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iHeartPodcast Awards Nominees Announced; Winners Named For Social Media, Pioneer And Innovator Awards.

The move of the 2024 iHeartPodcast Awards to SXSW will come with a highly competitive battle for Podcast of the Year. The nominees for the annual awards show, including the listener-selected prize for top podcast, have been announced for the show set for March 11 at the SXSW Conference and Festivals in Austin.

Podcast of the Year nominees include Crime JunkieThe DailyMy Favorite MurderNew HeightsNormal GossipOn Purpose with Jay ShettyThe Retrievals, Scamanda, SmartLess, and Wiser Than Me with Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Fan voting on will run through February 18 and it will pick the winner.

There will be no waiting to find out the winners of a few of the categories. The 2024 Social Impact Award is going to reporter and producer Maggie Freleng and music executive and activist Jason Flom for their work at Lava for Good. Its podcast Wrongful Conviction features cases from the Innocence Project.

The winner of the 2024 Pioneer Award will go to Jonathan Goldstein, audio industry veteran, author and podcast host of Spotify Studio’s Heavyweight.

And the Awards will also honor the Ramble podcast Rotten Mango with the Innovator Award. The Innovator Award celebrates the voices that are breaking new creative ground in podcasting, and iHeart says Rotten Mango continues to show unique storytelling through both audio and video.

The awards, which will honor the very best in podcasting from 2023 and celebrate the most innovative talent and content creators in the industry, will honor podcasts across 29 categories. Nominees across categories include podcasts from all creators, distributors and platforms with a judging panel composed of blue-ribbon podcast industry leaders, and creatives who will determine the winners in categories including comedy, crime, news, TV and film, sports, food, and business. Here’s who made the list—

Podcast of the Year:

  • Crime Junkie

  • The Daily

  • My Favorite Murder

  • New Heights

  • Normal Gossip

  • On Purpose with Jay Shetty

  • The Retrievals

  • Scamanda

  • SmartLess

  • Wiser Than Me with Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Best Business & Finance:

  • Direct Deposit 

  • How I Built This

  • MoneyWatch with Jill Schlesinger

  • Networth & Chill with Your Rich BFF 

  • Planet Money

Best Comedy:

  • Baby, This is Keke Palmer

  • Handsome

  • SmartLess

  • This Is Important

  • Why Won't You Date Me

Best Crime:

  • Crime Junkie

  • The Girlfriends

  • The Retrievals

  • Scamanda

  • Something Was Wrong

Best Pop Culture:

  • Las Culturistas

  • I've Had It

  • Just B with Bethenny Frankel

  • Search Engine

  • Watch What Crappens

Best Food Podcast Award:

  • Cereal Killers

  • Hungry for History

  • Recipe Club

  • The Splendid Table

  • Sporkful

Best Wellness & Fitness:

  • Huberman Lab

  • Maintenance Phase

  • The Mel Robbins Podcast

  • On Purpose with Jay Shetty

  • Therapy For Black Girls

Best History:

  • Mobituaries with Mo Rocca

  • Revisionist History

  • Slow Burn

  • Throughline

  • You're Wrong About

Best Kids & Family:

  • Good Inside with Dr. Becky

  • Kids Short Stories with Mr. Jim

  • Sound Detectives

  • Story Pirates

  • The Suga

Best Music:

  • Disgraceland

  • Million Dollaz Worth of Game

  • Popcast

  • Questlove Supreme

  • Song Exploder

Best News:

  • The Daily

  • Pivot

  • Pod Save America

  • Today Explained

  • Up First

Best Fiction:

  • Ad Lucem

  • Full Body Chills

  • The Mantawauk Caves

  • Radio Rental

  • The Space Within

Best Sports:

  • Around The NFL

  • Club Shay Shay

  • The Dan Le Batard Show

  • New Heights

  • Pardon My Take

Best Science:

  • Hidden Brain

  • Inner Cosmos

  • Ologies

  • Radio Lab

  • StarTalk

Best Technology:

  • All-In

  • Hard Fork

  • Lex Fridman Podcast

  • TED Radio Hour

  • Vergecast

Best Ad Read:

  • Conan O'Brien Needs a Friend

  • Heavyweight 

  • How Did This Get Made?

