How to watch the AMAs (American Music Awards) 2021

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The American Music Awards 2021 are taking place live Sunday, Nov. 21, at 8 p.m. ET. Designed to represent the top achievements in music as determined by the fans, the AMAs are billed as “music’s hottest night of the year.” What’s in store for this year’s edition of the live show?

The AMAs are taking place at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles with rapper Cardi B serving as host for this year’s ceremony. Joining Cardi B as part of the show will be performances from Carrie Underwood, Jason Aldean, Kane Brown, New Edition, New Kids on the Block, Bad Bunny, Tainy and Julieta Venegas, BTS, Olivia Rodrigo, Diplo, Måneskin, Mickey Guyton, Tyler, the Creator, Walker Hayes and Zoe Wees. Sadly Megan Thee Stallion — who was due to collab with BTS — has had to drop out, due to personal reasons. She'll be missed😢

It’s going to be a big show, so how can you watch the 2021 American Music Awards? Read on to find out.

How to watch the AMAs 2021

The American Music Awards are airing again on ABC. The 2021 ceremony is taking place live on Nov. 21 at 8 pm ET/5 pm PT/1 am UK. 

As one of the four major U.S. networks, ABC is widely available to most viewers with a TV. Anyone with a traditional cable/satellite pay-TV subscription will have access to their local ABC station.

ABC is also carried by a number of live TV streaming services, including FuboTV, Hulu with Live TV and YouTube TV.

The broadcast can also be watched on the ABC website — if you subscribe to a traditional or live TV streaming service. If you are not able to watch the show live, the AMAs will also be available to stream on-demand the next day (Nov. 22) on Hulu

How to watch American Music Awards 2021 from anywhere in the world

More than 120 countries will be getting the broadcast of the American Music Awards 2021, according to the AMAs, either through linear or digital platforms. Be sure to check your local listings to find out exactly how and when the AMAs will be available for you to watch.

If you're away from home and want to watch the AMAs broadcast from wherever you are, you still can, by using a VPN (virtual private network). If you're outside the Us — for whatever reason — and want to access your usual channels you won't be able to due to the content being geo-blocked. However, log onto your VPN, choose a server based in the US and stream the show just like you would back home. We've long been fans of ExpressVPN— it's fast, safe, easy to use and offers a no-quibble 30-day money-back guarantee.


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American Music Awards 2021 nominees

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Determined by fan interactions, the nominees for the American Music Awards represent a wide range of genres and musicians released between Sept. 25, 2020, to Sept. 23, 2021. Fan voting has officially closed for the 2021 ceremony, but see who is up for AMAs this year below:

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

New Artist of the Year
Masked Wolf
Olivia Rodrigo

Collaboration of the Year
24kGoldn featuring iann dior - “Mood”
Bad Bunny & Jhay Cortez - “DÁKITI”
Chris Brown & Young Thug - “Go Crazy”
Doja Cat featuring SZA - “Kiss Me More”
Justin Bieber featuring Daniel Caesar & GIVĒON - “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 Weekend - “Save Your Tears”

Favorite Male Pop Artist
Ed Sheeran
Justin Bieber
Lil Nas X
The Weekend

Favorite Female Pop Artist
Ariana Grande
Doja Cat
Dua Lipa
Olivia Rodrigo
Taylor Swfit

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Favorite Pop Duo or Group
Glass Animals
Maron 5
Silk Sonic

Favorite Pop Album
Ariana Grande - Positions
Dua Lipa - Future Nostalgia
Olivia Rodrigo - SOUR
Taylor Swift - evermore

Favorite Pop Song
BTS - “Butter” Doja Cat featuring
SZA - “Kiss Me More”
Dua Lipa - “Levitating”
Olivia Rodrigo - “drivers license”
The Weekend & Ariana Granda - “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
Carid B
Coi Leary
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
Carid B - “Up”
Internet Money featuring Gunna, Don Toliver & NAV - “Lemonade”
Lil Tjay featuring 6LACK - “Calling My Phone”
Polo G - “RAPSTAR”
Pop Smoke - “What You Know Bout Love”

Favorite Male R&B Artist
Chris Brown
Weekend Usher

Favorite Female R&B Artist
Doja Cat
Jazmine Sullivan
Jhené Aiko

Favorite R&B Album
Doja Cat - Planet Her
GIVĒON - 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 - “Leave the Door Open”
Chris Brown & Young Thug - “Go Crazy”
GIVĒON - “Heartbreak Anniversary”
H.E.R. - “Damage”
Jazmine Sullivan - “Pick Up Your Feelings”

Favorite Male Latin Artist
Bad Bunny
J Balvin
Rauw Alejandro

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Favorite Female Latin Artist
Becky G
Kali Uchis
Natti Natasha

Favorite Latin Duo or Group
Banda MS de Sergio Lizárraga
Calibre 50
Eslabon Armando
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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Michael Balderston is a DC-based entertainment and assistant managing editor for What to Watch, who has previously written about the TV and movies with TV Technology, Awards Circuit and regional publications. Spending most of his time watching new movies at the theater or classics on TCM, some of Michael's favorite movies include Casablanca, Moulin Rouge!, Silence of the Lambs, Children of Men, One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest and Star Wars. On the TV side he enjoys Only Murders in the Building, Yellowstone, The Boys, Game of Thrones and is always up for a Seinfeld rerun. Follow on Letterboxd.