November 30, 2021
Apple broadcasts third annual Apple Music Award winners: The Weeknd wins world award for Artist of the 12 months; Olivia Rodrigo and H.E.R. additionally take dwelling high awards
Apple provides 5 new Regional Artist of the 12 months awards to Aya Nakamura (France), OFFICIAL HIGE DANDISM (Japan), RIN (Germany), Scriptonite (Russia), and Wizkid (Africa)
CUPERTINO, CALIFORNIA Apple right now introduced the winners of the third annual Apple Music Awards, recognizing the perfect artists of 2021 and their affect on world tradition.
The Apple Music Awards honor achievements in music throughout 5 distinct classes — Artist of the 12 months, Songwriter of the 12 months, Breakthrough Artist of the 12 months, Prime Track of the 12 months, and Prime Album of the 12 months — and winners are chosen via a course of that displays each Apple Music’s editorial perspective and what prospects all over the world are listening to essentially the most.
This 12 months, the Apple Music Awards will introduce a brand new class of awards for Regional Artist of the 12 months, recognizing artists from 5 nations and areas: Africa, France, Germany, Japan, and Russia. The Regional Artist of the 12 months awards acknowledge artists who made the best influence culturally and on the charts of their respective nations and areas.
“The previous 12 months have proved to be a outstanding 12 months for music, and we’re thrilled to honor the artists who’re shaping tradition and connecting with followers all over the world on Apple Music,” mentioned Oliver Schusser, Apple’s vice chairman of Apple Music and Beats. “This 12 months we’re additionally recognizing extra regional artists, exhibiting the world the influence of extraordinary proficient musicians who’re making waves globally.”
The Apple Music Awards celebration kicks off Tuesday, December 7, 2021, with interviews, unique content material, and extra all streaming worldwide on Apple Music and the Apple TV app. Music followers who will not be already subscribed to Apple Music can join a three-month free trial at apple.com/apple-music.
And the winners are…
World Artist of the 12 months: The Weeknd
Filtering R&B and pop via an bold widescreen lens, The Weeknd took over standard music and tradition on his personal phrases. The worldwide celebrity’s 2020 album “After Hours” rapidly surpassed a million pre-adds on Apple Music, and is essentially the most pre-added album of all time by a male artist on the platform. “After Hours” additionally holds the document for essentially the most streamed R&B/Soul album in its first week in 73 nations. The smash single “Blinding Lights” peaked at No. 1 on Apple Music’s Each day Prime 100: World chart, and ranks as one of many 20 most Shazamed songs of all time. The Weeknd additionally hosts the massively standard taste-making Apple Music Radio present “MEMENTO MORI,” celebrated for its eclectic playlists and main world premieres. He’s graced latest covers of TIME, Forbes, Selection, Rolling Stone, Esquire, Harper’s Bazaar, and GQ, and blew away followers together with his 2021 Tremendous Bowl LV Halftime Present, which was probably the most Shazamed moments of the 12 months.
“I’m so grateful for this enormous honor and wish to thank Apple for all its help, not just for my work but in addition for excellent music by newer artists, the place it issues a lot for creators to be discovered and supported,” The Weeknd mentioned.
Breakthrough Artist of the 12 months, Album of the 12 months, and Track of the 12 months: Olivia Rodrigo
For Olivia Rodrigo, 2021 will go down because the 12 months of epic firsts. The 18-year-old singer-songwriter launched her tear-soaked debut single, “drivers license,” in January, which rapidly topped the charts and have become probably the most streamed new releases of the 12 months. “drivers license” registered the very best first-week streams ever for a debut single by an artist on Apple Music globally, reaching No. 1 on the Each day Prime 100: World chart, the place it remained for over a month, and was the fastest-ever debut solo observe by a US artist to build up 5 million Shazams. Her extremely anticipated debut album, “SOUR,” adopted in Might, and was celebrated with an Apple Music First Pay attention digital occasion with followers and an accompanying interview with Zane Lowe. “SOUR” carries the very best first-week streams for a debut album on Apple Music globally, with all 11 songs on the album ranked on the Each day Prime 100: World chart, in addition to the Each day Prime 100 chart in 66 extra nations. Rodrigo has been on the duvet of Apple Music playlists Immediately’s Hits, A-Record Pop, and New Music Each day, and closes her life-changing 12 months because the deserving recipient of her first three Apple Music Awards. She took dwelling Breakthrough Artist, Album of the 12 months (“SOUR”), and Track of the 12 months (“drivers license”).