  • Say More with Dr. Sheila

  • SmartLess

Best Overall Host:

  • Joe Budden (The Joe Budden Podcast)

  • Jonathan Goldstein (Heavyweight)

  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Wiser Than Me)

  • Laci Mosley (Scam Goddess)

  • Nicole Byer (Why Won’t You Date Me?)

Best Overall Ensemble:

  • The 85 South Show

  • Handsome

  • New Heights

  • SmartLess

  • Today, Explained

Best Political:

  • The Ben Shapiro Show 

  • CNN Inside Politics

  • Countdown with Keith Olbermann

  • NPR Politics Podcast

  • Pod Save America

Best TV & Film:

  • Drama Queens

  • Films to be Buried With

  • Give Them Lala w/ Lala Kent

  • How Did This Get Made?

  • Pop Culture Happy Hour

Best Spanish Language:

  • La Brega

  • Cassettes

  • Duolingo Spanish

  • Leyendas Legendarias

  • Transportista: Who Murdered Captain Coral? (Spanish version)

Best Advice/Inspirational:

  • Getting Curious

  • Dear Chelsea

  • Michelle Obama: The Light Podcast

  • This Keeps Happening with Vienna Pharaon

  • We Can Do Hard Things with Glennon Doyle

Best Beauty & Fashion:

  • Add to Cart with Kulap Vilaysack & SuChin Pak

  • Articles of Interest

  • Fool Coverage with Manny MUA and Laura Lee

  • The Goop Pursuit: Healing in a Sick Society

  • Lipstick On The Rim

Best Travel:

  • As Told By Nomads

  • Atlas Obscura

  • The Travel Hacking Mom Show

  • Travel With Rick Steves

  • Women Who Travel

Best Green:

  • Climate of Change

  • Discarded

  • Living on Earth

  • TED Climate

  • Sea Change

Best Spirituality & Religion:

  • The Bible in a Year with Fr. Mike Schmitz

  • The Bible Recap

  • Elevation with Steve Furtick

  • On Being with Krista Tippett

  • Women Evolve

Best Branded Podcast: 

  • Crimson Hearts Collide (Hallmark Media)

  • Love In Gravity (ViiV Healthcare)

  • Mind the Business (Intuit Quickbooks)

  • Symptomatic (Novartis)

  • Townsizing (HGTV)

Best Emerging:

  • Classy

  • Handsome

  • How to Destroy Everything

  • I’ve Had It

  • The Really Good Podcast with Bobbi Althoff

Best International:

  • CTV Question Period with Vassy Kapelos (Canada)

  • Dichosa Sexualidad (Mexico)

  • The Fold (New Zealand)

  • The Imperfects (Australia)

  • Rocio Cordova (Mexico)

“As the podcast industry continues to rapidly grow, this past year has clearly proven that podcasters are always innovating in the audio space and finding new ways to reach and engage new audiences,” said Conal Byrne, CEO of iHeartMedia’s Digital Audio Group. “The nominees for the 2024 iHeartPodcast Awards reflect the results of honing that creativity and we’re thrilled to celebrate and once again empower these creators and elevate the podcast industry together live in person at SXSW.”

After pivoting to a virtual event during the pandemic, this year’s show returns to an in-person event. The 2024 iHeartPodcast Awards will also live-stream video of the show via a partnership with YouTube on iHeartRadio’s YouTube Channel. The ceremony – to be held at the Fairmont Hotel on Monday, March 11 at 8pm CT -- will also broadcast live on select iHeart-owned radio stations nationwide. Sponsors include The Hartford, YouTube, and Planet Oat.

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