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iheartradio music award nominations spark outrage after recognizing dr luke for top producer

The iHeartRadio Music Awards are facing criticism after nominating Dr. Luke for Producer Of The Year. 

Music fans were shocked to learn that the controversial producer received a nod, flocking to Twitter to express their disgust and dismay at the awards for recognizing the accused rapist, full name Lukasz Sebastian Gottwald.

Though seeing the musician’s name on the nom list was a surprise to some, Luke has been hiding in plain sight this awards cycle, using the pseudonym Tyson Trax in the credits for the Doja Cat charttopper Say So, which he produced and co-wrote. 

Dr. Luke earned his first Grammy nom in seven years under the moniker, which he also used to release last year’s Billboard hits Tap In by Saweetie and Wishing Well by the late rapper Juice WRLD.

Outrage: The iHeartRadio Music Awards are facing backlash after nominating controversial songwriter and accused rapist Dr. Luke for Producer Of The Year. He's seen in April 2014 above

Outrage: The iHeartRadio Music Awards are facing backlash after nominating controversial songwriter and accused rapist Dr. Luke for Producer Of The Year. He's seen in April 2014 above

Outrage: The iHeartRadio Music Awards are facing backlash after nominating controversial songwriter and accused rapist Dr. Luke for Producer Of The Year. He’s seen in April 2014 above

Many fans reacted to the iHeartRadio Music Awards nomination under a tweet about the controversy from entertainment blog PopCrave. 

‘He’s disgusting,’ wrote one pop connoisseur while several more tweeted ‘#FreeKesha,’ referring to the singer’s fight to be released from her contract with Gottwald, who she has accused of emotional abuse and sexual assault. 

Others suggested alternatives for Luke like Taylor Swift bestie Jack Antonoff or Ariana Grande favorite Max Martin.

‘Jack Antonoff was right there to nominate,’ one fan wrote of the Bleachers frontman’s snub.

‘Kinda produced one of the best performing albums of 2020 that got a lot of critical acclaim, like that would’ve been such an easy choice, but no, they had to pick the r*pist.’ 

One tweeter joked about the award’s value, writing: What can you expect of an awards show that has “best TikTok bop” as a category.’

‘How about the girls stop collabin with him,’ one more fan suggested, to which another noted: ‘Xtina collaborated with him on a song for bionic (2010) but she didn’t release it. 

Vocal response: Music fans were shocked to learn that the controversial producer received a nod, flocking to Twitter to express their disgust and dismay at the awards

Vocal response: Music fans were shocked to learn that the controversial producer received a nod, flocking to Twitter to express their disgust and dismay at the awards

Vocal response: Music fans were shocked to learn that the controversial producer received a nod, flocking to Twitter to express their disgust and dismay at the awards

It's not an Oscar... One tweeter joked about the award's value, writing What can you expect of an awards show that has "best TikTok bop" as a category'

It's not an Oscar... One tweeter joked about the award's value, writing What can you expect of an awards show that has "best TikTok bop" as a category'

It’s not an Oscar… One tweeter joked about the award’s value, writing What can you expect of an awards show that has “best TikTok bop” as a category’

‘Then in 201r [sic] she recorded R. City’s Make Up but once again she backed out. Maybe because of his sexual harassment case.’ 

Luke has been locked in a bitter legal battle with former collaborator Kesha for years, suing her for defamation in 2014 after she accused him of sexual assault and emotional abuse.

He has repeatedly denied Kesha’s rape claims and the defamation case is still ongoing.

On her part, the Praying artist sued her former producer for infliction of emotional distress and gender-based hate crimes.

Fans haven’t been the only ones slamming awards shows for featuring Luke. 

Fighter: 'He's disgusting,' wrote one pop connoisseur while several more tweeted '#FreeKesha,' referring to the singer's fight to be released from her contract with Gottwald, who she has accused of emotional abuse and sexual assault. She's seen January 2020 above

Fighter: 'He's disgusting,' wrote one pop connoisseur while several more tweeted '#FreeKesha,' referring to the singer's fight to be released from her contract with Gottwald, who she has accused of emotional abuse and sexual assault. She's seen January 2020 above

Fighter: ‘He’s disgusting,’ wrote one pop connoisseur while several more tweeted ‘#FreeKesha,’ referring to the singer’s fight to be released from her contract with Gottwald, who she has accused of emotional abuse and sexual assault. She’s seen January 2020 above

Fiona Apple spoke out in support of Kesha last month, slamming the Recording Academy in a recent interview with The Guardian.

