Subscribe by email, free
Your daily briefing for podcasting and on-demand
iHeartMedia announces nominees for the 2023 iHeartPodcast Awards streaming March 14 at 9pm ET

iHeartMedia announces nominees for the 2023 iHeartPodcast Awards streaming March 14 at 9pm ET

Press Release · New York, NY, USA ·

iHeartMedia, the No. 1 podcast publisher globally according to Podtrac, today announced the return of 2023 iHeartPodcast Awards and nominees across all 29 categories. The awards, which will honor the very best in podcasting throughout 2022 and celebrate the most innovative talent and content creators in the industry, will video stream on Tuesday, March 14 at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT on iHeartRadio’s YouTube Channel and Facebook Page, as well as broadcast on select iHeartMedia radio stations across the country and everywhere listeners are via the iHeartRadio app. The show will also be available on demand following the initial stream.

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 in categories including entertainment, comedy, crime, news, sports, food, business and more, including a new category, Best Overall Ensemble.

Each year, podcast fans help decide the winner of the coveted Podcast of the Year award by socially voting on Twitter. This year’s nominees include “Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend,” “Crime Junkie,” “Fly On The Wall with Dana Carvey and David Spade,” “Las Culturistas,” “Love and Noraebang,” “Maintenance Phase,” “Morbid,” “On Purpose with Jay Shetty,” “Scam Goddess” and “SmartLess.” Voting will begin today and run through the end of the year. More information can be found at iHeart.com/podcast-awards.

Get the free Podnews newsletter for more like this.
Our privacy policy keeps your data safe.
(Fill this in now; you won’t lose your place!)

In addition, the 2023 iHeartPodcast Awards will present 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. Kara Swisher, widely acclaimed journalist, editor and podcast host, will be honored with the 2023 Pioneer Award; Dr. Laurie Santos, host of “The Happiness Lab” podcast and creator of the free “Psychology and the Good Life” curriculum for high school teachers which teaches students about wiser choices and how to live a happy and fulfilling life, and Dr. Joy Harden Bradford, host of the wildly popular mental health podcast, “Therapy for Black Girls,” whose work focuses on making mental health topics more relevant and accessible for Black women, will both be honored with a 2023 Social Impact Award; and Ashley Flowers, founder and CEO of audiochuck, the award-winning podcast production company, will be honored with the 2023 Innovator Award.

“We continue to see tremendous growth in the podcast industry, as this medium explodes with new creators and brand interest alike,” said Conal Byrne, CEO of iHeartMedia’s Digital Audio Group. “To celebrate the most noteworthy, innovative storytellers in podcasting, we are proud to host the signature event to honor this creativity and empower new and emerging voices around the world.”

Last year, the 2022 iHeartPodcast Awards featured an array of celebrity presenters, guests and nominees recorded from multiple locations. Appearances included Jason Bateman, Sean Hayes and Will Arnett, Martha Stewart, Dua Lipa, Matt Rogers and Bowen Yang, Paris Hilton, Flame Monroe, Shonda Rhimes, Will Ferrell, Wilmer Valderrama and many more. Click HERE for more information on the 2022 iHeartPodcast Awards.

The full 2023 category nominees (in alphabetical order) are:

Podcast Of The Year

Conan O’Brien Needs A Friend
Conan O’Brien Needs A Friend
From: Team Coco & Earwolf
Hosted by: Simplecast
Crime Junkie
Crime Junkie
From: audiochuck
Hosted by: Simplecast
Fly on the Wall with Dana Carvey and David Spade
Fly On The Wall with Dana Carvey and David Spade
From: Cadence13
Hosted by: Megaphone
Las Culturistas with Matt Rogers and Bowen Yang
Las Culturistas
From: Big Money Players Network and iHeartPodcasts
Hosted by: Omny Studio
Love and Noraebang
Love and Noraebang
From: Sonoro | The Mash-Up Americans
Hosted by: Omny Studio
Maintenance Phase
Maintenance Phase
From: Aubrey Gordon & Michael Hobbes
Hosted by: Buzzsprout
Morbid
Morbid
From: Morbid Network | Wondery
Hosted by: ART19
On Purpose with Jay Shetty
On Purpose with Jay Shetty
From: Jay Shetty
Hosted by: Simplecast
Scam Goddess
Scam Goddess
From: Earwolf & Laci Mosley
Hosted by: Simplecast
SmartLess
SmartLess
From: Jason Bateman, Sean Hayes, Will Arnett
Hosted by: ART19

