Morgan Wallen, Kelsea Ballerini Among iHeartRadio Music Awards Nominees

Morgan Wallen, Kelsea Ballerini, Luke Combs, Elle King and Kenny Chesney are among the nominees with multiple nominations at this year’s iHeartRadio Music Awards, set to air live from Los Angeles’ Dolby Theatre on March 27th on Fox, as well as on all iHeartMedia stations and the iHeartRadio app.

Here is the list of country nominees:

Best Duo/Group of the Year:

AJR
Black Eyed Peas
BLACKPINK
Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, Silk Sonic
Glass Animals
Imagine Dragons
Måneskin
OneRepublic
Parmalee
Red Hot Chili Peppers

Best Collaboration:

“Drunk (And I Don’t Wanna Go Home)” – Elle King & Miranda Lambert
“Cold Heart” – Elton John & Dua Lipa
“half of my hometown” – Kelsea Ballerini ft. Kenny Chesney
“I Like You (A Happier Song)” – Post Malone ft. Doja Cat
“INDUSTRY BABY” – Lil Nas X & Jack Harlow
“One Right Now” – Post Malone & The Weeknd
“Sweetest Pie” – Megan Thee Stallion & Dua Lipa
“Unholy” – Sam Smith & Kim Petras
“WAIT FOR U” – Future ft. Drake & Tems
“You Right” – Doja Cat ft. The Weeknd

Country Song of the Year:

“Buy Dirt” – Jordan Davis ft. Luke Bryan
“half of my hometown” – Kelsea Ballerini ft. Kenny Chesney
“She Had Me At Heads Carolina” – Cole Swindell
“The Kind of Love We Make” – Luke Combs
“Wasted On You” – Morgan Wallen

Country Artist of the Year:

Carrie Underwood
Jason Aldean
Kane Brown
Luke Combs
Morgan Wallen

Best New Country Artist:

Bailey Zimmerman
Cody Johnson
Elle King
Elvie Shane
Priscilla Block

Fan voting will determine the following categories: Best Lyrics, Best Music Video, Best Fan Army, the Social Star Award, Favorite Tour Photographer, TikTok Bop of the Year, Favorite Documentary, Favorite Tour Style, Favorite Residency and Favorite Use of a Sample. Social voting is already underway and will close on March 20th at 11:59pm PT for all categories. Fans can vote on Twitter using the appropriate category and nominee hashtags or by visiting iHeartRadio.com/awards.

Nominee Reaction

Kelsea Ballerini: “Music has taken me so many incredible places. It’s brought so many people into my life from pop, alternative and contemporary music, but singing with Kenny is going home. I love that people could hear what I heard. He was the only voice for ‘half of my hometown,’ and when he comes in, it’s just like hitting the Knoxville city limits.”

Kenny Chesney: “Post Malone? Dua Lipa? The Weeknd? Doja Cat? That is both amazing company and a testament to the truth a good song can contain. Remembering the way I felt driving down I-40 West, chasing the dream, I knew as soon as I heard that first chorus when Kelsea texted it to me that this song had every last drop of how much you miss where you’re from, but all the reasons you have to keep going. I love that iHeart recognized the power of that emotion and that song. It makes me wonder how many of the other nominees know just how ‘half of my hometown’ feels, too.”

Priscilla Block: “Y’all Not me over here there crying… I’m over the moon!! Thank you @iheartradio #iheartawards”

Elvie Shane: “Well hot damn! certainly didn’t see this nomination coming. Thank you for the love, @iheartradio!”