The Weeknd Dominates iHeartRadio Music Awards Nominations Following Grammy Snub

Brian Welk
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The Weeknd landed eight nominations from the iHeartRadio Music Awards, leading the pack of all nominees after he was shut out from Grammy nominations earlier this year.

The Weeknd was nominated for Song of the Year, Male Artist of the Year, Best Music Video and Best Lyrics, among other categories. His track “Blinding Lights” was nominated for Song of the Year alongside “Circles” by Post Malone, “Don’t Start Now” by Dua Lipa, “ROCKSTAR” by DaBaby featuring Roddy Ricch and “Watermelon Sugar” by Harry Styles.

Other artists to land multiple nominations included Billie Eilish, Taylor Swift, Megan Thee Stallion and Ariana Grande, all of whom were nominated for Female Artist of the Year. Justin Bieber was also nominated for Male Artist of the Year.

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Last year’s iHeartRadio Music Awards were cancelled due to the coronavirus, and the winners were announced over the radio, which honored Lizzo for Song of the Year and Billie Eilish for Female Artist of the Year.

This year’s show however, now in its eighth year, is returning to Fox on Thursday, May 27 beginning live at 8:00 p.m. ET. The event will air live from the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles and be heard on iHeartMedia radio stations nationwide and on the iHeartRadio app. The show will feature award presentations in multiple categories, live performances from the biggest artists in music and other surprise stage moments.

Fans also have a chance to vote in this year’s awards for select categories, including Best Fan Army, Best Lyrics, Best Cover Song, Best Music Video, the Social Star Award, Favorite Music Video Choreography Award and the first-ever TikTok Bop of the Year Award. Social voting for listeners and fans begins Wednesday and will close May 19, and fans can vote via Twitter using the appropriate category and nominee hashtags.

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The full list of nominees is listed below. For a full list of categories, visit

Song of the Year:

“Blinding Lights” – The Weeknd “Circles” – Post Malone “Don’t Start Now” – Dua Lipa “ROCKSTAR” – DaBaby featuring Roddy Ricch “Watermelon Sugar” – Harry Styles

Female Artist of the Year:

Ariana Grande Billie Eilish Dua Lipa Megan Thee Stallion Taylor Swift

Male Artist of the Year:

Harry Styles Justin Bieber Post Malone Roddy Ricch The Weeknd

Best Duo/Group of the Year:

BTS Dan + Shay Jonas Brothers Maroon 5 twenty one pilots

Best Collaboration:

“Go Crazy” – Chris Brown & Young Thug “Holy” – Justin Bieber featuring Chance the Rapper “I Hope” – Gabby Barrett featuring Charlie Puth “Mood” – 24kGoldn featuring iann dior “Savage” (Remix) – Megan Thee Stallion featuring Beyoncé

Best New Pop Artist:

24kGoldn blackbear Doja Cat JP Saxe Pop Smoke

Alternative Rock Song of the Year:

“Bang!” – AJR “Bloody Valentine” – Machine Gun Kelly “everything i wanted” – Billie Eilish “Level Of Concern” – twenty one pilots “Monsters” – All Time Low featuring blackbear

Alternative Rock Artist of the Year:

AJR All Time Low Billie Eilish Cage the Elephant twenty one pilots

Best New Rock/Alternative Rock Artist:

Ashe Dayglow Powfu Royal & The Serpent Wallows

Rock Song of the Year:

“Death By Rock And Roll” – The Pretty Reckless “Patience” – Chris Cornell “Shame Shame” – Foo Fighters “Shot In The Dark” – AC/DC “Under The Graveyard” – Ozzy Osbourne

Rock Artist of the Year:

AC/DC Five Finger Death Punch Ozzy Osbourne Shinedown The Pretty Reckless

Country Song of the Year:

“Even Though I’m Leaving” – Luke Combs “I Hope” – Gabby Barrett “Nobody But You” – Blake Shelton with Gwen Stefani “One Margarita” – Luke Bryan “The Bones” – Maren Morris

Country Artist of the Year:

Blake Shelton Luke Bryan Luke Combs Maren Morris Thomas Rhett

Best New Country Artist:

Ashley McBryde Gabby Barrett HARDY Ingrid Andress Jameson Rodgers

Dance Song of the Year:

“Head & Heart” – Joel Corry x MNEK “ily (i love you baby)” – Surf Mesa featuring Emilee “Lasting Lover” – Sigala & James Arthur “Rain On Me” – Lady Gaga & Ariana Grande “Roses” (Imanbek Remix) – SAINt JHN

Dance Artist of the Year:

Anabel Englund Diplo Marshmello Surf Mesa Tiësto

Hip-Hop Song of the Year:

“High Fashion” – Roddy Ricch featuring Mustard “Life Is Good” – Future featuring Drake “ROCKSTAR” – DaBaby featuring Roddy Ricch “Savage” (Remix) – Megan Thee Stallion featuring Beyoncé “The Box” – Roddy Ricch

Hip-Hop Artist of the Year:

