Apple Music has officially named The Weeknd as the Global Artist of the Year 2021. It is learned that his 2020 album “After Hours”, is the most listened album of all time by a male artist on the platform with more than one million listens and holds the record for most R & B / Soul albums aired in its first week in 73 countries. Meanwhile, the song “Blinding Lights” peaked at number one on Apple Music’s Daily Top 100 Global chart and is one of the top 20 most requested shazam songs of all time.
“I am very grateful for this great honor and I want to thank Apple for all its support, not only for my work, but also for the great music from the youngest artists, where it is very important that creators are found and supported. “, Said the singer The Weeknd in a recent statement.
Other big winners of the Apple Music Awards 2021 include Olivia Rodrigo, her album “SOUR” and the song “driver’s license” for Breakthrough Artist of the Year, Album of the Year and Song of the Year. “I did my first driver license interview with Apple Music, and a lot has happened since then,” she said. “It’s really surreal. Thanks to Apple Music for these great awards.”
H.E.R. also went home with the Singer of the Year, “I am very honored and blessed to receive this award. As a young black and Filipino artist, and a woman who is on stage giving everything, there is no doubt that representation is important. Thank you very much, Apple Music.”
For the first time ever, Apple Music also presented the Wizkid of Africa, the Aya Nakamura of France, the RIN of Germany, the OFFICIAL HIGE DANDISM of Japan and the Scriptonite of Russia with the “Artist of the Year” awards.