American Music Awards 2021: Olivia Rodrigo leads best dressed on the red carpet


Olivia Rodrigo stunned in a sequined, see-through gown with a feathered bottom while attending the American Music Awards on Sunday evening. 

While rocking a plunging neckline, the 18-year-old Driver’s License brought the glamour in a towering pair of silver heels and her brunette tresses in waves.

The pop newcomer, who is nominated for seven awards, is set to perform as she already has a catalog of chart-topping hits.  

Shimmery: Olivia Rodrigo stunned in a see-through gown with a feathered bottom while attending the American Music Awards on Sunday

She accessorized her lilac ensemble with a pair of high-waisted briefs and a glam makeup look, which included sweep of blush and a nude lipstick.

The former Disney Channel star’s appearance marks her AMAs debut, just six months after releasing her platinum-selling debut album Sour in May. 

Cardi B was unrecognizable at the event behind an eye-catching gold mask and dramatic black veil.  

AMAs debut: In rocking a plunging neckline, the 18-year-old Driver's License brought the glamour in a towering pair of silver heels

AMAs debut: In rocking a plunging neckline, the 18-year-old Driver’s License brought the glamour in a towering pair of silver heels

After initially gracing the red carpet in a skintight black gown with a daring thigh-high slit, which showed off her toned legs, the 29-year-old rapper underwent an eye-catching outfit change. 

In addition to pulling her waist-length curls in a sleek updo, the performer rocked a massive pair of gold evil eye earrings. 

The highly-anticipated award show is taking place at the Microsoft Theater in Downtown Los Angeles.   

Glam: Cardi B was unrecognizable at the American Music Awards behind an eye-catching gold mask and black veil on Sunday evening in LA

Glam: Cardi B was unrecognizable at the American Music Awards behind an eye-catching gold mask and black veil on Sunday evening in LA

First look:  After initially gracing the red carpet in a skintight black gown with a daring thigh-high slit, which showed off her toned legs, the 29-year-old rapper underwent an eye-catching outfit change

First look:  After initially gracing the red carpet in a skintight black gown with a daring thigh-high slit, which showed off her toned legs, the 29-year-old rapper underwent an eye-catching outfit change

The mom-of-two is taking on a new role as host of the award show making her only the second female rapper in history to do so behind Queen Latifah in 1995. 

It will also be a night of exciting performances as global megastar groups BTS and Coldplay will be taking the stage together to perform smash hit collaborative track My Universe from the British band’s latest album Music Of The Spheres.

BTS will certainly have a busy night as they will be hitting he stage with Megan Thee Stallion to perform Butter. 

Wow: In addition to pulling her waist-length waves in a sleek updo, the performer rocked a massive pair of gold evil eye earrings

Wow: In addition to pulling her waist-length waves in a sleek updo, the performer rocked a massive pair of gold evil eye earrings

Making a statement: The mom-of-two is taking on a new role as host of the award show making her only the second female rapper in history to do so behind Queen Latifah in 1995

Making a statement: The mom-of-two is taking on a new role as host of the award show making her only the second female rapper in history to do so behind Queen Latifah in 1995

Fun: The highly-anticipated award show is taking place at the Microsoft Theater in Downtown Los Angeles

Fun: The highly-anticipated award show is taking place at the Microsoft Theater in Downtown Los Angeles

Silk Sonic – an R&B group consisting of Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak – will also be hitting the stage just weeks after the release of their debut album.

Tyler, The Creator will also be performing as he released yet another critically-acclaimed album – titled Call Me If You Get Lost – earlier this year.

Chloe Bailey from the group Chloe x Halle will be making her solo performance debut at the event as she recently released debut single Have Mercy. 

