First Apple Music Awards go to Billie Eilish, Lizzo, Lil Nas X


Apple on Monday announced the first ever Apple Music Awards, with Billie Eilish, Lizzo and Lil Nas X taking top honors for their chart-topping work throughout 2019.

Eilish was named Apple’s global artist of the year, while her “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?” took home album of the year honors, the Associated Press reports (via U.S. News & World Report). The breakout star and brother Finneas, a constant collaborator on past works including “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?,” received songwriter of the year awards.

Apple named Lizzo as its breakthrough artist of the year. The singer, songwriter and rapper is no stranger to Apple, with the company previously selecting her hit “Ain’t I” to back an early HomePod advertisement in 2018.

“Old Town Road” by Lil Nas X was named Apple Music’s song of the year, a shoo-in considering its massive staying power on the charts.

Album and song of the year were determined by number of streams. Apple Music’s team of editors were responsible for handing out other awards, including the three that went to Eilish the report said.

To celebrate the inaugural Apple Music Awards, Apple will host Eilish at Apple Park in Cupertino, Calif., on Wednesday. The singer is slated to perform a set at Steve Jobs Theater starting at 6:30 p.m. As with past concerts held at Apple’s campus, the Eilish event will likely be restricted to employees.

The Apple Music Awards are a first for Apple Music, which launched in 2015. The tech giant has in the past collaborated with mainstream music awards shows, including an early reveal of 2019 Grammy Awards nominees last year, but never conferred its own accolades on artists based on streaming performance or input from in-house judges.