2021 AMAs: Date, how to livestream, nominees and all about 49th edition of music awards

Olivia Rodrigo is leading the pack this year with seven nominations including Artist of the Year and New Artist of the Year

                            2021 AMAs: Date, how to livestream, nominees and all about 49th edition of music awards
Cardi B, The Weeknd, and Olivia Rodrigo (Jamie McCarthy, Rich Fury, Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

The 49th edition of American Music Awards fondly known as AMAs is all set to take place in Los Angeles. The who’s who of the music industry will descend on the red carpet as they will celebrate the best of the lot. The nominations for the coveted award ceremony were announced in October. 2021 The AMAs have added new categories this year, including favorite trending song, favorite gospel artist, and favorite Latin duo or group.
Olivia Rodrigo, who had an amazing year with her debut album ‘Sour’, is leading the pack with seven nominations including Artist of the Year and New Artist of the Year. The Weeknd, who has earlier won five American Music Awards, scored six nominations this year including the Artist of the Year. Bad Bunny, Doja Cat, and Giveon managed to earn five nods each. Speaking of presenters, artists namely Machine Gun Kelly, Liza Koshy, Marsai Martin and Billy Porter among a few others will get on the stage to give away the awards.


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Date and venue

The 49th edition of AMAs will be held at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday, November 21. The venue has earlier hosted renowned events like Emmys, the Grammys, and the MTV Video Music Awards, along with others over the last few years.

Who is hosting  2021 AMAs?

The Queen of hip-hop Cardi B has been roped in as the show’s host for this year. The ‘WAP’ hitmaker, who has earlier won AMAs five times, will be taking the responsibilities of the ceremony’s host for the very first time. For the uninitiated, Cardi B has is up for three nominations this year- Favourite Music Video, Favourite Female Artist - Hip-Hop and Favourite Song - Hip-Hop. Speaking on hosting the show, Cardi in a statement said, as reported by Billboard, “When I received the invite to host the AMAs, I was so excited. I’m ready to bring my personality to the AMAs stage! Thank you to Jesse Collins, ABC and MRC for making this happen.”


How to livestream?

The American Music Awards are expected to have a live audience. Those sitting at home will be able to enjoy the award ceremony on ABC at 8 pm EST/7 pm Central Time. One can also log in to the official website of the network the next day to get all the scoop. AMAs will also be up for streaming on Hulu the next day.


Artists like Brandy, Madelyn Cline, Ansel Elgort & Rachel Zegler, Winnie Harlow, and Machine Gun Kelly have been given the responsibility to present the awards. Apart from these, public figures namely Liza Koshy, Marsai Martin, Billy Porter, Anthony Ramos, JoJo Siwa, and JB Smoove will also be performing similar duties.


The following artists will be taking over the stage at the AMAs:
Bad Bunny with Tainy and Julieta Venegas
Kane Brown
BTS with Megan Thee Stallion
Tyler, The Creator
Carrie Underwood and Jason Aldean
Zoe Wees
New Edition and New Kids on The Block
Olivia Rodrigo
Silk Sonic
Coldplay x BTS
Mickey Guyton
Walker Hayes


Artist of the Year

Ariana Grande
Olivia Rodrigo
Taylor Swift
The Weeknd 

New Artist of the Year

24k Goldn
Masked Wolf
Olivia Rodrigo
The Kid LAROI 

Collaboration of the Year

24kGoldn ft. iann dior – ‘Mood’
Bad Bunny & Jhay Cortez – ‘DÁKITI’
Chris Brown & Young Thug – ‘Go Crazy’
Justin Bieber ft. Daniel Caesar & Giveon – ‘Peaches’

Favorite Trending Song

Erica Banks – ‘Buss It"
Måneskin – ‘Beggin’
Megan Thee Stallion – ‘Body’
Olivia Rodrigo – ‘drivers license’
Popp Hunna – ‘Adderall (Corvette Corvette)’ 

Favorite Music Video

Silk Sonic (Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak) – ‘Leave The Door Open’
Cardi B – ‘Up’
Lil Nas X – ‘MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)’
Olivia Rodrigo – ‘drivers license’
The Weeknd – ‘Save Your Tears’ 

Favorite Male Pop Artist

Ed Sheeran
Justin Bieber
Lil Nas X
The Weeknd

Favorite Female Pop Artist

Ariana Grande
Doja Cat
Dua Lipa
Olivia Rodrigo
Taylor Swift

Favorite Pop Duo or Group

Glass Animals
Maroon 5
Silk Sonic (Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak) 

