In case you missed it, Apple® has announced the winners of the second annual Apple Music® Awards, recognizing the best and boldest musicians of 2020 and their enormous impact on global culture.
The music awards, according to the organizers, honor achievements in music across five distinct categories, and winners are chosen through a process that reflects both Apple Music’s editorial perspective and what customers around the world are loving most.
The winners were hand-selected by Apple Music’s global editorial team of world-class experts and tastemakers, while few awards including Top Song of the Year and Top Album of the Year are based on streaming data that is reflective of what Apple Music subscribers have been listening to this year.
Bagging Artist of the Year is Lil Baby, who fully arrived in 2020 as one of hip-hop’s biggest names, with billions of global streams and multiple tracks from “My Turn” topping the Apple Music charts.
With his deeply moving and timely release, “The Bigger Picture,” he cemented his place as the indisputable, authentic voice of youth culture. Lil Baby has been an intriguing voice since his debut mixtape in 2017 — but 2020 is the year he became an undeniable global star.
Next up is Megan Thee Stallion who emerged Breakthrough Artist of the Year. According to the organizers, her collaboration with Cardi B on “WAP” and with Beyoncé on the “Savage” remix have collectively been played on Apple Music more than 300 million times globally.
Taylor Swift was also not left out as she took home Songwriter of the Year award. Her album ‘Folklore’, written and recorded in isolation during the first few months of the COVID-19 pandemic, instantly topped the Apple Music albums chart and set the record for the most streamed pop album on release day.
Last but not the least is Roddy Ricch who was awarded both Top Song of the Year and Top Album of the Year. His breakout, “The Box,” was the year’s biggest and most popular single, accumulating more than 460 million Apple Music streams worldwide to date, launching countless memes, and topping the charts for more weeks than any other song in 2020.
Also the Compton rapper’s debut album, “Please Excuse Me for Being Antisocial,” has run up more than 1.5 billion Apple Music streams worldwide since its release.
The Apple Music Awards celebration kicks off Monday, December 14, 2020, with a week of special performances, fan events, interviews, and more, streaming worldwide on Apple Music, Apple Music TV, and the Apple TV® app.
“The Apple Music Awards is our opportunity to recognize and honor the incredible artists who we feel have deeply impacted and inspired the world and our customers, and helped us feel connected through music this year,” said Oliver Schusser, Apple’s vice president of Apple Music and Beats®.
“We have an exciting week of music planned in December and are very much looking forward to celebrating together with these artists and their fans.”
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