The winners of the first-ever Apple Music Awards have been announced with Billie Eilish, Lizzo and Lil Nas X honoured for their music contributions in 2019. The awards show, which takes place on Thursday, will celebrate music across five categories and the winners were chosen by Apple and listeners via Apple Music streaming stats.
Apple Music’s global editorial team selected the winners of Global Artist of the Year, Songwriter of the Year and Breakthrough Artist of the Year while the awards for Album of the Year and Song of the Year are reflective of what Apple Music customers have been listening to in 2019.
“The Apple Music Awards are designed to recognise the passion, energy and creativity of the world’s favourite artists,” said Oliver Schusser, Vice President of Apple Music. “The musically diverse group of inaugural winners have sparked deep social conversation, influenced culture and inspired our customers around the world. We couldn’t be more excited to celebrate them.”
Billie Eilish was chosen as Artist of the Year. Additionally, her full-length debut “When We Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?” was the most played album on Apple Music with over a billion streams. She will be awarded Apple Music’s Album of the Year, and Billie will also receive the award for Songwriter of the Year, which will go to both her and her co-writing brother Finneas.
Rap and soul artist Lizzo is to be awarded Breakthrough Artist of the Year. Apple highlighted her single “Truth Hurts,” as a standout of 2019. Song of the Year goes to “Old Town Road” by Lil Nas X. It was Apple Music’s most-streamed song of 2019 and turned the rapper into a viral sensation.
The awards themselves are distinguished by a custom silicon wafer suspended between a polished sheet of glass and a machined and anodised aluminium body. Copper layers are patterned throughout the disc as a symbolic gesture that represents the chips that power Apple’s devices.
The Apple Music Awards take place Thursday, December 5 at 1:30 pm AEDT with a performance from Billie Eilish at the Steve Jobs Theater at Apple Park. This event will be live-streamed, and you can watch it via the link below.
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