Full list of 2024 iHeartPodcast awards nominees

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iHeartMedia, the top podcast publisher globally, has just announced the nominees for the 2024 iHeartPodcast Awards.

The awards will honor the very best in podcasting from 2023 and celebrate the most innovative talent and content creators in the industry.

There are 29 categories spanning all the major podcast genres.

“As the podcast industry continues to rapidly grow, this past year has clearly proven that podcasters are always innovating in the audio space and finding new ways to reach and engage new audiences,” said Conal Byrne, CEO of iHeartMedia’s Digital Audio Group.

“The nominees for the 2024 iHeartPodcast Awards reflect the results of honing that creativity and we’re thrilled to celebrate and once again empower these creators and elevate the podcast industry together live in person at SXSW.”

Nominees across categories include podcasts from all creators, distributors and platforms with a judging panel composed of blue-ribbon podcast industry leaders, creatives and visionaries who will determine the winners.

Each year at the iHeartPodcast Awards, podcast fans also play a role – helping decide the winner of the coveted Podcast of the Year award by voting online a iHeartPodcastAwards.com.

The 2024 iHeartPodcast Awards will also present industry Icon Awards to pay tribute to the creators, organizations and podcasts that have made groundbreaking contributions to podcasting’s expanding role in today’s popular culture. 

Maggie Freleng, a Pulitzer-Prize winning reporter and producer, and Jason Flom, former Chairman and CEO of Atlantic Records, Virgin Records and Capitol Music Group, activist and Lava for Good CEO who works with The Innocence Project, will both be honored with the 2024 Social Impact Award for their work on the podcast “Wrongful Conviction.” 

Jonathan Goldstein, audio industry veteran, author and podcast host of “Heavyweight,” will be honored with the 2024 Pioneer Award.

In addition, the Awards will also honor the podcast “Rotten Mango” with the Innovator Award presented by YouTube.

The Innovator Award celebrates the voices that are breaking new creative ground in podcasting, with “Rotten Mango” judged as a leader in unique storytelling through both audio and video.

The full iHeartPodcasts 2024 awards category nominees

Podcast of the Year presented by The Hartford:

Best Business & Finance:

  • Direct Deposit 
  • How I Built This
  • MoneyWatch with Jill Schlesinger
  • Networth & Chill with Your Rich BFF 
  • Planet Money

Best Comedy:

  • Baby, This is Keke Palmer
  • Handsome
  • SmartLess
  • This Is Important
  • Why Won’t You Date Me

Best Crime:

  • Crime Junkie
  • The Girlfriends
  • The Retrievals
  • Scamanda
  • Something Was Wrong

Best Pop Culture:

  • Las Culturistas
  • I’ve Had It
  • Just B with Bethenny Frankel
  • Search Engine
  • Watch What Crappens

Best Food Podcast Award Presented by Planet Oat:

  • Cereal Killers
  • Hungry for History
  • Recipe Club
  • The Splendid Table
  • Sporkful

Best Wellness & Fitness:

  • Huberman Lab
  • Maintenance Phase
  • The Mel Robbins Podcast
  • On Purpose with Jay Shetty
  • Therapy For Black Girls

Best History:

  • Mobituaries with Mo Rocca
  • Revisionist History
  • Slow Burn
  • Throughline
  • You’re Wrong About

Best Kids & Family:

  • Good Inside with Dr. Becky
  • Kids Short Stories with Mr. Jim
  • Sound Detectives
  • Story Pirates
  • The Suga

Best Music:

  • Disgraceland
  • Million Dollaz Worth of Game
  • Popcast
  • Questlove Supreme
  • Song Exploder

Best News:

  • The Daily
  • Pivot
  • Pod Save America
  • Today Explained
  • Up First

Best Fiction:

  • Ad Lucem
  • Full Body Chills
  • The Mantawauk Caves
  • Radio Rental
  • The Space Within

Best Sports:

  • Around The NFL
  • Club Shay Shay
  • The Dan Le Batard Show
  • New Heights
  • Pardon My Take

Best Science:

  • Hidden Brain
  • Inner Cosmos
  • Ologies
  • Radio Lab
  • StarTalk

Best Technology:

  • All-In
  • Hard Fork
  • Lex Fridman Podcast
  • TED Radio Hour
  • Vergecast

Best Ad Read:

  • Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend
  • Heavyweight 
  • How Did This Get Made?
  • Say More with Dr. Sheila
  • SmartLess

Best Overall Host:

  • Joe Budden (The Joe Budden Podcast)
  • Jonathan Goldstein (Heavyweight)
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Wiser Than Me)
  • Laci Mosley (Scam Goddess)
  • Nicole Byer (Why Won’t You Date Me?)

Best Overall Ensemble:

  • The 85 South Show
  • Handsome
  • New Heights
  • SmartLess
  • Today, Explained

Best Political:

  • The Ben Shapiro Show 
  • CNN Inside Politics
  • Countdown with Keith Olbermann
  • NPR Politics Podcast
  • Pod Save America

Best TV & Film:

  • Drama Queens
  • Films to be Buried With
  • Give Them Lala w/ Lala Kent
  • How Did This Get Made?
  • Pop Culture Happy Hour

Best Spanish Language:

  • La Brega
  • Cassettes
  • Duolingo Spanish
  • Leyendas Legendarias
  • Transportista: Who Murdered Captain Coral? (Spanish version)

Best Advice / Inspirational:

  • Getting Curious
  • Dear Chelsea
  • Michelle Obama: The Light Podcast
  • This Keeps Happening with Vienna Pharaon
  • We Can Do Hard Things with Glennon Doyle

Best Beauty & Fashion:

  • Add to Cart with Kulap Vilaysack & SuChin Pak
  • Articles of Interest
  • Fool Coverage with Manny MUA and Laura Lee
  • The Goop Pursuit: Healing in a Sick Society
  • Lipstick On The Rim

Best Travel:

  • As Told By Nomads
  • Atlas Obscura
  • The Travel Hacking Mom Show
  • Travel With Rick Steves
  • Women Who Travel

Best Green:

  • Climate of Change
  • Discarded
  • Living on Earth
  • TED Climate
  • Sea Change

Best Spirituality & Religion:

Best Branded Podcast: 

  • Crimson Hearts Collide (Hallmark Media)
  • Love In Gravity (ViiV Healthcare)
  • Mind the Business (Intuit Quickbooks)
  • Symptomatic (Novartis)
  • Townsizing (HGTV)

Best Emerging:

  • Classy
  • Handsome
  • How to Destroy Everything
  • I’ve Had It
  • The Really Good Podcast with Bobbi Althoff

Best International:

  • CTV Question Period with Vassy Kapelos (Canada)
  • Dichosa Sexualidad (Mexico)
  • The Fold (New Zealand)
  • The Imperfects (Australia)
  • Rocio Cordova (Mexico)

How you can watch the iHeartPodcast Awards ceremony

This year, iHeartMedia teamed up with South by Southwest (SXSW) Conference and Festivals to host the live and in-person ceremony in Austin, Texas at the Fairmont Hotel on Monday, March 11 at 8 p.m. CT.

The ceremony will also broadcast on select iHeartMedia radio stations nationwide, digitally through the iHeartRadio app and video stream in partnership with YouTube on the iHeartRadio Channel.

The event will additionally be available on demand following the initial live stream on YouTube.

Partners of this year’s iHeartPodcast Awards include presenting partner The Hartford, a leading small business insurer, YouTube and Planet Oat with more to be announced.

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