Flaunting her abs: Halle Bailey commanded attention in a midriff-baring brown velvet dress with midriff-baring cutouts

Flaunting her abs: Halle Bailey commanded attention in a midriff-baring brown velvet dress with midriff-baring cutouts 

Baring it all: Bailey, best known for being one half of the musical duo Chloe x Halle, wore her hair in a sleek updo and accessorized with a few silver rings

Baring it all: Bailey, best known for being one half of the musical duo Chloe x Halle, wore her hair in a sleek updo and accessorized with a few silver rings

Daring: Bailey's sister Chloe Bailey also bared plenty of skin in a cutout black, high-low dress with a plunging neckline

Daring: Bailey’s sister Chloe Bailey also bared plenty of skin in a cutout black, high-low dress with a plunging neckline 

Memorable: Winnie Harlow wore a jeweled minidress with open-toed heels

Memorable: Winnie Harlow wore a jeweled minidress with open-toed heels  

Glamorous: The 27-year-old model wore her light brown hair in a romantic updo with a studded headband

Glamorous: The 27-year-old model wore her light brown hair in a romantic updo with a studded headband 

Country fans certainly have plenty to look forward to as Carrie Underwood will be joining forces with Jason Aldean as Kane Brown is also set to hit the stage in addition to Mickey Guyton.

Boyband fans of the Eighties and Nineties will be excited to know that New Edition and New Kids On The Block will be performing together.

Diplo, Walker Hayes, Zoe Wees, and Maneskin are also slated to perform.

Absolutely gorgeous: JoJo Siwa radiated beauty in a flowing black gown

Absolutely gorgeous: JoJo Siwa radiated beauty in a flowing black gown 

Having fun: Why Don't We (L-R) Jonah Marais, Jack Avery, Corbyn Besson, Daniel Seavey and Zach Herron American Music Awards attended

Having fun: Why Don’t We (L-R) Jonah Marais, Jack Avery, Corbyn Besson, Daniel Seavey and Zach Herron American Music Awards attended 

Rising stars: The boy band members looked handsome in all black

Rising stars: The boy band members looked handsome in all black 

The aforementioned Olivia Rodrigo earned the most nods as she will compete for the top prize against fan favorites like Taylor Swift, BTS and Drake.

Rodrigo, 18, who burst onto the charts in January, got seven nods including artist of the year, best new artist, and favorite pop song for her debut single, Drivers License.

Canadian R&B singer The Weeknd followed with six, while Doja Cat, reggaeton star Bad Bunny and first-time nominee R&B singer Giveon had five apiece. 

So sweet: Machine Gun Kelly brought his 12-year-old daughter Casie Colson Baker to the award show

So sweet: Machine Gun Kelly brought his 12-year-old daughter Casie Colson Baker to the award show

Making memories: The father daughter duo posed for pictures together and even were photographed making a pinky promise

Making memories: The father daughter duo posed for pictures together and even were photographed making a pinky promise 

Wowing the crowd: Country star Mickey Guyton wore a shimmery, semi-sheer gown, a gold bracelet and a pair of statement earrings

Wowing the crowd: Country star Mickey Guyton wore a shimmery, semi-sheer gown, a gold bracelet and a pair of statement earrings

Billie Eilish was notably absent from the nominations list despite releasing her second album in July. Kanye West, whose Donda album had the biggest first-week sales of 2021, got just one nod, for favorite gospel artist.

Rodrigo, The Weeknd, K-Pop band BTS, rapper Drake and Ariana Grande will face off for artist of the year against Swift, who last year won the title for a record sixth time.

It is important to note that the event is fan-voted and is one of the largest music award shows in the US. 

Making pulses race: Outer Banks star Madelyn Cline wore a beautiful black gown that showed off her chiseled abs, matching gloves and heels

Making pulses race: Outer Banks star Madelyn Cline wore a beautiful black gown that showed off her chiseled abs, matching gloves and heels 

Elegant: Actress Rachel Zegler, who is set to star in Steven Spielberg's upcoming film adaptation of West Side Story as Maria Vasquez, cut a sophiscated figure in a tulle black and white halter neck gown

Elegant: Actress Rachel Zegler, who is set to star in Steven Spielberg’s upcoming film adaptation of West Side Story as Maria Vasquez, cut a sophiscated figure in a tulle black and white halter neck gown

Turning heads: Uchis paired her look with a pair of knee-high boots and a silk robe

Singer-songwriter Kali Uchis risked a major wardrobe malfunction in a pastel pink corset-inspired minidress

Singer-songwriter Kali Uchis risked a major wardrobe malfunction in a pastel pink corset-inspired minidress

The nominations are based on performances on the Billboard music charts, streaming and album sales, radio play and social media engagement.

First-time nominees, including rappers Saweetie, 24kGoldn and the late Pop Smoke, dominated the list. Silk Sonic, the new R&B duo formed in March by Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak, got three nods including favorite pop duo or group.

