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Luke Combs, Cody Johnson and Bailey Zimmerman Among 2023 iHeartRadio Music Award Nominees

January 11, 2023 4:43 pm GMT
Last Edited June 6, 2023 5:15 pm GMT

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The nominations for the 2023 iHeartRadio Radio Music Awards are in! Luke Combs and Morgan Wallen receive a number of nods, while Cody Johnson, Bailey Zimmerman, Kelsea Ballerini and Kenny Chesney also feature in this year's list of nominees.

Luke Combs and Morgan Wallen lead the way with nominations for Country Song of the Year and Country Artist of the Year, while Wallen also features in the category for Best Lyrics, for 2022's fiery heartbreak anthem, ‘Wasted On You’.

Luke Combs will be happy to see that his official photographer, David Bergman, has been nominated for the socially voted category of Favorite Tour Photographer.

Bailey Zimmerman and Cody Johnson both receive nominations for Best New Country Artist, while Zimmerman has also been nominated for Social Star Award, in recognition of the immense popularity that the Louisville native continues to enjoy on Tik Tok.

Carrie Underwood receives a slew of nominations, with the Denim & Rhinestones star being named in the categories for Country Artist of the Year, Favorite Tour Style and Favorite Residency.

Jordan Davis and Luke Bryan's wistful, philosophical collaboration, ‘Buy Dirt’, also picks up a couple of nominations for Country Song of the Year and Best Lyrics.

Another high-profile collaboration being recognised by iHeartRadio is Kelsea Ballerini and Kenny Chesney's nostalgic, Knoxville-inspired track, ‘half of my hometown’.

The nomination provides an added boost ahead of the duo heading out on the road for Chesney's I Go Back tour, which kicks off in March in Pennsylvania.

Country icons, Shania Twain and Sheryl Crow, receive nods for their respective documentaries, while Shania also picks up a nomination in the Favorite Residency category for her ‘Let's Go!’ Las Vegas shows.

Country music's contingent of nominees also includes Elle King, Miranda Lambert, Cole Swindell, Jason Aldean, Kane Brown, Elvie Shane and Priscilla Block.

For the full list of country nominees for the 2023 iHeartRadio Music Awards, see below:

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 (WINNER)

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 (WINNER)

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 (WINNER)

Best New Country Artist

Bailey Zimmerman

Cody Johnson (WINNER)

Elle King

Elvie Shane

Priscilla Block

Best Lyrics

About Damn Time - Lizzo

abcdefu - GAYLE

Anti-Hero - Taylor Swift (WINNER)

Buy Dirt - Jordan Davis ft. Luke Bryan

Glimpse Of Us - Joji

Lift Me Up - Rihanna

N95 - Kendrick Lamar

pushin P - Gunna ft. Future, Young Thug

Super Freaky Girl - Nicki Minaj

Wasted On You - Morgan Wallen

We Don't Talk About Bruno - Lin-Manuel Miranda & The Cast of Encanto

Social Star Award

Bailey Zimmerman

Charli D'Amelio

Em Beihold




Lauren Spencer-Smith

Yung Gravy

Favorite Tour Photographer


Demi Lovato – Angelo Kritikos

Dua Lipa – Elizabeth Miranda

Halsey – Yasi

Harry Styles – Lloyd Wakefield (WINNER)

Louis Tomlinson – Joshua Halling

Luke Combs – David Bergman

Machine Gun Kelly – Sam Cahill

Olivia Rodrigo – DONSLENS

Post Malone – Adam DeGross

twenty one pilots – Ashley Osborn

YUNGBLUD – Tom Pallant

Favorite Documentary

Halftime - Jennifer Lopez

Life in Pink - Machine Gun Kelly

Love, Lizzo - Lizzo

Niall Horan’s Homecoming: The Road to Mullingar with Lewis Capaldi - Niall Horan & Lewis Capaldi

Selena Gomez: My Mind & Me - Selena Gomez (WINNER)

Shania Twain: Not Just a Girl - Shania Twain

Sheryl - Sheryl Crow

Untrapped: The Story of Lil Baby - Lil Baby

Favorite Tour Style

Bad Bunny

Carrie Underwood

Dua Lipa

Elton John

Harry Styles (WINNER)

Lady Gaga

Lil Nas X


Machine Gun Kelly

Olivia Rodrigo


The Weeknd

Favorite Residency

An Evening with Silk Sonic - Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, Silk Sonic

Enigma + Jazz & Piano - Lady Gaga

Let's Go! - Shania Twain

Love In Las Vegas - John Legend

Love On Tour - Harry Styles (WINNER)

Play - Katy Perry

REFLECTION: The Las Vegas Residency - Carrie Underwood

Usher: My Way - The Last Vegas Residency - Usher

Weekends with Adele - Adele

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