THE 2021 American Music Awards kicked off on Sunday with some stunning appearances on the red carpet.
Some of the biggest names in music and entertainment dazzled at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, including Olivia Rodrigo, Cardi B and Jojo Siwa.
Cardi – real name Belcalis Marlenis Almánzar – hid behind a bizarre gold mask and wore a curve-enhancing black gown with veil attached to her sleeves.
Adding to the interesting look the rapper wore long black gloves with metallic talons attached.
Singer Olivia, 18, stunned in a sheer lilac gown with feather trim and plunging neckline.
Meanwhile, YouTube star Jojo, 18, who is usually known for her colorful outfits, opted for an elegant black dress with sheer strips on the skirt.
Cardi is hosting the annual extravaganza and the rapper will no doubt have multiple wardrobe changes in store during the night.
“When I received the invite to host the AMAs, I was so excited,” Cardi said in a statement. “I’m ready to bring my personality to the AMAs stage!”
While this will be her first time hosting, she is no stranger to the award show, as she has won five AMA awards over the years and is even a Grammy Award winner.
Executive producer Jesse Collins added: “We are immensely excited to have the dynamic Cardi B bring her infectious energy to the American Music Awards as a first-time host.
“She will excite the viewers, push the limits and deliver a show that will be remembered forever!”
Olivia has seven nominations, besting five-time winner The Weeknd with six. He’s also going up against Rodrigo in the artist of the year category along with BTS, Ariana Grande, Drake and Taylor Swift.
The fan-voted awards show will air live from Los Angeles on ABC. Nominees were based on streaming, album and digital sales, radio airplay and social activity, and reflect the time period of September 25 2020, through September 23 2021.
Highlights on the telecast will include Carrie Underwood and Jason Aldean singing their duet If I Didn’t Love You, Kane Brown performing One Mississippi from Tennessee State University and New Edition and New Kids on the Block will perform together for the first time.
An earlier scheduled performance of Butter by the joined forces of BTS and Megan Thee Stallion has been scrapped after the rapper cited personal reasons for dropping out Saturday; Coldplay and BTS will instead sing their hit My Universe.
Other performers include Jennifer Lopez, Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak. joining forces as Silk Sonic, Bad Bunny, Diplo, Mickey Guyton and Tyler, The Creator. The Italian rock group and Eurovision winners Måneskin will make their U.S. awards show debut.
Reggaeton star Bad Bunny, R&B newcomer Giveon and Doja Cat each have five nominations each. In the new artist of the year category, Rodrigo joins Giveon, 24KGoldn, Masked Wolf and The Kid LAROI.
Taylor Swift, who currently holds the record for the most awarded artist in AMA history with 32, could further extend her streak. She is nominated for three awards total, including favorite pop album for Evermore.
The AMAs added new categories this year, including favorite trending song, favorite gospel artist and favorite Latin duo or group.
Rapper Pop Smoke, who was killed in 2020, is nominated in three categories, including favorite hip-hop album and favorite hip-hop artist, and could win his first award posthumously.
Country star Morgan Wallen earned two nominations in country categories, but he won’t be included in the awards show after being caught on video using a racial slur.
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