Earlier this year, a New York judge ruled that Kesha defamed Dr. Luke with past text message to Lady Gaga, claiming he raped Katy Perry.

Kesha was ordered to pay $374K in late royalty payments in February, but her legal team said they planned to immediately appeal.

A number of high-profile artists — including Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, Adele and Kelly Clarkson — have come out in support of the singer.

Kesha’s 2017 Grammy-nominated album Rainbow had many tracks that directly commented on her trauma, including the beautiful songs Learn To Let Go and Praying. 

iHeartRadio Music Awards 2021 nominees

Song of the Year

Blinding Lights – The Weeknd

Circles – Post Malone

Don’t Start Now – Dua Lipa

ROCKSTAR – DaBaby featuring Roddy Ricch

Watermelon Sugar – Harry Styles

Male Artist of the Year

Harry Styles

Justin Bieber

Post Malone

Roddy Ricch

The Weeknd

 

Best Collaboration

Go Crazy – Chris Brown & Young Thug

Holy – Justin Bieber featuring Chance the Rapper

I Hope – Gabby Barrett featuring Charlie Puth

Mood – 24kGoldn featuring iann dior

Savage (Remix) – Megan Thee Stallion featuring Beyoncé

Alternative Rock Song of the Year

Bang! – AJR

Bloody Valentine – Machine Gun Kelly

everything i wanted – Billie Eilish

Level Of Concern – twenty one pilots

Monsters – All Time Low featuring blackbear
  

Best New Rock/Alternative Rock Artist

Ashe

Dayglow

Powfu

Royal & The Serpent

Wallows

 

Rock Artist of the Year

AC/DC

Five Finger Death Punch

Ozzy Osbourne

Shinedown

The Pretty Reckless

 

Country Artist of the Year

Blake Shelton

Luke Bryan

Luke Combs

Maren Morris

Thomas Rhett
 

Dance Artist of the Year

Anabel Englund

Diplo

Marshmello

Surf Mesa

Tiësto

 

Hip-Hop Song of the Year

High Fashion – Roddy Ricch featuring Mustard

Life Is Good – Future featuring Drake

ROCKSTAR – DaBaby featuring Roddy Ricch

Savage (Remix) – Megan Thee Stallion featuring Beyoncé The Box – Roddy Ricch

  

R&B Song of the Year

B.S. – Jhené Aiko featuring H.E.R.

Go Crazy – Chris Brown & Young Thug

Heat Chris Brown featuring Gunna

Playing Games – Summer Walker

Slide – H.E.R. featuring YG

Best New R&B Artist

Chloe x Halle

Lonr.Mahalia

Skip Marley

Snoh Aalegra

Latin Pop/Reggaeton Artist of the Year

Bad Bunny

J Balvin

KAROL G

Maluma

Ozuna

Regional Mexican Song of the Year

Palabra De Hombre – El Fantasma

Se Me Olvidó – Christian Nodal

Sólo Tú – Calibre 50

Te Volvería A Elegir – Calibre 50

Yo Ya No Vuelvo Contigo – Lenin Ramírez featuring Grupo Firme  

 

Producer of the Year

Andrew Watt

Dr Luke

Frank Dukes

Louis Bell

Max Martin

Best Lyrics

Adore You – Harry Styles

Before You Go – Lewis Capaldi

Blinding Lights – The Weeknd

cardigan – Taylor Swift

Don’t Start Now – Dua Lipa

everything i wanted – Billie Eilish

I Hope – Gabby Barrett featuring Charlie Puth

If The World Was Ending – JP Saxe featuring Julia Michaels

Intentions – Justin Bieber featuring Quavo

Life Is Good – Future featuring Drake

Best Fan Army

#Agnation – Agnez Mo

#Arianators – Ariana Grande

#Beliebers – Justin Bieber

#BLINK – BLACKPINK

#BTSARMY – BTS

#Harries – Harry Styles

#Limelights – Why Don’t We

#Louies – Louis Tomlinson

#MendesArmy – Shawn Mendes

#NCTzens – NCT 127

#Selenators – Selena Gomez

#Swifties – Taylor Swift

 

Social Star Award

Dixie D’Amelio

Jaden Hossler

LILHUDDY

Nessa Barrett

Olivia Rodrigo

Tate McRae

 

