Billie Eilish’s performance at the inaugural Apple Music Awards ceremony was live streamed on 4 December on Apple’s official website and you can watch her performances below. The ceremony took place at The Steve Jobs Theater near Apple’s head office in Cupertino, California.
As uDiscover Music previously reported, Eilish was named Artist Of The Year and – alongside her brother and co-writer Finneas O’Connell – Songwriter Of The Year.
Also due to receive awards at the event are Lizzo, who was named Breakthrough Artist Of The Year, while Song Of The Year went to Lil Nas X for ‘Old Town Road’. In the US, the song became a national sensation, dominating the Billboard Hot 100 charts for 19 weeks straight earlier this year.
The winners for Global Artist of the Year, Songwriter of the Year and Breakthrough Artist of the Year were hand-selected by Apple Music’s global editorial team of experts and taste-makers and given to artists who have true passion for their craft, who boldly defy conventions in the category and who embody a sense of humanity, where listeners are drawn as much to who they are as to their music. The awards for Album of the Year and Song of the Year are based on streaming data and reflective of what Apple Music customers have been listening to (on repeat) this year.
Apple Music Vice President Oliver Schusser said of the awards: “The Apple Music Awards are designed to recognise the passion, energy and creativity of the world’s favourite artists. The musically diverse group of inaugural winners have sparked deep social conversation, influenced culture and inspired our customers around the world. We couldn’t be more excited to celebrate them.”
Each of the artists and songwriters will receive an award that Apple says is made from parts used to build iPhones and iPads. The awards will feature “Apple’s custom silicon wafer suspended between a polished sheet of glass and a machined and anodized aluminium body.”
Elsewhere, Spotify also announced their own award show last week. That event will take place in Mexico City on March 5, 2020, though Spotify’s awards are based entirely on user-generated data, unlike the Apple Music Awards. Apple Music says its editorially-driven awards are given to “artists who have true passion for their craft, who boldly defy conventions in the category and who embody a sense of humanity, where listeners are drawn as much to who they are as to their music.”
Listen to the best of Billie Eilish on Apple Music.