Alicia Keys, Garth Brooks, Halsey honored at 2019 iHeartRadio Music Awards

Garth Brooks To Receive First-Ever “iHeartRadio Artist of the Decade” Award For His Impact On The Music Industry

iHeartMedia and Fox Broadcasting Company (FOX) have announced that the 2019 iHeartRadio Music Awards will honor Alicia Keys with the iHeartRadio Innovator Award; Garth Brooks with the Artist of the Decade Award; and Halsey with the iHeartRadio Fangirls Award presented by L’Oréal Paris. The two-hour event airs live Thursday, March 14th from 8-10 pm ET live/PT tape-delayed on FOX from Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

The sixth annual iHeartRadio Music Awards also will broadcast live on iHeartMedia radio stations nationwide and iHeartRadio, the all-in-one digital music, podcast, on demand and live-streaming radio service.

iHeartRadio will honor 15-time Grammy winner Alicia Keys with the coveted 2019 iHeartRadio Innovator Award for her unparalleled contributions to pop culture and social causes as an artist, songwriter, producer, entrepreneur and activist. She has released six critically acclaimed studio albums, including her game-changing debut, Songs in A Minor. She launched in 2018, She Is The Music, a nonprofit focused on driving equality, inclusivity and opportunity for women across the music community, which recently announced the launch of the largest global industry database for female creators and professionals. Keys is also a co-founder of the Keep a Child Alive non-profit organization, which partners with grass-roots organizations to combat the physical, social and economic impact of HIV on children, their families and their communities in Africa and India. Past honorees of the iHeartRadio Innovator Award include Pharrell, Justin Timberlake, U2, Bruno Mars and Chance The Rapper.

In addition, Garth Brooks will receive the first-ever iHeartRadio Artist of the Decade Award for his impact on the music industry as one of the world’s most successful and beloved artists. Brooks is the first recipient of this award, created to honor his outstanding achievements. He is the No. 1 selling solo artist in U.S. history, with more than 148 million albums sold. He also is the first-ever artist to be awarded seven diamonds by the RIAA for having seven albums certified with more than ten million sales each. Since the 1990s, Brooks has had nine No. 1 albums on Billboard’s Top 200 and 17 No. 1 albums on the Top Country Albums chart, spending more weeks at No. 1 on the album sales charts than any other artist since Soundscan’s inception. Brooks was recently named the inaugural inductee into the Live Music Hall of Fame and has been inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame, International Songwriters Hall of Fame in New York, the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Country Music Hall of Fame. The recent Garth Brooks World Tour with Trisha Yearwood smashed Brooks’ own previously held records by selling 6.4 million tickets, making it the biggest North American tour in history. In 2018, Brooks performed the first-ever concert at Notre Dame and sold out 84,000 tickets in under two hours.

At this year’s awards, L’Oréal Paris and iHeartRadio also will present Halsey with the 2019 Fangirls Award, which recognizes a female artist who has pushed boundaries with her music and message while inspiring her fans around the globe. The Fangirls Award presented by L’Oréal Paris celebrates the power of women coming together in support of other women. The award, inspired by L’Oréal Paris’ deep-rooted belief in the inherent worth of every woman, encourages fans to show their support and appreciation for women – and artists – who inspire and empower them.

Halsey embodies the L’Oréal Paris philosophy, “Because You’re Worth It,” demonstrating ambition, passion and a strong sense of self-worth by using her voice both in her chart-topping music – which has garnered more than ten billion streams globally, nearly eight million adjusted albums sold and six consecutive top five airplay singles, including three of which reached the No. 1 spot, and a fourth on its way. The alternative pop artist also is nominated in three 2019 iHeartRadio Music Awards categories, including Female Artist of the Year. Last year’s inaugural iHeartRadio Fangirls Award recipient was Camila Cabello.

Nominees for the iHeartRadio Music Awards were announced on January 9th. Artists receiving multiple nominations include Cardi B, Drake, Ariana Grande, Shawn Mendes, Post Malone, Maroon 5 and Imagine Dragons. The full list is below.

