Cardi B To Host 2021 American Music Awards
And the 2021 American Music Awards (AMAs) have a host: Cardi B!
After revealing the full list of nominees last week on October 28, the 2021 AMAs have just announced this year’s host: rapper Cardi B!
— American Music Awards (@AMAs) November 2, 2021
This is the fifth consecutive year that a Black female star will present the American Music Awards. Actress Tracee Ellis Ross took the stage in both 2017 and 2018, followed by R&B star Ciara in 2019 and actress Taraji P. Henson in 2020.
This year’s AMA frontwoman is already a five-time AMA winner and is the first female rapper in AMA history to win Favorite Hip-Hop Song twice. With another nomination in the category this year, she could make it three times! Cardi B is also up for two other awards this year: Favorite Video for “Up” and Favorite Hip-Hop Artist.
“When I received the invite to host the AMAs, I was so excited,” the 29-year-old artist said in a statement. “I’m ready to bring my personality to the AMAs stage!”
After her epic performance of her global smash “I Like It” with J Balvin and Bad Bunny at the 2018 American Music Awards, we cannot wait to see what the artist will bring to the stage this year.
Held once again at Los Angeles’ Microsoft Theater, this year’s AMAs will take place on Sunday, Nov. 21 and will air on ABC from 8 p.m. ET.
About the nominees
In a statement, the American Music Awards’ producers revealed:
American Music Awards (AMA) nominees are determined by performance on the Billboard Charts and are not chosen by a voting committee or membership organization. AMA nominees are based on key fan interactions with music (including streaming, album sales, song sales, radio airplay, social engagement), tracked by Billboard and its data partner MRC Data. The AMA winners are voted entirely by fans.
However, the reveal of the list of nominees last week had fans buzzing all across social platforms for various reasons. The most common argument? Newcomer Olivia Rodrigo’s seven nominations, making her the most-nominated artist this year, VS. Billie Eilish’s lack of any nod despite the release of her second album Happier Than Ever in July 2021.
In the chase for the most nominations, The Weeknd follows Rodrigo with six nods, and Doja Cat, Giveon and Bad Bunny tie for third place with five nominations each.
About the votes
The voting period for all Awards will open on October 28, 2021, at 9:30 a.m. ET and will close on November 16, 2021, at 11:59:59 p.m. ET. This year, in addition to the usual Billboard Website and Twitter Voting, fans will also be able to vote for all AMA categories once per category per day on TikTok.