Puerto Rican rapper Bad Bunny is Apple Music’s Artist of the Year for 2022.
Bad Bunny’s Un Verano Sin Ti was Apple Music’s most streamed album of 2022 and is the rapper’s sixth project in four years. Apple says the rapper has ushered in a seismic shift in global pop over the last few years, which is why he’s honored this year.
“We’re thrilled to celebrate the achievements of Bad Bunny, whose influence on every corner of culture could not be ignored in 2022,” adds Oliver Schusser, Apple’s Vice President of Apple Music and Beats. “Watching Bad Bunny ascend from an Apple Music Up Next artist in 2018 to our Artist of the Year this year has been nothing short of extraordinary. We congratulate him on his record-breaking year and for continuing to bring Latin music to a massive global audience.”
“When I started, I didn’t have a global fan base,” Bad Bunny says of the honor. “I’m grateful for everything I’ve accomplished and everything I’ve experienced. The Latin music movement has grown so much. I would never take full credit or say ‘it’s because of me.’ No, it’s every one of us. A whole generation. Our energy and presence is always felt. Thank you to Apple Music and to all the people who listen to my music every day. I’m super happy!”
To help celebrate Bad Bunny as Artist of the Year for Apple Music, the rapper is taking over the La Fórmula playlist with handpicked favorite tracks. Meanwhile, Apple Music 1 will be playing an array of content to celebrate Bad Bunny, including specials, archived programming, early career interviews, playlists, and a showcase of the artist.
Bad Bunny is the biggest Latin artist of all time by streams worldwide on Apple Music. After the release of Un Verano Sin Ti on May 6, it became the biggest Latin album of all time on Apple Music. His song “Moscow Mule” holds the record for the biggest Latin song of all time by first-day streams worldwide. And he has logged 22 songs on the Daily Top 100 Global, breaking the record for most simultaneous entries by a single Latin artist.