Favorite Pop Album

Ariana Grande - Positions
Dua Lipa - Future Nostalgia
Olivia Rodrigo - SOUR
Taylor Swift - evermore

Favorite Pop Song

BTS – ‘Butter’
Doja Cat ft. SZA – ‘Kiss Me More’
Dua Lipa – ‘Levitating’
Olivia Rodrigo – ‘drivers license’
The Weeknd and Ariana Grande – ‘Save Your Tears (Remix)’ 

Favorite Male Country Artist

Chris Stapleton
Jason Aldean
Luke Bryan
Luke Combs
Morgan Wallen

Favorite Female Country Artist

Carrie Underwood
Gabby Barrett
Kacey Musgraves
Maren Morris
Miranda Lambert

Favorite Country Duo or Group

Dan + Shay
Florida Georgia Line
Lady A
Old Dominion
Zac Brown Band

Favorite Country Album

Chris Stapleton – ‘Starting Over’
Gabby Barrett – ‘Goldmine’
Lee Brice – ‘Hey World’
Luke Bryan – ‘Born Here Live Here Die Here’
Morgan Wallen – ‘Dangerous: The Double Album’ 

Favorite Country Song

Chris Stapleton – ‘Starting Over’
Chris Young & Kane Brown – ‘Famous Friends’
Gabby Barrett – ‘The Good Ones’
Luke Combs – ‘Forever After All’
Walker Hayes – ‘Fancy Like’

Favorite Male Hip-Hop Artist

Lil Baby
Moneybagg Yo
Polo G
Pop Smoke 

Favorite Female Hip-Hop Artist

Cardi B
Coi Leray
Erica Banks
Megan Thee Stallion

Favorite Hip-Hop Album

Drake – ‘Certified Lover Boy’
Juice WRLD – ‘Legends Never Die’
Megan Thee Stallion – ‘Good News’
Pop Smoke – ‘Shoot For The Stars Aim For The Moon’
Rod Wave – ‘SoulFly’ 

Favorite Hip-Hop Song

Cardi B – ‘Up’
Internet Money ft. Gunna, Don Toliver & NAV – ‘Lemonade’
Lil Tjay ft. 6LACK – ‘Calling My Phone’
Polo G – ‘RAPSTAR’
Pop Smoke – ‘What You Know Bout Love’ 

Favorite Male R&B Artist

Chris Brown
The Weeknd

Favorite Female R&B Artist

Doja Cat
Jazmine Sullivan
Jhené Aiko

Favorite R&B Album

Doja Cat – ‘Planet Her’
Giveon – ‘When It's All Said And Done...Take Time’
H.E.R – ‘Back of My Mind’
Jazmine Sullivan – ‘Heaux Tales’
Queen Naija – ‘Missunderstood’

Favorite R&B Song

Silk Sonic (Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak) – ‘Leave The Door Open’
Chris Brown & Young Thug – ‘Go Crazy’
Giveon – ‘Heartbreak Anniversary’
H.E.R. – ‘Damage’
Jazmine Sullivan – ‘Pick Up Your Feelings’

Favorite Male Latin Artist

Bad Bunny
J Balvin
Rauw Alejandro

Favorite Female Latin Artist

Becky G
Kali Uchis
Natti Natasha

Favorite Latin Duo or Group

Banda MS de Sergio Lizárraga
Calibre 50
Eslabon Armado La Arrolladora Banda El Limón
De Rene Camacho
Los Dos Carnales 

Favorite Latin Album

Kali Uchis – ‘Sin Miedo (del Amor y Otros Demonios)’
KAROL G – ‘KG0516’
Rauw Alejandro – ‘Afrodisíaco’ 

Favorite Latin Song

Bad Bunny & Jhay Cortez – ‘DÁKITI’
Farruko- ‘Pepas’
Kali Uchis – ‘telepatía’
Maluma & The Weeknd – ‘Hawái (Remix)’

Favorite Rock Artist

All Time Low
Foo Fighters
Glass Animals
Machine Gun Kelly

Favorite Inspirational Artist

Carrie Underwood
Elevation Worship
Lauren Daigle
Zach Williams

Favorite Gospel Artist

Kanye West
Kirk Franklin
Koryn Hawthorne
Maverick City Music
Tasha Cobbs Leonard

Favorite Dance/Electronic Artist

David Guetta

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