The iHeartRadio Music Awards return in March and take place live from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, celebrating the most played artists and songs this year on iHeartRadio stations and the iHeartRadio app – everything fans have been listening to.
The show will include recognizing some of country music’s biggest stars in a few major categories – and naming the industry’s top newcomer. The Best New Country Artist presented by Stifel, a nod to the “Journey to Success”, includes several up-and-coming nominees fans need to know about: Lainey Wilson, Niko Moon, Parker McCollum, Ryan Hurd and Tentilled Arts.
Fans can tune in to watch the 2022 iHeartRadio Music Awards on Tuesday, March 22 on FOX from 8-10 p.m. ET (PT Delayed). The show will also air on iHeartMedia radio stations across the country and on the iHeartRadio app.
Meet each of the nominees below. Check out all the country artists nominated for the iHeartRadio Music Awards here, and see the full list of nominees across all genres here.
Wilson was an iHeartRadio “On The Verge” artist when she released her debut album last year. say what i think is a 12-track project that includes his single “Things A Man Oughta Know”. Wilson is also among several artists featured in the new American Currents: State of Music exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, Tennessee. The exhibit showcases the biggest artists and events “that shaped the genre” in the last year, and Wilson said seeing the exhibit “kicked me in the ass to do what I have to do. to make sure it ends up in that showcase for a lifetime.”
Anyone trying to catch a “Good Time” probably already knows Niko Moon, a Georgian whose genre music draws inspiration from both traditional country and Atlanta-infused hip-hop. “If my life had to have a sound, this is it,” Moon said of “Good Time” in a statement shared on his website. “The way I think bass and drums is Atlanta, and everything above is Douglasville [his hometown]. …I’m 100% a country artist, and I’m going to be a country artist. I love feeling that punch in the chest, and that’s what I love about Atlanta.
The Texas singer has recorded major hits, including “Pretty Heart” and “To Be Loved By You.” McCollum knows the kind of artist he is and the success he hopes to achieve, saying in a statement: “I want to have Luke Bryan hit, sing Chris Knight-caliber songs. To have longevity, you can’t sacrifice integrity to get on the radio. People know the difference, look Willy (Nelson)Look (George) Detroit. I knew I could do Texas and never leave, Where come to Nashville and do the pop-country thing. My goal is to ride in the middle.
Long-time songwriter Hurd released his 15-track debut album Pelago in October 2021. The collection includes fan favorites like “What Are You Drinking”, “Pass It On”, “June, July, August” and “Chasing After You”, Hurd’s hit duet with his wife, colleague singer-songwriter Maren Morris, to whom he credits the creation of his entire album. “It’s been a journey,” Hurd said on the day of her album’s release. “I hope you like it as much as I do.”
Arts celebrated her first No. 1 single with her all-female story “Somebody Like That” on her 12-track album, Love, heartache and everything else, notes its website. The Weyburn, Saskatchewan-born singer was recently named one of the nation’s next women and embarked on the ‘What A Song Can Do’ tour with Lady A, Carly Pearce and Niko Moon.