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The Weeknd Leads 2021 iHeartRadio Music Awards Nominees

It’s that time of year again. The iHeartRadio Music Awards will take place and air live from The Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on May 27, 2021.

The nominations, announced on April 7th, have revealed that The Weeknd is the top nominee for this year with artists Roddy Ricch and Megan Thee Stallion not far behind.

The “Blinding Lights” singer has eight nominations including male artist of the year and song of the year. He competes with other popular artists such as Post Malone, Justin Bieber and Harry Styles when it comes to artist of the year.

Megan Thee Stallion and Roddy Ricch are nominated for seven awards, trailing just one nomination behind The Weeknd. The “Savage” rapper will be competing for female artist of the year alongside Ariana Grande, Billie Eilish, Dua Lipa and Taylor Swift.

“Blinding Lights” is nominated for Song of the Year as well as Post Malone’s “Circles,” Dua Lipa’s “Don’t Start Now,” “Rockstar” by DaBaby featuring Roddy Ricch, and Harry Styles’ “Watermelon Sugar.”

This awards show is an exception to the virtual events held in the past year due to the global pandemic. Last year, the 2020 iHeartRadio awards had to be cancelled and the winners were announced online as well as on the radio.

Countless other artists have received multiple nominations including Ariana Grande, Bad Bunny, Beyoncé, Billie Eilish, BTS, Cardi B, DaBaby, Doja Cat, Drake, Dua Lipa, H.E.R., J Balvin, Justin Bieber, KAROL G, Lady Gaga, Luke Combs, Maluma, Post Malone, Shawn Mendes, Summer Walker, Taylor Swift and so many more.

Fans are given the opportunity to vote in several categories such as Best Fan Army, Best Lyrics, Best Music Video, brand new TikTok Bop of the Year Award and more! Voting ends ends May 19 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

“We couldn’t be more excited for this year’s iHeartRadio Music Awards. This year’s awards will be a can’t-miss music event. We are looking forward to celebrating these top artists and their accomplishments, especially after a year that brought unprecedented challenges to the music industry and live events,” iHeartMedia chief programming officer, Tom Poleman, said.

The 2021 iHeartRadio Music Awards is planned to air May 27th from 8-10 p.m. ET and PT on Fox as well as on iHeartMedia radio stations and on the iHeartRadio app.

For a full list of nominations and more information, click here.

Written by Alessandra

Alessandra is a music journalist from New York who loves to speak and write about music of all different genres. She has interviewed artists such as Alesso, Surf Mesa, and Neon Trees.