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American Music Awards

American Music Awards

  • Premiered: 
    February 19, 1974
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  • Network: ABC
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Award
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    Created by Dick Clark 
  • Subject Matter: Musical
  • Tags: celebrity

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Plot Synopsis

Each year since 1974, THE AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS has paid tribute to popular musicians and recordings from pop/rock, soul/R&B, rap/hip hop, and country music genres. In 1973, Dick Clark created this award show, not only to honor music from the previous year, but also to put audiences in touch with the latest phenomena in the American music scene.
The 2021 AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS, hosted for the first time by Cardi B, was broadcast from the Microsoft Theater L.A. LIVE on Sunday, November 21, 2021 from 8-11pm ET (live)/8-11pm PT (delayed) on ABC.

Dance music titan and AMA winner Diplo will take on a special role and serve as the first-ever AMAs musical curator, DJing his iconic tunes throughout the night. Italian rock band and first-time AMA nominee Maneskin will make their U.S. awards show debut when they perform their billion+ streaming and global No. 1 hit "Beggin'" at the AMAs. The band could take home their first AMA trophy for Favorite Trending Song, a new category with nominees from TikTok based on the year's most viral songs. Country music star Mickey Guyton will take the stage for her AMAs debut with a can't-miss performance of her newest unifying single, "All American." Rapper, producer and songwriter Tyler, The Creator will perform at this year's AMAs following the release of his sixth studio album, "CALL ME IF YOU GET LOST," which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 Chart. Country singer and AMAs nominee Walker Hayes marks his AMAs debut with a performance of his smash song, "Fancy Like," which is nominated for Favorite Country Song. This year's new AMA Song of the Soul Moment will celebrate the power of music and the artists that use their voices to inspire change and enable progress, providing a global platform to highlight the impact of their music. The segment will honor 19-year-old German singer/songwriter Zoe Wees who uses her music as an outlet to shine a light on mental health topics. She will bring her powerful lyrics and voice to the AMAs as she performs the empowering "Girls Like Us." This year's new "My Hometown" segments will feature the towns, humble beginnings, influential individuals and mentors that helped shape today's superstars and will take fans for a walk down memory lane. Country superstar and 15-time AMA winner Carrie Underwood will join fellow 2021 nominee Jason Aldean for a special performance of their smash hit duet "If I Didn't Love You" while showcasing their hometown influence and Southern roots. Five-time AMA winner Kane Brown will perform at Tennessee State University (TSU), a notable HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities). Brown will give fans a look into his Tennessee and Georgia roots and personal musical journey as an artist, culminating in a performance of his hit "One Mississippi" at TSU. The AMAs will be grounds for an epic "Battle of Boston" that will see the two iconic boy bands from Beantown, New Edition and New Kids on the Block, sharing the stage for the very first time for a can't-miss performance. Two-time AMA winners New Edition will make a much-anticipated return having last performed at the AMAs in 1997, while this will mark the return of two-time AMA winners New Kids on the Block, who last performed on the show in 2010. Bad Bunny will reveal the world premiere performance of "Lo Siento BB:/." BTS performs the world television premiere of "Butter," and Olivia Rodrigo makes her AMAs performance debut. Jennifer Lopez also performs.


Production & Distribution

  • Produced by dick clark productions


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