The nominees for the 2021 American Music Awards have been unveiled. Among them are a swath of country and Christian music artists, and plenty of familiar faces.
Chris Stapleton received three nominations for Favorite Male Country Artist, Favorite Country Album (Starting Over), and Favorite Country Song (“Starting Over”). Gabby Barrett also earned three nods for Female Country Artist, Favorite Country Album (Goldmine), and Favorite Country Song (“The Good Ones”). Luke Bryan and Luke Combs nabbed two nominations each, with both earning a nod for Favorite Male Country Artist, and Bryan nominated for Favorite Country Album (Born Here Live Here Die Here) and Combs for Favorite Country Song (“Forever After All”).
Notably, Morgan Wallen received two nods for the 2022 awards: Favorite Country Album for Dangerous: The Double Album and Favorite Male Country Artist. However, he will not be involved in the actual awards show and will have no direct participation.
In a statement on behalf of MRC Live & Alternative, who produced the American Music Awards, shares: “Morgan Wallen is a nominee this year based on charting. As his conduct does not align with our core values, we will not be including him on the show in any capacity (performing, presenting, accepting). We plan to evaluate his progress in doing meaningful work as an ally to the Black community and will consider his participation in future shows.”
The AMAs added a handful of new categories for this year’s awards, including Favorite Gospel Artist, which includes Kanye West, Kirk Franklin, Koryn Hawthorne, Maverick City Music, and Tasha Cobbs Leonard as this year’s nominees. Favorite Inspirational Artist is also making a return this year with nominations for Cain, Elevation Worship, Lauren Daigle, Zach Williams, and Carrie Underwood, who is also nominated for Favorite Female Country Singer.
Nominees are based on key fan interactions—as reflected on the Billboard charts—including streaming, album sales, song sales and radio airplay. This year’s nominees were selected from data tracked by Billboard and its data partner MRC Data from Sept. 25, 2020, through Sept. 23, 2021.
Voting for the 2021 America Music Awards is now open and, for the first time, fans can vote for all categories on TikTok by searching for AMAs in the app. Fans can vote once per category per day.
The show will air live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday, Nov. 21, at 7 p.m. CT on ABC.
Partial Nominees For The 2021 American Music Awards:
Favorite Male Country Artist:
Favorite Female Country Artist:
Favorite Country Duo or Group:
Dan + Shay
Florida Georgia Line
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 Inspirational Artist:
Favorite Gospel Artist:
Maverick City Music
Tasha Cobbs Leonard