Despite his origins as a teenage pop star more than 10 years ago, Justin Bieber remains at the forefront of pop music. Take all the shots you want, but the man’s got talent. The latest proof of those chops is Biebs’ total nine nominations for iHeartRadio Music Award nominations in 2022, including being up for Male Artist of the Year.
The national streaming event released its annual nominees last week, with singer-songwriter and actress Olivia Rodrigo following close behind Bieber with eight nominations, including the nomination for Female Artist of the Year.
The iHeartRadio Music Awards annually celebrate the most played songs and artists on iHeartRadio stations and the iHeartRadio app. The free iHeart app is available on over 200 platforms, including web, iOS, Android, Alexa, automobiles, and more. The organization has been co-hosting its own awards show since 2014, when the app was purchased by Clear Channel Communications. First hosted in conjunction with NBC, the show moved to TNT and TBS before landing on Fox in 2019, 2021 and 2022.
Bieber is competing with former winners Drake, Ed Sheeran, Lil Nas X and The Weeknd for male entertainer of the year. He also takes on Rodrigo in what is shaping up to be a hotly contested race for song of the year. Bieber has two songs in the category — “Peaches,” featuring Daniel Caesar and Giveon and “Stay” featuring The Kid LAROI — which faces Rodrigo’s “Drivers License,” Lil Nas’ “Montero (Call Me by Your Name)” X, Ariana Grande “Positions”, “Kiss Me More” by Doja Cat and SZA, “Bad Habits” by Ed Sheeran, “Easy on Me” by Adele, “Leave the Door Open” by Silk Sonic and “Levitating” by Dua Lipa.
Rodrigo competes against several of these artists for Female Artist of the Year, including Grande, Lipa, Doja Cat and Taylor Swift, who leads all artists with a total of 12 iHeartRadio Music Awards.
“The 2022 iHeartRadio Music Awards will once again celebrate the great artists and songs we’ve featured on iHeartRadio stations over the past year,” said Tom Poleman, president and chief programming officer of iHeartMedia, in a statement. Press release. “We look forward to celebrating the year in music with iconic performances and never-before-seen collaborations.”
Fans will also be able to participate directly this year as iHeartRadio has added two new categories – TikTok Songwriter of the Year and Best Comeback Album – both of which will be voted on by fans. Voting began on January 27 and will end on March 15 at 11:59 p.m. PST for all categories. Fans can vote on Twitter using the appropriate category and nominee hashtags or by visiting iHeartRadio.com/awards.
Vote for our 2022 #iHeartAwards is officially open! 🤩🎶💕
Vote for all your favorites on Twitter using hashtags & also vote for https://t.co/aPueslpaIw
—iHeartRadio (@iHeartRadio) January 27, 2022
The two-hour show is scheduled to air at 8 p.m. EST on March 22 on Fox from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Viewers can also listen to the show on national iHeartMedia radio stations.
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