Cardi B is taking on a new role.
For the first time ever, the “WAP” rapper will take the stage as host of the 2021 American Music Awards when it airs live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday, Nov. 21, at 8 p.m. EST/PST on ABC.
“When I received the invite to host the AMAs, I was so excited,” Cardi B said in a statement. “I’m ready to bring my personality to the AMAs stage! Thank you to Jesse Collins, ABC and MRC for making this happen.”
— iamcardib (@iamcardib) November 2, 2021
“We are immensely excited to have the dynamic Cardi B bring her infectious energy to the American Music Awards as a first-time host,” added executive producer Jesse Collins. “She will excite the viewers, push the limits and deliver a show that will be remembered forever!”
A five-time AMA winner, Cardi B previously performed “I Like It” with J Balvin and Bad Bunny at the 2018 awards. She also made history, becoming the first female rapper to win Favorite Hip-Hop Song twice in 2018 and 2020.
Cardi B joins a prestigious list of past AMA hosts including Jennifer Lopez, Britney Spears, LL Cool J, Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross, Tracee Ellis Ross, Lionel Richie, and last year’s host Taraji P. Henson.
Cardi received four nominations at this year’s AMAs including Favorite Female Hip-Hop Artist, Favorite Music Video, Favorite Hip-Hop Song, and Favorite Hip-Hop Song for her chart-topping hit “Up.”