How To Travel The World According To This Year’s iHeartRadio Music Awards Nominees

Camila Cabello, Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift, Shawn Mendes, iHeartRadio Awards

On Sunday, March 11, the iHeartRadio Music Awards are coming to Much and will feature performances by some of this year’s biggest stars. Hosted by DJ Khaled and Hailey Baldwin, the 2018 iHeartRadio Music Awards will feature performances by Ed Sheeran, Camila Cabello, Cardi B, Maroon 5, Charlie Puth, Bon Jovi, Chance the Rapper and newly announced additions N.E.R.D. and Eminem.

Not only that, but Taylor Swift, who is up for three awards, will be premiering the new video for her singer “Delicate.” So yeah, it’s gonna be a must-see show.

This year’s nominations represent the biggest songs of the past year, with all four members of One Direction earning nods for their solo work, as well as Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s “Despacito” represented in several categories. Rihanna, Bruno Mars, Camila Cabello, and Ed Sheeran all scored five nominations, with Canadians Shawn Mendes, Justin Bieber, Alessia Cara, The Weeknd, and Drake also up for awards this year (check out the full list of nominees here).

In addition to releasing some of the year’s biggest songs, another thing that connects this year’s performers and nominees is their love of travel. From music videos shot in small Irish towns, to songs that have us renewing our passports and hopping a plane to Cuba, the 2018 iHeartRadio Music Awards nominees are not only huge pop stars, they’re also great tour guides.

Here’s where you should travel next, according to the 2018 iHeartRadio nominees.

Watch the 2018 iHeartRadio Awards hosted by DJ Khaled and Hailey Baldwin on Sunday, March 11 at 8E/5P.


Havana – Camila Cabello, “Havana”

If Camila Cabello’s huge 2017 hit “Havana” didn’t already have you packing your bags for Cuba, the video definitely will. Bringing in elements of a Spanish soap opera and a bumping Cuban nightclub, “Havana” may be one of the best tourist music videos in years.


Ireland – Ed Sheeran, “Galway Girl”

Keeping things authentic, Ed Sheeran cast three-time Oscar nominee and Irish native Saoirse Ronan to star in his video for “Galway Girl.” Shot in the small town of Galway, Ireland, Ronan takes Ed and his body cam (that’s us!) on a tour of the lively area, with locals in the pubs and on the streets looking like they party 24/7. We should probably visit Galway just to see whether that’s true.


Las Vegas – Maroon 5 feat. SZA, “What Lovers Do”

Maroon 5 and SZA travel through a number of CGI settings before landing in Las Vegas, the city that never sleeps. It’s also the city that doesn’t need much CGI since it looks outrageous at all times.


San Juan – Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, “Despacito”

We may never be able to sing a full line of “Despacito,” but that doesn’t mean we can’t dance to the biggest song of 2017 while on vacation in San Juan. With Puerto Rico still rebuilding after last year’s horrific storm, now is a great time to vacation in the Commonwealth and bring some much needed money back to the area’s tourism businesses. Plus, you may actually learn a line (okay, maybe just a few words) to “Depsacito.”


Little Havana in Miami – DJ Khaled featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller, “Wild Thoughts”

From the real Havana in Cuba to Little Havana in Miami, this year’s iHeartRadio Music Award nominees have us craving Cuban coffee and fried plantains.


Dubai – Imagine Dragons, “Thunder”

We’re pretty sure (positive) the streets of Dubai will be much busier if you decide to actually visit the United Arab Emirates, but we still love the aerial view of the city that Imagine Dragons and Joseph Kahn give in the video for “Thunder.” The abundance of high end cars is definitely accurate.


Japan – Taylor Swift, “End Game”

Taylor Swift traveled the world in her latest video for “End Game,” hitting up Miami, London, and Tokyo. Having a big reputation seems pretty good if it comes with big airline points.


Paris, Amsterdam and UK – Shawn Mendes, “There’s Nothing Holidng Me Back”

Also hitting a trio of cities in one video is Shawn Mendes, who falls in love in Paris, Amsterdam, and the U.K. in “There’s Nothing Holding Me Back.” We feel like this was a missed opportunity for Mendes to partner with a tour company catering to 18 to 35-year-olds. He’s essentially on a Contiki tour in this vid.