Song of the Year:

  • “Better Now” –  Post Malone
  • “Girls Like You” – Maroon 5 featuring Cardi B
  • “God’s Plan” – Drake
  • “Perfect” – Ed Sheeran
  • “The Middle” – Zedd, Maren Morris, Grey

Female Artist of the Year: 

  • Ariana Grande
  • Camila Cabello
  • Cardi B
  • Dua Lipa
  • Halsey

Male Artist of the Year:  

  • Drake
  • Ed Sheeran
  • Kendrick Lamar
  • Post Malone
  • Shawn Mendes

Best Duo/Group of the Year: 

  • 5 Seconds Of Summer
  • Imagine Dragons
  • Maroon 5
  • Panic! At The Disco
  • twenty one pilots

Best Collaboration:

  • “Finesse (Remix)” Bruno Mars featuring Cardi B
  • “Girls Like You” – Maroon 5 featuring Cardi B
  • “I Like It” – Cardi B featuring Bad Bunny and J Balvin
  • “Meant To Be” – Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line
  • “The Middle” –  Zedd, Maren Morris, Grey

Best New Pop Artist: 

  • Bazzi
  • Lauv
  • Marshmello
  • MAX
  • NF

Alternative Rock Song of the Year:

  • “Africa” – Weezer
  • “Broken” – lovelytheband
  • “Happier” – Marshmello featuring Bastille
  • “High Hopes” – Panic! At the Disco
  • “Natural” – Imagine Dragons

Alternative Rock Artist of the Year:

  • Imagine Dragons
  • lovelytheband
  • Panic! At The Disco
  • Portugal. The Man
  • Thirty Seconds To Mars

Best New Rock/Alternative Rock Artist:

  • AJR
  • Badflower
  • Billie Eilish 
  • lovelytheband
  • Two Feet

Rock Song of the Year:

  • “Are You Ready” – Disturbed
  • “Bulletproof” – Godsmack
  • “Devil” – Shinedown
  • “Safari Song” – Greta Van Fleet
  • “Zombie” – Bad Wolves

Rock Artist of the Year:

  • Five Finger Death Punch
  • Godsmack
  • Greta Van Fleet 
  • Shinedown
  • Three Days Grace

Country Song of the Year:

  • “Heaven” – Kane Brown
  • “Meant To Be” – Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line
  • “Most People Are Good” – Luke Bryan
  • “Rich” – Maren Morris 
  • “Tequila” – Dan + Shay

Country Artist of the Year:

  • Carrie Underwood 
  • Jason Aldean
  • Luke Bryan
  • Luke Combs
  • Thomas Rhett

Best New Country Artist:

  • Carly Pearce
  • Dylan Scott
  • Jordan Davis
  • LANCO 
  • Russell Dickerson

Dance Song of the Year:

  • “Friends” – Marshmello and Anne-Marie
  • “Happier” – Marshmello featuring Bastille 
  • “One Kiss” – Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa
  • “Remind Me To Forget” – Kygo featuring Miguel
  • “The Middle” – Zedd, Maren Morris, Grey

Dance Artist of the Year: 

  • Calvin Harris
  • Kygo
  • Marshmello
  • The Chainsmokers 
  • Zedd

Hip-Hop Song of the Year: 

  • “God’s Plan” – Drake
  • “I Like It” Cardi B featuring Bad Bunny and J Balvin
  • “In My Feelings” – Drake
  • “Nice For What” – Drake
  • “Psycho” – Post Malone featuring Ty Dolla $ign

Hip-Hop Artist of the Year:

  • Cardi B
  • Drake
  • Kendrick Lamar
  • Post Malone
  • Travis Scott

Best New Hip-Hop Artist:

  • BlocBoy JB
  • Juice WRLD
  • Lil Baby
  • Lil Pump

R&B Song of the Year:

  • “Boo’d Up” – Ella Mai
  • “Finesse (Remix)” – Bruno Mars featuring Cardi B
  • “Medicine” – Queen Naija
  • “Sky Walker” – Miguel featuring Travis Scott
  • “When We” – Tank

R&B Artist of the Year: 

  • Daniel Caesar
  • Ella Mai
  • H.E.R.
  • Miguel
  • SZA

Best New R&B Artist:

  • Brent Faiyaz
  • Ella Mai
  • H.E.R.
  • Queen Naija
  • TK Kravitz

Latin Song of the Year: 

  • “Clandestino” – Shakira featuring Maluma
  • “Dura” – Daddy Yankee
  • “Échame La Culpa” – Luis Fonsi and Demi Lovato
  • “Me Niego” – Reik featuring Ozuna and Wisin
  • “X” – Nicky Jam and J Balvin

Latin Artist of the Year: 

  • Bad Bunny
  • Daddy Yankee
  • J Balvin
  • Maluma
  • Ozuna

Best New Latin Artist: 

