iHeartRadio Music Awards: Cardi B, Drake, Ariana Grande Lead Nominations

2:15 PM 1/9/2019

by Annie Howard

Shawn Mendes, Post Malone, Maroon 5 and Imagine Dragons also received multiple noms for the 2019 awards.

From left: Cardi B, Drake, Ariana Grande
From left: Cardi B, Drake, Ariana Grande
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Cardi B, Drake and Ariana Grande topped this year's nominations list for the iHeartRadio Music Awards. The show, to be held at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, is set to air Thursday, March 14, on Fox.

Cardi B received 13 mentions, including for song of the year, female artist of the year, three tracks in the best collaboration category, best hip-hop artist and more. Drake's eight noms include song of the year, male artist of the year and three contenders in the hip-hop song of the year category, among others.

This year's fan award categories include best fan army presented by Taco Bell, best lyrics, best cover song, best music video, the social star award, best solo breakout, cutest musician's pet, the first-ever song that left us shook and favorite tour photographer. Social voting begins Wednesday and runs through March 7. Fans can vote on Twitter using the appropriate category and nominee hashtags or by visiting iHeartRadio.com/awards.

A partial list of nominees follows. Other categories include best tour, label of the year, most thumbed-up song of the year and most thumbed-up artist of the year. For a full list of categories, visit iHeartRadio.com/awards.

  • Song of the Year

    "The Middle" – Zedd, Maren Morris, Grey (WINNER)
    "Better Now" - Post Malone
    "Girls Like You" - Maroon 5 featuring Cardi B
    "God's Plan" - Drake
    "Perfect" - Ed Sheeran


  • Female Artist of the Year

    Ariana Grande (WINNER)
    Camila Cabello
    Cardi B
    Dua Lipa

  • Male Artist of the Year

    Drake (WINNER) 
    Ed Sheeran
    Kendrick Lamar
    Post Malone
    Shawn Mendes

  • Best Duo/Group of the Year

    5 Seconds of Summer (WINNER)
    Imagine Dragons
    Maroon 5
    Panic! at the Disco
    twenty one pilots

  • Best Collaboration

    "Finesse (Remix)" - Bruno Mars featuring Cardi B (WINNER) 
    "Girls Like You" - Maroon 5 featuring Cardi B
    "I Like It" - Cardi B featuring Bad Bunny and J Balvin
    "Meant to Be" - Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line
    "The Middle" - Zedd, Maren Morris, Grey

  • Best New Pop Artist

    Marshmello (WINNER)

  • Alternative Rock Song of the Year

    "High Hopes" - Panic! at the Disco . (WINNER)
    "Africa" - Weezer
    "Broken" - lovelytheband
    "Happier" - Marshmello featuring Bastille
    "Natural" - Imagine Dragons

  • Alternative Rock Artist of the Year

    Imagine Dragons (WINNER)
    Panic! at the Disco
    Portugal. The Man
    Thirty Seconds to Mars

  • Best New Rock/Alternative Rock Artist

    lovelytheband (WINNER)
    Billie Eilish
    Two Feet

  • Rock Song of the Year

    "Safari Song" - Greta Van Fleet (WINNER)
    "Are You Ready" - Disturbed
    "Bulletproof" - Godsmack
    "Devil" - Shinedown
    "Zombie" - Bad Wolves

  • Rock Artist of the Year

    Three Days Grace (WINNER) 
    Five Finger Death Punch
    Greta Van Fleet


  • Country Song of the Year

    "Meant to Be" - Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line (WINNER)
    "Heaven" - Kane Brown
    "Most People Are Good" - Luke Bryan
    "Rich" - Maren Morris
    "Tequila" - Dan + Shay

  • Country Artist of the Year

    Luke Combs (WINNER)
    Carrie Underwood
    Jason Aldean
    Luke Bryan
    Thomas Rhett

  • Best New Country Artist

    Jordan Davis (WINNER)
    Carly Pearce
    Dylan Scott
    Russell Dickerson

  • Dance Song of the Year

    "The Middle" - Zedd, Maren Morris, Grey (WINNER)
    "Friends" - Marshmello and Anne-Marie
    "Happier" - Marshmello featuring Bastille
    "One Kiss" - Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa
    "Remind Me to Forget" - Kygo featuring Miguel

  • Dance Artist of the Year

    Marshmello (WINNER) 
    Calvin Harris
    The Chainsmokers

  • Hip-Hop Song of the Year

    "God's Plan" - Drake (WINNER)
    "I Like It" Cardi B featuring Bad Bunny and J Balvin
    "In My Feelings" – Drake
    "Nice for What" - Drake
    "Psycho" – Post Malone featuring Ty Dolla $ign

  • Hip-Hop Artist of the Year

    Cardi B (WINNER)
    Kendrick Lamar
    Post Malone
    Travis Scott

  • Best New Hip-Hop Artist

    BlocBoy JB (WINNER)
    Juice WRLD
    Lil Baby
    Lil Pump

  • R&B Song of the Year

    "Boo'd Up" - Ella Mai (WINNER)
    "Finesse (Remix)" - Bruno Mars featuring Cardi B
    "Medicine" - Queen Naija
    "Sky Walker" - Miguel featuring Travis Scott
    "When We" - Tank

