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Olivia Rodrigo and the Weeknd lead American Music Award nominees. See the full list

Singers Olivia Rodrigo and the Weeknd top this year's list of American Music Award nominees. (Matt Winkelmeyer / WireImage; Richard Shotwell / Invision/AP) © Provided by LA Times Singers Olivia Rodrigo and the Weeknd top this year's list of American Music Award nominees. (Matt Winkelmeyer / WireImage; Richard Shotwell / Invision/AP)

The 2021 American Music Award nominations are good 4 Olivia Rodrigo.

The teen pop sensation leads this year's nominees with seven nods, including artist of the year. Also up for the top prize is the Weeknd, close behind with six nominations.

Tied for third place with five nominations apiece are Doja Cat, Giveon and Bad Bunny. Rounding out this year's nominees for artist of the year are Ariana Grande, Drake, Taylor Swift and BTS.

Rodrigo received additional nominations for new artist of the year and female pop artist, while her monster hit of a debut single, "Drivers License," scored nods for trending song, music video and pop song. Her chart-topping debut album "Sour" is up for pop album.

In addition to artist of the year, the Weeknd drew nominations for male pop artist and male R&B artist, while his popular single "Save Your Tears" notched a nod for music video. His remixes with Ariana Grande ("Save Your Tears") and Maluma ("Hawái") are up for pop song and Latin song, respectively.

Voting is now officially open for the AMAs, which ABC will broadcast live from Los Angeles Microsoft Theater on Nov. 21 at 8 p.m. Eastern and Pacific. Fans can cast ballots for their favorite musicians via the Billboard website or by searching "AMAs" on the TikTok app.

Here's the full list of nominees.

Artist of the Year

Ariana Grande



Olivia Rodrigo

Taylor Swift

The Weeknd

New Artist of the Year



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”

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

Trending Song

Erica Banks, “Buss It”

Måneskin, “Beggin’”

Megan Thee Stallion, “Body”

Olivia Rodrigo, “Drivers License”

Popp Hunna, “Adderall (Corvette Corvette)”

Music Video

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

Cardi B, “Up”

Lil Nas X, “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)”

Olivia Rodrigo, “Drivers License”

The Weeknd, “Save Your Tears”

Male Pop Artist


Ed Sheeran

Justin Bieber

Lil Nas X

The Weeknd

Female Pop Artist

Ariana Grande

Doja Cat

Dua Lipa

Olivia Rodrigo

Taylor Swift

Pop Duo or Group



Glass Animals

Maroon 5

Silk Sonic (Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak)

Pop Album

Ariana Grande, “Positions”

Dua Lipa, “Future Nostalgia”

Olivia Rodrigo, "Sour”

Taylor Swift, “Evermore”

The Kid Laroi, “F— Love”

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)”

Male Country Artist

Chris Stapleton

Jason Aldean

Luke Bryan

Luke Combs

Morgan Wallen

Female Country Artist

Carrie Underwood

Gabby Barrett

Kacey Musgraves

Maren Morris

Miranda Lambert

Country Duo or Group

Dan + Shay

Florida Georgia Line

Lady A

Old Dominion

Zac Brown Band

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”

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”

Male Hip-Hop Artist


Lil Baby

Moneybagg Yo

Polo G

Pop Smoke

Female Hip-Hop Artist

Cardi B

Coi Leray

Erica Banks

Megan Thee Stallion


Hip-Hop Album

Drake, “Certified Lover Boy”

Juice WRLD, “Legends Never Die”

Megan Thee Stallion, “Good News”

Pop Smoke, “Shoot For The Stars Aim For The Moon”

Rod Wave, “SoulFly”

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”

Male R&B Artist

Chris Brown



The Weeknd


Female R&B Artist

Doja Cat


Jazmine Sullivan

Jhené Aiko


R&B Album

Doja Cat, “Planet Her”

Giveon, “When It’s All Said And Done… Take Time”

H.E.R., “Back of My Mind”

Jazmine Sullivan, “Heaux Tales”

Queen Naija, “Missunderstood”

R&B Song

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

Chris Brown & Young Thug, “Go Crazy”

Giveon, “Heartbreak Anniversary”

H.E.R., “Damage”

Jazmine Sullivan, “Pick Up Your Feelings”

Male Latin Artist

Bad Bunny

J Balvin



Rauw Alejandro

Female Latin Artist

Becky G

Kali Uchis

Karol G

Natti Natasha


Latin Duo or Group

Banda Sinaloense MS de Sergio Lizárraga

Calibre 50

Eslabon Armado

La Arrolladora Banda El Limón De René Camacho

Los Dos Carnales

Latin Album

Bad Bunny, “El Último Tour Del Mundo”

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

Karol G, “KG0516”

Maluma, “Papi Juancho”

Rauw Alejandro “Afrodisíaco”

Latin Song

Bad Bunny & Jhay Cortez, “Dákiti”

Bad Bunny & Rosalía, “La Noche de Anoche”

Farruko, “Pepas”

Kali Uchis, “Telepatía”

Maluma & The Weeknd, “Hawái (Remix)”

Rock Artist


All Time Low

Foo Fighters

Glass Animals

Machine Gun Kelly

Inspirational Artist


Carrie Underwood

Elevation Worship

Lauren Daigle

Zach Williams

Gospel Artist

Kanye West

Kirk Franklin

Koryn Hawthorne

Maverick City Music

Tasha Cobbs Leonard

Dance/Electronic Artist

David Guetta





This story originally appeared in Los Angeles Times.

Source: Olivia Rodrigo and the Weeknd lead American Music Award nominees. See the full list

Hot Club of Cowtown, Davina and the Vagabonds show combines music styles of the era of the end of WWII

Audiences will enjoy an evening of music from the Greatest Generation when two young bands playing old tunes take the stage in Elgin.

