iHeartRadio Music Awards + BigChampagne Emerging Artists!

Over the years we have had a lot of fun working with our friends at iHeartRadio and the entire radio community on the airwaves and online. We LOVE when data delivers us a fresh Emerging Artist to track and watch develop…and when they blow up we get all warm and fuzzy. When these two things intersect…perfection!

The 2017 iHeartRadio Music Awards are this Sunday, March 5th and there are a whole bunch of Emerging Artists Ultimate Chart acts nominated. Here’s a rundown so you’re ready for the big night!

Desiigner took over 2016 with his breakout track, Panda, which is nominated for Hip-Hop Song of the Year, and made very quick work of the “emerging” stage of his career. He gradated the Emerging Artists chart by Debuting on Ultimate 100 Artists on March 31st, 2016.

Panda is STILL on Ultimate 100 Songs after living in the Top 5 from April into July. Desiigner was also nominated for Best New Hip-Hop Artist and is in the race for Hip-Hop Artist of the Year with heavyweights DJ Khaled, Drake, Future, and J. Cole!

Canadian act The Strumbellas have already been named the Best New Rock/Alternative Rock Artist and will vie for the overall Best New Artist. They are also up for Alternative Rock Artist of the Year against the likes of blink-182, Cage the Elephant, Coldplay, and twenty one pilots!

The Stumbellas were on our radar for a while and Debuted on the Emerging Artists chart on February 11th, 2016, blew us (and everyone else) away at South by Southwest, and earned a spot as the April Emerging Artist of the Month.

Now get ready for this: though they didn’t win their respective genre categories, we have NINE other current or former Emerging Artists that were nominated for Best New Artist!

Belly – Peaked at #2 in February 2016

Chris Lane August 2016 Emerging Artist of the Month, Graduated on February 2nd, 2016

Daya – Graduated on January 14th, 2016 (and The Chainsmokers’ Don’t Let Me Down, on which she is featured, is up for the socially voted Best Collaboration)

D.R.A.M. – Graduated on August 18th, 2016

Dreezy – Made it to #1 multiple times in Spring/Summer 2016

iAmChino – Peaked at #9 in November & December 2016

Kaleo – Graduated on June 23rd, 2016

Kent Jones – Graduated on June 2nd, 2016

Ro James –  Currently #22

Finally, we have a category that really vibes well with the Emerging Artists chart: the socially voted Best Underground Alternative Band. Our September 2015 Emerging Artist of the Month, PVRIS (don’t say we didn’t warn you!), and the February 2017 Emerging Artist of the Month, Hey Violet (how’s that for for timing?), are both nominated!

We cannot wait for the big show on Sunday night! Best of luck to all of the nominees, including the mega-stars, and congrats on the well-deserved nominations across the board. Then it will be back to the airwaves and the charts to see what 2017 brings!


Want to discover even MORE up-and-coming acts? Check out the Emerging Artists Chart!