iHeartRadio Awards 2014 Nominees: Artist of the Year

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
  • RiHanna
  • Maroon 5
  • Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
  • Justin Timberlake
  • P!ink
  • Imagine Drag
  • Katy Perry
  • Taylor Swift
  • Robin Thicke

Here are the 5 finalists:

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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:

 

iHeartRadio Awards 2014 Nominees: Hip Hop/R&B Song of the Year

The iHeart Radio Awards will air May 1st LIVE on NBC and I’m back with another category to discuss. I first discussed Best Lyrics so be sure to check that out. This time around it’s Hip Hop/R&B Song of the Year. The top 10 were:

  • “Pour It Up” – Rihanna
  • “Power Trip” – J. Cole f/Miguel
  • “Started From The Bottom” – Drake
  • “I Luv This S**T” – August Alsina
  • “Crooked Smile” – J. Cole f/TLC
  • “Hold On We’re Going Home” – Drake f/Majid Jordan
  • “Blurred Lines” – Robin Thicke f/T.I. & Pharrell
  • “Bad” – Wale f/Tiara Thomas
  • “Holy Grail” – Jay-Z f/Justin Timberlake
  • “All Me” – Drake f/2 Chainz & Big Sean

Here are the final nominees:

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This category is an interesting one being that Drake was nominated TWICE! When it comes down to I think it’ll be Jay Z v. Drake and Drake will take the crown. The OVO fans are HEAVY and although the Rihanna’s NAVY is die heard I just think this category is in Drake’s favor. My pick would have to be Robin Thicke’s ‘Blurred Lines’. Not that I’m not a fan of the other 4 nominated songs it’s just that ‘Blurred Lines’ was everywhere and I can’t help but to still dance when the song comes on and it’s been like a year.

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Check out the finalist 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: