iHeartRadio Music Awards 2014: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Tonight is the first ever iHeartRadio Music Awards and we’ve got the full run-down on what you should expect to see this evening. Check it out.

1. Your Favorite Pop, R&B, and Rock Artists Will be Featured on the Show Tonight

NBC and Clear Channel have teamed up to create the first iHeartRadio Music Awards, televised tonight at 8 p.m. EST on NBC from Los Angeles’ Shrine Auditorium. NBC gives some details on the mission of the show, what it hopes to deliver, and why it has been created.

By using hashtags to cast more than 13.2 million votes on Facebook and Twitter, music fans turned their favorite artists and songs into iHeartRadio Music Awards’ finalists. Announced last month, the three-hour iHeartRadio Music Awards will recognize the most popular artists and music from the past 12 months as determined by iHeartRadio listeners.

2. There Are Some Insane Duets & Performances

There are so many performers who are going to be at the iHeartRadio Music Awards that it’s almost hard to keep up. Below find the list of all the stars who are supposed to be performing tonight:

Pitbull & GRL
Blake Shelton
Pharrell Williams
Kendrick Lamar
30 Seconds To Mars
Ariana Grande
Luke Bryan
Ed Sheeran
Arcade Fire

From what we know, Shakira will definitely be performing “Empire” and Pitbull will be performing “Wild Wild Love” with girl group GRL. Who are you most looking forward to seeing?

3. Michael Jackson’s New Single Will be Debuted

Tonight will be the first time that viewers will be able to hear Michael Jackson’s music from upcoming album “Xscape.” The song “Love Never Felt So Good” will debut at the awards and there is supposed to be a special guest and performance to go along with it. Many believe Usher will be performing and some speculate that Justin Timberlake will be performing … We will just have to wait and see.

4. Voting Was Taken Very Seriously by Listeners

So, if you’re wondering how all the votes are taken, NBC has provided the complete run-down.

Each voting category initially featured 10 nominees based on results from the iHeartRadio Chart, which includes listener feedback and performance data according to airplay; digital streaming data from the iHeartRadio platform, including “thumbs up” and custom station creations; and music sales, social interactions and online video data and tags from BigChampagne and Shazam. During the last four weeks, listeners cast their votes to narrow down these nominees to their top five favorites in each category, garnering more than 2.2 billion social impressions.

5. The Finalists Have Been Chosen

The most revered finalists, not counting the iHeartRadio Instagram Award are:

Artist of the Year:

· Imagine Dragons
· Justin Timberlake
· Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
· Maroon 5
· Rihanna

Song of the Year:

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

Best Collaboration:
(Most voted on category with more than 3.9 million votes cast)

· “Holy Grail” – Jay Z featuring Justin Timberlake
· “Stay” – Rihanna featuring Mikky Ekko
· “Suit & Tie” – Justin Timberlake featuring Jay Z
· “The Monster” – Eminem featuring Rihanna
· “Timber” – Pitbull featuring Kesha

Best New Artist:

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

Country Song of the Year:

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

Hip Hop/R&B Song of the Year:

· “Blurred Lines” – Robin Thicke featuring T.I. & Pharrell
· “Hold On We’re Going Home” – Drake featuring Majid Jordan
· “Holy Grail” – Jay Z featuring Justin Timberlake
· “Pour It Up” – Rihanna
· “Started from the Bottom” – Drake

EDM Song of the Year:

· “Get Lucky” Daft Punk featuring Pharrell
· “Stay the Night” – Zedd featuring Hayley Williams
· “Summertime Sadness” – Zedd featuring Hayley Williams
· “Sweet Nothing” – Calvin Harris featuring Florence Welch
· “Wake Me Up” – Avicii

Alternative Rock Song of the Year:

· “Demons” – Imagine Dragons
· “Do I Wanna Know?” – Arctic Monkeys
· “Pompeii” – Bastille
· “Royals” – Lorde
· “Safe and Sound” – Capital Cities

Best Lyrics:

· “Wake Me Up” – Avicii (Vocals by Aloe Blacc)
· “I Love It” (featuring Charli XCX) – Icona Pop
· “Say Something” – A Great Big World
· “Same Love” – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
· “Wrecking Ball” – Miley Cyrus

Best Fan Army:

· Arianators – Ariana Grande
· Little Monsters – Lady Gaga
· Lovatics – Demi Lovato
· Mahomies – Austin Mahone
· Rihanna Navy – Rihanna
· Swifties – Taylor Swift

For the full list of nominees, click the below link:

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