Here are All of the 2021 American Music Award Nominations

Here are All of the 2021 American Music Award Nominations

Here are All of the 2021 American Music Award Nominations

Surprisingly to absolutely no one, first-time nominee Olivia Rodrigo already has the most nominations with seven.

Surprisingly to absolutely no one, first-time nominee Olivia Rodrigo already has the most nominations with seven.

Text: Addison Aloian

The American Music Awards are returning in just a few weeks, and we finally have a list of the 2021 nominations. Airing live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday, Nov. 21, the nominations are comprised of everyone’s favorite music stars with little to no surprises. Nominations come from the statistics of listeners, like from streaming, album sales, song sales, radio airplay, and social media engagement. Tracked by Billboard and its data partner MRC Data, the numbers were watched from Sept. 25, 2020 through Sept. 23, 2021.

Leading the pack, we have V132 Cover Star Olivia Rodrigo with seven nominations, including Artist of the Year, New Artist of the Year, and Favorite Pop Album for SOUR, and it’s only her first AMAs. She could potentially break the record for most wins for a first-time nominee if she wins five or more of her awards. Falling just behind Rodrigo are The Weeknd with six nominations, and Bad Bunny, Doja Cat, and Giveon with five each. Taylor Swift has received her eighth AMAs nomination, this time for Artist of the Year, where Drake received his fifth nomination in that category, and Ariana Grande and The Weeknd, their fourth. Right now, Swift has the most Artist of the Year wins, six, and the most AMA wins overall, 32, according to Billboard.

Morgan Wallen, however, managed to receive two nominations despite the video of him using a racial slur surfacing this past spring, for which he later apologized. MRC Live & Alternative released a statement explaining that Wallen’s nominations are based on charting, and that he will not be involved in this year’s show at all.

“We plan to evaluate his progress in doing meaningful work as an ally to the Black community and will consider his participation in future shows,” the statement read.

Brand new to the 2021 awards, the AMAs have added three new categories this year: Favorite Trending Song (shout out to TikTok for this one), Favorite Gospel Artist, and Favorite Latin Duo or Group. However, three nomination categories from last year have been removed: Favorite Social Artist (won by BTS), favorite artist – adult contemporary (the Jonas Brothers), and Favorite Soundtrack (Birds of Prey: The Album).

In an effort to add more awards honoring artists in the Latin field, there are now five awards up for grabs, the same as pop and country. There are four awards each for hip-hop and R&B, and one each for rock, inspirational, gospel, and dance/electronic music.

Voting is now open through Nov. 16, and fans can vote either by going to or, for the first time, by typing “AMA” and other key phrases into the search bar of the TikTok app. Remember, you can only vote once per category per day.

Watch all your favorite artists win live on Sunday, Nov. 21 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC, or buy tickets to the show that are on sale now at

View all of the nominations below:


Artist of the Year:

Ariana Grande



Olivia Rodrigo

Taylor Swift

The Weeknd

New Artist of the Year:



Masked Wolf

Olivia Rodrigo


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”

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 & 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”


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:

Bad Bunny, El Último Tour Del Mundo

Kali Uchis, Sin Miedo (del Amor y Otros Demonios)


Maluma, Papi Juancho

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





Credits: Images Courtesy of @AMAs/Instagram


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