Harry Styles continues to accumulate successes, because of the 25 most consumed songs of 2020, two are his, for which he has been named “Hitmaker of the Year.
Harry Styles has been named “Hitmaker of the Year” by Variety, due to his critically acclaimed second studio album “Fine Line.” The British star will appear in the fourth annual Hitmakers, with an extensive interview along with original Parker Woods photographs, to be released on December 2.
This year’s Hitmakers event will be held virtually on December 3. Variety will also honor artists Roddy Ricch as Breakout Artist of the Year, Lewis Capaldi as Songwriter of the Year, Maren Morris as the Crossover Award and Mustard as Producer of the Year.
The Hitmakers franchise recognizes the writers, producers, editors, managers and executives who help make, and unmake, the 25 most consumed songs of the year, compiled by Alpha Data.
Of the 25 most consumed songs of 2020, singer Harry Styles has two hits, “Adore You” and “Watermelon Sugar,” which continue to grace playlists and radio.
“This year has been a game changer for the music business,” said Shirley Halperin, Variety’s executive music editor. “But the industry has persevered, with artists, creators and executives releasing and promoting new songs in incredibly challenging circumstances. Our Hitmakers video and editing program celebrates the artists and people behind the scenes who make sure the music gets heard. My sincere congratulations to all of you for this momentous achievement. ”
In addition to Styles, Variety will honor:
Roddy Ricch – Breakout Artist of the Year: Grammy-winning Compton-based rapper’s hit “The Box” has been a backlash anthem since its release, ranking atop The Hot 100. Ricch’s collaborations include the late Nipsey Hussle, Mustard and DaBaby.
Ron Perry – Executive of the Year: The industry executive is nearing his third anniversary as head of Columbia Records, and he also earned a 2017 Hitmaker recognition for his work on The Weeknd’s “I Feel it Coming.”
Lewis Capaldi – Songwriter of the Year: The Scottish singer-songwriter gained recognition with his hit “Someone You Loved,” which earned him a Grammy nomination and two Brit Awards, one for Song of the Year. The single became the longest-running UK Top 10 single of all time by a British artist.
Mustard – Producer of the Year: Mustard’s work on YG’s “Go Loko,” named last year’s hook of the year, and “Ballin” with Roddy Ricch, marks the distinctive West Coast contemporary hip-hop production style. from the producer.
Wassim “Sal” Slaiby – Manager of the Year: As the current CEO of the XO label and manager of the label’s lead artist, The Weeknd, Slaiby has guided the R&B artist throughout his successful decade-long career and counting.
The Weeknd – Hook of the Year: The catchy fast-paced chorus on the electropop track “Blinding Lights” from the artist’s fourth studio album “After Hours” features upbeat 80s synth influences. In addition to The Weeknd, the song was produced by Oscar Holter and Max Martin.
Maren Morris – Crossover Award: Country music artist collaborations include indie rock artist Hozier on “The Bones” and Zedd on the electronic track “The Middle.”