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Your 2021 American Music Awards Cheat Sheet: Everything You Need to Know About the AMAs

host, performers, song choices, presenters, nominees, winners, how to watch, where to watch… it’s all right here!

When are they? Sunday, November 21 at 8/7c

Where do I watch? The 2021 American Music Awards will broadcast live on ABC on Sunday, November 21 at 8/7c.

Who is the host? Cardi B is set to make her hosting debut at the AMAs this year!

Performers + song choices:

  • BTS: “Butter”
  • Bad Bunny + Tainy + Julieta Venegas: “Lo Siento BB:/“
  • Chlöe: “Have Mercy”
  • BTS + Coldplay: “My Universe”
  • Diplo: music curator
  • GIVĒON: “Heartbreak Anniversary”
  • Jason Aldean + Carrie Underwood: “If I Didn’t Love You”
  • Jennifer Lopez: “On My Way”
  • Kane Brown: “One Mississippi”
  • Måneskin: “Beggin”
  • Mickey Guyton: “All American”
  • New Edition + New Kids on the Block
  • Olivia Rodrigo
  • Silk Sonic: opening the show
  • Tyler, The Creator
  • Walker Hayes: “Fancy Like”
  • Zoe Wees

Presenters:

  • Angel Elgort
  • Rachel Zegler
  • Anthony Ramos
  • Billy Porter
  • Brandy
  • D-Nice
  • Drew Lachey
  • Joey Fatone
  • Shawn Stockman
  • JB Smoove
  • JoJo Siwa
  • Liza Koshy
  • Machine Gun Kelly
  • Marsai Martin
  • Madelyn Cline
  • Michelle Young
  • Winnie Harlow

Who is nominated this year, and who are the winners? Read on for the nominees and winners as they are announced throughout the night…

ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Ariana Grande
BTS — WINNER
Drake
Olivia Rodrigo
Taylor Swift
The Weeknd

NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR
24kGoldn
GIVĒON
Masked Wolf
Olivia RodrigoWINNER
The Kid LAROI

COLLABORATION OF THE YEAR
24kGoldn ft. iann dior – “Mood”
Bad Bunny & Jhay Cortez – “DÁKITI”
Chris Brown & Young Thug – “Go Crazy”
Doja Cat ft. SZA – “Kiss Me More” — WINNER
Justin Bieber ft. Daniel Caesar & GIVĒON – “Peaches”

FAVORITE TRENDING SONG
Erica Banks – “Buss It”
Måneskin – “Beggin’”
Megan Thee Stallion – “Body” — WINNER
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)” — WINNER
Olivia Rodrigo – “drivers license”
The Weeknd – “Save Your Tears”

FAVORITE MALE POP ARTIST
Drake
Ed Sheeran — WINNER
Justin Bieber
Lil Nas X
The Weeknd

FAVORITE FEMALE POP ARTIST
Ariana Grande
Doja Cat
Dua Lipa
Olivia Rodrigo
Taylor Swift — WINNER

FAVORITE POP DUO OR GROUP
AJR
BTS — WINNER
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 — WINNER
The Kid LAROI – F*CK LOVE

FAVORITE POP SONG
BTS – “Butter” — WINNER
Doja Cat ft. SZA – “Kiss Me More”
Dua Lipa – “Levitating”
Olivia Rodrigo – “drivers license”
The Weeknd & Ariana Grande – “Save Your Tears (Remix)”

FAVORITE MALE COUNTRY ARTIST
Chris Stapleton
Jason Aldean
Luke Bryan — WINNER
Luke Combs
*Morgan Wallen

FAVORITE FEMALE COUNTRY ARTIST
Carrie Underwood — WINNER
Gabby Barrett
Kacey Musgraves
Maren Morris
Miranda Lambert

FAVORITE COUNTRY DUO OR GROUP
Dan + Shay — WINNER
Florida Georgia Line
Lady A
Old Dominion
Zac Brown Band

FAVORITE COUNTRY ALBUM
Chris Stapleton – Starting Over
Gabby Barrett – Goldmine — WINNER
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” — WINNER
Luke Combs – “Forever After All”
Walker Hayes – “Fancy Like”

FAVORITE MALE HIP-HOP ARTIST
Drake — WINNER
Lil Baby
Moneybagg Yo
Polo G
Pop Smoke

FAVORITE FEMALE HIP-HOP ARTIST
Cardi B
Coi Leray
Erica Banks
Megan Thee Stallion — WINNER
Saweetie

FAVORITE HIP-HOP ALBUM
Drake – Certified Lover Boy
Juice WRLD – Legends Never Die
Megan Thee Stallion – Good News — WINNER
Pop Smoke – Shoot For The Stars Aim For The Moon
Rod Wave – SoulFly

FAVORITE HIP-HOP SONG
Cardi B – “Up” — WINNER
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
GIVĒON
Tank
The Weeknd — WINNER
Usher

FAVORITE FEMALE R&B ARTIST
Doja Cat — WINNER
H.E.R.
Jazmine Sullivan
Jhené Aiko
SZA

FAVORITE R&B ALBUM
Doja Cat – Planet Her — WINNER
GIVĒON – 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” — WINNER
Chris Brown & Young Thug – “Go Crazy”
GIVĒON – “Heartbreak Anniversary”
H.E.R. – “Damage”
Jazmine Sullivan – “Pick Up Your Feelings”

FAVORITE MALE LATIN ARTIST
Bad Bunny — WINNER
J Balvin
Maluma
Ozuna
Rauw Alejandro

FAVORITE FEMALE LATIN ARTIST
Becky G — WINNER
Kali Uchis
KAROL G
Natti Natasha
ROSALÍA

FAVORITE LATIN DUO OR GROUP
Banda MS de Sergio Lizárraga — WINNER
Calibre 50
Eslabon Armado
La Arrolladora Banda El Limón De Rene Camacho
Los Dos Carnales

FAVORITE LATIN ALBUM
Bad Bunny – EL ÚLTIMO TOUR DEL MUNDOWINNER
Kali Uchis – Sin Miedo (del Amor y Otros Demonios)
KAROL G – KG0516
Maluma – PAPI JUANCHO
Rauw Alejandro – Afrodisíaco

FAVORITE LATIN SONG
Bad Bunny & Jhay Cortez – “DÁKITI”
Bad Bunny x ROSALÍA – “LA NOCHE DE ANOCHE”
Farruko – “Pepas”
Kali Uchis – “telepatía” — WINNER
Maluma & The Weeknd – “Hawái (Remix)”

FAVORITE ROCK ARTIST
AJR
All Time Low
Foo Fighters
Glass Animals
Machine Gun Kelly — WINNER

FAVORITE INSPIRATIONAL ARTIST
CAIN
Carrie Underwood — WINNER
Elevation Worship
Lauren Daigle
Zach Williams

FAVORITE GOSPEL ARTIST
Kanye West — WINNER
Kirk Franklin
Koryn Hawthorne
Maverick City Music
Tasha Cobbs Leonard

FAVORITE DANCE/ELECTRONIC ARTIST
David Guetta
ILLENIUM
Marshmello — WINNER
Regard
Tiësto

Watch the 2021 American Music Awards hosted by Cardi B live Sunday, November 21 at 8/7c on ABC.

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