The 2015 iHeartRadio Music Awards announced the nominations for this year’s show. Iggy Azalea and Sam Smith lead all artists with five nominations. Both recording artists are nominated for Artist of the Year and the Best New Artist award. The other nominees for the Artist of the Year award include Taylor Swift, Luke Bryan, and Ariana Grande. Fans will be able to choose the winner of three categories this year, which include Best Fan Army, Best Lyrics, and the Renegade Award. Some of the artists in the Best Fan Army include Beyoncé‘s “Bey Hive,” One Direction‘s “Directioners,” and Taylor Swift‘s “Swifties.” Some of the songs that are nominated for the Best Lyrics award include John Legend‘s “All of Me,” OneRepublic‘s “Counting Stars,” and Ed Sheeran‘s “Thinking Out Loud.”
The Renegade Award is a new category this year, and it will be sponsored by Jeep. It represents the artist who “defies convention and breaks boundaries.” The nominees for the award are Meghan Trainor, Brantley Gilbert, Charli XCX, Hozier, and Iggy Azalea. Performers for this year’s award show will be announced at a later date. The 2015 iHeartRadio Music Awards will take place at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. NBC will air the live broadcast on March 29th at 8PM (Eastern standard time). The event will also air simultaneously on iHeartMedia stations. According to the award show’s organizers, last year’s inaugural show was watched by 5.5 million people.
iHeartRadio is running a contest for the music awards show. One lucky winner and a guest will receive two first class tickets to Los Angeles the weekend of the awards show, and they will spend the weekend in a luxury hotel suite. The lucky fans will go on a backstage tour of the event, and have exclusive access to watch artist rehearsals and sound checks. The day of the music awards, the fans will walk the red carpet and watch the show from the broadcast lounge. Later that night, the fans will receive admission to the post-award show parties. In order to enter the iHeartRadio contest, fans are encouraged to listen to any iHeartRadio station for the “special keyword” and instructions. Once the keyword is given, the person must text “45495” for their chance to win.