Who Should Win The American Music Awards 2021

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This year’s AMA nominees were announced, with Olivia Rodrigo having the most nominations and The Weeknd close behind. These two, and other artists and groups like BTS and Megan Thee Stallion had huge years, and I won’t be surprised if they clean up at the awards show. I will say what’s interesting about the AMAs is that I’m not sure when the qualification period was. For instance, Future Nostalgia, which came out in March 2020, is nominated for Best Pop Album. It’s my favorite album on 2020, but the fact that it came out almost two years ago makes it strange that it’s still being nominated this late in 2021. Also, several artists are nominated for best artists in multiple genres. While artists are a part of many different genres, I’m a bit surprised that they are nominated for best artists in several different genres. It might be a reflection of artists being less and less limited and being recognized for their eclectic work.

Check out below for who I think should win each category. You can vote for your favorite here.

Artist of the Year

  • Taylor Swift
  • Ariana Grande
  • BTS
  • Drake
  • 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

  • 24kGoldn
  • Giveon
  • Masked Wolf
  • Olivia Rodrigo
  • The Kid LAROI

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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”

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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

  • Drake
  • 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

  • AJR
  • BTS
  • 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*CK 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

  • Drake
  • Lil Baby
  • Moneybagg Yo
  • Polo G
  • Pop Smoke

Favorite Female Hip-Hop Artist

  • Cardi B
  • Coi Leray
  • Erica Banks
  • Megan Thee Stallion
  • Saweetie

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”
  • Polo G “RAPSTAR”
  • Pop Smoke “What You Know Bout Love”

Favorite Male R&B Artist

  • Chris Brown
  • Giveon
  • Tank
  • The Weeknd
  • Usher

Favorite Female R&B Artist

  • Doja Cat
  • H.E.R.
  • Jazmine Sullivan
  • Jhené Aiko
  • SZA

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
  • Maluma
  • Ozuna
  • 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”
  • 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

  • AJR
  • All Time Low
  • Foo Fighters
  • Glass Animals
  • Machine Gun Kelly

Favorite Inspirational Artist

  • CAIN
  • 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
  • Marshmello
  • Regard
  • Tiësto