Billie Eilish Earns Top Honors From Inaugural Apple Music Awards

Lizzo and Lil Nas X will also be celebrated at the event.

Apple has announced its first annual Apple Music Awards, which the company is calling a celebration of “best and boldest musicians of 2019” and their impact on global culture. The streaming service is giving out five awards in its first year; global artist of the year, songwriter of the year and breakthrough artist of the year were selected by Apple Music’s editorial team, while album of the year and song of the year are decided by streaming data from the platform. 

“The Apple Music Awards are designed to recognize the passion, energy and creativity of the world’s favorite artists,” said Oliver Schusser, vp Apple Music and international content. “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 snagged three of the awards, including global artist of the year, after her debut album, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?, topped Apple Music’s charts this year. Eilish walks away with album of the year after racking up more than 1 billion streams on the platform and songwriter of the year, which is shared with her co-writer and brother Finneas O’Connell. Eilish will celebrate her awards with a performance at the Steve Jobs Theater on Apple’s Campus that will be live streamed on Dec. 4 at 9:30 p.m. EST on Apple’s Website. 

Lizzo has been awarded breakthrough artist of the year, after her acclaimed third album, Cuz I Love You, took off, propelled by her Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 hit “Truth Hurts,” which debuted way back in 2017 and gained popularity earlier this year. 

Song of the year goes to none other than Lil Nas X and his inescapable single “Old Town Road” which blew up on TikTok and became a national sensation, dominating the Billboard Hot 100 charts for 19 weeks straight earlier this year. 

Spotify announced its own award show last week, which will take place in Mexico City on March 5, 2020, but Spotify’s awards are based entirely on user-generated data, unlike the Apple Music Awards. Apple Music says its editorially-driven awards are given to “artists who have true passion for their craft, who boldly defy conventions in the category and who embody a sense of humanity, where listeners are drawn as much to who they are as to their music.”

Each of the artists and songwriters will receive an award that Apple says is made from parts used to build iPhones and iPads. The awards will feature “Apple’s custom silicon wafer suspended between a polished sheet of glass and a machined and anodized aluminum body.”

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