The Weeknd and H.E.R. were honored Tuesday with special Apple Music Awards.
The Weeknd was awarded the coveted Global Artist of the Year, with Apple singling out the massive success of his double-platinum After Hours album. The service also highlighted the singer for creating one of the most-Shazamed moments of the year with his Super Bowl Halftime Show performance.
“I’m so grateful for this huge honor 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,” the "Blinding Lights" singer said in a statement. In addition to receiving the Apple Music Global Artist of the Year Award, the Weekend is up for three Grammy Awards, including Best Melodic Rap Performance for being featured with Lil Baby on Kanye West's "Hurricane."
Apple Music also named H.E.R. Songwriter of the Year and lauded her Back of My Mind album, as well as her Oscar-winning anthem "Fight for You," which she co-wrote, co-produced and co-composed for Judas and the Black Messiah. The 24-year-old singer said she is "honored and blessed" by the recognition because, "As a young Black and Filipino artist, and a woman who is on the stage giving my all, there’s no doubt that representation is important." Last week, H.E.R. received eight Grammy nominations, including Album of the Year for Back of My Mind, and Song of the Year, for "Fight for You."
Apple Music will celebrate its winners starting Tuesday, December 7 by streaming interviews and original content. The winners, who were selected based on their global influence, will be honored in a ceremony later next month.