New! Best Overall Ensemble

Best Friends with Nicole Byer and Sasheer Zamata
Best Friends with Nicole Byer & Sasheer Zamata
From: Earwolf & Nicole Byer, Sasheer Zamata
Hosted by: Simplecast
Conan O’Brien Needs A Friend
Conan O’Brien Needs A Friend
From: Team Coco & Earwolf
Hosted by: Simplecast
Just Between Us
Just Between Us
From: Forever Dog
Hosted by: Megaphone
Let's Make A Sci-Fi
Let’s Make a Sci-Fi!
From: CBC Podcasts
Hosted by: Triton Digital
SmartLess
SmartLess
From: Jason Bateman, Sean Hayes, Will Arnett
Hosted by: ART19

Best Business & Finance Podcast

Earn Your Leisure
Earn Your Leisure
From: EYL Network
Hosted by: RedCircle
How I Built This with Guy Raz
How I Built This
From: Guy Raz | Wondery
Hosted by: ART19
Odd Lots
Odd Lots
From: Bloomberg
Hosted by: Omny Studio
Planet Money
Planet Money
From: NPR
Hosted by: NPR
The Indicator from Planet Money
The Indicator
From: NPR
Hosted by: NPR

Best Comedy Podcast

Distractible
Distractible
From: Wood Elf Media
Hosted by: Megaphone
Las Culturistas with Matt Rogers and Bowen Yang
Las Culturistas
From: Big Money Players Network and iHeartPodcasts
Hosted by: Omny Studio
SmartLess
SmartLess
From: Jason Bateman, Sean Hayes, Will Arnett
Hosted by: ART19
The Read
The Read
From: Loud Speakers Network
Hosted by: Soundcloud
Why Won't You Date Me? with Nicole Byer
Why Won’t You Date Me
From: Team Coco & Nicole Byer
Hosted by: Simplecast

Best Crime Podcast

Believe Her
Believe Her
From: Lemonada Media
Hosted by: Omny Studio
Crime Junkie
Crime Junkie
From: audiochuck
Hosted by: Simplecast
Morbid
Morbid
From: Morbid Network | Wondery
Hosted by: ART19
Scam Goddess
Scam Goddess
From: Earwolf & Laci Mosley
Hosted by: Simplecast
Sympathy Pains
Sympathy Pains
From: iHeartPodcasts
Hosted by: Omny Studio

Best Pop Culture Podcast

Decoder Ring
Decoder Ring
From: Slate Podcasts
Hosted by: Megaphone
Keep It!
Keep It
From: Crooked Media
Hosted by: Simplecast
The Video Archives Podcast with Quentin Tarantino and Roger Avary
The Video Archives with Quentin Tarantino and Roger Avery
From: Quentin Tarantino & Roger Avary, Stitcher
Hosted by: Simplecast
Vibe Check
Vibe Check
From: Stitcher, & Saeed Jones, Zach Stafford, and Sam Sanders
Hosted by: Simplecast
Watch What Crappens
Watch What Crappens
From: Ben Mandelker & Ronnie Karam
Hosted by: Simplecast

Best Food Podcast

Naked Lunch
Naked Lunch
From: Stitcher, David Wild, Phil Rosenthal
Hosted by: Simplecast
Proof
Proof
From: America's Test Kitchen
Hosted by: ART19
Recipe Club
Recipe Club
From: The Ringer
Hosted by: Megaphone
The Dave Chang Show
The Dave Chang Show
From: The Ringer
Hosted by: Megaphone
The Sporkful
The Sporkful
From: Dan Pashman and Stitcher
Hosted by: Simplecast

Best Wellness & Fitness Podcast

Huberman Lab
Huberman Lab
From: Scicomm Media
Hosted by: Megaphone
HypochondriActor
HypochondriActor
From: Hazy Mills Network
Hosted by: Simplecast
Maintenance Phase
Maintenance Phase
From: Aubrey Gordon & Michael Hobbes
Hosted by: Buzzsprout
Ten Percent Happier with Dan Harris
Ten Percent Happier
From: Ten Percent Happier
Hosted by: ART19
Therapy for Black Girls
Therapy For Black Girls
From: iHeartPodcasts and Joy Harden Bradford, Ph.D.
Hosted by: Omny Studio

