The Weeknd is voted Global Artist of the Year at the Apple Music Awards in 2021

The Weeknd, Olivia Rodrigo, and H.E.R. were among the winners at the new Apple Music Awards, which have expanded to include global music trends. Rodrigo was chosen the year’s breakout artist, and her album, ‘Sour,’ was named album of the year, as well as song of the year for her hit “drivers license.”

The streaming service named H.E.R. songwriter of the year, while The Weeknd was awarded global artist of the year, a step up from last year’s title of artist of the year. “I am really happy and blessed to get this recognition,” H.E.R. said in a statement to Billboard. There’s no doubt that representation is vital as a young Black and Filipino musician, as well as a woman who is on stage giving her all.” Meanwhile, The Weeknd thanked Apple for the honor and for supporting “not only my work but also amazing music by newer artists, where it’s so important for creators to be discovered and promoted.”

In its third year, the Apple Music Awards have added a new category honoring singers from five countries and regions — Africa, France, Germany, Japan, and Russia — who have had the greatest cultural and commercial impact in their respective countries and regions. Aya Nakamura took first place in the French region, followed by OFFICIAL HIGE DANDism in Japan, RIN in Germany, Scriptonite in Russia, and Wizkid in Africa.

Winners are chosen using a procedure that takes into account both Apple Music’s editorial opinion and what customers around the world listen to the most, according to the service. Last year, Apple named rapper Lil Baby artist of the year, composer of the year Taylor Swift, and Megan Thee Stallion breakthrough artist of the year.

Check out the winner list here:

Global Artist of the Year:

The Weeknd

Breakthrough Artist of the Year, Album of the Year, and Song of the Year:

Olivia Rodrigo

Songwriter of the Year: 

 H.E.R.

Artist of the Year (Africa):

Wizkid

Artist of the Year (France):

Aya Nakamura

Artist of the Year (Germany):

RIN

Artist of the Year (Japan):

OFFICIAL HIGE DANDISM

Artist of the Year (Russia): 

Scriptonite

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