TikTok Bop of the Year

Blinding Lights – The Weeknd

Lottery (Renegade) – K CAMP

Savage – Megan Thee Stallion

Savage Love (Laxed-Siren Beat) – Jawsh 685, Jason Derulo

Say So – Doja Cat

WAP – Cardi B featuring Megan Thee Stallion

 

Female Artist of the Year

Ariana Grande

Billie Eilish

Dua Lipa

Megan Thee Stallion

Taylor Swift

 

Best Duo/Group of the Year

BTS

Dan + Shay

Jonas Brothers

Maroon 5

twenty one pilots 

 

Best New Pop Artist

24kGoldn

blackbear

Doja Cat

JP Saxe

Pop Smoke 

 

Alternative Rock Artist of the Year

AJR

All Time Low

Billie Eilish

Cage the Elephant

twenty one pilots 

  

Rock Song of the Year

Death By Rock And Roll – The Pretty Reckless

Patience – Chris Cornell

Shame Shame – Foo Fighters

Shot In The Dark – AC/DC

Under The Graveyard – Ozzy Osbourne

 

Country Song of the Year

Even Though I’m Leaving – Luke Combs

I Hope – Gabby Barrett

Nobody But You – Blake Shelton with Gwen Stefani

One Margarita – Luke Bryan

The Bones – Maren Morris

 

Best New Country Artist

Ashley McBryde

Gabby Barrett

HARDY

Ingrid Andress

Jameson Rodgers 

  

Dance Song of the Year

Head & Heart – Joel Corry x MNEK

ily (i love you baby) – Surf Mesa featuring Emilee

Lasting Lover – Sigala & James Arthur

Rain On Me – Lady Gaga & Ariana Grande

Roses (Imanbek Remix) – SAINt JHN

 

Hip-Hop Artist of the Year

DaBaby

Lil Baby

Megan Thee Stallion

Pop Smoke

Roddy Ricch 

 

Best New Hip-Hop Artist

Jack Harlow

Moneybagg Yo

Pop Smoke

Rod Wave

Roddy Ricch

 

R&B Artist of the Year

Chris Brown

H.E.R.

Jhené Aiko

Snoh Aalegra

Summer Walker 

 

Latin Pop/Reggaeton Song of the Year

Caramelo – Ozuna

Dákiti – Bad Bunny & Jhay Cortez

Hawái (Remix) – Maluma & The Weeknd

RITMO (Bad Boys For Life) – Black Eyed Peas & J Balvin

Tusa – KAROL G & Nicki Minaj 

 

Best New Latin Artist

Chesca

Jay Wheeler

Natanael Cano

Neto Bernal

Rauw Alejandro 

 

Regional Mexican Artist of the Year

Banda Los Sebastianes

Calibre 50

Christian Nodal

Edwin Luna y La Trakalosa de Monterrey

Gerardo Ortíz

 

Songwriter of the Year

Ali Tamposi

Amy Allen

Ashley Gorley

Dan Nigro

Finneas 

 

Best Cover Song

Adore You (Harry Styles) – Lizzo cover

Can’t Take My Eyes Off You (Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons) – Shawn Mendes cover

Fix You (Coldplay) – Sam Smith cover

Heart Of Glass (Blondie) – Miley Cyrus cover

Juice (Lizzo) – Harry Styles cover 

 

Best Music Video

Blinding Lights – The Weeknd

Don’t Start Now – Dua Lipa

Dynamite – BTS

Hawái – Maluma

How You Like That – BLACKPINK

Life Is Good – Future featuring Drake

Rain On Me – Lady Gaga & Ariana Grande

WAP – Cardi B featuring Megan Thee Stallion

Watermelon Sugar – Harry Styles

Yummy – Justin Bieber   

 

Favorite Music Video Choreography

BTS – Son Sung Deuk

34+35 (Ariana Grande) – Scott & Brian Nicholson

Do It (Chloe x Halle) – Kendra Bracy & Ashanti Ledon

Honey Boo (CNCO & Natti Natasha) – Kyle Hanagami

Physical (Dua Lipa) – Charm La’Donna

Rain On Me (Lady Gaga & Ariana Grande) – Richy Jackson

Say So (Doja Cat) – Cortland Brown

WAP (Cardi B featuring Megan Thee Stallion) – JaQuel Knight

Bop (DaBaby) – Coach Cherry & DaniLeigh

 

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