Cardi B To Host 2021 AMA’s
Shir Dagan - November 7, 2021


By Greta Zwaan

I sought for joy in peace, and rest to ease my weary mind,
Stressed out by such a heavy load, rest I just had to find.
My endurance could hold no more, my limits had been met,
I needed time to stand aside, sweet time to just forget.

But where to find the road to peace, an obscure trait to me;
My hectic lifestyle can't comprehend a way to set time free.
I've always rushed from A to B with no side glace allowed,
I had my life so well controlled; in truth, I felt quite proud.

No one could tell me what to do, I was a self-made man;
My schedules were controlled by me, I had a thorough plan.
'Twas good when all things went my way and no one interfered;
I had no one to answer to, my way was always cleared.

But years of this brought me no joy, though fortunes I'd amassed;
It seemed that all the things I owned would oh, so soon be past.
I had no friends that knew my plight, I kept myself at bay,
They all had troubles of their own; besides, what could they say?

They envied me with all my wealth, they never saw my pain,
I had life altogether, what more was there to gain?
But loneliness is terrible and emptiness is sad,
There seems no purpose for each day, no reason to be glad.

So now I wait; why? I don't know, but life for me must change.
There must be more than fortunes, a way to rearrange.
There has to be a purpose, and someone surely knows,
Why life is complicated, and days so full of woes.

Perhaps you have the answer, perhaps you know the route,
Perhaps you've traveled here before; if so, please help me out.
If need be, I'll be patient, I'll even take advice;
I'll gladly make the changes, no matter what the price.

I don't need independence, I've had my round of that;
I long for understanding, to know just where I'm at.
Someday I hope to thank you because you saw my need,
Perhaps with greater meaning, with purpose, not with greed.

I don't know how I got here, what lies ahead of me,
I'm grateful there'll be changes, I'm grateful to be free.

Besides her unparalleled rapping skills, Cardi B is also known for her sassy and bold personality – which she is bringing with her to the 2021 American Music Awards she will be hosting this year. The news was announced through the AMA’s Twitter account: “We wanna party with Cardi, so we asked her to be our host and she said YES!”, they tweeted. In response, the rapper said: “When I received the invite to host the AMAs, I was so excited. I’m ready to bring my personality to the AMAs stage!” We’re ready, too!”

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Cardi B who is a five-time AMA winner, is nominated for three awards this year. She made history in 2018 when she became the first female rapper to win best hip-hop song for “Bodak Yellow”. Leading with seven nominations is Olivia Rodrigo- no doubt one of 2021’s biggest breakthrough stars. It therefore comes as no surprise that she is up for artist of the year as well as new artist of the year. The Weeknd is nominated for six awards while Bad Bunny, Doja Cat and R&B newcomer Giveon are up for five.  Taylor Swift, who is the most awarded artist in AMA history (32 wins), is nominated for three awards.

The AMA’s also added three new categories this year: favorite trending song, favorite gospel artist and favorite Latin duo or group.  To check out the rest of this year’s nominations, click here. As for who is scheduled to perform  – that remains to be seen. This Year’s AMAs is set to premiere on Sunday, November 21st at 8/7c  on ABC. Voting is done through TikTok. Fans can vote once per category per day. To access the voting hub, click here. Voting is open till November 16th.