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TikTok Has Even Overtaken The 2021 American Music Awards

Once upon a time, long ago in 2019/early 2020, TikTok was a fun way to promote one’s music. Now, for many artists, it has become a deal breaker for their success. So, it wasn’t surprising when the American Music Awards allowed fans to pick their favorite singers, songs and albums on the social media app for the first time ever this year (although casting votes on the show’s website was still an option). This shift in voting style also makes sense after taking a peek at the leaders among the 2021 nominees, who’ll find out if they’re taking home a crystal pyramid trophy this Sunday, Nov. 21. 

Olivia Rodrigo is at the very top of the list with seven nominations. Even more impressive, the High School Musical: The Musical: The Series star is vying for both New Artist of the Year and Artist of the Year. At just 18 years old, the Disney starlet is going up against seasoned music veterans like Ariana Grande, Drake and Taylor Swift for the AMAs’ most coveted honor, despite still being considered a “new artist.” The way she has skyrocketed into pop stardom within the span of a year — or less, if you consider the May 2021 release of Olivia’s debut album SOUR to be her true takeoff point — reflects how Internet virality is determining the new generation of chart-toppers. Her debut single, “Driver’s License,” was practically the National Anthem of TikTok at one point during the pandemic.

The Weeknd holds the No. 2 spot on the list of artists with most AMAs nominations in 2021 — six, to be exact. While the 31-year-old singer found fame back when Vine was the “It” app, his song “Blinding Lights” set off a dance trend on TikTok in 2020 (and, of course, he achieved a career milestone by headlining the Super Bowl LV halftime show that very same year). Doja Cat is another standout nominee who climbed the celebrity ranks thanks to TikTok. While the 26-year-old singer/rapper has been building a cult following since 2014, it was her hit “Say So” that made her a household name. She’s entering the show with five nominations total.

As you can see from the handful of tweets below, two names keep resurfacing in online conversations as fans make their predictions ahead of the award show: Olivia Rodrigo and Taylor Swift. The latter has already been trending on every social media platform since Nov. 13 thanks to the release of Red (Taylor’s Version). The country-turned-pop-turned folk singer is up for three awards, and if she nabs even just one, Taylor will beat the record for most AMAs wins ever. Actually, she’ll be beating herself, since the “All Too Well” singer holds the record with 32 total wins. Ironically, throughout these pre-AMAs weeks, Taylor and Olivia are the two artists who keep getting compared to one another thanks to a chorus in Taylor’s re-recording of her 2012 song, “Nothing New.” Although Taylor’s singing about herself in the past tense, fans can’t help but feel like she foreshadowed Olivia’s future success with the lines, “I know someday I’m gonna meet her / It’s a fever dream / The kind of radiance you only / Have at seventeen, she’ll know the way.” Millennial and Gen Z pop star forces will collide at the AMAs!

The AMAs is not just all about the awards. This year, the list of performers is stacked: Tyler, The Creator, Bad Bunny with Julieta Venegas and Tainy, MÃ¥neskin, Mickey Guyton, Walker Hayes, Zoe Wees, Jason Aldean, New Kids on the Block with New Edition, Kane Brown and Diplo will all be hitting the stage. The performance fans — especially K-pop stans — are especially anticipating, though, is the live debut of BTS’ collaboration with Megan Thee Stallion, “Butter.” 

On top of all this excitement, Cardi B will be making her hosting debut for the AMAs. Wondering what to do next? Voting is already closed, and if you didn’t secure a ticket for the event that’s being held at Los Angeles’ Microsoft Theater, you can tune into ABC at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Nov. 21. You can also stream the AMAs on Hulu the following day.

Here’s a look at every single nominee leading up to this Sunday’s show:


Artist of the Year

Ariana grande 



Olivia Rodrigo

Taylor Swift

The Weeknd

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 & GIVÄ’ON – “Peaches”

Favorite Trending Song

Erica Banks – “Buss It”

MÃ¥neskin – “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 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”

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


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”

Polo G – “RAPSTAR”

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”

GIVÄ’ON – “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”

GIVÄ’ON – “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”

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


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





Words by Jade Boren

Posted On 3 October, 2022