Cardi B creates history as she is now selected for hosting the AMAs as a black woman for the fifth year in a row
by Jaskiran Kaur | Wed, 10 Nov 2021 14:39:54 GMT
Cardi B will be hosting the American Music Awards show this year; Credits: XXL Mag

This year's AMAs are to be hosted by Cardi B, and the singer and rapper are more than ready for the stage. 

Cardi B, the American rapper, gets to helm the stage for the 2021 American Music Awards this year, and the singer herself is a five-time AMAs winner. As the singer shared her announcement with her fans, she said, "I'm ready to bring my personality to the AMAs stage!" Cardi B also made history at the award show when she became the first female rapper to take home the favorite hip-hop song's award twice. This year again, the singer is nominated for three awards at the show. 

Talking about Cardi B getting to hold the stage at the show, the showrunner Jesse Collins said, "She will excite the viewers, push the limits and deliver a show that will be remembered forever!" The Award show will be hosted live by the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. It will also air live on Sunday, November 21. Cardi B stands to win the award for the favorite female hip-hop artist and also two nominations for "Up," making it the favorite music video and favorite hip-hop song.

Before Cardi B got the honor of hosting the stage of the American Music Awards this year, the show has already been hosted by several other stars from the hip-hop industry. The celebrities include M.C. Hammer, who hosted the show way back in 1992, followed by Will Smith in 1994, and then Queen Latifah in 1995. LL Cool J got to direct the stage in 2001, while Sean Combs ascended the stage in 2002. Pitbull got to enjoy the honor for two years in 2013 and 2014.

Now, in 2021, Cardi B will add her name to history as she becomes the fourth Black female star to host the show in its fifth consecutive year. The rapper was first preceded by actress Tracee Ellis Ross who hosted the show for two years in 2017 and 2018, who was then followed by R&B star Ciara in 2019. Actress Taraji P. Henson had hosted the show in 2020. 

Besides hosting duties, this is not the first time for the female rapper to board the stage of the AMAs. Apart from the times, she had to accept her five awards at the awards show Cardi B, also took to the stage to perform "I Like It" at the 2018 AMAs. The rapper was joined on stage by J Balvin and Latin singer Bad Bunny. She also made history by winning the favorite hip-hop song award twice, a new category that was introduced in 2016. 

She won the title for the first time in 2018 for her megahit song "Bodak Yellow." Recently, she won the same title again in 2020 for her very criticized song "WAP." The song also featured "Hot Girl Summer" singer Megan Thee Stallion. 

The singer will now get to host the show in all her sassy glory and is positively thrilled for the opportunity. In her statement, Cardi B said, "When I received the invite to host the AMAs, I was so excited. I'm ready to bring my personality to the AMAs stage! Thank you to Jesse Collins, ABC, and MRC for making this happen." The AMAs' producer is also excited to see the star bring her charisma on the stage. 

American Music Awards are fan interaction awards that focus on the public response received by tracks. The awards base nomination off the interactions that include streaming, album sales, song sales, and radio airplay of the songs, and hence the best performing smashes get to win the titles. The song interactions are managed and tracked by Billboard and MRC Data, the data partner of the American music and entertainment magazine. The awards this year will take songs released beginning from September 25, 2020, till September 23, 2021, into account for the awards. 

The award show this year will be produced by MRC Live & Alternative and Jesse Collins Entertainment. The American Music Awards show is the largest fan-voted awards show in the world, and the show this year will air in over 120 countries. Ready to air at 8:00 p.m. EST/PST on ABC on November 21, the awards show's rebroadcast will also stream on Hulu the next day. 

The award show has now introduced voting through TikTok for the first time in its history, and hence, fans can vote for their favorite artists and tracks for all AMA categories, once per category per day from anywhere around the globe. All you need to do is search "AMAs" on the short video-making app and vote for your chosen categories. Tickets for the show are available for buying at

Cardi B has been nominated for three awards this year at the AMAs; Credits: Heat World

The Award show this year will see Olivia Rodrigo leading the most number of nominations with seven nods to her name for the AMAs. The favorite artist of the Year nomination is currently being held by Ariana Grande, while the category of New Artist of the Year is led by 24kGoldn. "Buss It" by Erica Banks gets to be the Favorite Trending Song of the year while Silk Sonic, Bruno Mars, Anderson. Paak's "Leave The Door Open '' stands proud for Favorite Music Video.