Best History Podcast

Dan Carlin's Hardcore History
Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History
From: Dan Carlin
Hosted by: Libsyn
History Daily
History Daily
From: Airship | Noiser | Wondery
Hosted by: ART19
Noble Blood
Noble Blood
From: iHeartPodcasts and Grim & Mild
Hosted by: Omny Studio
You Must Remember This
You Must Remember This
From: Karina Longworth
Hosted by: Megaphone
You're Wrong About
You’re Wrong About
From: Sarah Marshall
Hosted by: Buzzsprout

Best Kids & Family Podcast

Brains On! Science podcast for kids
Brains On!
From: American Public Media
Hosted by: Megaphone
Good Inside with Dr. Becky
Good Inside with Dr. Becky
From: Dr. Becky Kennedy
Hosted by: Simplecast
Greeking Out from National Geographic Kids
Greeking Out from National Geographic Kids
From: National Geographic Kids
Hosted by: Megaphone
Story Pirates
Story Pirates
From: Story Pirates
Hosted by: Megaphone
Wow in the World
Wow In The World
From: Tinkercast | Wondery
Hosted by: ART19

Best Music Podcast

Broken Record with Rick Rubin, Malcolm Gladwell, Bruce Headlam and Justin Richmond
Broken Record
From: Pushkin Industries
Hosted by: Omny Studio
Drink Champs
Drink Champs
From: The Black Effect and iHeartPodcasts
Hosted by: Omny Studio
Listening
Listening
From: Mailchimp
Hosted by: Megaphone
Questlove Supreme
Questlove Supreme
From: iHeartPodcasts
Hosted by: Omny Studio
Song Exploder
Song Exploder
From: Hrishikesh Hirway
Hosted by: PRX

Best News Podcast

Morning Wire
Morning Wire
From: The Daily Wire
Hosted by: Simplecast
Pod Save America
Pod Save America
From: Crooked Media
Hosted by: Simplecast
The Daily
The Daily
From: The New York Times
Hosted by: Simplecast
Today, Explained
Today Explained
From: Vox
Hosted by: Megaphone
Up First
Up First
From: NPR
Hosted by: NPR

Best Fiction Podcast

Bloodthirsty Hearts
Bloodthirsty Hearts
From: QCODE | Tenderfoot TV
Hosted by: Megaphone
Echo Park
Echo Park
From: Realm
Hosted by: Megaphone
Love and Noraebang
Love and Noraebang
From: Sonoro | The Mash-Up Americans
Hosted by: Omny Studio
Princess of South Beach
Princess of South Beach
From: My Cultura and Sonoro
Hosted by: Omny Studio
Welcome to Night Vale
Welcome To Night Vale
From: Night Vale Presents
Hosted by: PRX

Best Sports Podcast

All The Smoke
All The Smoke
From: The Black Effect and iHeartPodcasts
Hosted by: Omny Studio
The Bill Simmons Podcast
The Bill Simmons Podcast
From: The Ringer
Hosted by: Megaphone
The Draymond Green Show
The Draymond Green Show
From: iHeartPodcasts and The Volume
Hosted by: Omny Studio
Fantasy Footballers - Fantasy Football Podcast
The Fantasy Footballers
From: Fantasy Football
Hosted by: Megaphone
The Lowe Post
The Lowe Post
From: ESPN, Zach Lowe
Hosted by: Megaphone

Best Science Podcast

Huberman Lab
Huberman Lab
From: Scicomm Media
Hosted by: Megaphone
Invisibilia
Invisibilia
From: NPR
Hosted by: NPR
Ologies with Alie Ward
Ologies with Alie Ward
From: Alie Ward
Hosted by: Simplecast
Radiolab
Radiolab
From: WNYC Studios
Hosted by: WNYC
Science Vs
Science Vs
From: Gimlet
Hosted by: Megaphone

Best Technology Podcast

Twenty Thousand Hertz
Twenty Thousand Hertz
From: Dallas Taylor
Hosted by: Megaphone
Darknet Diaries
Darknet Diaries
From: Jack Rhysider
Hosted by: Megaphone
On with Kara Swisher
On With Kara Swisher
From: Vox Media
Hosted by: Megaphone
Pivot
Pivot
From: New York Magazine
Hosted by: Megaphone
Reply All
Reply All
From: Gimlet
Hosted by: Megaphone

