Nominees for iHeart Radio Music Awards

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FGL will vie for Best New Artist at the iHeart Radio Music Awards.

Clear Channel Media and Entertainment and NBC today (March 26) announced the finalists for its first-ever iHeartRadio Music Awards, to be held Thursday, May 1 at the historic Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. The event will be televised live on NBC from 8-11 p.m. ET/PT.

Florida Georgia Line scored a nod in the all-genre Best New Artist category. Blake Shelton, Tim McGraw with Taylor Swift, Thomas Rhett, and Luke Bryan were nominated for Country Song of the Year.

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, online video data and tags from BigChampagne and Shazam.

Music fans used hashtags to cast more than 13.2 million votes across Facebook and Twitter to narrow down nominees to their top five favorites in each category, garnering more than 2.2 billion social impressions.

Round Two voting began today at iHeartRadio.com/awards and will continue through April 25.

The iHeartRadio Awards will be executive produced by John Sykes and Tom Poleman of Clear Channel Media and Entertainment, Ryan Seacrest Productions and Ian Stewart and Hamish Hamilton of Done and Dusted Inc., who will produce the show for NBC Studios. Hamilton will also direct.

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

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 ft. Majid Jordan
“Mirrors” ­ Justin Timberlake
“Radioactive” ­ Imagine Dragons
“Stay” ­ Rihanna ft. Mikky Ekko
“The Monster” ­ Eminem ft. Rihanna

Best Collaboration
“Holy Grail” ­ Jay Z ft. Justin Timberlake
“Stay” ­ Rihanna ft. Mikky Ekko
“Suit & Tie” ­ Justin Timberlake ft. Jay Z
“The Monster” ­ Eminem ft. Rihanna
“Timber” ­ Pitbull ft. Ke$ha

Hip Hop/R&B Song of the Year
“Blurred Lines” ­ Robin Thicke ft. T.I. & Pharrell
“Hold On We’re Going Home” ­ Drake ft. Majid Jordan
“Holy Grail” ­ Jay Z ft. Justin Timberlake
“Pour It Up” ­ Rihanna
“Started From The Bottom” – Drake

EDM Song of the Year
“Get Lucky” ­ Daft Punk ft. Pharrell
“Stay The Night” ­ Zedd ft. Hayley Williams
“Summertime Sadness” ­ Lana Del Rey ft. Cedric Gervais
“Sweet Nothing” ­ Calvin Harris ft. 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 (ft. 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

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