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Which Georgia musicians are up for People's Choice Awards?

BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene

While no one is going to confuse the People’s Choice Awards with the Grammys, there is an element of pride that comes with the acquisition of a purely fan-voted award.

This year’s show, hosted by the lovably smirky Joel McHale, will air live at 9 p.m. Wednesday on CBS. Performers include Blake Shelton and Fifth Harmony, who will perform for the first time as a quartet s ince the departure of Camila Cabello .

It’s impossible for any awards show not to include at least a handful of Atlanta musicians among its nominees, so here are some native artists to cheer for this year:

Leesburg native Luke Bryan and Cedartown son Sam Hunt, who broke big with “Take Your Time,” will compete with Shelton, Keith Urban and Tim McGraw for Favorite Male Country Artist.

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Atlanta’s Zac Brown Band and Florida Georgia Line – whose Tyler Hubbard hails from Monroe – will vie against The Band Perry, Lonestar and Little Big Town (whose two female members have Georgia ties as well) for Favorite Country Group.

Perennial favorite Usher, who resides in the Atlanta suburbs, is up against fellow one-namers Beyonce, Drake, Rihanna and The Weeknd (close enough to one name) for Favorite R&B Artist.

Related: Which Atlanta-filmed movies are up for People’s Choice Awards?

Here are all of the music nominees:

FAVORITE MALE ARTIST

Blake Shelton

Drake

Justin Timberlake

Shawn Mendes

The Weeknd

FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST

Adele

Ariana Grande

Beyonce

Britney Spears

Rihanna

FAVORITE GROUP

The Chainsmokers

Coldplay

Fifth Harmony

Panic! at the Disco

Twenty One Pilots

FAVORITE BREAKOUT ARTIST

Alessia Cara

The Chainsmokers

DNCE

Niall Horan

Zayn

FAVORITE MALE COUNTRY ARTIST

Blake Shelton

Keith Urban

Luke Bryan

Sam Hunt

Tim McGraw

FAVORITE FEMALE COUNTRY ARTIST

Carrie Underwood

Dolly Parton

Kelsea Ballerini

Miranda Lambert

Reba McEntire

FAVORITE COUNTRY GROUP

The Band Perry

Florida Georgia Line

Little Big Town

Lonestar

Zac Brown Band

FAVORITE POP ARTIST

Adele

Ariana Grande

Britney Spears

Justin Timberlake

Sia

FAVORITE HIP-HOP ARTIST

DJ Khaled

G-Eazy

Kanye West

Kendrick Lamar

Wiz Khalifa

FAVORITE R&B ARTIST

Beyoncé

Drake

Rihanna

Usher

The Weeknd

FAVORITE ALBUM

“Anti” / Rihanna

“Dangerous Woman” / Ariana Grande

“If I’m Honest” / Blake Shelton

“Lemonade” / Beyoncé

“Views” / Drake

FAVORITE SONG

“Can’t Stop the Feeling” / Justin Timberlake

“No” / Meghan Trainor

“One Dance” / Drake feat. Kyla and Wizkid

“Pillowtalk” Zayn

“Work” / Rihanna feat. Drake

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About the Author

Atlanta Journal-Constitution staff writer Melissa Ruggieri covers the Atlanta Music Scene and entertainment news for print and online.

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