Written by Giavanna Foster

The iHeartRadio music awards was launched by iHeartRadio in 2014. This annual ceremony recognizes the most popular artists and music while including diverse fan communities. The 2017 iHeartRadio music awards will broadcast live on March 5 at the Forum.

Here’s the scoop on this year’s #iHeartAwards:

With 12 nominations, Drake is a real contender at this year’s iHeartRadio awards. Drake’s nominations include the Song of the Year, Male Artist of the Year, and Hip Hop Artist of the Year categories for Views. Last year, Drake achieved the same feat of being nominated in more than ten categories. Drake received 13 total nominations at the 2016 American Music Awards, which broke Michael Jackson’s 32-year record. (Michael Jackson received 11 American Music Awards nominations in 1984.)

Drake’s latest album Views debuted at number one on the Billboard 200. Views joins six other albums, including Adele’s 21, that stayed in the top 5 of the Billboard 200 hits during the first 26 weeks. (Adele’s 21 stayed in the top 5 for 39 weeks. Eagles’ Hotel California spent its first 26 weeks in the top 5.)

Drake’s Views has received major national radio air play. “Hotline Bling” is arguably the album’s catchiest single, as it now has over 1 billion YouTube views. The rhythmic groove in “Hotline Bling” attracted millions of fans worldwide. With Views, Drake has earned major recognition and a record-breaking number of nominations.

Rihanna is nominated in nine categories at this year’s iHeartRadio awards. Rihanna received the Michael Jackson Vanguard Award at the 2016 VMAs. She is featured on Calvin Harris’s infectious hit single “This is What You Came For”, which now has over 1.1 billion YouTube views. Rihanna collaborated with Drake on “Work”, which has received major national radio air play. The “Work” music video has over 816 million YouTube views. Also, Rihanna has over 10.7+ billion total YouTube views.

Rihanna’s “Love on the Brain”, her 28th number one Billboard single, is an internationally popular hit single among fans. In addition, Kelly Clarkson’s performance of “Love on the Brain” is nominated in the Best Cover Song category. The Rihanna Navy is nominated in the “Best Fan Army” category. A fan favorite, she has over 23.8 million YouTube subscribers.

Ariana Grande is nominated for four categories at this year’s iHeartRadio awards. She received the “Artist of the Year” award at the 2016 American Music Awards. Dangerous Woman, Grande’s third studio album, made history on the Billboard charts. Grande is the first person to have the lead single from her first three albums debut in the top 10, as the title track of Dangerous Woman debuted at number 10 on the Billboard 200.

Grande’s cover of Whitney Houston’s “How Will I Know” is nominated for the best cover song category. Also, the Arianators are nominated in the “Best Fan Army” category. The “Best Fan Army” category is sponsored by Taco Bell. Grande has a large social media following, including the 4th most followed Instagram account and over 6.1 billion YouTube views.

Justin Bieber is included in the full list of nominees, including the “Best Fan Army” category. In 2016, Bieber received major national radio air play for a string of hits that included “Cold Water” and “Love Yourself”. Visit the “More” section at the end of this article to see the full list of nominees.

Bruno Mars will be performing at this year’s iHeartRadio awards. Mars has received two nominations at last year’s iHeartRadio awards. He received the best collaboration category award for “Uptown Funk”, his collaboration with Mark Ronson. This year, he is nominated in the best cover song category for “All I Ask”. Bruno Mars and Adele wrote this tune together.

Mars has received major national radio air play for “24k Magic”. He performed this single at the 2016 American Music Awards, the 2016 European Music Awards, and the live finale of NBC’s The Voice. Mars’s performance on The Voice now has over 2.4 million views.

Mars’s 24k Magic catapulted him to the number one position on the Billboard Artist 100 charts. This is the first time Bruno Mars has achieved this feat. Bruno Mars joins Drake, Rihanna, and Ariana Grande in the top 10 list of this week’s Billboard Artist 100 charts. Also, Bruno Mars has over 5.1 billion YouTube views. Mars’s attention to detail and in-sync choreography moves make every performance a showstopper.

The iHeartRadio performances on March 5 will feature first-time duets, collaborations, celebrity guest appearances, and live award presentations. More performers for this year’s telecast will be announced soon on the iHeartRadio website. Visit this page again later to be informed of the latest updates regarding the full list of iHeartRadio performers.

UPDATE: @iHeartRadio posted a Twitter announcement to announce the full list of performers. This tweet was posted on February 15 at 6:00am. Katy Perry, Ed Sheeran, the Chainsmokers, Shawn Mendes, Thomas Rhett, Noah Cyrus, and Big Sean will join Bruno Mars in the full list of performers. Ryan Seacrest confirms the news in this tweet.

“The biggest artists in music show up every year because this is the awards show that fans truly control,” iHeartRadio president John Sykes said. “With iHeartRadio now reaching such a diverse audience, this year we have expanded to giving awards in more than 30 categories.”

Online voting is also available for the fans. Of the 30 categories, 8 will be determined by fan voting. These categories include best lyrics, best collaboration, and Taco Bell’s best fan army. If you submit votes daily, then you and a guest could win a VIP trip to meet Bruno Mars at the 2017 iHeartRadio Music Awards. Through the iHeartRadio app, you could also earn twice the daily votes and sweepstakes entries!

Fans may vote online or on social media. Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram votes will be counted as long as they follow the iHeartRadio guidelines. Click here to vote for your favorite artists. Click here if you have questions about the voting guidelines and process.

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The 4th annual iHeartRadio Music Awards will take place at the Forum in Inglewood on Sunday, March 5. Ryan Seacrest will host this year’s telecast program. It will be broadcasted live on TBS, TNT, and truTV at 5:00 pm PST and 8:00 EST. In addition, this star-studded telecast will stream live on iHeartMedia stations as well as iHeartRadio, the most in-demand digital music streaming radio service.

This year’s #iHeartAwards are sponsored by Chase, Biori, Subaru, EBay Fashion, Power Rangers, and Taco Bell.

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iHeartRadio | Vote for your favorites here

iHeartNews | Voting FAQ’s, deadlines, and information

Bruno Mars to receive 2017 iHeartRadio Innovator Award

iHeartRadio | Complete list of 2017 #iHeartAwards nominees

iHeartNews | Stars react to #iHeartAwards nominations

L.A. Times | Drake leads 2017 iHeartRadio Music Awards nominations

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