November 29, 2020

MTV names Katy Perry its first artist of the year

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NEW YORK (AP) — Katy Perry’s run of No. 1 singles has earned her the distinction of becoming MTV’s first artist of the year.

Perry topped Adele after a spirited discussion among MTV’s internal panel of experts, the network said Thursday. Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep” was chosen top song of 2011, said Amy Doyle, the network’s chief of music programming.

MTV also declared Skrillex its electronic dance music artist of the year over David Guetta.

Different parts of MTV would make “best of” lists in the past, but the network wanted to establish a franchise that brought all its online and TV arms together and emphasised MTV’s music roots, Doyle said. The network, established in 1981, hopes it becomes an annual thing.

Seven panelists made the final choice, and their deliberations were featured in MTV programming
this week.

“Rolling in the Deep” was an obvious selection as top song, Doyle said. Runners-up were Nicki Minaj’s “Super Bass” and Rihanna’s “We Found Love.”

“I loved the song the moment I wrote it,” Adele said. “The melody and the beat added some conviction to it. I think that’s why people connected with it.”

Perry’s achievement of tying Michael Jackson’s “Bad” as the only albums to yield five No. 1 singles was particularly impressive, Doyle said.

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