 
J Balvin
Luis Fonsi
Nicky Jam

Best New Latin Artist:
Abraham Mateo
Bad Bunny
Danny Ocean
Karol G

Regional Mexican Song of the Year:
“Adios Amor” - Christian Nodal
“Ella Es Mi Mujer” - Banda Carnaval
“Las Ultras” - Calibre 50
“Regresa Hermosa” - Gerardo Ortiz
“Siempre Te Voy A Querer” - Calibre 50


Regional Mexican Artist of the Year:
Banda Carnaval
Banda Los Recoditos
Banda Sinaloense MS de Sergio Lizarraga
Calibre 50
Gerardo Ortiz

Best New Regional Mexican Artist:
Christian Nodal
Edwin Luna y La Trakalosa de Monterrey
El Fantasma
Ulices Chaidez y Sus Plebes


Producer of the Year:
Andrew “Pop” Wansel and Warren “Oak” Felder
Andrew Watt
Benny Blanco
Justin Tranter
Steve Mac

Best Lyrics (Socially Voted Category):
“Bodak Yellow” - Cardi B
“Despacito” - Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee
“Holding Me Back” - Shawn Mendes
“Look What You Made Me Do” - Taylor Swift
“Perfect” - Ed Sheeran
“Slow Hands” - Niall Horan


Best Cover Song (Socially Voted Category):
“All We Got” - Shawn Mendes
“Bad Liar” - HAIM
“Issues” - Niall Horan
“Lost” - Khalid
“Say You Won’t Let Go” - Camila Cabello and Machine Gun Kelly
“The Chain” - Harry Styles
“Touch” - Ed Sheeran
“The Tribute Song” - Thirty Seconds To Mars

Best Fan Army presented by Taco Bell (Socially Voted Category):
Arianators - Ariana Grande
Beliebers - Justin Bieber
BTS Army - BTS
Camilizers - Camila Cabello
Harmonizers - Fifth Harmony
Lovatics - Demi Lovato
Mendes Army - Shawn Mendes
Mixers - Little Mix
Selenators - Selena Gomez
Smilers - Miley Cyrus
Swifties - Taylor Swift


Best Music Video (Socially Voted Category):
“Bad Liar” - Selena Gomez
“Bodak Yellow” - Cardi B
“Despacito” - Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee
“I’m The One” - DJ Khaled
“Look What You Made Me Do” - Taylor Swift
“Malibu” - Miley Cyrus
“New Rules” - Dua Lipa
“Shape Of You” - Ed Sheeran
“Sign Of The Times” - Harry Styles
“Sorry Not Sorry” - Demi Lovato
“Swish Swish” - Katy Perry
“That’s What I Like” - Bruno Mars
“There’s Nothing Holding Me Back” - Shawn Mendes

Social Star Award (Socially Voted Category):
Andrew Huang
Christian Collins
Conor Maynard
Gabbie Hanna
JoJo Siwa
Mariah Belgrod
Max & Harvey


Cutest Musician’s Pet (New Socially Voted Category):
Batman - Demi Lovato
Bear Rexha - Bebe Rexha
Nugget - Katy Perry
Olivia - Taylor Swift
Pig Pig - Miley Cyrus
Toulouse - Ariana Grande

Best Boy Band (New Socially Voted Category):
In Real Life
The Vamps
Why Don’t We


Best Solo Breakout (Socially Voted Category):
Camila Cabello
Harry Styles
Liam Payne
Louis Tomlinson
Niall Horan

Best Remix (New Socially Voted Category)
“Bon Appétit” - Katy Perry, Migos and 3LAU
“Despacito” - Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber
“do re mi” - blackbear featuring Gucci Mane
“Friends” - Justin Bieber and BloodPop with Julia Michaels
“Havana” - Camila Cabello and Daddy Yankee
“Homemade Dynamite” - Lorde, Khalid, Post Malone and SZA
“May I Have This Dance” - Francis & The Lights featuring Chance The Rapper
“Mi Gente” - J Balvin and Willy William featuring Beyoncé
“Reggaeton Lento” - CNCO and Little Mix

Senior Writer, Jezebel. My debut book, LARGER THAN LIFE: A History of Boy Bands, is out now.

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