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Timberlake, Rihanna lead noms iHeartRadio Music Awards recognize most popular artists, music

LOS ANGELES, March 27, (RTRS): Justin Timberlake, Rihanna and Imagine Dragons are among the most-nominated finalists for iHeartRadio Music Awards, which NBC and Clear Channel Media and Entertainment announced on Wednesday. The three hitmakers are facing off for Artist of the Year — along with along with Maroon 5 and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis — and Song of the Year. Rihanna leads with six nominations, Timberlake scored five, and alternative rock act Dragons garnered four, including Best New Artist. The first-ever iHeartRadio Music Awards, which will air live from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles May 1 on NBC, also recognizes Best Fan Army. Lady Gaga’s “Little Monsters” are up against the “Rihanna Navy,” Taylor Swift’s “Swifties,” and other armies who worship artists including Demi Lovato, Austin Mahone and Ariana Grande.

The award show will recognize the most popular artists and music from the past 12 months, as determined by iHeartRadio listeners. Fans cast more than 13.2 million votes through social media #Hashtags to narrow category finalists down from the 10 nominees that originally made the cut based on the iHeartRadio Chart.
Here are all the nominees.
Artist of the Year:
Imagine Dragons
Justin Timberlake
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Maroon 5
Song of the Year:
“Hold On We’re Going Home” — Drake ft. Majid Jordan
“Mirrors” — Justin Timberlake
“Radioactive” — Imagine Dragons
“Stay” — Rihanna ft. Mikky Ekko
“The Monster” — Eminem ft. Rihanna
Best Collaboration:
(Most voted on category with more than 3.9 million votes cast)
“Holy Grail” — Jay Z ft. Justin Timberlake
“Stay” — Rihanna ft. Mikky Ekko
“Suit & Tie” — Justin Timberlake ft. Jay Z
“The Monster” — Eminem ft. Rihanna
“Timber” — Pitbull ft. Ke$ha
Best New Artist:
Florida Georgia Line
Icona Pop
Imagine Dragons
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
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 ft. T.I. & Pharrell
“Hold On We’re Going Home” — Drake ft. Majid Jordan
“Holy Grail” — Jay Z ft. Justin Timberlake
“Pour It Up” - Rihanna
“Started From The Bottom” — Drake
EDM Song of the Year:
“Get Lucky” — Daft Punk ft. Pharrell
“Stay The Night” — Zedd ft. Hayley Williams
“Summertime Sadness” — Lana Del Rey ft. Cedric Gervais
“Sweet Nothing” — Calvin Harris ft. 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 (ft. 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

The soundtrack to Disney’s “Frozen” showed no signs of slowing down four months after its release, as sales for the album hit a high note and held the top spot on the Billboard 200 album chart on Wednesday. “Frozen,” which features the Oscar-winning song “Let It Go,” sold 202,000 copies last week according to figures from Nielsen SoundScan, its biggest sales week since its Nov 25 release. “Frozen,” the Oscar-winning animated tale of two Nordic princess sisters who must save their kingdom from an eternal winter, has grossed more than $1 billion worldwide at the film box office. The spike in sales of its soundtrack was spurred by the release of the film on DVD.

Six new debuts entered the top ten of the Billboard 200 chart this week, led by rapper YG’s “My Krazy Life” at No. 2 with sales of 61,000. Alt-rockers Foster the People debuted its latest record “Supermodel” at No. 3, electronic music DJ Skrillex came in at No. 4 with “Recess” and grunge rockers The Pretty Reckless notched No. 5 with “Going to Hell.” Latin pop crooner Enrique Iglesias’ latest studio album “Love” clocked in at No. 8 in its opening week, while rockers Taking Back Sunday rounded out the top ten with “Happiness Is.” For the week ending March 23, overall album sales totaled 4.7 million, Billboard said, down 22 percent from the comparable sales week in 2013.

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