2.9.2016

The Weeknd, Drake, & Nicki Minaj Nominated for iHeartRadio Music Awards

The Weeknd reigns supreme. Fresh off his seven Grammy nominations and first Oscar nod, the Canadian crooner earns seven nominations at the 2016 iHeartRadio Music Awards.

Taylor Swift leads with eight, while Adele scores five nods. Other multiple nominees include Drake, Nicki Minaj, Fetty Wap, J. Cole, and Chris Brown.

The night’s leaders are set to face off for the coveted Album of the Year trophy as The Weeknd’s Beauty Behind the Madness is up against Taylor Swift’s 1989. Adele’s 25, Sam Smith’s In the Lonely Hour, and Ed Sheeran’s x are also up for that trophy.

Elsewhere, Abel is also nominated for Male Artist of the Year, Song of the Year, R&B Artist of the Year, Best Song from a Movie, and twice for R&B Song of the Year.

iHeart’s Hip-Hop Artist of the Year is another hotly-contested category. This year, Drake, Big Sean, Fetty Wap, Future, and J. Cole are up for the prize.

One significant surprise here might be Kendrick Lamar’s single nomination. The Compton rapper, who’s up for 11 Grammys, earned a Best Collaboration nod for his work on Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood.”

iHeart has announced that 21 of its 31 categories are new. Many of those, including Most Meme-able Moment and Best Fan Army, will also be voted on through social media.

Justin Bieber and Meghan Trainor will perform during the 2016 ceremony, which is set to air live from L.A.’s Forum on April 3 at 8 p.m. on TBS, TNT, and truTV.

2015 iHeartRadio Music Awards Nominees

Song of the Year

“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

Female Artist of the Year

Adele
Carrie Underwood
Meghan Trainor
Selena Gomez
Taylor Swift

Male Artist of the Year

Ed Sheeran
Justin Bieber
Luke Bryan
Sam Smith
The Weeknd

Best New Artist

Fetty Wap
Hozier
Sam Hunt
Shawn Mendes
Tove Lo

Best Duo/Group of the Year

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

Album of the Year

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

Best Tour

Foo Fighters
Garth Brooks
Luke Bryan
Taylor Swift
U2

Dance Song of the Year

“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

Dance Artist of the Year

Calvin Harris
David Guetta
Major Lazer
Skrillex & Diplo
Zedd

Hip-Hop Song of the Year

“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

Hip-Hop Artist of the Year

Big Sean
Drake
Fetty Wap
Future
J. Cole

R&B Song of the Year

“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

R&B Artist of the Year

Beyoncé
Chris Brown
The Weeknd
Trey Songz
Usher

Best Lyrics

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

Best Collaboration

“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

Best Cover Song

“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

Best Song from a Movie

“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)

Most Meme-able Moment

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)

Best Fan Army
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