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Cardi B Set to Host 2021 American Music Awards

Cardi B has been tapped to host the 2021 American Music Awards, which will air live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles this month.

A five-time AMA winner, Cardi has three nominations at this year’s ceremony: Favorite Female Hip-hop Artist and two nods for “Up” as Favorite Music Video and Favorite Hip-hop Song. It will be her first time hosting an awards show.

Notably, this is the fifth consecutive year a Black female star will host the AMAs. Cardi B follows actress Tracee Ellis Ross (2017-18), R&B star Ciara (2019) and actress Taraji P. Henson (2020). Cardi also joins a long line of hip-hop stars who have hosted or co-hosted the AMAs. Her predecessors include M.C. Hammer (1992), Will Smith (1994), Queen Latifah (1995), LL Cool J (2001), Sean Combs (2002) and Pitbull (2013-14).

"When I received the invite to host the AMAs, I was so excited,“ Cardi B said in a statement. "I'm ready to bring my personality to the AMAs stage! Thank you to Jesse Collins, ABC and MRC for making this happen."

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

The 2021 American Music Awards is produced by MRC Live & Alternative and Jesse Collins Entertainment. As the world’s largest fan-voted awards show, the AMAs will be broadcast globally in over 120 countries and territories. The show will air live on November 21, at 8:00 p.m. EST/PST on ABC and will stream the next day on Hulu.

Voting for the AMAs is now open. For the first time ever, fans can vote for all AMA categories, once per category per day, on TikTok by searching for “AMAs” in the app. You can also access the TikTok voting hub by clicking here.

Tickets to see the AMAs in-person are also on sale and can be purchased here.

See Cardi B's official AMA announcement below.

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Article Image: Cardi B performing with backup dancers at Germany's Openair Frauenfeld in 2019. ( Frank Schwichtenberg [CC BY-SA 4.0] via Wikimedia Commons.)

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