Five-time American Music Awards winner Cardi B is gotten to be the host of the awards show this year. Cardi B will host the 2021 American Music Awards, which are set to air live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday, Nov. 21.
Cardi B has won five American Music Awards and performed on the broadcast during her career so far.
A five-time AMA winner, Cardi has three nominations at the current year’s show – most loved female hip-hop artist and two nods for “Up” as a favorite music video and favorite hip-hop song.
Cardi joins a long queue of hip-hop stars to host or co-host the AMAs. Others incorporate M.C. Hammer (1992), Will Smith (1994), Queen Latifah (1995), LL Cool J (2001), Sean Combs (2002), and Pitbull (2013-14).
This is the fifth back-to-back year that a Black female star will front the AMAs. Cardi B follows actress Tracee Ellis Ross (2017-18), R&B star Ciara (2019), and actress Taraji P. Henson (2020).
The rapper behind such hits as “Bodak Yellow” and “Money” has been tapped to host the fan-voted awards show broadcasting from Los Angeles on ABC on Nov. 21.
“When I received the invite to host the AMAs, I was so excited,” the 29-year-old said in a statement. “I’m ready to bring my personality to the AMAs stage.”
Airing Nov. 21, the “WAP” rapper is additionally nominated for additional awards this year, including favorite hip-hop song and video for “Up” and favorite hip-hop artist.
“We are immensely excited to have the dynamic Cardi B bring her infectious energy to the American Music Awards as a first-time host,” said executive producer Jesse Collins in a statement Tuesday.
Cardi B performed “I Like It” at the AMAs in 2018 with J Balvin and Bad Bunny and also made history during her last AMAs appearance, becoming the first female rapper to win Favorite Hip-Hop Song twice.
This denotes the first time Cardi will host the AMAs, which will air from Los Angeles on ABC. In 2018, Cardi, whose real name is Belcalis Almánzar, performed “I Like It” at the AMAs close by J Balvin and Bad Bunny,
Other A-list stars head into the AMAs with a huge number of nominations, including pop star Olivia Rodrigo, who leads with seven nominations, remarkably for artist of the year. The rising singer is facing other fan favorites like Taylor Swift and the Weeknd.
For the first time in the award show’s history, Dick Clark Productions will be adopting a co-producing partner — Jesse Collins Entertainment — close by the organization’s signature producers.
In June, Cardi uncovered at the 2021 BET Awards that she and her husband Offset are expecting. The couple, who married in a secret ceremony in 2017, are already parents to their 3-year-old daughter, Kulture.
Olivia Rodrigo, in the first year she’s qualified, is the leading nominee this time with seven, including artist of the year and new artist of the year.
Five-time winner The Weeknd has six nominations, going toward Rodrigo in the artist of the year category alongside BTS, Ariana Grande, Drake, and Taylor Swift.
Reggaeton star Bad Bunny, R&B rookie Giveon and Doja Cat each have five nominations. In the new artist of the year category, Rodrigo joins Giveon, 24KGoldn, Masked Wolf, and The Kid LAROI.
Swift, who holds the record for the most awarded artist in AMA history, could additionally broaden her streak. She is nominated for three awards total, including her favorite pop album for “evermore.”
The AMAs added new categories this year, including favorite trending song, favorite gospel artist, and favorite Latin duo or group.
Rapper Pop Smoke, who was killed in 2020, is nominated in three categories, including favorite hip-hop album and favorite hip-hop artist, and could win his first award posthumously.
Nominees depend on key fan interactions – as reflected on the Billboard charts – including streaming, album sales, song sales, and radio airplay. These measurements are tracked by Billboard and its information partner MRC Data, and cover the period Sept. 25, 2020, through Sept. 23, 2021.
The 2021 American Music Awards is produced by MRC Live and Alternative and Jesse Collins Entertainment.
As the world’s largest fan-voted awards show, the AMAs will air internationally across a footprint of linear and digital platforms in more than 120 countries and regions.
Three new categories have been added – Favorite Trending Song, Favorite Gospel Artist, and Favorite Latin Duo or Group – while three have likewise been taken out. They are Favorite Social Artist, Favorite Artist – Adult Contemporary, and Favorite Soundtrack.
The 2021 American Music Awards covers the period between September 25, 2020, and September 23, 2021.
The current year’s ceremony will happen at Los Angeles’ Microsoft Theater on November 21, airing live on ABC at 8 pm ET (1 am GMT) and streaming the next day on Hulu.
Voting is presently open and this year. For the first time, fans can vote in favor of all AMA categories, once per category per day, internationally on TikTok via looking for “AMAs” in-app.