What Grammys? Apple Announces First Ever Apple Music Awards

Lil Nas X

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Apple Music has announced the first-ever Apple Music Awards event. A live-streamed performance by Billie Eilish will be held on December 4.

The awards show will honor the achievements of artists across five different categories. Apple Music’s editorial team chose winners for the Global Artist of the Year, Songwriter of the Year, and Breakthrough Artist of the Year. The awards for Album of the Year and Song of the Year are based on streaming data for 2019.

Billie Eilish claimed the Artist of the Year award with the debut of her first full-length album. When We Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? also won Apple’s Album of the Year as the most-streamed album of 2019. Finally, Eilish also received the Songwriter of the Year award along with her brother Finneas.

Newcomer Lizzo claimed the Breakthrough Artist of the Year award. Her hit album Cuz I Love You and its breakout single “Truth Hurts” helped Lizzo seal eight Grammy nominations, too.

Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road” featuring Billy Ray Cyrus captured the Song of the Year award. The viral sensation turned Lil Nas X into an overnight superstar who dominated the Billboard charts this year.

To celebrate the Apple Music Awards, Billie Eilish will perform at the Steve Jobs Theater at Apple Park. The event will be live-streamed to the world on December 4 at 6:30 pm PST. Apple has created a unique series of awards to hand out to its winners.

Apple Music Awards

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Each Apple Music Award features Apple’s custom silicon wafer suspended between glass.

The wafers start as a perfect 12-inch disc of silicon with nanometer-level flatness. Copper layers are deposited and patterned by ultraviolet lithography to create connections between billions of transistors. The result of this multi-month process, before it is sliced into hundreds of individual chips, is stunning and distinctive.

These are the same chips that power the devices Apple makes for customers across the globe.

Of course, Apple isn’t the only music streaming service with an awards show planned. Spotify’s awards show will be kicking off this year, too.  But can either shake a stick at the venerable Grammys?

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