  • Lele Pons
  • Manuel Turizo
  • Mau y Ricky
  • Nio Garcia
  • Raymix

Regional Mexican Song of the Year:

  • “Entre Beso y Beso” – La Arrolladora Banda El Limón
  • “Me Dejé Llevar” – Christian Nodal
  • “Mejor Me Alejo” – Banda MS
  • “Mi Sorpresa Fuiste Tú” – Calibre 50
  • “Mitad Y Mitad” – Calibre 50

Regional Mexican Artist of the Year: 

  • Banda Carnaval
  • Banda Sinaloense MS de Sergio Lizárraga
  • Calibre 50
  • Christian Nodal
  • Gerardo Ortiz

Producer of the Year: 

  • David Garcia
  • Frank Dukes
  • Louis Bell
  • Marshmello
  • Noah “40” Shebib

Best Lyrics: *Socially Voted Category

  • “Consequences” – Camila Cabello
  • “Girls Like You” – Maroon 5 featuring Cardi B
  • “God’s Plan” – Drake
  • “In My Blood” – Shawn Mendes
  • “thank u, next” – Ariana Grande
  • “Without Me” – Halsey

Best Cover Song: *Socially Voted Category

  • “A Million Dreams” – P!nk and Willow Sage Hart
  • “Africa” – Weezer
  • “Crying in the Club” – Niall Horan
  • “Fast Car” – Khalid
  • “In My Blood” – Charlie Puth
  • “Lucid Dreams” – Halsey
  • “Me, Myself & I” – Zayn
  • “Natural Woman” – Ariana Grande
  • “Rewrite the Stars” – Anne-Marie and James Arthur
  • “You’re Still The One” – Harry Styles and Kacey Musgraves
  • “Under Pressure” – Shawn Mendes and Teddy Geiger
  • “Your Song” – Lady Gaga

Best Fan Army presented by Taco Bell: *Socially Voted Category.  Nominees to be announced at a later date

Best Music Video: *Socially Voted Category

  • “Delicate” – Taylor Swift
  • “Dura” – Daddy Yankee
  • “Finesse (Remix)” – Bruno Mars featuring Cardi B
  • “Freaky Friday” – Lil Dicky and Chris Brown 
  • “Girls Like You” – Maroon 5 featuring Cardi B
  • “God’s Plan” – Drake
  • “I Like It” – Cardi B featuring J Balvin and Bad Bunny
  • “One Kiss” – Calvin Harris featuring Dua Lipa
  • “Psycho” – Post Malone featuring Ty Dolla $ign
  • “Taki Taki” – DJ Snake featuring Selena Gomez, Ozuna and Cardi B
  • “thank u, next” – Ariana Grande
  • “This Is America” – Childish Gambino

Social Star Award: *Socially Voted Category

  • Agnez Mo
  • Bhad Bhabie
  • Dylan Minnette
  • Joji
  • Lele Pons
  • Loren Gray 
  • Mason Ramsey
  • Queen Naija
  • Tana Mongeau
  • Trixie Mattel

Cutest Musician’s Pet: *Socially Voted Category

  • Asia – Lady Gaga
  • Edgar – Brett Eldredge
  • Goodwin – Sabrina Carpenter
  • Gracie – Lauren Jauregui
  • Hatchi – Perrie Edwards
  • Mooshu – Alex Pall from The Chainsmokers
  • Piggy Smallz – Ariana Grande

Best Solo Breakout: *Socially Voted Category

  • Ally Brooke
  • Dinah Jane
  • Lauren Jauregui
  • Normani
  • Tiffany Young

Song That Left Us Shook: (New Category) *Socially Voted Category

  • “Here Comes The Change” – Kesha
  • “I’ll Never Love Again” – Lady Gaga
  • “One Day” – Logic featuring Ryan Tedder
  • “thank u, next” – Ariana Grande
  • “This Is America” – Childish Gambino
  • “Youth” – Shawn Mendes and Khalid

Favorite Tour Photographer: (New Category) *Socially Voted Category

  • Andy DeLuca (5SOS)
  • Christian Tierney (Niall Horan)
  • Helene Pambrun (Harry Styles)
  • Josiah Van Dien (Shawn Mendes)
  • Pixie Levinson (Dua Lipa)
  • Rahul B (Camila Cabello)
  • Ravie B (Beyoncé)
  • Zack Caspary (Why Don’t We)

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