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.

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

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