The Weeknd is runner-up with six nods. Bad Bunny, Doja Cat and Giveon each received five.
Olivia Rodrigo, little-known just a year ago, is the leading contender for the 2021 American Music Awards. The 18-year old star is nominated for seven awards, one more than The Weeknd. Bad Bunny, Doja Cat and Giveon each received five nods.
Taylor Swift extended her record in the artist of the year category by receiving her eighth nomination. Drake received his fifth nod in that category. Ariana Grande and The Weeknd each nabbed their fourth. BTSand Rodrigo each received their first.
Swift is the current record-holder for most artist of the year wins with six. She also holds the record for most AMA wins overall — 32.