The iHeart Radio Awards air LIVE on NBC on May 1st and I’ve discussed 3 categories so far: Best Lyrics. Hip Hop/R&B Song of the Year, and Best Collaboration. This week I will be talking about the bigger categories: Artist of the Year, Best New Artist, and Song of the Year. Today is all about Artist of the Year. Here were the 10 nominees:
- Bruno Mars
- Maroon 5
- Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
- Justin Timberlake
- Imagine Drag
- Katy Perry
- Taylor Swift
- Robin Thicke
Here are the 5 finalists:
Newcomers Macklemore & Ryan Lewis along with Imagine Dragons are in great company in this category. This category isn’t hard for me to choose a winner simply because I’m basing it off of domination in 2013. Rihanna was on the Diamonds World Tour majority of the year from her AMAZING 7th studio album, Unapologetic. That album spawned hits ‘Diamonds’, ‘Pour It Up’, and the ballad ‘Stay.’ Maroon 5’s lead Adam Levine might have been getting more attention than the group overall in 2013 due to his judging position on The Voice, but the group as a whole was not to be silenced in 2013. They had huge radio hits ‘Love Somebody’ and ‘Daylight’ from their 4th studio album, Overexposed. Then there was Mr. Surprise, yet not so much of a surprise comeback in Justin Timberlake. In 2013 he released both parts of The 20/20 Experience. Pt. 1 is definitely my favorite of the two. He’s had two smash hits ‘Suit & Tie’ and ‘Mirrors’ both of which are nominated in other categories.
Then there are the newcomers Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Imagine Dragons. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis became a household name after their hit debut song ‘Thrift Shop’ surged the radio airwaves. They followed that with ‘Can’t Hold Us’ and then topped it all off with the beautiful track ‘Same Love.’ This pair is the definition of hard work pays off being that they are independent. They are now independent Grammy winning artists. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are not to shadow over Imagine Dragons as they are a Grammy Winning group as well. This group also debuted with hits ‘Radioactive’, ‘It’s Time’, and ‘Demons.’ They also broke Billboard Hot 100 record with ‘Radioactive’ spending 77 weeks on the chart.
When it comes down to who to vote for it’s hard because each artist puts so much time and effort into their work and making music for their fans. It’s hard to say one artist was better than the other or that one artist worked harder than another. I’m basing my decision on DOMINATION in 2013 and my pick has to go to Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. I love the other 4 artists and Imagine Dragons has become one of my favorite bands, but as far as Artist of the Year based on 2013 it goes to Macklemore & Ryan Lewis for me.
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Check out my favorite songs from the 5 nominees below: