Launch of the Apple Music Awards, a celebration of the best and bravest musicians of 2019 and the tremendous impact they have had on global culture this year. The Apple Music Awards recognize achievements in music in five different categories. Winners will be selected following a process that reflects both the editorial perspective of the service and what customers around the world love most.
Winners of Global Artist of the Year, the Songwriter of the Year and Breakthrough Artist of the Year, were selected by the global Apple Music editorial staff, consisting of experts and taste buds, and given to artists who are truly passionate about have their craft boldly defying conventions in this category and embody a sense of humanity where listeners are so attracted to what they are as to their music. The Album of the Year and Song of the Year awards are based on streaming data and reflect what Apple Music customers have heard this year.
"The Apple Music Awards are designed to celebrate the passion, energy, and creativity of the world's most beloved artists," said Oliver Schusser, vice president of Apple Music and International Content. "The musically diverse group of opening winners sparked deep social conversations, influenced culture and inspired our clients around the world. We could not be more excited to celebrate. "
And the winners are …
Artist of the Year: Billie Eilish
Billie Eilish is nothing short of a global phenomenon. Their blunt relaabilty has helped make their debut album "WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE WE GO?", Co-written and produced by their brother, songwriting prodigy FINNEAS, an instant worldwide sensation, and Apple's most-watched album Music this year. What followed – your next year 2020 sold out WHERE WE GO? The World Arena tour, playing "Saturday Night Live," several festivals, including Coachella and Glastonbury, and becoming a global style icon, were all "great moments … that will become historical in your life," she says. "2019 was a great birthday present."
Also, Billie's album "WHEN WE ALL FALL IN, WHERE WE GO?" Is awarded as the most streamed album of 2019 with Apple Music of the Year, more than a billion streams Apple Music. Billie will also receive the Songwriter of the Year award, which goes to both her and her brother, FINNEAS.
Breakthrough Artist of the Year: Lizzo
This rap and soul supernova has redefined the conditions and image of pop star. "That's what a breakthrough is about, babies," Lizzo tells Apple Music. It does not make sense to be modest: it does not get much bigger than "Cuz I Love You" and its single raised "Truth Hurts," who dared to ask what pop stars should look like and sound like – and whether they should play the flute at Twerken , (You should do it.) Lizzo's happy, dogged message of self-love is the perfect soundtrack – or antidote – to 2019.
Song of the Year: "Old Town Road" by Lil Nas X
This genre-blurring, self-made anthem was a real viral sensation and this year was no less than the biggest single of 2019 and the most streamed song on Apple Music. "I went into the realm of a lonely cowboy and most of all had to run away," says Lil Nas X to Apple Music. "But I also wanted to connect it with what was on the rise, which is the whole meme culture – and make it an audible, memorable song." He succeeded: "Old Town Road" wrote history and made Lil Nas X to an overnight superstar.
Apple Music will celebrate the first Apple Music Awards with a tailored performance by Billie Eilish at the Steve Jobs Theater in Apple Park. The show will be unlike anything ever seen by this unanimously crowned artist of the year. This exclusive event will be broadcast live around the world at 6:30 pm on 4 December. PST.