iHeartRadio Music Awards Announce 2016 Nominees, Performers and New Categories

5:27 PM 3/24/2016

by THR staff

Of the 31 categories, a whopping 21 of them are new, and many of those are fan-voted.

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The Grammys aren't the only music awards show around. The iHeartRadio Music Awards just announced the list of 2016 nominees — including many artists up for awards in brand new categories — and a few performers for the April 3 event.

Justin Bieber and Meghan Trainor will both perform at the third annual ceremony, which takes place at the Forum in California on April 3. The event will be televised live on TBS, TNT and truTV at 8 p.m. ET and simulcast on iHeartMedia stations across the country, as well as online.

As for the 31 categories, a whopping 21 of them are new, and many of those are fan-voted. Four of the new categories specifically honor Latin artists. 

As for the nominees, The Weeknd and Taylor Swift are both up for seven awards, and Adele is up for five. Check out the complete rundown below.   

  • Song of the Year

    "Hello" - Adele (WINNER)

    "Blank Space" - Taylor Swift

    "Can't Feel My Face" - The Weeknd

    "Shut Up and Dance" - Walk The Moon

    "Uptown Funk" - Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars

  • Female Artist of the Year

    Taylor Swift (WINNER)


    Carrie Underwood

    Meghan Trainor

    Selena Gomez

  • Male Artist of the Year

    Justin Bieber (WINNER)

    Ed Sheeran

    Luke Bryan

    Sam Smith

    The Weeknd

  • Best New Artist

    Fetty Wap (WINNER)


    Sam Hunt

    Shawn Mendes

    Tove Lo

  • Best Duo/Group of the Year

    Maroon 5 (WINNER)

    Fall Out Boy

    One Direction

    Walk The Moon

    Zac Brown Band

  • Album of the Year

    1989 - Taylor Swift (WINNER)

    25 - Adele

    Beauty Behind the Madness - The Weeknd

    In the Lonely Hour - Sam Smith

    X - Ed Sheeran

  • Best Tour

    Taylor Swift (WINNER)

    Foo Fighters

    Garth Brooks

    Luke Bryan


  • Alternative Rock Artist of the Year

    Twenty One Pilots (WINNER)


    Foo Fighters


    X Ambassadors

  • Alternative Rock Song of the Year

    "Stressed Out" - Twenty One Pilots (WINNER)

    "Cigarette Daydreams" - Cage The Elephant

    "Ex's & Oh's" - Elle King

    "Renegades" - X Ambassadors

    "Shut Up and Dance" - Walk The Moon

  • Rock Artist of the Year

    Foo Fighters (WINNER)

    Breaking Benjamin


    Five Finger Death Punch

    Three Days Grace

  • Rock Song of the Year

    "Heavy Is The Head" - Zac Brown Band featuring Chris Cornell (WINNER)

    "Cut The Cord" - Shinedown

    "Failure" - Breaking Benjamin

    "Footsteps" - Pop Evil

    "I Am Machine" - Three Days Grace

  • Country Song of the Year

    "Buy Me A Boat" - Chris Janson (WINNER)

    "Homegrown" - Zac Brown Band

    "I See You" - Luke Bryan

    "Lose My Mind" - Brett Eldredge

    "Take Your Time" - Sam Hunt

  • Country Artist of the Year

    Luke Bryan (WINNER)

    Blake Shelton

    Brad Paisley

    Sam Hunt

    Thomas Rhett

  • Dance Song of the Year

    "Where Are Ü Now?" - Skrillex & Diplo with Justin Bieber (WINNER)

    "Hey Mama" - David Guetta featuring Nicki  Minaj, Bebe Rexha & Afrojack

    "Lean On" - Major Lazer & DJ Snake featuring

    "Waves" - Mr. Probz

    "You Know You Like It" - DJ Snake & AlunaGeorge

  • Dance Artist of the Year

    Calvin Harris (WINNER)

    David Guetta

    Major Lazer

    Skrillex & Diplo


  • Hip Hop Song of the Year

    "Hotline Bling" - Drake (WINNER)

    "Blessings" - Big Sean featuring Drake & Kanye West

    "Flex (Ooh, Ooh, Ooh)" - Rich Homie Quan

    "Trap Queen" - Fetty Wap

    "Truffle Butter" - Nicki Minaj featuring Drake & Lil Wayne

  • Hip Hop Artist of the Year

    Drake (WINNER)

    Big Sean

    Fetty Wap


    J. Cole

  • R&B Song of the Year

    "Earned It" - The Weeknd (WINNER)

    "Bitch Better Have My Money" - Rihanna

    "Planes" - Jeremih featuring J. Cole

    "Post To Be" - Omarion featuring Chris Brown & Jhene Aiko

    "The Hills" - The Weeknd

  • R&B Artist of the Year

    Chris Brown (WINNER)


    The Weeknd

    Trey Songz


  • Latin Song of the Year

    "El Perdón" - Nicky Jam & Enrique Iglesias (WINNER)

    "Ay Vamos" - J Balvin

    "Hilito" - Romeo Santos

    "La Gozadera" - Gente De Zona featuring Marc Anthony

    "Mi Verdad" - Maná featuring Shakira

  • Regional Mexican Song of the Year

    "Levantando Polvadera" - Voz de Mando (WINNER)

    "Aunque Ahora Estés Con Él" - Calibre 50

    "Eres Una Niña" - Gerardo Ortiz

    "Mi Vicio Más Grande" - Banda El Recodo de Cruz Lizárraga

    "Te Mestiste" - Ariel Camacho y Los Plebes del Rancho

  • Latin Artist of the Year

    Pitbull (WINNER)

    Enrique Iglesias

    J Balvin

    Nicky Jam

    Prince Royce

  • Regional Mexican Artist of the Year

    Banda Los Recoditos (WINNER)

    Calibre 50

    Gerardo Ortiz

    Julión Álvarez y Su Norteño Banda

    Voz De Mando

  • Best Lyrics

    "Fight Song" - Rachel Platten (WINNER)

    "Die A Happy Man" - Thomas Rhett

    "Hello" - Adele

    "Photograph" - Ed Sheeran

    "See You Again" - Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth

  • Best Collaboration

    "Uptown Funk" - Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars (WINNER)

    "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

    "Where Are Ü Now?" - Skrillex & Diplo with Justin Bieber

  • Best Cover Song

    "Uptown Funk" - Fifth Harmony, Jasmine V, Jacob Whitesides and Mahogany Lox covering Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars (WINNER)

    "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

  • Best Song from a Movie

    "Til It Happens To You" - Lady Gaga (The Hunting Ground) (WINNER)

    "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)

    "Writing's On The Wall" - Sam Smith (Spectre)

  • Most Meme-able Moment

    Taylor Swift's "Crazy Girl" with Running Mascara (from "Blank Space" video) (WINNER)

    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

  • Best Fan Army

    Justin Bieber - Beliebers

    5 Seconds of Summer - 5SOSFam

    Adam Lambert - Glamberts

    Ariana Grande - Arianators

    Demi Lovato - Lovatics

    Fifth Harmony - Harmonizers

    Little Mix - Mixers

    Nicki Minaj - Barbz

    One Direction - Directioners

    Selena Gomez - Selenators

    Shawn Mendes - Mendes Army

    Taylor Swift - Swifties