Cupertino. Pop superstar Taylor Swift and the doubly successful US rapper Roddy Ricch are winners of the second “Apple Music Awards”. In addition, hip-hop artist Megan Thee Stallion and her genre colleague Lil Baby won one of five awards, as the Internet and music group announced on Thursday in Cupertino, California. At the awards premiere in 2019, US singer Billie Eilish had won three prizes (artist, album and songwriter of the year), and Lizzo and Lil Nas X also won.
Musicians with influence
Apple says it wants to honor “the best and most daring musicians of the year” and their “influence on global culture”. In the categories of “Artist of the Year” (winner this time: Lil Baby), “Songwriter of the Year” (Taylor Swift) and “Artistic Breakthrough of the Year” (Megan Thee Stallion) an editorial team made up of experts and trendsetters. The awards for “Album of the Year” (“Please Excuse Me For Being Antisocial” by Roddy Ricch) and “Song of the Year” (“The Box” by Roddy Ricch) were “based on streaming data and reflect what subscribers” heard of Apple Music earlier this year, “it said.
The awarding of the prizes should be celebrated from December 14th “with a week full of special performances, fan events, interviews and more”. For the main award “Artist of the Year”, Apple announced that Lil Baby (25) had established itself “as one of the biggest names in hip-hop, with billions of global streams” – and “as the undisputed, authentic voice of youth culture”. Swift (30) is “undoubtedly one of the most outstanding and highly deserved songwriters” – as her new record “Folklore”, written in Corona Lockdown, shows, “the most streamed pop album on the day of its release” and beyond lyrical masterpiece ”.