“I did my first interview for ‘drivers license’ with Apple Music, and a lot has occurred since then,” Rodrigo mentioned. “It’s actually surreal. Thanks to Apple Music for these superb awards.”
Songwriter of the 12 months: H.E.R.
Award-winning singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist H.E.R.’s work inside the R&B style grew much more expansive in 2021 with the discharge of her acclaimed 21-track album “Again of My Thoughts,” which captures the artist at her most sensible, assured, and freewheeling. The chart-topping album was the third most streamed R&B/Soul album on Apple Music in its first week of launch by a feminine artist this 12 months, with singles “Injury” and “Come By way of” (that includes Chris Brown) each spending a number of weeks on the Each day Prime 100 chart in over 30 nations. The previous Apple Music Up Subsequent artist additionally penned the anthemic unique “Battle for You” for the celebrated movement image “Judas and the Black Messiah,” and coated Marvin Gaye’s “Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)” for Apple Music’s unique “Juneteenth: Freedom Songs” compilation. H.E.R. is a daily visitor on Zane Lowe and Ebro Darden’s exhibits on Apple Music 1, and he or she has been featured as the duvet of standard Apple Music playlists New Music Each day, R&B Now, and extra.
“I’m very honored and blessed to obtain this recognition,” H.E.R. mentioned. “As a younger Black and Filipino artist, and a lady who’s on the stage giving my all, there’s little doubt that illustration is essential. Thanks a lot, Apple Music.”
Artist of the 12 months (Africa): Wizkid
Singer-songwriter Wizkid is one in every of Africa’s largest crossover acts, having labored with Drake, Skepta, and Chris Brown, amongst others. The Nigerian musician first discovered regional success in 2011 with the massively standard single “Holla at Your Boy,” which appeared on his debut album, “Celebrity.” Wizkid went world in 2016 after his collaboration with Drake on “One Dance,” which soared to the highest of the charts in 15 nations. Between 2019 and 2020, Wizkid was featured in Beyoncé’s tasks “The Lion King: The Present” and its companion piece, “Black Is King.” In October 2020, he launched “Made in Lagos,” his critically acclaimed and most commercially profitable album, which included his hit tune “Essence,” a observe that gained 125 million performs on Apple Music and over 2.8 million Shazams. This previous 12 months, he’s been essentially the most streamed African artist on the continent on Apple Music and ranked on the Each day Prime 100 charts in 60 nations, along with his month-to-month performs on Apple Music rising by greater than 250 % outdoors of Africa. He’s additionally been featured on Apple Music’s Immediately’s Hits and R&B Now playlists, and he’s a frequent visitor on Apple Music Radio exhibits, together with “Africa Now Radio,” “The Ebro Present,” “New Music Each day with Zane Lowe,” and “OVO SOUND RADIO.”
“Thanks to Apple Music for this award,” Wizkid mentioned. “It’s a blessing to get to do what I do, and I’m proud to be representing for Africa.”
Artist of the 12 months (France): Aya Nakamura
French-Malian pop singer Aya Nakamura is essentially the most streamed Francophone artist on the planet. Finest recognized for her hit tune “Djadja,” she has launched three albums that includes numerous chart-topping songs, together with “Copines,” “Pookie,” “Plus Jamais,” and “Jolie nana,” and he or she has been on the duvet of Apple Music’s Hits Français playlist. In France, Nakamura is likely one of the solely feminine artists to persistently seem within the streaming charts in a market dominated by male rappers, and her album “AYA” garnered the very best first-week streams for an album launched by a feminine artist on Apple Music. Her songs “Jolie nana” and “Plus Jamais” maintain the highest two spots for the very best first-week streams for a tune by a feminine artist on Apple Music in France, and all 15 songs on the album entered the Each day Prime 100 chart in France, Belgium, and Niger, with “Jolie nana” peaking at No. 1 in these nations. Her tune “Bobo” additionally peaked at No. 1 on the Each day Prime 100 chart in France, Niger, Cape Verde, and Micronesia. It marked her fifth single topping France’s Each day Apple charts.
