The Weeknd, Olivia Rodrigo and H.E.R. were among the winners of the third annual Apple Music Awards.
The Weeknd won the Global Artist of the Year award, with Apple noting the global superstar’s 2020 album After Hours quickly surpassed one million pre-adds on Apple Music and is the most pre-added album of all time by a male artist on the platform.
“I’m so grateful for this huge honor and want to thank Apple for all its support, not only for my work but also for great music by newer artists, where it matters so much for creators to be found and supported,” the R&B star said.
Rodrigo won three awards: Breakthrough Artist of the Year, Album of the Year for Sour, and Song of the Year for her single “drivers license.”
“I did my first interview for ‘drivers license’ with Apple Music, and so much has happened since then,” Rodrigo said. “It’s truly surreal. Thank you to Apple Music for these amazing awards.”
H.E.R. won the Songwriter of the Year award, with Apple citing her acclaimed 21-track album Back of My Mind and singles “Damage” and “Come Through.”
“I am very honored and blessed to receive this recognition,” she said. “As a young Black and Filipino artist, and a woman who is on the stage giving my all, there’s no doubt that representation is important. Thank you so much, Apple Music.”
Apple also presented five Regional Artist of the Year awards this year. The winners include Aya Nakamura (France), OFFICIAL HIGE DANDISM (Japan), RIN (Germany), Scriptonite (Russia), and Wizkid (Africa).
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