  • R&B Artist of the Year

    Ella Mai (WINNER)
    Daniel Caesar

  • Best New R&B Artist

    Ella Mai (WINNER)
    Brent Faiyaz
    Queen Naija
    TK Kravitz

  • Latin Song of the Year

    "X" - Nicky Jam and J Balvin (WINNER)
    "Clandestino" - Shakira featuring Maluma
    "Dura" - Daddy Yankee
    "Echame La Culpa" - Luis Fonsi and Demi Lovato
    "Me Niego" - Reik featuring Ozuna and Wisin


  • Latin Artist of the Year

    Bad Bunny (WINNER)
    Daddy Yankee
    J Balvin

  • Best New Latin Artist

    Manuel Turizo (WINNER)
    Lele Pons
    Mau y Ricky
    Nio Garcia

  • Regional Mexican Song of the Year

    "Mi Sorpresa Fuiste Tu" - Calibre 50 (WINNER)
    "Entre Beso y Beso" - La Arrolladora Banda El Limon
    "Me Deje Llevar" - Christian Nodal
    "Mejor Me Alejo" - Banda MS
    "Mitad Y Mitad" - Calibre 50

  • Regional Mexican Artist of the Year

    Calibre 50 (WINNER)
    Banda Carnaval
    Banda Sinaloense MS de Sergio Lizarraga
    Christian Nodal
    Gerardo Ortiz

  • Producer of the Year

    Louis Bell (WINNER)
    Frank Dukes
    David Garcia 
    Noah "40" Shebib

  • Best Lyrics

    Socially Voted Category

    "Consequences" - Camila Cabello (WINNER)
    "Girls Like You" - Maroon 5 featuring Cardi B
    "God's Plan" - Drake
    "In My Blood" - Shawn Mendes
    "thank u, next" – Ariana Grande
    "Without Me" - Halsey

  • Best Cover Song

    Socially Voted Category

    "You're Still the One" - Harry Styles and Kacey Musgraves (WINNER)
    "A Million Dreams" - Pink and Willow Sage Hart
    "Africa" - Weezer
    "Crying in the Club" - Niall Horan
    "Fast Car" - Khalid
    "In My Blood" - Charlie Puth
    "Lucid Dreams" - Halsey
    "Me, Myself & I" - Zayn
    "Natural Woman" - Ariana Grande
    "Rewrite the Stars" - Anne-Marie and James Arthur
    "Under Pressure" - Shawn Mendes and Teddy Geiger
    "Your Song" – Lady Gaga

  • Best Fan Army presented by Taco Bell

    Socially Voted Category

    BTS' #BTSArmy (WINNER)
    5 Seconds of Summer's #5SOSFam
    Ariana Grande's #Arianators
    Justin Bieber's #Beliebers
    Cardi B's #BardiGang
    Shawn Mendes' #MendesArmy
    Camila Cabello's #Camilizers
    Harry Styles' #Stylers
    Lauren Jauregui's #Jaguars
    Why Don't We's #Limelights
    Zayn's #Zquad
    Taylor Swift's #Swifties

  • Best Music Video

    Socially Voted Category

    "Delicate" – Taylor Swift (WINNER)
    "Dura" – Daddy Yankee
    "Finesse (Remix)" - Bruno Mars featuring Cardi B
    "Freaky Friday" - Lil Dicky and Chris Brown
    "Girls Like You" - Maroon 5 featuring Cardi B
    "God's Plan"- Drake
    "I Like It" - Cardi B featuring J Balvin and Bad Bunny
    "One Kiss" - Calvin Harris featuring Dua Lipa
    "Psycho" - Post Malone featuring Ty Dolla $ign
    "Taki Taki" - DJ Snake featuring Selena Gomez, Ozuna and Cardi B
    "thank u, next" – Ariana Grande
    "This Is America" – Childish Gambino

  • Social Star Award

    Socially Voted Category

    Agnez Mo (WINNER)
    Bhad Bhabie
    Dylan Minnette
    Lele Pons
    Loren Gray
    Mason Ramsey
    Queen Naija
    Tana Mongeau
    Trixie Mattel

  • Cutest Musician's Pet

    Socially Voted Category

    Gracie - Lauren Jauregui (WINNER)
    Asia – Lady Gaga
    Edgar - Brett Eldredge
    Goodwin - Sabrina Carpenter
    Hatchi - Perrie Edwards
    Mooshu - Alex Pall from The Chainsmokers
    Piggy Smallz - Ariana Grande

  • Song That Left Us Shook (New Category)

    Socially Voted Category

    "I'll Never Love Again"- Lady Gaga (WINNER) 
    "Here Comes the Change" - Kesha
    "One Day" - Logic featuring Ryan Tedder
    "thank u, next" - Ariana Grande
    "This Is America" – Childish Gambino
    "Youth" - Shawn Mendes and Khalid

  • Best Solo Breakout

    Socially Voted Category

    Tiffany Young (WINNER)
    Ally Brooke
    Dinah Jane
    Lauren Jauregui


  • Favorite Tour Photographer (New Category)

    Socially Voted Category

    Helene Pambrun (Harry Styles) (WINNER)
    Andy DeLuca (5SOS)
    Christian Tierney (Niall Horan)
    Josiah Van Dien (Shawn Mendes)
    Pixie Levinson (Dua Lipa)
    Rahul B (Camila Cabello)
    Ravie B (Beyonce)
    Zack Caspary (Why Don't We)