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iHeartRadio Music Awards: Best Fan Army Nominees 2015

The fans get recognition in this category. They are the ones who carve out the identity of the star, especially with the use of the internet. Fan stories, artwork, and photos are more sought after than any magazine article. They have created massive groups in the name of their favourite artist and have the ability to sway votes and perceptions. Catch the iHeartRadio Music Awards March 29th, on NBC.

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Arianators - Ariana Grande

Arianators - Ariana Grande

#Ariana #Grande has had her fair share of rumours about her troubled connection with fans. She took to Twitter to settle the rumours, but once these kinds of things are out in the open, they're hard to get rid of. Fans are the most important part of stardom, and they know it. They know the kind of power they wield when they feel disrespected. Fortunately for Ariana, she has a loyal group of people who love her.

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Directioners - One Direction

Directioners - One Direction

Pop culture theorist #John #Fiske once wrote that "fans create a fan culture with its own systems of production and distribution that forms what I shall call a 'shadow cultural economy' that lies outside that of the cultural industries yet shares features with them which more normal popular culture lacks." #One #Direction fans are usually referring back to their own fandom, stating the years they've been part of it, showing off what they know, ect. They're constantly producing fan fiction (some very famous), fan art, and other forms of appreciation,. They do this not for the band, but for each other.

3

Bey Hive - Beyoncé

Bey Hive - Beyoncé

I don't know anyone who isn't a fan of #beyonce. Fandoms for any artist have moved from fringe groups to mainstream "armies". It's almost as if artists have become their own nations, with qualities to defend by large anonymous groups that gather online. It is easier to connect nowadays, so the groups seem more cohesive.

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Team Breezy - Chris Brown

Team Breezy - Chris Brown

ummm....I have no comment on #Chris #Brown. I'm sure his fans feel like they have a reason.

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Sheerios - Ed Sheeran

Sheerios - Ed Sheeran

#Ed #Sheeran's talent is enough to want to follow this guy around for the rest of your life. He sings the soundtrack of his love life, and your love life. That's where he connects. The lyrics fit into any moment.

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Church Choir-Eric Church

Church Choir-Eric Church

#Eric #Church has a herd of loyal fans, even though this is the first time I've wrote, or heard, about them. In the country world, Church is a big deal.

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Selenators - Selena Gomez

Selenators - Selena Gomez

#Selena #Gomez has fans who grew up along side her. Her Disney history has gathered a group of very loyal followers who still stand beside her during her music career.

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Swifties - Taylor Swift

Swifties - Taylor Swift

#Taylor #Swift keeps great connections with her fan base through social media. She'll have conversations, give gifts, and even pay off student debts. She knows that it is this group that controls her destiny, and she seems to genuinely want to have some kind of relationship with them. It's like a pop culture symbiosis.

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5SOSFAM - 5 Seconds of Summer

5SOSFAM - 5 Seconds of Summer

#5sos (5 Seconds of Summer) have fan bases that flow in and out from One Direction's group. They seem to be forever intertwined. I'm sure they don't mind sharing fans, especially when the fan base is massive.

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Mendes Army - Shawn Mendes

Mendes Army - Shawn Mendes

#Shawn #Mendes started his career on Vine, capturing millions of followers in a small period of time. He already had his army before the mainstream picked him up. The fans were there first.