iHeartRadio Music Awards Finalists Announced; Everything You Need to Know About Awards Show

By Kristina Skorbach, Epoch Times
May 1, 2014 11:23 am Last Updated: May 1, 2014 11:23 am

The iHeartRadio Music Awards, a competition staged by iHeartRadio that aims to honor the best in TV and music industry, will be broadcasted live from LA on Thursday May 1, 2014 on NBC at 8 p.m. 

iHeartRadio is a free all-in-one digital radio service that allows audience listen to over 1,500 live radio stations or create personalized commercial-free custom stations, according to their site. 

Performing at the Awars Show will be: Pharrell, Blake Shelton, Kendrick Lamar, Shakira, Luke Bryan, Ed Sheeran, Bastille, Pitbull, Ariana Grande, Arcade Fire, and Thirty Seconds to Mars.

Fans can still vote for their favorite Instagram celebrity to win the iHeartRadio Instagram Award. Competitors include: Rihanna, Harry Styles (One Direction), Selena Gomez, Austin Mahone, and Ariana Grande. 

Fans can keep up to date by following @iHeartRadio on Twitter and with the hashtag #iHeartAwards. 

The finalists for the various categories are the following: 

SONG OF THE YEAR

“Stay” Rihanna feat. Mikky Ekko
“Mirrors” Justin Timberlake”
“The Monster” Eminem feat. Rihanna
“Hold On We’re Going Home” Drake feat. Majid Jordan
“Radioactive” Imagine Dragons

ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Rihanna
Justin Timberlake
Imagine Dragons
Maroon 5
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

BEST NEW ARTIST 

Icona Pop
Passenger
Lorde
Imagine Dragons
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Florida Georgia Line

BEST FAN ARMY

Rihanna Navy
Little Monsters 
Arianators
Swifties
Mahomies
Lovatics

BEST COLLABORATION

“Timber” Pitbull feat. Ke$ha
“Stay” Rihanna feat. Mikky Ekko
“Suit & Tie” Justin Timberlake feat. JAY Z
“The Monster” Eminem feat. Rihanna
“Holy Grail” JAY Z feat. Justin Timberlake

COUNTRY SONG OF THE YEAR

“Highway Don’t Care” Tim McGraw feat. Taylor Swift
“Boys ‘Round Here” Blake Shelton
“That’s My Kind of Night” Luke Bryan
“Mine Would Be You” Blake Shelton
“It Goes Like This” Thomas Rhett

HIP HOP/R&B SONG OF THE YEAR

“Pour It Up” Rihanna
“Holy Grail” JAY Z feat. Justin Timberlake
“Hold On We’re Going Home” Drake feat. Majid Jordan
“Blurred Lines” Robin Thicke feat. T.I. & Pharrell
“Started From The Bottom” Drake

EDM SONG OF THE YEAR

“Wake Me Up” Avicii
“Get Lucky” Daft PUnk feat. Pharrell
“Summertime Sadness” Lana Del Rey feat. Cedric Gervais
“Stay The Night” Zedd feat. Hayley Williams
“Sweet Nothing” Calvin Harris feat. Florence Welch

ALT ROCK SONG OF THE YEAR

“Royals” Lorde
“Pompeii” Bastille
“Demons” Imagine Dragons
“Do I Wanna Know” Arctic Monkeys
“Safe And Sound” Capital Cities

BEST LYRICS

“I Love It” Icona Pop
“Wrecking Ball” Miley Cyrus
“Say Something” A Great Big World
“Wake Me Up” Avicii
“Same Love” Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Although the idea of an additional competition-like show is proving to draw lots of attention, as host Ryan Seacrest announced on the radio that the competition received over 13 million votes through social media by 11 a.m. on Thursday, there has been skepticism about the concept.

“Even before it airs on NBC, the two-hour ‘ceremony’ seems less a celebration than a synergistic infomercial,” wrote Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic, Randall Roberts.