We at iHeartRadio told you that we have been working on something big. An event for the music diehards like you… and us. We're making history again, and it's finally time to let you in on what we've been up to!
On Thursday, May 1st, NBC will air the first-ever iHeartRadio Music Awards -- an awards show where fans honor artists -- live from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. The iHeartRadio Music Awards will showcase the biggest artists and songs of the year and feature live performances, never-before-seen collaborations, celebrity guest appearances and live award presentations -- and the best part is the fans are in control of who wins! Real awards from the iHeartRadio Chart, determined by how many times you've thumbed up your favorite songs, created your own stations, used Shazam to discover music, and posted about your favorite artists on Facebook and Twitter.
Today's announcement also includes the introduction of the iHeartRadio Countdown, a new two-hour weekly program that highlights the top 20 songs on the iHeartRadio Chart. The new show will be co-hosted each week by a major artist and iHeartRadio's own Romeo on the Radio.
"What's unique about the iHeartRadio chart, Countdown and Awards is that all three are squarely focused on what the listener wants," said Tom Poleman, President of National Programming Platforms for Clear Channel Media and Entertainment in a statement. "For the first time these three interconnected programs have shifted the power of how we measure an artist's success -- and in turn what's heard on the radio and celebrated with awards -- to the critically important listener."
The show will feature 13 different award categories across all genres of music, including Artist of the Year, Best New Artist, Song of the Year, Country Song of the Year, EDM Song of the Year, Hip Hop/R&B Song of the Year, Alt Rock Song of the Year, Best Lyrics, Best Collaboration and more. Each voting category initially features 10 nominees – listeners will then narrow down to five finalists during a four-week period, with the finalists to be announced during a one-hour special live event on March 26, 2014 at the iHeartRadio Theater in Los Angeles. Fans will then vote over the next several weeks, to determine the winners in each category.
"With a reach of more than 240 million people every month, Clear Channel has an unparalleled ability to identify and track the biggest artists and songs in the country," said John Sykes, President of Entertainment Enterprises for Clear Channel in a statement“The iHeartRadio Music Awards will be the first awards show in history to reflect America’s favorite music, and which is truly powered by the people."
The iHeartRadio Music Awards air live from Los Angeles May 1st on NBC. The show, which will feature performances from other Los Angeles venues, will also broadcast and stream live across all participating Clear Channel radio stations and their websites, and on iHeartRadio.
Want to be a part of the show and decide who walks away with awards? GO HERE to vote! It's all up to you!
Listen to the big announcement from Ryan Seacrest below.