To close out an extraordinary year, Apple Music’s editors have awarded highest honours to the artists who truly represent the very best of 2018. Drake owns the Artist of the Year category while country’s Kasey Musgraves scores Album of the Year for her dynamic Golden Hour. The fiery collaboration between Cardi B, J. Balvin and Bad Bunny made “I Like It” an easy choice for Song of the Year and Breakout Artist Juice WRLD has been giving everyone “Lucid Dreams” all year long. But these all-stars weren’t the only stars: Apple Music’s global year-end charts and editorial playlists are packed with the year’s biggest hits and favourites from all over the world.
On the South African Single and Album Charts, Afrobeats was right in the centre of the spotlight, thanks to fresh collaborations that took Africa to the world. There was a great reaction to “Particula” for DJ Maphorisa & Major Lazer (feat. Nasty C, Ice Prince, Patoranking & Jidenna) who made the tough Top 10 Singles Chart. In the “Spirit” of collaboration, Kwesta and Wale brought a sprinkling of Kasi flavour while newcomer Sun EL Musician had 2 successes on the Singles Chart with “Akanamali” (feat. Samthing Soweto) and “Bamthathile” (feat. Mlindo The Vocalist). Hip hop royalty led the Top 20 Album Chart in the form of Nasty C’s“Strings and Bling” and AKA’s “Touch My Blood”, as well as Afrikaans artists Jo Black and Snotkop.
Best Music of the Year
Artist of the Year: Drake
Breakout Artist of the Year: Juice WRLD
Song of the Year: I Like It – Cardi B featuring Bad Bunny & J. Balvin
Album of the Year
Golden Hour – Kacey Musgraves
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