Are you hip to podcasts yet? It’s about time you are. The limit of how many podcasts exist and how many more could exist seemingly doesn’t exist, and anyone from true crime fanatics to literary buffs will find something they enjoy on any number of podcast apps.
This year, iHeartRadio is recognizing podcasters -- and only podcasters -- in the first ever iHeartRadio Podcast Awards on Jan. 18. Show winners will be picked for 22 categories, 17 of which will be voted on by fans, in a live ceremony hosted by Charlamagne tha God (who has his own podcast, “The Breakfast Club”) and Mario Lopez (yeah, they got Mario!) from the iHeart Theater in Los Angeles.
The winners of the other five categories (Podcast of the Year, Breakout Podcast, Best Branded Podcast, Best Social Impact From Podcast/Host and the Podcast Innovator Award) will be decided on by podcast industry figures.
You can vote for your favorites on the iHeart Podcast Awards website and on all of iHeart’s social media channels. But how can you vote before knowing anything about these shows? Luckily we’re breaking down the nominees for Podcast of the Year for you.