Apple recently announced its inaugural music awards in the form of Apple Music Awards, joining Spotify in doling out prizes based on streaming data. Soon after the announcement, the tech giant named Billie Eilish, Lil Nas X and Lizzo as winners of its first-ever music awards in five categories.
Billie Eilish was named Apple’s global artist of the year, while her album – When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? – won the “Album of the Year” category. The breakout star was also named Apple’s Artist of the Year and shared the Songwriter of the Year award with her brother and musical partner, Finneas O’Connell.
Viral rapper Lil Nas X won the Song of the Year award for his runaway hit “Old Town Road,” which Apple says was its most-streamed song this year while Lizzo was named as Apple’s Breakthrough Artist of the Year.
Album and song of the year were determined by streaming numbers while Apple Music’s team of editors were responsible for handing out other awards.
Designed to recognize the passion, energy and creativity of the world’s favourite artists, the Apple Music Awards are made of Apple’s 12-inch disc of silicon wafer suspended between a polished sheet of glass and a machined and anodized aluminium body.
The Apple Music Awards is the first for Apple’s four-year-old streaming service and to celebrate the inaugural event, Apple will host Billie Eilish at the Steve Jobs Theater at Apple Park. This exclusive event will be streamed live around the world today, December 4 at 6:30 p.m. PST.