iHeartRadio Music Awards Best New Alternative Artists: See the Nominees

the iHeartRadio Music Awards return live March 22 from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, celebrating this year’s most-played artists and songs on iHeartRadio stations and the iHeartRadio app — everything fans have been listening to.

Although the Alternative Artist of the Year nominees are probably names you know – all the time low, Billie Eilish, imagine Dragons, Machine Gun Kelly and twenty one pilots – those in the running for Best New Alternative Artist Presented by Stifel are names you will surely remember as they are the rising stars of the genre.

Keep reading to learn more about guns, Clairo, girl in red, Maneskin and WILLOWand check out the full list of 2022 iHeartRadio Music Awards nominees here.


The Cannons have been winning over fans in their hometown of Los Angeles since 2013, but it was last year that the electropop trio really broke out. Their single “Fire For You” released in 2019 Shadows received tons of airplay and even reached #1 on the Alternative Airplay chart. They plan to release their third studio album, Fever dreamson March 25 — three days after the 2022 iHeartRadio Music Awards — and are currently touring North America.


Clairo, born Claire Elizabeth Cottrill, has been sharing music on the internet since she was 13 years old. Ten years later, the singer-songwriter has two complete albums to his credit and is headlining (and sold) shows all over the world. She’s also performed at some pretty prestigious festivals like Lollapalooza and Coachella, and she’s just getting started.

girl in red

Girl in Red’s 2021 hit “Serotonin” has attracted famous fans to like Taylor Swift and Billie Eilish (the latter’s brother FINISHED produced it), but the Norwegian singer-songwriter found success years before the world fell in love with the song. Her 2017 single “I Wanna Be Your Girlfriend” was certified Gold by the RIAA and “We Fell In Love In October” went Platinum. She is currently touring North America and plans to open for Eilish at a show in London on June 26.


Måneskin’s journey to success has been so exponential that he surprised even the band members. After winning Eurovision less than a year ago, the Italian rockers’ cover of the Four Seasons’ “Beggin'” went platinum and exploded onto the alternative and pop charts (Måneskin is also nominated for an iHeartRadio Music Award in the Best New Pop Artist category ). Their singles “Mammamia” and “I Wanna Be Your Slave” also rose on the charts and landed the group their first appearance on Saturday Night Live and a spot on this year’s iHeartRadio ALTer EGO, where they unsurprisingly killed.