Shawn Mendes, Drake Lead Nominations for iHeartRadio MMVAs

The 2018 iHeartRadio MMVAs are right around the corner, and we couldn’t be more excited to see some of our favourite artists perform and present live. With every awards show comes artists being recognized for the work they’ve put into absolute masterpieces and the occasional twist that has the world talking for days.

At this year’s iHeartRadio MMVAs, hometown favourites (broadening it to the GTA) Shawn and Drake lead the pack with the highest number of nominations. Karena Evans, the director of Drake’s “Nice for What” and “God’s Plan” music videos is nominated twice in the category of “Best Director”.

As nervous as we are for the artists we’re rooting for, we’re expecting a night full of laughs, hosted by Awkwafina (Crazy Rich Asians, Oceans 8). 

Here’s a list of the nominations for the 2018 iHeartRadio MMVAs!

Video of the Year

“In My Blood” – Shawn Mendes

“Bad at Love” – Halsey

“1-800-273-8255” – Logic ft. Alessia Cara & Khalid

“God’s Plan” – Drake

“This is America” – Childish Gambino

“No Tears Left to Cry” – Ariana Grande

Best EDM/Dance Artist or Group

Sofi Tukker

Loud Luxury

Calvin Harris




Best Director

“In My Blood”, Shawn Mendes – Directed by Jay Martin

“God’s Plan”, Drake – Directed by Karena Evans

“Nice for What”, Drake – Directed by Karena Evans

“This is America”, Childish Gambino – Directed by Hiro Murai

“Say Something”, Justin Timberlake – Directed by Arturo Perez Jr.

“APESH**T”, The Carters – Directed by Didier Charette

Best Pop Artist or Group

Meghan Trainor

Shawn Mendes


Alessia Cara

Ed Sheeran

Camila Cabello

Best Rock/Alternative Artist or Group


Imagine Dragons

Portugal. The Man

Foo Fighters

Arcade Fire


Best Hip Hop Artist or Group

The Carters


Post Malone

Cardi B

Kendrick Lamar

Childish Gambino

Best New Canadian Artist

Elijah Woods x Jamie Fine

The Beaches

New City



Johnny Orlando

Artist of the Year


Camila Cabello

Ed Sheeran

Cardi B

Shawn Mendes

Post Malone

Song of the Summer

“Nice for What” – Drake

“Body” – Loud Luxury

“I Like It” – Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J. Palvin

“The Middle” – Zedd ft. Maren Morris & Grey

“FRIENDS” – Marshmello ft. Anne-Marie

“Meant to Be” – Bebe Rexha ft. Florida Georgia Line

Best Collaboration

“Pray For Me” – The Weekend and Kendrick Lamar

“Youth” – Shawn Mendes and Khalid

“Meant to Be” – Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line

“All The Stars” – Kendrick Lamar and SZA

“The Middle” – Zedd, Maren Morris, and Grey

“FRIENDS” – Marshmello and Anne-Marie

Fan Fave Video

“APES**T” – The Carters

“God’s Plan” – Drake

“In My Blood” – Shawn Mendes

“This Is America” – Childish Gambino

“1-800-273-8255” – Logic ft. Alessia Cara & Khalid

“Growing Pains” – Alessia Cara

Fan Fave Artist

Ed Sheeran

Shawn Mendes

Alessia Cara

Taylor Swift

Camila Cabello


Fan Fave Duo or Group

Imagine Dragons

Maroon 5


Sofi Tukker

The Chainsmokers

5 Seconds of Summer

Fan Fave Single

“In My Blood” – Shawn Mendes

“No Tears Left to Cry” – Ariana Grande

“Rockstar” – Post Malone ft. 21 Savage

“Wolves” – Selena Gomez ft. Marshmello

“Havana” – Camila Cabello

“Perfect” – Ed Sheeran

Fan Fave New Artist

Why Don’t We

Hayley Kiyoko

Kris Wu

Cardi B

Billie Eilish

Dua Lipa

Fan Fave Much Creator

Candace Leca

The Baker Twins (Shannon Baker & Shauna Baker)

The Mike on Much Podcast (Mike Veerman, Max Kerman & Shane Cunningham)

Sneakertalk (Christian Cantelon)

Jaclyn Forbes


Fans can cast one vote daily for this year’s “Fan Fave” categories here.

What are your predictions for the iHeartRadio MMVAs? Are your favourite artists nominated? Let us know by tweeting us at @CelebMix.

Written by Kath Jiang

Western University grad, music lover, and pizza enthusiast from Toronto.

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