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Luke Bryan, Cole Swindell Lead iHeartRadio Awards’ Country Nominees

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Thomas Rhett, Luke Bryan and Cole Swindell are bringing the twang to the iHeartRadio Music Awards this year. The trio lead the pack of country nominees with a three-way tie in nominations.

Nominees were announced Wednesday morning, and country artists made a strong showing in the all-genre categories, in addition to the genre-specific awards.

Luke Bryan scored two nominations in Country Artist of the Year and the all-genre Male Artist of the Year categories. Thomas Rhett received nods for Country Song of the Year and Country Artist of the Year. Meanwhile, Cole Swindell’s “You Should Be Here” is up for Country Song of the Year and the all-genre Best Lyrics category. The Best Lyrics category, which also includes Blake Shelton’s “Came Here To Forget,” will be decided by fans voting on social media.

Florida Georgia Line also scored a nod outside of the country categories with a nomination for the all-genre Best Duo/Group of the Year award.

Click here to vote for the Best Lyrics category, then tune into the 2017 iHeartRadio Music Awards on March 5 at 8 p.m. ET on TNT, TBS and TruTV.

2017 iHeartRadio Music Awards Country Nominees

Male Artist of the Year
Luke Bryan
Drake
Justin Bieber
Shawn Mendes
The Weeknd

Best Duo/Group of the Year
Florida Georgia Line
Coldplay
DNCE
The Chainsmokers
twenty one pilots 

Country Song of the Year
“Church Bells” – Carrie Underwood
“Snapback” – Old Dominion
“Somewhere On A Beach” – Dierks Bentley
“T-Shirt” – Thomas Rhett
“You Should Be Here” – Cole Swindell

Country Artist of the Year
Carrie Underwood
Jason Aldean
Keith Urban
Luke Bryan
Thomas Rhett 

Best New Country Artist
Chris Lane
Chris Stapleton
Granger Smith
Kelsea Ballerini
Maren Morris

Best Lyrics (Socially Voted Category)
“You Should Be Here” – Cole Swindell
“Came Here to Forget” – Blake Shelton
“Cheap Thrills” – Sia featuring Sean Paul
“Closer” – The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey
“Heathens” – twenty one pilots
“Love Yourself” – Justin Bieber
“Scars To Your Beautiful” – Alessia Cara
“Send My Love (To Your New Lover)” – Adele
“Too Good” – Drake featuring Rihanna
“7 Years” – Lukas Graham

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