“I’m extraordinarily honored to be the very first Francophone artist to win an Apple Music Award as Artist of the 12 months (France),” Nakamura mentioned. “Thanks, Apple!”
Artist of the 12 months (Germany): RIN
Rapper Renato Simunovic, aka RIN, was born in 1994 in Bietigheim-Bissingen close to Stuttgart within the south of Germany. After releasing his first EP, “Genesis,” in 2016, his debut album, “Eros,” adopted rapidly in 2017. A 25-time gold and three-time platinum artist, RIN has carried out numerous reside exhibits, executed options with legends, and collaborated with a few of the world’s most influential manufacturers. Together with his third album, “Kleinstadt,” RIN freed himself from the concept of what German rap ought to sound like, and followers and critics alike cite this album as massively influential in shaping the present sound of rap within the south of Germany. He was the primary German artist to host his personal present on Apple Music, “KLEINSTADTRADIO,” tied to the brand new album, and he has graced the duvet of Apple Music’s HYPED and Deutschrap 100 playlists.
“2021 was such 12 months for me as a result of it has borne numerous fruit of issues that I postponed for a very long time,” RIN mentioned. “My music has advanced in the identical sense. I’m far more private.”
Artist of the 12 months (Japan): OFFICIAL HIGE DANDISM
Fashioned in Shimane, Japan, in 2012, OFFICIAL HIGE DANDISM, aka HIGEDAN, consists of lead vocalist and keyboardist Satoshi Fujihara, guitarist Daisuke Ozasa, bassist and saxophonist Makoto Narazaki, and drummer Masaki Matsuura. They launched their debut mini album, “Like to Peace wa Kimi no Naka,” in 2014. Their first full-length album, “Escaparade” — which incorporates their standard tune “No Doubt” — was launched in 2018, nevertheless it was their second single, “Pretender,” that rocketed to the highest of the Apple Music charts in Japan. HIGEDAN entered Shazam’s rising artists lists in Japan and Australia for the primary time in June 2019, forward of the discharge of the band’s follow-up album, “Traveler,” which turned their first No. 1 album in Japan. The group has been featured in three totally different Apple Music Japan commercials, with their hit songs “Stand by You” and “I Love…,” together with the 2021 tune “Apoptosis,” taken from their third album, “Editorial,” which carries the third-highest first-week streams for an album launched in 2021 in Japan, and was lately featured in an Apple Music Japan spatial audio with Dolby Atmos business. The band has additionally made a number of visitor appearances on “J-Pop Now Radio” on Apple Music 1.
“We didn’t know Japanese artists may win this award and have been shocked once we have been advised,” the band mentioned. “We’re tremendous completely happy to be the winners of the primary Apple Music Award for Artist of the 12 months (Japan).”
Artist of the 12 months (Russia): Scriptonite
Rapper Scriptonite, aka Adil Zhalelov, was found by Basta and signed to his label Gazgolder in 2015. Scriptonite’s debut album, “Home with Regular Exercise,” turned an prompt traditional and has been deemed one of many largest data of the brand new Russian hip-hop revolution. In 2017, Scriptonite adopted up with two extra LPs on Gazgolder, rising to the top-ranked producer and performer of the present hip-hop period, with followers and critics crediting him as an important voice and sound of the brand new era. After beginning his personal label, Musica36, in 2019, Scriptonite’s “2004” album was launched completely on Apple Music to essential acclaim, changing into the No. 1 streamed document of the 12 months. Scriptonite additionally holds the document for the 2 most streamed albums for its first week on Apple Music in 5 nations (Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Moldova). His single “Child Mama” landed him within the Prime 20 of worldwide Shazam charts. In 2020, Apple Music completely launched the brief movie “Behind Scriptonite’s ‘2004’” together with a “36 Jam” reside live performance of all Musica36 artists. This 12 months noticed the discharge of his album “Svistki Y Bumazhki,” in addition to a COVID-postponed present in Moscow, each launched completely on Apple Music. Scriptonite has graced the covers of Apple Music’s Kirillitsa, Russian Hits, and New Music Each day playlists, and he’s at present engaged on his first English-language document in collaboration with Gee Baller, a younger Nigerian rising star who lately signed to Musica36.
“This award is the end result of an unbelievable few years, and Apple Music has been with me for a lot of it alongside the best way,” Scriptonite mentioned. “Thanks for the popularity.”
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