DaBaby Lil Baby Megan Thee Stallion Pop Smoke Roddy Ricch

Best New Hip-Hop Artist:

Jack Harlow Moneybagg Yo Pop Smoke Rod Wave Roddy Ricch

R&B Song of the Year:

“B.S.” – Jhené Aiko featuring H.E.R. “Go Crazy” – Chris Brown & Young Thug “Heat” Chris Brown featuring Gunna “Playing Games” – Summer Walker “Slide” – H.E.R. featuring YG

R&B Artist of the Year:

Chris Brown H.E.R. Jhené Aiko Snoh Aalegra Summer Walker

Best New R&B Artist:

Chloe x Halle Lonr. Mahalia Skip Marley Snoh Aalegra

Latin Pop/Reggaeton Song of the Year:

“Caramelo” – Ozuna “Dákiti” – Bad Bunny & Jhay Cortez “Hawái” (Remix) – Maluma & The Weeknd “RITMO (Bad Boys For Life)” – Black Eyed Peas & J Balvin “Tusa” – KAROL G & Nicki Minaj

Latin Pop/Reggaeton Artist of the Year:

Bad Bunny J Balvin KAROL G Maluma Ozuna

Best New Latin Artist:

Chesca Jay Wheeler Natanael Cano Neto Bernal Rauw Alejandro

Regional Mexican Song of the Year:

“Palabra De Hombre” – El Fantasma “Se Me Olvidó” – Christian Nodal “Sólo Tú” – Calibre 50 “Te Volvería A Elegir” – Calibre 50 “Yo Ya No Vuelvo Contigo” – Lenin Ramírez featuring Grupo Firme

Regional Mexican Artist of the Year:

Banda Los Sebastianes Calibre 50 Christian Nodal Edwin Luna y La Trakalosa de Monterrey Gerardo Ortíz

Producer of the Year:

Andrew Watt Dr Luke Frank Dukes Louis Bell Max Martin

Songwriter of the Year:

Ali Tamposi Amy Allen Ashley Gorley Dan Nigro Finneas

Best Lyrics: *Socially Voted Category

“Adore You” – Harry Styles “Before You Go” – Lewis Capaldi “Blinding Lights” – The Weeknd “cardigan” – Taylor Swift “Don’t Start Now” – Dua Lipa “everything i wanted” – Billie Eilish “I Hope” – Gabby Barrett featuring Charlie Puth “If The World Was Ending” – JP Saxe featuring Julia Michaels “Intentions” – Justin Bieber featuring Quavo “Life Is Good” – Future featuring Drake

Best Cover Song: *Socially Voted Category

“Adore You” (Harry Styles) – Lizzo cover “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” (Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons) – Shawn Mendes cover “Fix You” (Coldplay) – Sam Smith cover “Heart Of Glass” (Blondie) – Miley Cyrus cover “Juice” (Lizzo) – Harry Styles cover

Best Fan Army: *Socially Voted Category

#Agnation – Agnez Mo #Arianators – Ariana Grande #Beliebers – Justin Bieber #BLINK – BLACKPINK #BTSARMY – BTS #Harries – Harry Styles #Limelights – Why Don’t We #Louies – Louis Tomlinson #MendesArmy – Shawn Mendes #NCTzens – NCT 127 #Selenators – Selena Gomez #Swifties – Taylor Swift

Best Music Video: *Socially Voted Category

“Blinding Lights” – The Weeknd “Don’t Start Now” – Dua Lipa “Dynamite” – BTS “Hawái” – Maluma “How You Like That” – BLACKPINK “Life Is Good” – Future featuring Drake “Rain On Me” – Lady Gaga & Ariana Grande “WAP” – Cardi B featuring Megan Thee Stallion “Watermelon Sugar” – Harry Styles “Yummy” – Justin Bieber

Social Star Award: *Socially Voted Category

Dixie D’Amelio Jaden Hossler LILHUDDY Nessa Barrett Olivia Rodrigo Tate McRae

Favorite Music Video Choreography: *Socially Voted Category

BTS – Son Sung Deuk “34+35” (Ariana Grande) – Scott & Brian Nicholson “Do It” (Chloe x Halle) – Kendra Bracy & Ashanti Ledon “Honey Boo” (CNCO & Natti Natasha) – Kyle Hanagami “Physical” (Dua Lipa) – Charm La’Donna “Rain On Me” (Lady Gaga & Ariana Grande) – Richy Jackson “Say So” (Doja Cat) – Cortland Brown WAP” (Cardi B featuring Megan Thee Stallion) – JaQuel Knight “Bop” (DaBaby) – Coach Cherry & DaniLeigh

TikTok Bop of the Year (New Category): *Socially Voted Category

“Blinding Lights” – The Weeknd “Lottery (Renegade)” – K CAMP “Savage” – Megan Thee Stallion “Savage Love” (Laxed-Siren Beat) – Jawsh 685, Jason Derulo “Say So” – Doja Cat “WAP” – Cardi B featuring Megan Thee Stallion

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