Olivia Rodrigo, the Weeknd Lead 2021 American Music Awards Nominations

UPDATE (11/2): Cardi B has been tapped to host the 2021 American Music Awards, which will air live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles via ABC on November 21.

“When I received the invitation to host the AMAs, I was so excited,” the five-time AMA winner said in a statement. “I’m ready to bring my personality to the AMA stage! Thanks to Jesse Collins, ABC and MRC for making this possible.

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The 2021 American Music Awards have officially announced their list of nominees, including Morgan Wallen, who received two nominations.

The country star, who was filmed saying the n-word earlier this year, has been the subject of controversy in recent months. He later said he would donate $500,000 to organizations such as the Black Music Action Coalition as a sign of contrition for the act, but a rolling stone the investigation revealed that it was unclear whether Wallen had in fact donated the full amount pledged. Despite this, some country radio stations seem to continue supporting the musician, adding “Sand in My Boots” to their rotations.

Show producers MRC Live & Alternative discussed his inclusion as a nominee in a statement. “Unique among award shows, American Music Awards (AMA) nominees are determined by their performance on the Billboard Charts and are not chosen by a voting committee or membership organization,” the statement read. “AMA nominees are based on top fan interactions with music (including streaming, album sales, song sales, radio airplay, social engagement), tracked by Billboard and its data partner MRC Data AMA winners are voted entirely by fans.

“Morgan Wallen is nominated this year based on mapping,” the statement continued. “As his conduct does not align with our core values, we will not include him on the show in any capacity (performance, presentation, acceptance),” he continued. “We plan to assess his progress in doing meaningful work as an ally of the black community and will consider his participation in future broadcasts.”

Beyond Wallen’s nods, Olivia Rodrigo leads the nomination pack for the 2021 American Music Awards. The first-time nominee is up for seven, including Artist of the Year and New Artist. of the year. The Weeknd follows with six, joining Rodrigo in the Artist of the Year category.

The show will air live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on November 21 on ABC and premiere the following day on Hulu. Bad Bunny, Doja Cat and Giveon each earned five nominations. Ariana Grande, BTS and Drake join Rodrigo and the Weeknd in the evening’s highest honor with Artist of the Year nominations.

Fans can vote for all AMA categories via TikTok by searching for “AMAs” in the app.

2021 WADA Nominations

Artist of the Year
Ariana Grande
BTS
Duck
Olivia Rodrigue
Taylor Swift
The weekend

New Artist of the Year
24kGold
Overlook
masked wolf
Olivia Rodrigue
Kid LAROI

collaboration of the year
24kGoldn ft. iann dior “Mood”
Bad Bunny & Jhay Cortez “DÁKITI”
Chris Brown and Young Thug ‘go crazy’
Doja Cat ft. SZA “Kiss Me More”
Justin Bieber with Daniel Caesar & Giveon “Peaches”

Favorite trending song
Erica Banks “Bus It”
Maneskin “Begin”
Megan Thee Stallion “Body”
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 “driver’s license”
The Weeknd “Save Your Tears”

Favorite Male Pop Artist
Duck
Ed Sheeran
justin bieber
Lil Nas X
The weekend

Favorite Female Pop Artist
Ariana Grande
Doja Cat
Doua Lipa
Olivia Rodrigue
Taylor Swift

Favorite pop duo or group
RDA
BTS
glass animals
Brown 5
Sonic Silk (Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak)

Favorite Pop Album
Ariana Grande Positions
Doua Lipa nostalgia for the future
Olivia Rodrigue SOUR
Taylor Swift andvermore
Kid LAROI FUCK LOVE

favorite pop song
BTS “Butter”
Doja Cat ft. SZA “Kiss Me More”
Dua Lipa “Levitating”
Olivia Rodrigo “driver’s license”
The Weeknd & Ariana Grande “Save Your Tears (Remix)”

Favorite Male Country Artist
Chris Stapleton
Jason Aldean
Luke Bryan
Luc Combes
Morgan Wallen

Favorite Female Country Artist
Carrie Underwood
Gabby Barrette
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 “Start Over”
Gabby Barrett “Gold Mine”
Lee Brice “Hello World”
Luke Bryan “Born Here, Live Here, Die Here”
Morgan Wallen “Dangerous: The Double Album”

Favorite country song
Chris Stapleton “Start Over”
Chris Young and Kane Brown “Famous Friends” Gabby Barrett “The Good Ones”
Luke Combs “Forever After All”
Walker Hayes “Fancy Like”

Favorite Male Hip Hop Artist
Duck
Little baby
Moneybagg Yo
Polo G
Pop Smoke

Favorite hip hop artist
Cardi B
Coi Leray
Erica Banks
Megan you stallion
Saweetie

Favorite hip hop album
Duck Certified lover
Juice WRLD legends never die
Megan you stallion Good news
Pop Smoke Aim for the stars Aim for the moon
stem wave soul fly

favorite hip hop song
Cardi B “Up”
Internet Money featuring Gunna, Don Toliver and NAV “Lemonade”
Lil Tjay ft. 6LACK “Call my phone”
Polo G “RAPSTAR”
Pop Smoke “What You Know About Love”

Favorite Male R&B Artist
Chris Brown
Overlook
Reservoir
The weekend
Bailiff

Favorite R&B Female Artist
Doja Cat
HER
Jazmine Sullivan
Jhene Aiko
SZA

Favorite R&B Album
Doja Cat planet she
Overlook When all is said and done… Take the time
HER In the back of my mind
Jazmine Sullivan Tales of Heaux
Queen Naija misunderstood

Favorite R&B Song
Silk Sonic (Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak) “Leave the Door Open”
Chris Brown and Young Thug ‘go crazy’
Giveon “Heartbreak Anniversary”
HIS “Damages”
Jazmine Sullivan “Take Back Your Feelings”

Favorite Male Latin Artist
bad bunny
J Balvin
Maluma
Ozuna
Rauw Alejandro

Favorite Latin Artist
Becky G
Kali Uchis
CAROL G
Natti Natasha
ROSALIA

Favorite Latin Duo or Group
Banda MS by Sergio Lizárraga
Caliber 50
Eslabon Armado
La Arrolladora Banda El Limon By Rene Camacho
Los Dos Carnales

Favorite Latin Album
Bad bunny EL ULTIMO TOUR DEL MUNDO
Kali Uchis Sin Miedo (del Amor y Otros Demonios)
CAROL G KG0516
Maluma GRANDPA JUANCHO
Rauw Alejandro Afrodisiaco

favorite latin song
Bad Bunny & Jhay Cortez “DÁKITI”
Bad Bunny x ROSALIA “LA NOCHE DE ANOCHE”
Farruko “Pepas”
Kali Uchis “telepathy”
Maluma & The Weeknd “Hawaii (Remix)”

Favorite rock artist
RDA
all the time low
foo fighters
glass animals
Machine Gun Kelly

Favorite Inspirational Artist
CAIN
Carrie Underwood
worship of elevation
Lauren Daigle
Zach Williams

Favorite Gospel Artist
Kanye West
kirk franklin
Koryn Hawthorne
Maverick Town Music
Tasha Cobbs Leonard

Favorite Dance/Electronic Artist
David Guetta
ILLENIUM
Marshmallow
Concerning
Tiesto

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