How to Watch the 2021 American Music Awards Online

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One of the biggest awards shows of the year is returning with a star-studded lineup and a hilarious host tonight. This year’s American Music Awards will be held in front of a live audience in Los Angeles with “WAP” rapper Cardi B making her hosting debut. As awards shows have returned to their full splendor this year, the performances have gotten bigger, and with Olivia Rodrigo, BTS, Bad Bunny, and more set to perform, the AMAs are a can’t-miss event tonight. Here’s everything we know and how to tune in.

What to Know

The 2021 American Music Awards will air live on ABC on Sunday, November 21 at 8 p.m ET. Hosted by Cardi B, the ceremony will be aired live from the Microsoft Theater in LA. The full ceremony will also be available to stream on Hulu the next morning.

Who’s Performing

Olivia Rodrigo, who leads with seven nominations this year, will make her AMA debut this year. BTS will return to the AMA stage in their first live U.S. performance since the pandemic began, with a performance of their collaboration with Coldplay, “My Universe.” Bad Bunny, Tainy, Julieta Venegas will also have a world-premiere performance of their song “Lo Siento BB:/.”

Other announced performers include Kane Brown, Chlöe, Diplo, Mickey Guyton, Walker Hayes, Måneskin, New Edition and New Kids on The Block, Silk Sonic’s Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak, Tyler, The Creator, Carrie Underwood with Jason Aldean, and Zoe Wees.

Megan thee Stallion was previously set to perform with BTS, but she let her fans know earlier this week that she had to drop out due to an “unexpected personal matter.”

Where to Stream the Ceremony

Those with access to a TV provider can tune in to ABC either on your television or online via ABC Live Stream, ABC.com or the ABC app.

As for cable-cutters, there are several streaming options:

  • DirectTV Stream: Plans for this streaming service start at $69.99 a month. Access it via your web browser or on supported devices including smartphones, smart TVs, Chromecast, Apple TV, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, Roku, Samsung, Playstation 4, and Xbox One and Series X.
  • Hulu + Live TV: This streaming service costs $65 a month. Access the platform online via a Mac or PC, or on iPhone, iPad, Android phones and tablets. You can also use Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, Xbox, Samsung, LG, Nintendo Switch, and Android TV.
  • YouTube TV: YouTube TV begins at $65 a month after the free trial. Watch it via your web browser or on supported devices like smartphones, smart TVs, Chromecast, Apple TVs, Google Smart Displays, Android TV, Roku, Samsung, Fire TV, and more.

    Where to Stream the Red-Carpet Arrivals

    Viewers looking to watch the red carpet can tune in to ABC ahead of the show or an online livestream. People and Entertainment Weekly will air their joint livestream Red Carpet Live starting at 6:30 p.m. ET/ 3:30 p.m. PT.


    Quinci LeGardye is an LA-based freelance writer who covers culture, politics, and mental health through a Black feminist lens.

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