Singer Matt Shultz of Cage the Elephant performs at iHeartRadio Theater on January 20, 2016 in Burbank, California. Photo by: Kevin Winter/Getty Images for iHeartMedia
Singer Matt Shultz of Cage the Elephant performs at iHeartRadio Theater on January 20, 2016 in Burbank, California. Photo by: Kevin Winter/Getty Images for iHeartMedia

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iHeartMedia and Time Warner / Turner announced today the finalists for the 2016 iHeartRadio Music Awards on Sunday, April 3 being held at The Forum in Los Angeles, California.

The event will be televised live on TBS, TNT and truTV at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. It will also be simulcasted on iHeartMedia stations nationwide, as well as on the iHeartRadio digital music platform.

“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 #iHeartAwards hashtag has grown to become a staple of the event itself. iHeartRadio has stated that: ‘the event generated more than 14 billion social media impressions throughout the promotional period of the show, nearly 75 percent more than the 2014 iHeartRadio Music Award’s 8.5 billion and almost triple that of the Academy Awards.’


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  • “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

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[av_content_slide title=’Female Artist of the Year: (New Category)’ link=” linktarget=”]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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[av_content_slide title=’Alternative Rock Artist of the Year: (New Category)’ link=” linktarget=”]

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

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  • “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

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

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  • “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

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  • “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

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

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  • “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

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  • “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

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

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  • “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

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

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  • “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

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

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  • “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

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

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

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  • “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

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  • “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

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  • “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)

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  • 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)

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  • 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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