Rihanna, Bruno Mars, & Cardi B Among iHeartRadio Music Awards Nominees

  /  01.10.2018

Rihanna, Bruno Mars, and Cardi B score multiple nominations at the 2018 iHeartRadio Music Awards.

Scheduled to take place March 11 at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif., the event is set to honor the year’s best in various genres and categories, like Best Lyrics, Best Music Video, Best Solo Breakout, and the inaugural Cutest Musician’s Pet.

The rap categories feature DJ Khaled, Drake, Future, Kendrick Lamar, and Migos facing off for Hip-Hop Artist of the Year, while 21 Savage, Cardi B, GoldLink, Lil Uzi Vert, and Playboi Carti duke it out for Best New Hip-Hop Artist.


On the R&B side, Bruno Mars, Childish Gambino, Khalid, Rihanna, and The Weeknd are up for R&B Artist of the Year and Best New R&B Artist could go to 6LACK, Kehlani, Kevin Ross, Khalid, and SZA. Rapper Logic also makes an appearance in the Best New Pop Artist category, where he is up against Camila Cabello, Julia Michaels, Liam Payne, and Niall Horan.

Hip-hop is also present in the night’s biggest categories, as DJ Khaled’s Rihanna and Bryson Tiller-assisted “Wild Thoughts” goes up against Bruno’s “That’s What I Like,” Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee, and Justin Bieber’s “Despacito,” Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You,” and The Chainsmokers and Coldplay’s “Something Just Like This.”

Rihanna is up for Female Artist of the Year, along with Alessia Cara, Halsey, Pink, and Taylor Swift. Meanwhile, Bruno Mars and The Weeknd are battling Charlie Puth, Ed Sheeran, and Shawn Mendes for Male Artist of the Year. Migos is in the Best Duo/Group category with Imagine Dragons, Maroon 5, Portugal. The Man, and The Chainsmokers.

Fans will get to vote on a variety of categories ahead of the show, including Best Fan Army, Best Cover, and Best Remix. In a new twist, iHeartRadio will also present seven awards in seven nights, leading up to the big show on March 11. The awards will be presented and a speech will be given each night at 8 p.m.

The 2018 iHeartRadio Music Awards is set to air live on TBS, TNT, and truth at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on March 11.

2018 iHeartRadio Music Awards Nominations

Song of the Year
“Despacito” – Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber
“Shape Of You” – Ed Sheeran
“Something Just Like This” – The Chainsmokers and Coldplay
“That’s What I Like” – Bruno Mars
“Wild Thoughts” – DJ Khaled featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller

Female Artist of the Year
Alessia Cara
Taylor Swift

Male Artist of the Year
Bruno Mars
Charlie Puth
Ed Sheeran
Shawn Mendes
The Weeknd

Best Duo/Group of the Year
Imagine Dragons
Maroon 5
Portugal. The Man
The Chainsmokers

Best Collaboration
“Despacito” – Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber
“Don’t Wanna Know” – Maroon 5 featuring Kendrick Lamar
“Something Just Like This” – The Chainsmokers and Coldplay
“Stay” – Zedd and Alessia Cara
“Wild Thoughts” – DJ Khaled featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller

Best New Pop Artist
Camila Cabello
Julia Michaels
Liam Payne
Niall Horan

Alternative Rock Song of the Year
“Believer” – Imagine Dragons
“Feel It Still” – Portugal. The Man
“Thunder” – Imagine Dragons
“Walk On Water” – Thirty Seconds To Mars
“Wish I Knew You” – The Revivalists

Alternative Rock Artist of the Year
Cage The Elephant
Imagine Dragons
Judah & The Lion
Kings Of Leon
Portugal. The Man

Best New Rock/Alternative Rock Artist
Greta Van Fleet
Judah & The Lion
Rag’n’Bone Man
The Revivalists

Rock Song of the Year
“Go To War” – Nothing More
“Help” – Papa Roach
“Run” – Foo Fighters
“Rx (Medicate)”” – Theory of a Deadman
“Song #3” – Stone Sour

Rock Artist of the Year
Foo Fighters
Highly Suspect
Papa Roach
Royal Blood

Country Song of the Year
“Body Like A Back Road” – Sam Hunt
“Dirt On My Boots” – Jon Pardi
“Hurricane” – Luke Combs
“Small Town Boy” – Dustin Lynch
“Unforgettable” – Thomas Rhett

