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"The Weeknd" has been named global Artist of the Year at the third Apple Music Awards, which also introduced a new category of Regional Artist of the Year.
First launched in 2019, the Apple Music Awards have this year expanded to recognize more works from around the world.
"The past 12 months have proved to be a remarkable year for music," said Apple's vice president of Apple Music and Beats, Oliver Schusser, in a statement. "[We're] thrilled to honor the artists who are shaping culture and connecting with fans around the world on Apple Music."
"This year we're also recognizing more regional artists," continued Schusser, "showing the world the impact of extraordinary talented musicians who are making waves globally."
The winners have been announced ahead of a series of interviews and more original content, which will stream on Apple Music and the Apple TV app from December 7, 2021.
Winners of the third annual Apple Music Awards are:
- 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
"I'm so grateful for this huge honor," aid The Weeknd, "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."
"I did my first interview for [my first album] 'drivers license' with Apple Music," said Olivia Rodrigo, "and so much has happened since then. It's truly surreal. Thank you to Apple Music for these amazing awards."