Dan+Shay, Luke Combs, Maren Morris, badflower, Ashley Gorley Among iHeartRadio Music Awards Nominees

Luke Combs, Dan + Shay, and Maren Morris are among the nominees for the upcoming 7th Annual iHeartRadio Music Awards, airing live from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, Sunday, March 29 on FOX. Vying for Country Artist of the Year are Carrie Underwood, Dan + Shay, Luke Bryan, Luke Combs, and Thomas Rhett, while Jimmie Allen, Matt Stell, Morgan Wallen, Riley Green, and Runaway June are up for Best New Country Artist. 

Combs is also nominated in the overall Male Artist of the Year category, alongside Ed Sheeran, Khalid, Post Malone, and Shawn Mendes. Dan + Shay are nominated in the overall Best Duo/Group of the Year category, alongside Imagine Dragons, Jonas Brothers, Maroon 5, and Panic! At The Disco.

Big Machine Label Group’s badflower are nominated for Rock Song of the Year (“Ghost”), as are Q Prime South-managed band The Black Keys (for “Lo/Hi”). Cage The Elephant, which recorded their latest album Social Cues in Nashville, are nominated for Alternative Rock Song of the Year (“Ready To Let Go”) and are nominated for Alternative Rock Artist of the Year.

Songwriter Ashley Gorley is nominated in the all-genre Songwriter of the Year category, alongside Finneas, Frank Dukes, Louis Bell, and Savan Kotecha.

Dan+Shay’s collaboration with Justin Bieber, “10,000 Hours,” and Maren Morris’ “The Bones” are nominated for Best Lyrics, while Keith Urban‘s rendition of Taylor Swift’s “Lover,” is nominated for Best Cover Song.

Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus’ “Old Town Road” is nominated for Best Music Video. The song is also nominated for Best Remix, as is Morris’ “The Bones” ft. Hozier.

Artists receiving multiple nominations include Ariana Grande, Bad Bunny, Billie Eilish, Camila Cabello, Cardi B, Daddy Yankee, Dan + Shay, Drake, Ed Sheeran, El Fantasma, Halsey, J Balvin, Jonas Brothers, Justin Bieber, Khalid, Kygo, Lil Nas X, Lizzo, Luke Combs, Maren Morris, Post Malone, Selena Gomez, SHAED, Shawn Mendes, Snow, Summer Walker and Taylor Swift. A full list of categories can be found at iHeartRadio.com/awards.

The iHeartRadio Music Awards celebrates the most-played artists and songs on iHeartRadio stations and the iHeartRadio app throughout 2019. The event will also be broadcast on iHeartMedia radio stations nationwide and iHeartRadio, the all-in-one digital music, podcast, on demand and live-streaming radio service.

“The iHeartRadio Music Awards is a true celebration of the music and artists that millions of fans listen to every day on their favorite radio stations across the country,” said John Sykes, President of Entertainment Enterprises for iHeartMedia. “FOX’s young and engaged audience has proven to be the perfect home for our iHeart listeners.”

“It’s always exciting to see who gets nominated for our iHeartRadio Music Awards,” said Tom Poleman, Chief Programming Officer for iHeartMedia.  “This year’s nominees represent the music heard all year on our stations and the iHeartRadio app. We can’t wait to bring them together for one incredible night of celebration and see who takes home the award in all thirty-plus categories.”

iHeartRadio Nominations (Selected Categories):

Country Song of the Year:

  • “Beautiful Crazy” – Luke Combs
  • “GIRL” – Maren Morris
  • “God’s Country” – Blake Shelton
  • “The Ones That Didn’t Make It Back Home” – Justin Moore
  • “Whiskey Glasses” – Morgan Wallen

Country Artist of the Year:

  • Carrie Underwood
  • Dan + Shay
  • Luke Bryan
  • Luke Combs
  • Thomas Rhett

Best New Country Artist:

  • Jimmie Allen
  • Matt Stell
  • Morgan Wallen
  • Riley Green
  • Runaway June

 Rock Song of the Year:

  • “Blue On Black” – Five Finger Death Punch
  • “Ghost” – Badflower
  • “Lo/Hi” – The Black Keys
  • “Monsters” – Shinedown
  • “S.O.S. (Sawed Off Shotgun)” – The Glorious Sons

Songwriter of the Year:

  • Ashley Gorley
  • Finneas
  • Frank Dukes
  • Louis Bell
  • Savan Kotecha


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