Apple Music, Spotify Launching Award Shows


Wednesday, December 4th, 2019 |

Apple Music & Spotify have launched award shows. Dubbed the Apple Music Awards and the Spotify Awards, they will look to highlight achievement in music this past year, but in slightly different ways. Let’s look at how the award shows are different and what is going to happen with them.

Apple Music Awards:

The California firm will choose winners for their award show in five categories: Global Artist of the Year, Songwriter of the Year, Breakthrough Artist of the Year, Album of the Year and Song of the Year.

The editorial team chooses the first three, while album and song of the year are based on streaming data over the past year.

Some of the categories have already been chosen. Billie Eilish is their Artist of the Year and will perform at the Steve Jobs Theater on December 4 at 6:30 p.m. PST. The event will be streamed globally. Songwriter Of The Year was awarded to Eilish and her brother / co-songwriter / producer Finneas on her album When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?,  which won album of the year. Breakthrough Artist Of The Year is Lizzo and the Song Of The Year is Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road.”

Spotify Awards:

Last month Spotify announced its Spotify Awards that will take place in Mexico City on March 5, 2020. The winners will be based on user-generated data, regardless of the genre. “Your plays, patterns, and habits will help determine the award categories, finalists, and winners,” explains the company. It will be based 100% on streams. The winners and categories have not been revealed yet, but looking at data from this past year, some of the staples like Post Malone and Ariana Grande should do well.


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