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Apple Music 2021 awards: Olivia Rodrigo, The Weeknd, H.E.R…


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Music Streaming Service End Of Year Roundups season is officially open, with the announcement of the third annual Apple Music Awards.

The big winner this year was Olivia Rodrigo, who bagged Apple’s awards for breakthrough artist of the year, album of the year and song of the year. The Weeknd got the gong for global artist of the year, based on the continued success of his 2020 album ‘After Hours’ (and his Apple Music Radio show ‘Memento Mori’).

Other awards included songwriter of the year for H.E.R. and – for the first time – a set of regional awards for Apple’s top artists in Africa (Wizkid), France (Aya Nakamura), Germany (RIN), Japan (Official Hige Dandism) and Russia (Scriptonite). The awards will be promoted on Apple Music and Apple Music TV from next Tuesday (7 December) with interviews and other content.


Written by: Stuart Dredge