Apple recently announced the winners of the second annual Apple Music Awards, which recognize the best musical acts and songs as selected by the streaming service’s editors and listeners.
In celebration of the awards, the Cupertino tech giant will host a week-long celebration that kicks off on December 14. The event will include special performances, fan events, interviews, and more. Furthermore, Apple plans to stream the celebrations on Apple Music and the Apple TV app.
Apple announces winners of this year’s Apple Music Awards
Hip-hop sensation Lil Baby was named global artist of the year. The artist garnered billions of global streams chart-topping tracks from his album “My Turn,” Apple said in a press release:
“In 2020, Lil Baby fully arrived 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.”
Megan Thee Stallion, whose collaboration with Cardi B on “WAP” and with Beyoncé on the “Savage” remix has collectively been played on Apple Music more than 300 million times globally, was named breakthrough artist of the year.
With her chart-topping album “folklore”, Taylor Swift won songwriter of the year. Her album instantly topped the chart and set the record for the most-streamed pop album on release day.
Roddy Ricch’s breakout, “The Box,” was the year’s biggest and most popular single, accumulating more than 460 million Apple Music streams worldwide to date,
In Apple’s press release, Vice President of Apple Music and Beats Oliver Schusser discussed how the annual awards of the streaming are important to appreciate and praise the incredible artists who have inspired the world:
“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 Schusser. “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.”
This year’s winners Lil Baby, Megan Thee Stallion, Taylor Swift, and Roddy Ricch all received physical awards that feature Apple’s custom silicon wafer suspended between a polished sheet of glass and a machined and anodized aluminum body. The award is said to depict the “extraordinary craftsmanship integral to creating music.”