iHeartRadio Awards 2014 Nominees: Best New Artist

This is my last post of the iHeart Radio Awards Nominees. I’ve discussed 6/10 categories: Best Lyrics, Hip Hop/R&B Song of the Year, Best Collaboration, Artist of the Year, and Song of the Year. This category is Best New Artist and unlike the other categories it has 6 finalists.

Here were the 10 nominees:

  • Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
  • Imagine Dragons
  • Florida Georgia Line
  • Lumineers
  • Lorde
  • Zedd
  • Capital Cities
  • Kendrick Lamar
  • Icona Pop
  • Passenger

Here are the 6 finalists:

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I’ve discussed Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Imagine Dragons in my Artist of the Year post, but for them to be nominated in both BIG categories they’re a big deal. Florida Georgia Line and Passenger are two artists that I have not listened to at all, but of course I’ve done my research and know about their work. Florida Georgia Line’s debut album, Here’s to the Good Times has reached platinum in both the U.S. and Canada and is close to being double platinum with 1.7 million+ copies sold thus far. The album has spawned the hit ‘Cruise’ as well as others. ‘Cruise’ has gone 6x platinum in the U.S. and 2x platinum in Canada. ‘Cruise’ also made the top 10 of  Billboard’s Hot 100 list for 2013. Passenger’s ‘Let Her Go’ also ranked top 10 on that list as well. The track is his 4th studio album, but his first major label project titled, All of the Little Lights. The album has been certified Platinum in 2 countries and Gold in 3.

Now for the ladies nominated in this category. Lorde took over the airwaves this past summer with her hit ‘Royals’ from her debut album, Pure Heroine,  which has hit the 1 million mark. In addition to ‘Royals’ she’s now rotating the airwaves with her second single, ‘Team.’Then there’s Icona Pop. Their smash, ‘I Love It’ has been certified platinum in 8 countries and landed in at #28 for Billboard’s Hot 100 year end chart.

Similar to that of Artist of the Year I’m going to base my pick off domination. As much sense as it makes to choose Macklemore & Ryan Lewis again I would choose Lorde for this category. She was dominating based off ONE TRACK, ‘Royals.”Team’ wasn’t even put out at the time. She was KILLING the airwaves with one song and that is to not go unnoticed. Lorde gets my vote for Best New Artist.

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Check out the HITS from the nominees below:

iHeartRadio Awards 2014 Nominees: Best Lyrics

The iHeart Radio Awards will be aired for the first time May 1st LIVE on NBC. I’ve been wanting to talk about my picks for the categories and since the show is one month away I’ve decided to break down my picks. I do not do this for many award shows, but since this is controlled by the fans I’ve decided to put up the categories I’ll be voting on, break down the finalist nominees, and state my pick.

First up the category that I’m most interested in, Best Lyrics. The 10 nominees before being narrowed down were: Blake Shelton – ‘Mine Would Be You’, Miley Cyrus – ‘Wrecking Ball’, J. Cole – ‘Crooked Smile’, Lorde – ‘Royals’, P!nk/Nate Ruess – ‘Just Give Me a Reason’, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – ‘Same Love’, A Great Big World -‘Say Something’, Icona Pop – ‘I Love It’, Imagine Dragons – ‘Demons’, and Avicii – ‘Wake Me Up.’

The five that I wanted were: ‘Wrecking Ball’, ‘Just Give Me a Reason’, “Same Love’, ‘Say Something’, and ‘Wake Me Up.’ Here are the FINALISTS:

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This is a great list of songs for the finalists. You have the makeup to breakup songs ‘Wrecking Ball, ‘Say Something’, and ‘I Love It.’ ‘I Love It’ is just a fun song that just shows the fun way of getting over a breakup and then you listen to Miley or a Great Big World and you’re back in your feelings. Then there’s Avicii’s ‘Wake Me Up’ which is empowering and the mega and emotional hit from Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, ‘Same Love.’

I love the lyrics of the rest of the songs and my vote comes down to Miley Cyrus’ ‘Wrecking Ball’ versus A Great Big World’s ‘Say Something.’ Between the two I’d have to pick ‘Say Something.’ Lyrically it’s an amazing song and is my favorite out of the 5 nominees. This category is a tough one, but ultimately (fan wise) Macklemore & Ryan Lewis might take the cake. Airplay wise it comes down to Avicii v. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. Personally, I’m still rooting for ‘Say Something.’

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Listen to the five nominees below:

Katy Perry Prismatic North American Tour Dates

Katy Perry has already announced the dates for her international tour for her album, Prism, which will feature Icona Pop and now the North American dates are out. The tour will start internationally on May 7th and hits the states on June 22nd on Raleigh (NC) and hit 46 cities in a span of 4 months. Kacey Musgraves, Tegan & Sara, and Capital Cities will serve as opening acts for different locations.

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Head over to Billboard for the official tour dates and who will be appearing where for the opening act.