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APPLE MUSIC AWARDS HONOR LIL BABY, TAYLOR

Apple Music has announced the winners of the second-annual Apple Music Awards. QC/Motown/Capitol star Lil Baby earns the title Artist of the Year, while Taylor Swift wins Songwriter of the Year. The platform has a week of content planned for the winners, beginning 12/14, including special performances, interviews and fan events. 

Other winners include Roddy Ricch, for Top Song of the Year and Top Album of the Year, and Megan Thee Stallion, for Breakthrough Artist of the Year. 

"The Apple Music Awards is our opportunity to recognize and honor the incredible artists who we feel have deeply impacted and inspired the world and our customers and helped us feel connected through music this year," said Oliver Schusser, Apple’s VP of Apple Music and Beats. "We have an exciting week of music planned in December and are very much looking forward to celebrating together with these artists and their fans."

With billions of streams on the platform for the year's biggest album, My Turn, along with protest anthem "The Bigger Picture" resonating in the streets, Lil Baby commented, "This year has changed me a lot. Now that I’m an artist, I feel like my voice can get heard through my music and I needed to say something. And my fans listened. So thank you to my fans and thank you to Apple Music for giving me a special way to connect to my fans."

Taylor Swift has once again changed the game, this time with folklore (Republic). She said, "Winning Songwriter of the Year in any capacity in any year would be so exciting, but I think it’s really special this particular year because songwriting was the one thing that kept me connected to my fans."

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