2021 American Music Awards nominees: FULL LIST

Artist of the Year nominees are Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande, BTS, Drake, Olivia Rodrigo and The Weeknd.

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Thursday, October 28, 2021
2021 American Music Awards nominees revealed on 'GMA'
"Good Morning America" announces the 2021 AMA nominees for Artist of the Year and Favorite Trending Song on Thursday, Oct. 28.

LOS ANGELES -- Music lovers, it's time: nominations for the 2021 American Music Awards on ABC were announced Thursday morning!

Olivia Rodrigo, making her AMA debut, leads the pack with seven nominations, including Artist of the Year and New Artist of The Year.

Five-time winner The Weeknd scored six nods, followed close behind by Bad Bunny, Doja Cat and Giveon with five nominations each.

2020 Artist of the Year winner Taylor Swift, also the record-holder for most AMA wins of all time with 32, is nominated in the category again, facing off against fellow global superstars including BTS, Ariana Grande and Drake.

"Good Morning America" had a first look at two of the categories. The singers being recognized in the coveted Artist of the Year category are:

Artist of the Year

Taylor Swift

Ariana Grande



Olivia Rodrigo

The Weeknd

A new category, Favorite Trending Song, nominates 2021's most viral songs based on data compiled from TikTok. They are:

Favorite Trending Song

Erica Banks: "Buss It"

Maneskin: "Beggin'"

Megan Thee Stallion: "Body"

Olivia Rodrigo: "drivers license"

Popp Hunna: "Adderall (Corvette Corvette)"

The American Music Awards winners are determined entirely by fans. Nominees were derived from fan interactions like streaming, album sales, song sales and radio airplay between Sept. 25, 2020, and Sept. 23, 2021.

Nominees are derived from fan interactions like streaming, album sales, song sales and radio airplay between Sept. 25, 2020, and Sept. 23, 2021.

The show will take place on ABC live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday, Nov. 21, at 8 p.m. ET/PT | 7 p.m. CT. Performers and presenters are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.

Nominees in other categories include:

New Artist of The Year



Masked Wolf

Olivia Rodrigo

The kid LAROI

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 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

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In this image released on November 22, The Weeknd attends the 2020 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 22, 2020, in Los Angeles, California.
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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"

The Kid LAROI: "F*** LOVE"

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

Jhene 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: "misunderstood"

Favorite R&B Song Nominees:

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 Arrollladora Banda El Limón De René Camacho

Los Dos Carnales

Favorite Latin Album


Kali Uchis: "Sin Miedo (del Amor y Otros Demonios)"

KAROL G: "KG0516"


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





Country artist Morgan Wallen, who was condemned by the music industry for using a racial slur in a video that was leaked in February, will not be included in this year's ceremony, showrunners said in a statement.

"Morgan Wallen is a nominee this year based on charting. As his conduct does not align with our core values, we will not be including him on the show in any capacity (performing, presenting, accepting). 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.

Don't miss the 2021 American Music Awards on Sunday, Nov. 21, at 8 p.m. ET/PT | 7 p.m. CT on ABC. Stream the show the next day on Hulu.