Cardi B will host the 2021 American Music Awards, marking the first time the 29-year-old rapper has hosted the AMAs. The 49th annual awards show will be held on Nov. 21 in Los Angeles. The AMAs posted on social media confirming the news, with the caption: “We wanna party with Cardi, so we asked her to be our host and she said YES! Get ready for @iamcardib as she hosts the #AMAs Sunday, Nov 21 at 8/7c on ABC. #CardiAMAs

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

Cardi B is a five-time AMAs winner, who performed at the show in 2018.  The AMAs will air Nov. 21 at 8 p.m. EST on ABC. Olivia Rodrigo leads the nominees with seven, followed by The Weeknd, Bad Bunny, Doja Cat and Giveon.

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