Just when you thought Apple was done making announcements, the first ever Apple Music Awards have been unveiled.
According to Apple, the Apple Music Awards are “a celebration of the best and boldest musicians of 2019 and the enormous impact they have had on global culture this year.”
Winners of awards are picked from five categories, based on Apple’s editorial team and also “combined with what customers around the world are loving most.”
Apple says the album and song of the year awards are based on streaming data by Apple Music customers. The rest of the awards are selected by the Apple Music global editorial team.
The full list of winners below:
- Global Artist of the Year: Billie Eilish
- Songwriter of the Year: Billie Eilish and Finneas
- Breakthrough Artist of the Year: Lizzo
- Album of the Year: When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? By Billie Eilish
- Song of the Year: “Old Town Road” by Lil Nas X
Billie Eilish’s “When we all fall asleep, where do we go?,” was the most-played album on Apple Music and also awarded Album of the Year, with over a billion streams.
“The Apple Music Awards are designed to recognize the passion, energy and creativity of the world’s favourite artists,” said Oliver Schusser, vice president of Apple Music and International Content, in a statement. “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.”
Apple says the inaugural Apple Music Awards will be celebrated “with a bespoke performance from Billie Eilish at the Steve Jobs Theater at Apple Park,” streamed live worldwide on December 4 at 6:30 p.m. PST.
As for the Apple Music Award hardware itself, the company says they were designed “to celebrate the extraordinary craftsmanship integral to creating music.” Here’s the description of each award:
Each award features Apple’s custom silicon wafer suspended between a polished sheet of glass and a machined and anodized aluminum body. The wafers start as a perfect 12-inch disc of silicon with nanometer level flatness. Copper layers are deposited and patterned by ultraviolet lithography to create connections between billions of transistors. The result of this multi-month process, before it is sliced into hundreds of individual chips, is stunning and distinctive. In a symbolic gesture, the same chips which power the devices that put the world’s music at your fingertips sit at the very heart of the Apple Music Awards.
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