BTS, whose single Butter, ruled the Billboard singles charts for 10 weeks this past summer, will compete in three categories – artist of the year, favorite pop group, and favorite pop song. 

Bold: Uchis later changed into another eye-catching look, which consisted of a black latex miniskirt, tights and a cool gold necklace

Bold: Uchis later changed into another eye-catching look, which consisted of a black latex miniskirt, tights and a cool gold necklace

Two looks in one night: The 27-year-old Por Vida singer wore her dark black hair in voluminous curls and sported a pair of fake eyelashes

Two looks in one night: The 27-year-old Por Vida singer wore her dark black hair in voluminous curls and sported a pair of fake eyelashes 

Working it! Rachel Lindsay looked incredible in a timeless all-black ensemble, which showed off her toned arms

Working it! Rachel Lindsay looked incredible in a timeless all-black ensemble, which showed off her toned arms

Chic: The Bachlorette alum wore her hair in long braids and wore layers of silver necklaces to the star-studded event

Chic: The Bachlorette alum wore her hair in long braids and wore layers of silver necklaces to the star-studded event

Glowing: Michelle Young wowed in a yellow midi dress, which highlighted her incredible physique

Glowing: Michelle Young wowed in a yellow midi dress, which highlighted her incredible physique 

American Music Awards 2021: WINNERS

 Artist of the year:

Ariana Grande

BTS

Drake

Olivia Rodrigo

Taylor Swift

The Weeknd

Red-dy for another big win: Taylor Swift is nominated for three including artist of the year

Red-dy for another big win: Taylor Swift is nominated for three including artist of the year

 

New artist of the year:

24kGoldn

Giveon

Masked Wolf

Olivia Rodrigo

The Kid LAROI

 

Collaboration of the year:

24kGoldn ft. iann dior, “Mood”

Bad Bunny & Jhay Cortez, “DÁKITI”

Chris Brown & Young Thug, “Go Crazy”

Doja Cat ft. SZA, “Kiss Me More” – WINNER

Justin Bieber ft. Daniel Caesar & Giveon, “Peaches”

Interesting: Justin Bieber (right) is nominated for collaboration of the year with Daniel Caesar and Giveon (left)

Interesting: Justin Bieber (right) is nominated for collaboration of the year with Daniel Caesar and Giveon (left)

 

Favorite trending song:

Erica Banks, “Buss It”

Måneskin, “Beggin’”

Megan Thee Stallion, “Body”

Olivia Rodrigo, “drivers license”

Popp Hunna, “Adderall (Corvette Corvette)”

 

Favorite music video:

Silk Sonic (Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak), “Leave the Door Open”

Cardi B, “Up”

Lil Nas X, “MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)” – WINNER

Olivia Rodrigo, “drivers license”

The Weeknd, “Save Your Tears”

 

Favorite male pop artist:

Drake

Ed Sheeran – WINNER

Justin Bieber

Lil Nas X

The Weeknd

 

Favorite female pop artist:

Ariana Grande

Doja Cat

Dua Lipa

Olivia Rodrigo

Taylor Swift – WINNER

Fast rising: Olivia Rodrigo earned the most nominations with seven

Fast rising: Olivia Rodrigo earned the most nominations with seven

 

Favorite pop duo or group:

AJR

BTS – WINNER

Glass Animals

Maroon 5

Silk Sonic (Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak)

 

Favorite pop album:

Ariana Grande, Positions

Dua Lipa, Future Nostalgia

Olivia Rodrigo, SOUR

Taylor Swift, evermore

The Kid LAROI, F*CK LOVE

 

Favorite pop song:

BTS, “Butter”

Doja Cat ft. SZA, “Kiss Me More”

Dua Lipa, “Levitating”

Olivia Rodrigo, “drivers license”

The Weeknd & Ariana Grande, “Save Your Tears (Remix)”

Pretty in pink: Dua Lipa has three nominations including favorite pop song for Levitating

Pretty in pink: Dua Lipa has three nominations including favorite pop song for Levitating 

 

Favorite male country artist:

Chris Stapleton

Jason Aldean

Luke Bryan – WINNER

Luke Combs

Morgan Wallen

 

Favorite female country artist:

Carrie Underwood – WINNER

Gabby Barrett

Kacey Musgraves

Maren Morris

Miranda Lambert

 

