Olivia Rodrigo, The Weeknd, Bad Bunny Top Nominees For 2021 American Music Awards

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The Weeknd - Photo: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images
The Weeknd - Photo: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

The nominations for the 2021 American Music Awards have been revealed ahead of the awards show airing live on ABC from Los Angeles’ Microsoft Theater on November 21.

Olivia Rodrigo is the most nominated artist at this year’s show, leading with seven nominations including Favorite Female Pop Artist, New Artist of the Year, and Favorite Pop Album for Sour. She also scored three nominations off the back of “Drivers License” alone, including: Favorite Music Video, Favorite Trending Song, and Favorite Pop Song.

The Weeknd and Bad Bunny also scored big this year with six and five nominations, respectively. The Latin star is up for Collaboration of the Year for “DÁKITI” with Jhay Cortez, Favorite Male Latin Artist, Favorite Latin Album for EL ÚLTIMO TOUR DEL MUNDO and is going up against himself for Favorite Latin Song with nominations for “DÁKITI” and the Rosalía-assisted “LA NOCHE DE ANOCHE.” The category also includes nominations for Maluma and The Weeknd’s collaboration “Hawái (Remix)” and Kali Uchis’ “telepatía.”

The Weeknd is nominated for Artist of the Year in addition to both Favorite Male R&B Artist and Favorite Male Pop Artist at this year’s show, acknowledging the global star’s genre-crossing talents. He also received additional nominations for Favorite Pop Song for the Ariana Grande-featuring “Save Your Tears (Remix),” Favorite Music Video for the original “Save Your Tears” visual.

The stacked Artist of the Year category also features Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande, BTS and Drake in addition to Rodrigo and The Weeknd. Elsewhere, Justin Bieber snagged nominations for Collaboration of the Year (“Peaches” with Giveon and Daniel Caesar) and Favorite Male Pop Artist, the category where Drake is also nominated.

Grande and Swift are both nominated for Favorite Pop Album for the chart-topping projects “Positions” and “evermore,” respectively. BTS are recognized in the categories of Favorite Pop Duo or Group and Favorite Pop Song (“Butter”).

Other nominees include Kacey Musgraves, Pop Smoke, Jhené Aiko, J Balvin, Foo Fighters, Machine Gun Kelly, Kanye West and dozens more.

Voting is now open on the American Music Awards website. View the full list of nominations for the 2021 American Music Awards.

Artist of the Year
Taylor Swift
Ariana Grande
Olivia Rodrigo
The Weeknd

Favorite Trending Song
Erica Banks, "Buss It"
Måneskin, "Beggin"
Megan Thee Stallion, "Body"
Olivia Rodrigo, "Drivers License"
Popp Hunna, "Adderall (Corvette Corvette)"

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 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
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

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