Taylor Swift, Meghan Trainor and Justin Bieber Among Nominees for 2016 Radio Disney Music Awards

The fan-voted awards honor artists popular with kids.

ByABC News
March 4, 2016, 11:59 AM

— -- Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber, One Direction and Meghan Trainor are among the nominees for the 2016 Radio Disney Music Awards, Radio Disney announced Friday.

The fan-voted awards -- which recognize artists who are popular with children and younger teens -- will be held April 30 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. The event will be televised May 1 on the Disney Channel, and highlights will be available on Radio Disney, the Radio Disney App, the Disney Channel app and RadioDisney.com.

Trainor, who is nominated in the “She’s the One – Best Female Artist” category, was surprised to be nominated -- and reaction was documented in a YouTube video. In the video posted Wednesday on Radio Disney’s YouTube channel, the “Like I’m Gonna Lose You” singer is filmed chatting on a set with singer/actress Sabrina Carpenter.

Trainor thought she was filming a promotional video for the RDMAs, but was taken by surprise when, during the shooting, Carpenter told her she had been nominated. Confetti exploded on the set, then Trainor and Carpenter hugged.

"Oh, my God, this is a big deal," Trainor said.

Other nominees include rapper Silento in the "Move! - Best Song To Dance To” category, DNCE (fronted by Joe Jonas) in the “The Freshest – Best New Artist” category and country pop singer Kelsea Ballerini for “Radio Disney Country Favorite Artist" category.

Voting for the RDMAs is open now through April 10. Votes may be cast at Disney.com/RDMA, the Radio Disney app, Google OneBox and via Radio Disney's Facebook and Twitter profiles.

Tickets go on sale Friday, March 11 at AXS.com/RDMA.

Here's the full list of nominees:.


"You Know You Love Them – Best Music Group"

Fall Out Boy

Fifth Harmony

One Direction


"He's The One – Best Male Artist"

Ed Sheeran

Justin Bieber

Nick Jonas

Shawn Mendes

"She's The One – Best Female Artist"


Meghan Trainor

Selena Gomez

Taylor Swift

"The Bestest – Song Of The Year"

Bad Blood – Taylor Swift

Cheerleader – OMI

Stitches – Shawn Mendes

Watch Me (Whip/ Nae Nae) – Silento

"XOXO – Best Crush Song"

Love Me Like You Do – Ellie Goulding

One Call Away – Charlie Puth

Perfect – One Direction

Should've Been Us – Tori Kelly

"So Fantastic – Fiercest Fans"





"The Buzz - Breakout Artist Of The Year"

Alessia Cara

Charlie Puth

Rachel Platten

Tori Kelly

"The Freshest – Best New Artist"



Kelsea Ballerini

Nathan Sykes

"So Happy - Best Song That Makes You Smile"

Better When I'm Dancing – Meghan Trainor

Cheerleader – OMI

I Don't Like It, I Love It – Flo Rida

"#COOL – Radio Disney's Most Talked About Artist"

Justin Bieber

One Direction

Taylor Swift

"Stuck In Our Heads – Best Song To Lip Sync To"

Cake By The Ocean – DNCE

Dessert (feat. Silento) – Dawin

Gibberish (feat. Hoodie Allen) – MAX

What Do You Mean? – Justin Bieber

"That's My Jam – Best Anthem"

Cake By The Ocean – DNCE

Confident – Demi Lovato

Eyes Wide Open – Sabrina Carpenter

Honey, I'm Good – Andy Grammer

"Move! - Best Song To Dance To"

Break a Sweat – Becky G

Focus – Ariana Grande

Uma Thurman – Fall Out Boy

Watch Me – Silento

"Heartbreak – Best Breakup Song"Bad Blood – Taylor SwiftHello – AdeleSorry – Justin BieberStitches – Shawn Mendes

"You've Got Swag! – Artist With The Best Style"

Becky G

Gwen Stefani

Taylor Swift


"Radio Disney Country Favorite Song"

Dibs – Kelsea Ballerini

Fly – Maddie & Tae

God Made Girls – RaeLynn

Nothin' Like You – Dan + Shay

"Radio Disney Country Favorite Artist"

Hunter Hayes

Kelsea Ballerini

Maddie & Tae

Sam Hunt

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