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As you already know, the iHeartRadio Music Awards are back and about to take over the scene with another year of killer performances, one-of-a-kind duets and, of course, must-see moments. On Tuesday (February 9), we announced all the nominees for the forthcoming show, which airs on Sunday (April 3) on TBS, TNT, and truTV at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. 

Among the honorees include some usual suspects like The WeekndTaylor Swift and Drake, but we decided to take a closer look at some of the categories, including Best New Artist. 

If you want to see just how iHeartRadio connects fans to their favorite artists, you can also snag tickets to the iHeartRadio Music Awards. The exclusive Capital One Cardholder pre-sale starts February 10 at 10 a.m. PST and runs through February 12 at 10 a.m. PST. Tickets to the general public sale begin February 13 at 10 a.m. PST, and will be available at 

best new artist

Here are your Best New Artist nominees for the 2016 iHeartRadio Music Awards: 

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Fetty Wap

The hip hop scene saw one MC splash on to the scene with nothing but praise from folks like Busta Rhymes and even Kanye West. Throw in a rap record that was friendly enough to crossover into the pop world, and you have yourself one hell of a Best New Artist nominee.



Hopping onto the scene with a song called "Take Me To Church" doesn't sound like a formula vetted for a successful music industry start, but Hozier proved folks wrong, and he's still reaping the benefits from the debut single, which was originally released back in 2013.

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Sam Hunt

There has been lots of movement in the male country game in the last year, and part of that success can be credited to Sam Hunt. In 2015, he was featured on a Carrie Underwood record, made some moves on the charts with "House Party" and even toured with Lady Antebellum.

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Shawn Mendes

Shawn Mendes went from Vine star to teen pop sensation with a little ol' hit called "Stitches," and we've got to hand it to him. He's earned his right next to some of the young pop fellas in the biz.

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Tove Lo

There's always a special place in pop for that rebellious starlet, who straddles the lines of sex and danger, and Tove Lo took the cake for that void in 2015.

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