How to watch the AMAs (American Music Awards) online from anywhere in the world

When and where to watch, nominees and more—the American Music Awards are coming in hot

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It's almost showtime: the American Music Awards are bound to deliver a stellar 2021 affair, and a few of your favorite artists are leading the pack with multiple nominations. (We're not naming names, but Olivia Rodrigo.) 

From country and rap to pop and rock, the biggest names in the biz will be recognized for their catchiest tracks. Aren't you curious who will walk home victorious?

Since you can't afford to miss what's happening at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, we'll tell you how to watch the American Music Awards 2021, even if you're in another country. 

How to watch the AMAs in the US

Those in the U.S. will be able to catch the AMAs on Sunday, November 21, 2021 at 8 ET/PT via ABC. Fans will have the opportunity to stream the show in its entirety on ABC's website and Hulu the following day. 

How to watch the AMAs from anywhere

Not in the US? Don't sweat it: a VPN can help. VPNs allow you to change your IP address so, no matter your location, so you can access the same streaming services that you've already paid for and watch your favorite TV. Our go-to pick is ExpressVPN, which boasts a 30-day money-back guarantee, should you need to cancel your service.

American Music Awards: 2021 nominations

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

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”

Trending song
Erica Banks “Buss It”
Måneskin “Beggin’”
Megan Thee Stallion “Body”
Olivia Rodrigo “Drivers License”
Popp Hunna “Adderall (Corvette Corvette)”

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”

Male pop artist
Ed Sheeran
Justin Bieber
Lil Nas X
The Weeknd

Female pop artist
Ariana Grande
Doja Cat
Dua Lipa
Olivia Rodrigo
Taylor Swift

Pop duo or group
Glass Animals
Maroon 5
Silk Sonic (Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak)

Pop album
Ariana Grande Positions
Dua Lipa Future Nostalgia
Olivia Rodrigo Sour
Taylor Swift Evermore

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)”

Male country artist
Chris Stapleton
Jason Aldean
Luke Bryan
Luke Combs
Morgan Wallen

Female country artist
Carrie Underwood
Gabby Barrett
Kacey Musgraves
Maren Morris
Miranda Lambert

Country duo or group
Dan + Shay
Florida Georgia Line
Lady A
Old Dominion
Zac Brown Band

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

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”

Male hip-hop artist
Lil Baby
Moneybagg Yo
Polo G
Pop Smoke

Female hip-hop artist
Cardi B
Coi Leray
Erica Banks
Megan Thee Stallion

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”

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”

Male R&B artist
Chris Brown
The Weeknd

Female R&B artist
Doja Cat
Jazmine Sullivan
Jhené Aiko

Olivia Rodrigo attends The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures Opening Gala at Academy Museum of Motion Pictures on September 25, 2021 in Los Angeles, California

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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

R&B song
Silk Sonic (Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak)  “Leave The Door Open”
Chris Brown & Young Thu “Go Crazy”
Giveon “Heartbreak Anniversary”
H.E.R. “Damage”
Jazmine Sullivan “Pick Up Your Feelings”

Male Latin artist
Bad Bunny
J Balvin
Rauw Alejandro

Female Latin artist
Becky G
Kali Uchis
Karol G
Natti Natasha

Latin duo or group
Banda Sinaloense MS de Sergio Lizárraga
Calibre 50
Eslabon Armado La Arrolladora Banda El Limón De René Camacho
Los Dos Carnales

Latin album
Bad Bunny El Último Tour Del Mundo
Kali Uchis Sin Miedo (del Amor y Otros Demonios)
Karol G KG0516
Maluma Papi Juancho
Rauw Alejandro Afrodisíaco

Latin song
Bad Bunny & Jhay Cortez “Dákiti”
Bad Bunny & Rosalía “La Noche de Anoche”
Farruko “Pepas”
Kali Uchis “Telepatía”
Maluma & The Weeknd “Hawái (Remix)”

Rock artist
All Time Low
Foo Fighters
Glass Animals
Machine Gun Kelly

Inspirational artist
Carrie Underwood
Elevation Worship
Lauren Daigle
Zach Williams

Gospel artist
Kanye West
Kirk Franklin
Koryn Hawthorne
Maverick City Music
Tasha Cobbs Leonard

Dance/electronic artist
David Guetta


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AMAs performers 2021

All genres are on the performance lineup this year: rock, rap, country. There's a little something for all listeners.  

For the the first time, the AMAs will have a musical curator playing songs throughout the night, and Diplo will step into the role. The show's list of performers include:

  • BTS and Megan Thee Stallion
  • Olivia Rodrigo
  • Carrie Underwood with Jason Aldean 
  • Kane Brown
  • New Addition
  • New Kids on the Block 
  • Måneskin
  • Mickey Guyton
  • Tyler, The Creator
  • Walker Hayes
  • Zoe Wees 

AMAs voting: how does it work?

Want to show support for your favorite vocalists and bands? Make sure to cast your votes via TikTok! By searching for "AMAs" in-app, music's biggest fans will be able to voice their opinions while catching up on the day's most popular trends. TikTok users can vote once per category per day, according to ABC. 

Voting closes on November 16 at 11:59pm ET. Hurry and cast your final vote so that you have a say in the world’s largest fan-voted awards show!

American Music Awards 2021 host

On November 2, viewers learned Cardi B will make her hosting debut at this year's AMAs. 

"We are immensely excited to have the dynamic Cardi B bring her infectious energy to the American Music Awards as a first-time host," executive producer Jesse Collins said in a statement. "She will excite the viewers, push the limits and deliver a show that will be remembered forever!"

We certain she will: the rapper took to Twitter to confirm the news and her excitement for the task. 

"I'm so proud to announce, I’ll be hosting the 2021 ! Tune in November 21 8/7c on @AMAs @ABCNetwork," she wrote. 

The "Rumors" rapper has won five AMAs and made history as the first female rapper to win Favorite Hip-Hop Song twice: for "Bodak Yellow" in 2018 and "WAP" in 2020. It seems fitting that she'd take on hosting duties, don't you think? 

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