With six Grammys under her belt and her sophomore album 21 recently going diamond, Adele‘s incredible year continues, with the North London singer-songwriter being named Billboard’s top artist of 2012 in the music magazine’s annual review.
The magazine’s review, based mostly on chart performance but also on social and streaming data, adjudged Adele the year’s best artist, and 21 the year’s top album (despite its 2011 release), making her the first artist to receive these incredible accolades in successive calendar years.
Whilst the “Rolling in the Deep” star was the top artist and leading female artist in the end of year chart (ahead of Rihanna and Taylor Swift), Drake was number 4 on the top artist list, making him the top male artist overall, with Justin Bieber a close second at number 5. The Canadian hip hop star also topped the R&B/hip hop albums category for his 2011 release Take Care and the rap song list for his Lil Wayne collab “The Motto”.
Other acts who did well were Maroon 5, recognised as the year’s top group, former X Factor contestants One Direction, who completed their US takeover by being crowned as the top new artist, and Mumford & Sons, who triumphed in the rock, alternative and folk album categories.
Billboard named Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know”, Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” and FUN’s “We Are Young” as the tracks of the year.
Check out the full list of accolades here.