Favorite country duo or group:

Dan + Shay – WINNER

Florida Georgia Line

Lady A

Old Dominion

Zac Brown Band

 

Favorite country album:

Chris Stapleton, Starting Over

Gabby Barrett, Goldmine – WINNER

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” – WINNER

Luke Combs, “Forever After All”

Walker Hayes, “Fancy Like”

Man with the plan: Chris Stapleton is nominated for three including favorite male country artist

Man with the plan: Chris Stapleton is nominated for three including favorite male country artist

 

Favorite male hip-hop artist:

Drake – WINNER

Lil Baby

Moneybagg Yo

Polo G

Pop Smoke

 Favorite female hip-hop artist:

Cardi B

Coi Leray

Erica Banks

Megan Thee Stallion – WINNER

Saweetie

Tap in: Saweetie is nominated for favorite female hip-hop artist

Tap in: Saweetie is nominated for favorite female hip-hop artist

 

Favorite hip-hop album:

Drake, Certified Lover Boy

Juice WRLD, Legends Never Die

Megan Thee Stallion, Good News – WINNER

Pop Smoke, Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon

Rod Wave, SoulFly

 

Favorite hip-hop song:

Cardi B, “Up”

Internet Money ft. Gunna, Don Toliver & NAV, “Lemonade”

Lil Tjay ft. 6LACK, “Calling My Phone”

Polo G, “RAPSTAR”

Pop Smoke, “What You Know Bout Love”

 

Favorite male R&B artist:

Chris Brown

Giveon

Tank

The Weeknd – WINNER

Usher

Golden boy: The Weeknd has six nods including favorite male R&B artist

Golden boy: The Weeknd has six nods including favorite male R&B artist

 

Favorite female R&B artist:

Doja Cat – WINNER

H.E.R.

Jazmine Sullivan

Jhené Aiko

SZA

 

Favorite R&B album:

Doja Cat, Planet Her – WINNER

Giveon, When It’s All Said and Done… Take Time

H.E.R., Back of My Mind

Jazmine Sullivan, Heaux Tales

Queen Naija, missunderstood

 

Favorite R&B song:

Silk Sonic (Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak), “Leave the Door Open” – WINNER

Chris Brown & Young Thug, “Go Crazy”

Giveon, “Heartbreak Anniversary”

H.E.R., “Damage”

Jazmine Sullivan, “Pick Up Your Feelings”

 

Favorite male Latin artist:

Bad Bunny – WINNER

J Balvin

Maluma

Ozuna

Rauw Alejandro

 

Favorite female Latin artist:

Becky G

Kali Uchis

KAROL G

Natti Natasha

ROSALÍA

Beautiful: Rosalia has two nominations including favorite female Latin artist

Beautiful: Rosalia has two nominations including favorite female Latin artist

 

Favorite Latin duo or group:

Banda MS de Sergio Lizárraga – WINNER

Calibre 50

Eslabon Armado

La Arrolladora Banda El Limón De Rene Camacho

Los Dos Carnales

 

Favorite Latin album:

Bad Bunny, El Último Tour Del Mundo – WINNER

Kali Uchis, Sin Miedo (del Amor y Otros Demonios)

KAROL G, KG0516

Maluma, Papi Juancho

Rauw Alejandro, Afrodisíaco

 

Favorite Latin song:

Bad Bunny & Jhay Cortez, “DÁKITI”

Bad Bunny x ROSALÍA, “LA NOCHE DE ANOCHE”

Farruko, “Pepas”

Kali Uchis, “telepatía”

Maluma & The Weeknd, “Hawái (Remix)”

 

Favorite rock artist:

AJR

All Time Low

Foo Fighters

Glass Animals

Machine Gun Kelly – WINNER

Rock on: Machine Gun Kelly is up for favorite rock artist

Rock on: Machine Gun Kelly is up for favorite rock artist

 

Favorite inspirational artist:

CAIN

Carrie Underwood

Elevation Worship

Lauren Daigle

Zach Williams

 

Favorite gospel artist:

Kanye West – WINNER

Kirk Franklin

Koryn Hawthorne

Maverick City Music

Tasha Cobbs Leonard

 

Favorite dance/electronic artist:

David Guetta

ILLENIUM

Marshmello – WINNER

Regard

Tiësto

 

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