The Hot Club of Cowtown and Davina and the Vagabonds present “The Finest Hour: Celebrating the Songs that Ended WWII” at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 5 at Elgin Community College in Elgin.

Davina and the Vagabonds is a New Orleans-style jazz/blues quintet hailing from the Twin Cities in Minnesota. Hot Club of Cowtown is a Western swing gypsy jazz trio from Austin, Texas.

This show will celebrate the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II and the music of 1945 with songs from legends like Bing Crosby, Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Louie Prima, The Andrew Sisters, Ella Fitzgerald, Bob Wills and more.

Davina Lozier of Davina and the Vagabonds and Elana James of Hot Club of Cowtown curated the program in 2019.

“It’s really well road-tested,” Lozier said of the show. “It’s a really cool show … there’s a lot of really fun songs that I specifically picked for the sound of my five-piece band. Very big band, kind of swing and even roots-jazz and roots-blues oriented that came from 1945.

“I searched and tried to find songs that were appropriate for this era too, that really just showed the heart of what a community and what a country could do and how they were feeling at the time of World War II, especially the ending. It was definitely a different time. It’s really something else to go through those songs and hear where the heart is.”

Whit Smith, guitarist of Hot Club of Cowtown, said his group will lean on much of the Western music that was popular at the time; including Wills, Spade Cooley and Tex Williams.

Davina and the Vagabonds team up with Hot Club of Cowtown to present “The Finest Hour: Celebrating the Songs that Ended WWII” Nov. 5 at Elgin Community College in Elgin. (Davina and the Vegabonds)

Smith started the band with violinist James in 1997. Zack Sapunor rounds out the group on bass. The show will offer two different perspectives on the music that was popular around the end of World War II, he said.

“We cover all the bases of popular American music of the 1940s,” he said. “Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys were huge in 1945 — not everyone realizes how big Western music was at the time. About half our set is Western and about half is more what you might imagine is swing.”

Although each band has different styles of “old” music, it works together, he said.

“They’re completely compatible and they go together like a hand and a glove,” he said.

Songs you’ll hear from Hot Club of Cowtown include “I’ll Be Seeing You, “It Had to Be You,” “Autumn Leaves,” “Oklahoma Hills,” and “Stay a Little Longer,” he said.

“This show is completely natural for our band. We already played songs that were written in the ‘20s and ‘30s and became very popular in the ‘40s,” he said. “We play a mix of Western and what somebody might call jazz today but back then it was just popular music. The repertoire was already in our wheelhouse. Those are beautiful, classic songs.”

This show is steeped in history — they talk about the songs’ origins and the people who wrote and performed them in 1945, Lozier said.

“The finest hour is a celebration of the fact that it was the final hour of the war, it was the ending of World War II,” she said. “It was a celebratory time through all of the sacrifice and rationing and people losing loved ones. It was just the finest hour, the celebration of the end of the war.”

Smith hopes people will come out to see musicians at the tops of their games performing live music, he said.

“This music — the ‘40s, the craft of playing those songs is kind of virtuosic,” he said. “It’s a really good way to hear this kind of music. You don’t hear bands like ours hardly at all. You’ve got to go out and see that stuff; they’re not going to play it on the radio for you. And the experience is different. You have that energy and the improvisation and that whole live feeling. You’ll hear things likely you’re familiar with because they are popular old songs. But you’re very likely going to hear things you weren’t familiar with … but are definitely going to like.”

Hot Club of Cowtown’s ‘The Finest Hour: Celebrating the Songs that Ended WWII’ with Davina and the Vagabonds

Where: Elgin Community College, 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin

Annie Alleman is a freelance reporter for the Courier-News.

Source: Hot Club of Cowtown, Davina and the Vagabonds show combines music styles of the era of the end of WWII

Trace Adkins, Susan Sarandon Preview Fox Country Music Drama ‘Monarch’: Watch

“We are the first family of country music. We built a dynasty,” Susan Sarandon’s character Dottie Cantrell Roman can be heard narrating a new preview for the upcoming country music drama series Monarch, which debuts Sunday, Jan. 30, 2022 on Fox. “We do what has to be done to protect the family.”

The clip introduces America’s “first family of country music,” the Romans. Country music star Dottie Cantrell Roman and her husband Albie (portrayed by country music hitmaker and actor Trace Adkins) have built a powerful legacy in the music industry. But when that legacy is threatened, fellow family member Nicolette “Nicky” Roman (portrayed by Anna Friel) is determined to keep the family’s “authentic” reputation intact, as she continues her own ascent into the country music spotlight.

According to Deadline, the series will also include Eva Amurri, Adam Croasdell, Meagan Holder and Josh Sasse, among others.

Sandbox Entertainment president and CEO Jason Owen, whose management client roster includes artists such as Kacey Musgraves, Faith Hill and Little Big Town, serves as executive producer on the project. Owen is also co-president of Monument Records.

Monarch was created by Melissa London Hilfers. Hilfers also serves as writer as well as an executive producer, with Michael Rauch working as showrunner and executive producer. Adam Anders has been named executive music producer for the project. Also serving as executive producers for Monarch are Gail Berman and Hend Baghdady.

The project is the latest from singer, songwriter, author and actor Adkins. Adkins recently celebrated the 25th anniversary of his debut album, and in August, released his 13th studio album, The Way I Wanna Go. This year has also seen the release of two other film projects from Adkins, including roles in Apache Junction and Old Henry.

See the preview for Monarch below.

Source: Trace Adkins, Susan Sarandon Preview Fox Country Music Drama ‘Monarch’: Watch

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