Justin Bieber, Meghan Trainor, DNCE, Selena Gomez and Kelsea Ballerini lead the nominations for the 2017 Radio Disney Music Awards (RDMA). Among several new categories introduced this year are "#TRENDING – Favorite Social Media Star," recognizing the biggest names in digital entertainment and "When The Beat Drops! – Best Dance Track," which celebrates the popularity of electronic dance music with Radio Disney audiences. Niall Horan and Louis Tomlinson from One Direction received nominations for their solo projects in "He's The One – Best Male Artist," and "Mashup! – Best Collaboration," respectively, and scoring their first award nominations ever are "America's Got Talent" winner Grace Vanderwaal, pop singer/songwriter Julia Michaels and 17-year-old singer Noah Cyrus in the category of "The Freshest – Best New Artist."
At the 2017 RDMA, multiplatinum, Grammy Award-winning pop superstar Britney Spears will be presented with the first-ever RDMA "Icon" Award, which recognizes a distinguished artist whose career transcends popular culture and whose music is loved by generations of Radio Disney fans.
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Multiplatinum recording artist, songwriter, actor and philanthropist Nick Jonas will be honored with the 'Hero' Award at the 2017 Radio Disney Music Awards (RDMA), music's biggest event for families. Diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when he was 13 years old, Jonas helped found Beyond Type 1, a non-profit organization which leverages the power of social media and technology to provide resources for those living with Type 1 diabetes, and provides funding for research, education, advocacy and programs to improve the lives of those living with Type 1 diabetes. Jonas will be presented with the award by longtime friend and fellow advocate, actor Jack Black. Jonas is nominated for three categories at the 2017 RDMA, including "He's The One – Best Male Artist."
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Grammy Award-nominee Kelsea Ballerini, multiplatinum recording artist Alessia Cara, and Broadway's "Hamilton" star and Hollywood Records recording artist Jordan Fisher are scheduled to perform.
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Multiplatinum recording artist and Academy Award-nominated actress Hailee Steinfeld, platinum recording artist Noah Cyrus, chart-topping singer and songwriter Julia Michaels and 2016 "America's Got Talent" winner GraceVanderWaal are also scheduled to perform.