Best Ad Read Podcast

Conan O’Brien Needs A Friend
Conan O’Brien Needs A Friend
From: Team Coco & Earwolf
Hosted by: Simplecast
My Brother, My Brother And Me
My Brother, My Brother, and Me
From: The McElroys
Hosted by: Simplecast
Office Ladies
Office Ladies
From: Earwolf & Jenna Fischer and Angela Kinsey
Hosted by: Simplecast
Unlocking Us with Brené Brown
Unlocking Us with Brene Brown
From: Parcast Network
Hosted by: Megaphone
Why Won't You Date Me? with Nicole Byer
Why Won’t You Date Me with Nicole Byer
From: Team Coco & Nicole Byer
Hosted by: Simplecast

Best Overall Host

Ashley Flowers Jay Shetty Kara Swisher Nicole Byer Sarah Marshall

Best Political Podcast

Here's Where It Gets Interesting
Here’s Where It Gets Interesting
From: Sharon McMahon
Hosted by: Acast
The NPR Politics Podcast
NPR Politics Podcast
From: NPR
Hosted by: NPR
Pod Save America
Pod Save America
From: Crooked Media
Hosted by: Simplecast
The Ben Shapiro Show
The Ben Shapiro Show
From: The Daily Wire
Hosted by: Megaphone
The Daily Zeitgeist
The Daily Zeitgeist
From: iHeartPodcasts
Hosted by: Omny Studio

Best TV & Film Podcast

Fake Doctors, Real Friends with Zach and Donald
Fake Doctors, Real Friends
From: iHeartPodcasts
Hosted by: Omny Studio
Films To Be Buried With with Brett Goldstein
Films to be Buried With
From: Brett Goldstein
Hosted by: Acast
How Did This Get Made?
How Did This Get Made?
From: Earwolf and Paul Scheer, June Diane Raphael, Jason Mantzoukas
Hosted by: Simplecast
Into It: A Vulture Podcast with Sam Sanders
Into It
From: Vulture & New York Magazine
Hosted by: Megaphone
Watch What Crappens
Watch What Crappens
From: Ben Mandelker & Ronnie Karam
Hosted by: Simplecast

Best Spanish Language Podcast

Ciudad Mágica
Ciudad Mágica
From: Sonoro | Tenderfoot TV
Hosted by: Omny Studio
Crónicas Obscuras
Crónicas Obscuras
From: Sonoro
Hosted by: Omny Studio
Escuela Secreta
Escuela Secreta
From: My Cultura and Sonoro
Hosted by: Omny Studio
Ídolo: The Ballad of Chalino Sánchez
Idolo
From: Sonoro | Futuro Studios
Hosted by: Omny Studio
Leyendas Legendarias
Leyendas Legendarias
From: Sonoro
Hosted by: Omny Studio

Best Advice & Inspirational Podcast

Beautiful Stories From Anonymous People
Beautiful Stories from Anonymous People
From: Earwolf & Chris Gethard
Hosted by: Simplecast
Chiquis and Chill
Chiquis and Chill
From: My Cultura and iHeartPodcasts
Hosted by: Omny Studio
I Weigh with Jameela Jamil
I Weigh with Jameela Jamil
From: Earwolf & Jameela Jamil
Hosted by: Simplecast
On Purpose with Jay Shetty
On Purpose with Jay Shetty
From: Jay Shetty
Hosted by: Simplecast
We Can Do Hard Things with Glennon Doyle
We Can Do Hard Things with Glennon Doyle
From: Glennon Doyle & Cadence13
Hosted by: Megaphone

Best Beauty & Fashion Podcast

Add to Cart with Kulap Vilaysack & SuChin Pak
Add to Cart
From: Lemonada Media
Hosted by: Omny Studio
Forever35
Forever35
From: Kate Spencer & Doree Shafrir
Hosted by: Acast
Natch Beaut
Natch Beaut
From: Jackie Johnson
Hosted by: Acast
Poog with Kate Berlant and Jacqueline Novak
POOG
From: Big Money Players Network and iHeartPodcasts
Hosted by: Omny Studio
Pretty Basic
Pretty Basic
From: Hlengiwe Molefe
Hosted by: Anchor