Country Artist of the Year
Blake Shelton
Jason Aldean
Luke Bryan
Sam Hunt
Thomas Rhett

Best New Country Artist
Brett Young
Jon Pardi
Kane Brown
Lauren Alaina
Luke Combs

Dance Song of the Year
“It Ain’t Me” – Kygo and Selena Gomez
“No Promises” – Cheat Codes featuring Demi Lovato
“Rockabye” – Clean Bandit and Anne-Marie featuring Sean Paul
“Something Just Like This” – The Chainsmokers and Coldplay
“Stay” – Zedd and Alessia Cara

Dance Artist of the Year
Calvin Harris
Cheat Codes
The Chainsmokers

Hip-Hop Song of the Year
“Bad and Boujee” – Migos featuring Lil Uzi Vert
“Bodak Yellow” – Cardi B
“HUMBLE.” – Kendrick Lamar
“Rockstar” – Post Malone
“Wild Thoughts” – DJ Khaled featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller

Hip-Hop Artist of the Year
DJ Khaled
Kendrick Lamar

Best New Hip-Hop Artist
21 Savage
Cardi B
Lil Uzi Vert
Playboi Carti

R&B Song of the Year
“B.E.D.” – Jacquees
“Location” – Khalid
“Love Galore” – SZA featuring Travis Scott
“Redbone” – Childish Gambino
“That’s What I Like” – Bruno Mars

R&B Artist of the Year
Bruno Mars
Childish Gambino
The Weeknd

Best New R&B Artist
Kevin Ross

Producer of the Year
Andrew “Pop” Wansel and Warren “Oak” Felder
Andrew Watt
Benny Blanco
Justin Tranter
Steve Mac

Best Lyrics: *Socially Voted Category
“Bodak Yellow” – Cardi B
“Despacito” – Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee
“There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back” – Shawn Mendes
“Look What You Made Me Do” – Taylor Swift
“Perfect” – Ed Sheeran
“Slow Hands” – Niall Horan

Best Cover Song: *Socially Voted Category
“All We Got” – Shawn Mendes
“Bad Liar” – HAIM
“Issues” – Niall Horan
“Lost” – Khalid
“Say You Won’t Let Go” – Camila Cabello and Machine Gun Kelly
“The Chain” – Harry Styles
“Touch” – Ed Sheeran
“The Tribute Song” – Thirty Seconds To Mars

Best Fan Army presented by Taco Bell: *Socially Voted Category
Arianators – Ariana Grande
Beliebers – Justin Bieber
Camilizers – Camila Cabello
Harmonizers – Fifth Harmony
Lovatics – Demi Lovato
Mendes Army – Shawn Mendes
Mixers – Little Mix
Selenators – Selena Gomez
Smilers – Miley Cyrus
Swifties – Taylor Swift

Best Music Video: *Socially Voted Category
“Bad Liar” – Selena Gomez
“Bodak Yellow” – Cardi B
“Despacito” – Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee
“I’m The One” – DJ Khaled
“Look What You Made Me Do” – Taylor Swift
“Malibu” – Miley Cyrus
“New Rules” – Dua Lipa
“Shape Of You” – Ed Sheeran
“Sign Of The Times” – Harry Styles
“Sorry Not Sorry” – Demi Lovato
“Swish Swish” – Katy Perry
“That’s What I Like” – Bruno Mars
“There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back” – Shawn Mendes

Best Solo Breakout: *Socially Voted Category
Camila Cabello
Harry Styles
Liam Payne
Louis Tomlinson
Niall Horan

Best Remix: (New Category) *Socially Voted Category
“Bon Appétit” – Katy Perry, Migos and 3LAU
“Despacito” – Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber
“do re mi” ” – blackbear featuring Gucci Mane
“Friends” – Justin Bieber and BloodPop with Julia Michaels
“Havana” – Camila Cabello and Daddy Yankee
“Homemade Dynamite” – Lorde, Khalid, Post Malone and SZA
“May I Have This Dance” – Francis & The Lights featuring Chance The Rapper
“Mi Gente” – J Balvin and Willy William featuring Beyoncé
“Reggaetón Lento” – CNCO and Little Mix


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