Apple announces winners of Music Awards and Best of 2021 Podcasts


Apple today announced the winners of the third edition of the Apple Music Awards, the awards assigned to the best artists of 2021, ed Apple Podcasts Best of 2021 with which the best and most popular podcasts are recognized for content, ability to engage the audience and innovation in production, presentation and sound quality.


The Apple Music Awards honor the best of music in five different categories: Artist of the Year, Songwriter of the Year, Up-and-Coming Artist of the Year, Best Song of the Year and Best Album of the Year. Winners are chosen through a process that reflects both Apple Music’s editorial perspective and what customers around the world hear the most.

Furthermore, for the first time, this year the Apple Music Awards introduce a new category, the Regional Artist of the Year, which rewards those who have had the greatest cultural impact and in the charts in their respective countries and regions: Africa, France, Germany. , Japan and Russia.

This is the comment of Oliver Schusser, vice president of Apple Music and Beats:

“The past 12 months have been a tremendous year for music, and we’re thrilled to honor the artists who are shaping culture and connecting with fans around the world on Apple Music. This year we are also recognizing more local artists, showing the world the importance of extraordinary talented musicians who are making a global impact. “

The winners:

  • Global Artist of the Year: The Weeknd
  • Up and coming artist of the year, album of the year and song of the year: Olivia Rodrigo
  • Songwriter of the Year: HER
  • 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

The Apple Music Awards celebration kicks off on Tuesday, December 7, 2021, with interviews, original content and more, streaming on Apple Music and the Apple TV app.

In addition to the “moral” award, Apple has also made physical awards featuring a proprietary silicon wafer suspended between a polished glass plate and a machined, anodized aluminum body. In a symbolic gesture, the same chips that power the devices that put the world’s music within reach of listeners are at the heart of the Apple Music Awards.

Apple Music, remember, has a monthly cost of 9.99 euros but a family plan is also available, from 14.99 euros per month, which allows you to create different accounts. Last October, on the occasion of the “Unleashed” event, it was also announced Voice Plan, a new plan that will be available from this autumn also in Italy, which will cost 4.99 euros per month but it can only be used through Siri, on all devices.


This year, Apple Podcasts Best of 2021 features programs and creators chosen by the editorial team who have given listeners a powerful sense of connection at a difficult and uncertain time.

Apple Podcasts recognized Pushkin Industries’ Maya Shankar’s “A Slight Change of Plans” as Best Show of the Year and “Anything for Selena” with Maria Garcia of WBUR and Futuro Studios as Newcomer of the Year.

This is the comment from Oliver Schusser, vice president of Apple Music and Beats:

“2021 marked the beginning of a new chapter for podcasting with shows that moved us in ways never seen before. We are honored to recognize the phenomenal creators who are redefining podcasting this year with the best shows and to help more. listeners around the world to discover, appreciate and support their inspiring work “.

Apple has recognized some shows and episodes that have “defined and mirrored” 2021:

Show of the year:

  • “A Kids Book About: The Podcast” with Matthew Winner
  • “Anything Goes” with Emma Chamberlain
  • “Good Inside with Dr. Becky” with Becky Kennedy
  • “Las Culturistas with Matt Rogers and Bowen Yang” from Will Ferrell’s Big Money Players Network
  • “Pantsuit Politics” with Sarah Stewart Holland and Beth Silvers
  • “Teenager Therapy” with Gael Aitor, Kayla Suarez, Mark Hugo and Thomas Pham.
  • “The Experiment” by The Atlantic and WNYC Studios with Julia Longoria.
  • “The Midnight Miracle” by Luminary with Talib Kweli, yasiin bey and Dave Chappelle
  • Crooked Media’s “This Land” starring Rebecca Nagle
  • “U UP?” with Jordana Abraham and Jared Fried

Episodes of the year

  • “A Friendly Ghost Story”
  • “Bubba Wallace”
  • “BGlorious Basterds”
  • “How Do I Love Someone?”
  • “My Parents, Ellen and Tom”
  • “The Body Mass Index”
  • “The People in the Neighborhood”
  • “The Symphony”
  • “The Unwritten Rules of Black TV”
  • “This Strange Story”