San Francisco, Dec 3 (IANS) Apple has announced its first-ever Apple Music Awards, honouring Billie Eilish, Lizzo and Lil Nas X for their achievements in 2019.
Billie Eilish bagged 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.
Breakthrough Artist of the Year went to Lizzo, for “Cuz I Love You,” while the first Song of the Year is “Old Town Road” by Lil Nas X, the service’s most streamed track this year.
As part of the celebration, Eilish will perform a live concert Wednesday at the Steve Jobs Theatre at Apple Park. The event, which is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. PT, will be livestreamed.
“The Apple Music Awards are designed to recognize the passion, energy and creativity of the world’s favourite artists, 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,” said Oliver Schusser, Apple’s vice president of Apple Music and International Content said in a statement on Monday.
According to the iPhone maker, the winners for Global Artist of the Year, Songwriter of the Year and Breakthrough Artist of the Year were hand-selected by Apple Music’s global editorial team of experts and tastemakers and 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.