The Weeknd Named Apple Music's 2021 Global Artist of the Year

Other big Apple Music Awards winners include H.E.R. and Olivia Rodrigo.

Music
3,663 Hypes 1 Comments

Apple Music has officially named The Weeknd as its 2021 Global Artist of the Year.

The streaming service revealed that his 2020 album, After Hours, is the most pre-added album of all time by a male artist on the platform with more than one million pre-adds, as well as holds the record for the most-streamed R&B/Soul album in its first week in 73 countries. Meanwhile, the single “Blinding Lights” peaked at No. 1 on Apple Music’s Daily Top 100: Global chart and is one of the 20 most Shazamed songs of all time.

“I’m so grateful for this huge honor and want to thank Apple for all its support, not only for my work but also for great music by newer artists, where it matters so much for creators to be found and supported,” The Weeknd said in a statement.

Other big winners from the 2021 Apple Music Awards include Olivia Rodrigo, her album SOUR and single “driver’s license” for Breakthrough Artist of the Year, Album of the Year and Song of the Year. “I did my first interview for ‘drivers license’ with Apple Music, and so much has happened since then,” she said. “It’s truly surreal. Thank you to Apple Music for these amazing awards.”

H.E.R. also went home with Songwriter of the Year, “I am very honored and blessed to receive this recognition. As a young Black and Filipino artist, and a woman who is on the stage giving my all, there’s no doubt that representation is important. Thank you so much, Apple Music.”

For the first time ever, Apple Music also presented Africa’s Wizkid, France’s Aya Nakamura, Germany’s RIN, Japan’s OFFICIAL HIGE DANDISM and Russia’s Scriptonite with the Artist of the Year awards.

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by Apple Music (@applemusic)

Elsewhere in music, Drake and Bad Bunny have been named Spotify’s most-streamed artists of 2021.

Read Full Article

What to Read Next

The Weeknd Celebrates Five Years of 'STARBOY' With New "Die For You" Visual
Music

The Weeknd Celebrates Five Years of 'STARBOY' With New "Die For You" Visual

Paying homage to ‘Stranger Things’ and ‘E.T.’

Apple Names the Best Apps and Games of 2021
Tech

Apple Names the Best Apps and Games of 2021

The list includes ‘League of Legends,’ ‘Among Us’ and more.

Watch The Weeknd's Amazon Music Presents: 103.5 'DAWN FM' Experience
Music

Watch The Weeknd's Amazon Music Presents: 103.5 'DAWN FM' Experience

“The power of the 103.5 Dawn FM experience is that maximum fulfillment comes when all who hear it are tuned in at the same time.”


The Weeknd Releases Music Video for "Sacrifice"
Music

The Weeknd Releases Music Video for "Sacrifice"

The first visual from his newest album ‘Dawn FM.’

Microsoft Reveals 'Minesweeper' Ugly Sweaters for Christmas
Fashion

Microsoft Reveals 'Minesweeper' Ugly Sweaters for Christmas

An ode to the classic ’90s game.

Danny DeVito Reveals He Is Willing to Return as 'Batman' Character Penguin
Entertainment

Danny DeVito Reveals He Is Willing to Return as 'Batman' Character Penguin

“It’s not out of the question.”

Trevor Noah To Host 2022 GRAMMY Awards
Music

Trevor Noah To Host 2022 GRAMMY Awards

For the second consecutive time.

Kid Cudi Shares His Last Text Message With Virgil Abloh
Fashion

Kid Cudi Shares His Last Text Message With Virgil Abloh

“I’m glad I got to tell u how I felt about u. I’m happy u didn’t leave here not knowing.”

The Angel Ring by Fruition Is a Tribute to Virgil Abloh’s Creative Legacy
Fashion

The Angel Ring by Fruition Is a Tribute to Virgil Abloh’s Creative Legacy

Inspired by the creative conversations between the Fruition team and Virgil.


Formula E's Third Generation EV Will Be the World's Most Efficient Racer
Automotive

Formula E's Third Generation EV Will Be the World's Most Efficient Racer

40% of the power used in a race will be generated through regenerative braking.

Sotheby's Enters Streetwear With Supreme Skatedeck Auction and Louis Vuitton Drop
Fashion

Sotheby's Enters Streetwear With Supreme Skatedeck Auction and Louis Vuitton Drop

Following a series of major sneaker sales.

Alec Monopoly Pays Respect to Virgil Abloh With a Large Wall Mural in Miami
Art

Alec Monopoly Pays Respect to Virgil Abloh With a Large Wall Mural in Miami

“ART IS MADE IN HINDSIGHT.”

EBIT™'s Metaverse YELLOW TRIP ROAD [E022] is a Groundbreaking XR Retail Experience
Fashion

EBIT™'s Metaverse YELLOW TRIP ROAD [E022] is a Groundbreaking XR Retail Experience

Featuring virtual fashion, exclusive sound and game engine technology that combine as NFTs for mental health awareness.

Reese's Unveils New Peanut Butter Cup Filled With Potato Chips
Food & Beverage

Reese's Unveils New Peanut Butter Cup Filled With Potato Chips

Adding an extra crunch and saltiness to the delectable treat.

More ▾
 
Subscribe to our Newsletter

Gain access to exclusive interviews with industry creatives, think pieces, trend forecasts, guides and more.

By subscribing, you agree to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Looks like you’re using an ad-blocker

We charge advertisers instead of our readers. Support us by whitelisting our site.

Whitelist Us

How to Whitelist Us

screenshot
  1. Click the AdBlock icon in the browser extension area in the upper right-hand corner.
  2. Under “Pause on this site” click “Always”.
  3. Refresh the page or click the button below to continue.
screenshot
  1. Click the AdBlock Plus icon in the browser extension area in the upper right-hand corner.
  2. Block ads on – This website” switch off the toggle to turn it from blue to gray.
  3. Refresh the page or click the button below to continue.
screenshot
  1. Click the AdBlocker Ultimate icon in the browser extension area in the upper right-hand corner.
  2. Switch off the toggle to turn it from “Enabled on this site” to “Disabled on this site”.
  3. Refresh the page or click the button below to continue.
screenshot
  1. Click the Ghostery icon in the browser extension area in the upper right-hand corner.
  2. Click on the “Ad-Blocking” button at the bottom. It will turn gray and the text above will go from “ON” to “OFF”.
  3. Refresh the page or click the button below to continue.
screenshot
  1. Click the UBlock Origin icon in the browser extension area in the upper right-hand corner.
  2. Click on the large blue power icon at the top.
  3. When it turns gray, click the refresh icon that has appeared next to it or click the button below to continue.
screenshot
  1. Click the icon of the ad-blocker extension installed on your browser.You’ll usually find this icon in the upper right-hand corner of your screen. You may have more than one ad-blocker installed.
  2. Follow the instructions for disabling the ad blocker on the site you’re viewing.You may have to select a menu option or click a button.
  3. Refresh the page or click the button below to continue.