Apple has hosted its first Apple Music Awards, with accolades based on selections by its experts as well as on streaming data reflecting what users have been playing most.
It calls the awards “a celebration of the best and boldest musicians of 2019 and the enormous impact they have had on global culture this year”. The Apple Music Awards honoured achievements in music across five categories, and winners were chosen through a process that reflects the service’s editorial perspective, combined with what customers around the world are listening to the most.
The winners for Global Artist of the Year, Songwriter of the Year and Breakthrough Artist of the Year were selected by Apple Music’s global editorial team of experts and tastemakers and given to artists who they say have true skill for their craft. The awards for Album of the Year and Song of the Year were based on streaming data reflecting what Apple Music customers have been listening to (on repeat) this year.
“The Apple Music Awards are designed to recognise the passion, energy and creativity of the world’s favourite artists,” says Oliver Schusser, Apple’s vice president of 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.”
And the winners are…