/  10.28.2021

The Weeknd, Doja Cat, Drake and more nabbed 2021 American Music Awards nominations, which were revealed in full on Thursday morning (Oct. 28). The Weeknd is the second-place tally leader, following behind pop singer Olivia Rodrigo, with six nominations; while Doja Cat rounds out the list with five.

Polo G, Saweetie, Cardi B and more are also well-represented on the list, with the latter rapper receiving a total of three nods. Drake and The Weeknd will vie for Artist of the Year, while Erica Banks contends in the new Favorite Trending Song category for her viral TikTok hit, “Buss It.”

Favorite Trending Song is one of three new categories this year, along with Favorite Gospel Artist and Favorite Latin Duo or Group.

In R&B; Doja Cat, H.E.R., Jazmine Sullivan, Jhené Aiko and SZA are nominated for Best Female R&B Artist. Doja, H.E.R. and Sullivan are also represented in the Favorite R&B Album category, along with Queen Naija and Giveon. Chris Brown, Giveon and more picked up nominations for Favorite Male R&B Artist, while Anderson .Paak and Bruno Mars’ Silk Sonic nabbed several nominations, including Favorite R&B Song.

Juice WRLD and Pop Smoke were also posthumously honored. The former’s 2020 effort Legends Never Die is nominated for Favorite Hip Hop Album; while the latter is named in the Favorite Male Hip Hop Artist, Favorite Hip Hop Album and Favorite Hip Hop Song categories.

Three categories are missing from this year’s list, including Favorite Social Artist, which was won last year by BTS; Favorite Artist – Adult Contemporary, won by the Jonas Brothers; and Favorite Soundtrack, won in 2020 by Birds of Prey: The Album.

American Music Awards nominations are based on multiple factors, including Billboard chart success, streaming statistics, album and song sales and radio airplay. Artist and music data for the awards show was tracked by Billboard and MRC Data from Sept. 25, 2020 to Sept. 23, 2021.

Fans can now vote for all awards. The 2021 AMAs will air live at Los Angeles’ Microsoft Theater on Nov. 21 at 8 p.m. EST/ 5 p.m. PST on ABC, streaming the next day on Hulu. See the full list of nominees 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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