Bad Bunny named first Apple Latin Music Artist of the Year

Apple Music has selected Bad Bunny as its 2022 Artist of the Year, marking the first time since the launch of the Apple Music Awards in 2019 that a Latin artist has been honored.

The award recognizes “the musician’s artistic excellence and influence on global culture in 2022,” according to the official announcement. He joins previous AOTY winners including Billie Eilish, Lil Baby, Megan Thee Stallion, Taylor Swift and The Weeknd.

The Puerto Rican rap-reggaeton titan has spent most of this year dominating the global music market. His latest studio album, ‘Un Verano Sin Ti’, is Apple Music’s most streamed album of 2022, and made the ‘Titi Me Pregunto’ singer the most prominent Latin artist of all time. through worldwide streaming on Apple Music. Upon its release on May 6, the 23-track set achieved the highest first-day stream record worldwide. Its scintillating opener, “Moscow Mule,” also holds the Apple Music record for greatest Latin song of all time by first-day streams worldwide.

Additionally, it broke the record for the most simultaneous entries by a single Latin artist with 22 songs in the platform’s Daily Top 100 and reached No. 1 on that same playlist in 34 countries worldwide. world – a milestone that no other Latin artist could achieve. . It holds Latin albums #1, #2, and #3, which are counted by day one streams.

Also this year, he became the only artist in history to stage two separate $100 million tours in less than 12 months, between his El Último Tour Del Mundo and his latest World’s Hottest Tour, which recently hit the States. United for seven weeks.

“When I started, I didn’t have a global fan base,” the artist told Apple Music in an exclusive footage (see below). “I am grateful for all that I have accomplished and all that I have been through. The Latin music movement has grown so much. I would never take all the credit or say, “It’s because of me. No, it’s each of us. A whole generation. Our energy and our presence are always felt.

In February 2018, Bad Bunny was Apple Music’s first Latin Up Next artist for the platform’s burgeoning artist program. He was also the first host of Trap Kingz, their first Spanish-language radio show on Beats 1 radio, and hosted the show’s first six episodes in 2017.

To celebrate his AOTY win, Bad Bunny will be taking over the platform’s La Fórmula playlist which is populated with his favorite tracks from Myke Towers, Rauw Alejandro, Jhayco and more. Fans can also tune into Apple Music 1, where it’s Bad Bunny Day with exclusive radio content like early career interviews, specials and more.