Airs live Sunday, Nov. 21, on ABC
MRC Live & Alternative and ABC announced Cardi B will host the 2021 American Music Awards” (AMAs) live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday, Nov. 21 (8 p.m. EST/PST), on ABC and streaming next day on Hulu. For the first time ever, the rapper will take the stage in her hosting debut to usher in the event, which will feature performances and moments representing music’s vibrant community.
“When I received the invite to host the AMAs, I was so excited,” Cardi B said. “I'm ready to bring my personality to the AMAs stage! Thank you to Jesse Collins, ABC and MRC for making this happen.”
Executive producer Collins said, “We are immensely excited to have the dynamic Cardi B bring her infectious energy to the American Music Awards as a first-time host. She will excite the viewers, push the limits and deliver a show that will be remembered forever!”
A five-time AMA winner, Cardi B is no stranger to the American Music Awards, having performed “I Like It” in 2018 with J Balvin and Bad Bunny. The rapper also made history during her last AMAs appearance becoming the first female rapper to win Favorite Hip-Hop Song twice.
Cardi B will join a long lineage of global superstar AMA hosts – Jennifer Lopez, Eddie Murphy, Jimmy Kimmel, Britney Spears, LL Cool J, Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross, Tracee Ellis Ross, Lionel Richie, and last year’s host Taraji P. Henson, to name a few.
As it approaches its semicentennial anniversary next year, the AMAs represents the top achievements in music as determined by the fans.
As the world’s largest fan-voted awards show, the AMAs will air globally across a footprint of linear and digital platforms in over 120 countries and territories.
Voting is now open and, this year – for the first time ever – fans can vote for all AMA categories, once per category per day, globally on TikTok by searching for “AMAs” in-app. They can also access the voting hub by clicking here.
Nominees are based 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 data partner MRC Data, and cover the time period Sept. 25, 2020, through Sept. 23, 2021. The American Music Awards winners are voted entirely by fans.
Fans can follow the AMAs on social (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, TikTok, Snapchat and YouTube), online at theamas.com and ABC.com, and join the conversation by using the official hashtag for the show, #AMAs.
Tickets are now on sale now at www.axs.com.