Best Travel Podcast

The Atlas Obscura Podcast
Atlas Obscura
From: Witness Docs & Atlas Obscura
Hosted by: Simplecast
Behind The Baller Podcast with Ben Baller
Behind The Baller Podcast with Ben Baller
From: Ben Baller x DBPodcasts
Hosted by: Megaphone
Not Lost
Not Lost
From: iHeartPodcasts and Pushkin Industries
Hosted by: Omny Studio
Travel with Rick Steves
Travel with Rick Steves
From: Rick Steves
Women Who Travel | Condé Nast Traveler
Women Who Travel
From: Condé Nast Traveler
Hosted by: Megaphone

Best Green Podcast

  • Climate of Change with Cate Blanchett and Danny Kennedy (an Audible exclusive)
  • Climate One
    Climate One
    From: Climate One from The Commonwealth Club
    Hosted by: Megaphone
    Hot Take
    Hot Take
    From: Crooked Media
    Hosted by: Simplecast
    Living on Earth
    Living on Earth
    From: World Media Foundation
    Hosted by: Megaphone
    TED Climate
    TED Climate
    From: TED
    Hosted by: PRX

Best Spirituality & Religion Podcast

The Awakened Underground
Awakened Underground
From: Cavalry Audio
Hosted by: Megaphone
Heart Wisdom with Jack Kornfield
Heart Wisdom with Jack Kornfield
From: Be Here Now Network
Hosted by: ART19
May I Elaborate? Sound Wisdom from JB Smoove
May I Elaborate? Daily Wisdom from JB Smoove
From: Four Square Miles
Hosted by: Libsyn
On Being with Krista Tippett
On Being
From: On Being Studios
Hosted by: Simplecast
Joel Osteen Podcast
The Joel Osteen Podcast
From: Joel Osteen
Hosted by: Omny Studio

Best Branded Podcast

Force Multiplier
Force Multiplier
From: iHeartPodcasts
Hosted by: Omny Studio
Hazlo por la chela
Hazlo Por La Chela
From: Sonoro
Hosted by: Omny Studio
Inside Trader Joe's
Inside Trader Joes
From: Trader Joe's
Hosted by: Libsyn
Now, What’s Next?
Now What’s Next?
From: Morgan Stanley
Hosted by: ART19
Smart Talks with IBM
Smart Talks with IBM
From: Pushkin Industries and iHeartPodcasts
Hosted by: Omny Studio

Best Emerging Podcast

Significant Others
Significant Others
From: Team Coco
Hosted by: Simplecast
Sounds Like A Cult
Sounds Like A Cult
From: Amanda Montell & Isa Medina
Hosted by: ART19
The Video Archives Podcast with Quentin Tarantino and Roger Avary
The Video Archives Podcast
From: Quentin Tarantino & Roger Avary, Stitcher
Hosted by: Simplecast
TV, I Say w/ Ashley Ray
TV, I Say with Ashley Ray
From: Earwolf & Ashley Ray-Harris
Hosted by: Simplecast

Best International Podcast

British Villains
British Villains (UK)
From: Ninth Planet Audio & The Cut
Hosted by: Omny Studio
El Viaje
El Viaje (Mexico)
From: Sonoro
Hosted by: Omny Studio
Feu de camp
Feu de Camp (France)
From: NRJ France
Hosted by: Audiomeans
La mia Smemo - Anno scolastico '96-'97
La Mia Smemo (Italy)
From: OnePodcast
Hosted by: Omny Studio
RedHanded
RedHanded (UK)
From: RedHanded
Hosted by: Audioboom

The 2023 iHeartPodcast Awards is part of iHeartMedia’s roster of nationally recognized events including the iHeartRadio Music Awards, the iHeartRadio Music Festival, the nationwide iHeartRadio Jingle Ball Concert Tour, iHeartRadio Fiesta Latina, iHeartCountry Festival, iHeartRadio ALTer Ego and iHeartRadio Wango Tango.

Executive producers for the 2023 iHeartPodcast Awards are John Sykes, Tom Poleman, Conal Byrne and Bart Peters for iHeartMedia, and Deviants Media Studio founder Ivan Dudynsky and show runner Jayson Belt. More information including guest hosts, celebrity appearances and more will be announced in the coming months.

This is a press release which we link to from Podnews, our daily newsletter about podcasting and on-demand. This is reprinted verbatim; we may rewrite headlines and descriptions.

Get a global view on podcasting and on-demand with our daily news briefing