Here are the Winners of the POP AWARDS 2023, the sixth annual Pop Awards!


After 50 days of voting, Pop Magazine is here to announce the winners of the Pop Awards 2023. We have counted a huge number of votes cast in our public voting, along with the ballots received from our esteemed expert panel of music journalists, to determine the results of the 6th annual Pop Awards. We want to thank all of you who have participated in this year’s voting for helping to select a wonderful winner in each of the ten categories. Out of all the awesome nominees, you have chosen who will receive our beautiful Pop Awards trophies and we congratulate the winners! We will return next year for the 7th annual Pop Awards and hope you’ll be back too. Now it’s time to check out if your favorite artists accumulated enough votes for the win and to celebrate the winners with us!

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Pop Awards 2023: Artist Of The Year Award
Winner: Taylor Swift

Congratulations to Taylor Swift on winning the Artist Of The Year Award at the 6th annual Pop Awards! It was a record-setting year for Taylor Swift as her tenth studio album set a new all-time record for single-day streams and became the best-selling album of 2022. “Midnights” – a concept album about nocturnal ruminations – achieved another historic feat, spawning ten top-ten songs on the US Billboard charts in the same week, an achievement no artist has accomplished before.

Other nominees: Beyonce, Harry Styles, John Legend, Meghan Trainor

Pop Awards 2023: Album Of The Year Award
Winner: John Legend – “Legend”

Congratulations to John Legend on winning the Album Of The Year Award at the 6th annual Pop Awards! His passion is on full display over an impressive 24 tracks on his seventh studio album, which is aptly titled “Legend”. John Legend has created a double album that represents the evolution of his artistry, featuring his smooth vocals together with contributions from a wealth of talented artists like Rick Ross, Rapsody, Jhene Aiko, Ledisi, and Jasmine Sullivan.

Other nominees: Hannah Baiardi – “Magic”, J. Ivy – “The Poet Who Sat By The Door”, Jonathan Jeremiah – “Horsepower For The Streets”, Passenger – “Birds That Flew And Ships That Sailed”

Pop Awards 2023: Song Of The Year Award
Winner: Candace Woodson – “(Trying To Be) Perfect”

Congratulations to Candace Woodson on winning the Song Of The Year Award at the 6th annual Pop Awards! Draped over dramatic piano and strings, vocal force of nature Candace Woodson bares her soul throughout this single from her new album. “(Trying To Be) Perfect” resembles a classic love song placed within an emotional movie score, and the American singer from Kentucky delivers the song’s dramatic appeal perfectly.

Other nominees: Chaka Khan – “Woman Like Me”, Klaas – “First Girl On The Moon”, Odesza (featuring Bettye LaVette) – “The Last Goodbye”, Scorpions – “When You Know (Where You Come From)”

Pop Awards 2023: Music Video Of The Year Award
Winner: Harry Styles – “As It Was”

Congratulations to Harry Styles on winning the Music Video Of The Year Award at the 6th annual Pop Awards! In a simplistic concept with a rotating platform, Harry Styles performs a series of interpretive dances alongside his female co-star. After gracefully dancing through this artsy music video for his wistful hit song “As It Was” the clip ends with a freeing leap for joy.

Other nominees: Adele – “Oh My God”, Charlie Puth – “Light Switch”, Michael Buble – “Higher”, Todrick Hall – “Queen”

Pop Awards 2023: Icon Of The Year Award
Winner: J. Ivy

Congratulations to J. Ivy on winning the Icon Of The Year Award at the 6th annual Pop Awards! Chicago’s multi-talented spoken-word artist, author, and community leader has released four studio albums, including his album of the year contender, “The Poet Who Sat By The Door”. In his music, J. Ivy speaks about so many important issues of our time including America’s long-running racial injustice and police brutality, and he tackles these topics in the most poetic way.

Other nominees: Black Thought, Calum Scott, PJ Morton, Tank And The Bangas

Pop Awards 2023: Female Artist Of The Year Award
Winner: Aurora

Congratulations to Aurora on winning the Female Artist Of The Year Award at the 6th annual Pop Awards! Last year, the Norwegian singer-songwriter and music producer released her third studio album “The Gods We Can Touch”, an electropop record that received universal praise. The record debuted atop the Norwegian album charts and became Aurora’s first top ten in the UK.

Other nominees: Joss Stone, Mabel, Sigrid, Tove Lo

Pop Awards 2023: Male Artist Of The Year Award
Winner: Bryan Adams

Congratulations to Bryan Adams on winning the Male Artist Of The Year Award at the 6th annual Pop Awards! With his 2022 album, “So Happy It Hurts”, the veteran musician from Canada dives into his inner youth. The feel-good rock songs on Bryan Adams’ 14th studio LP – which peaked in the top five on several European album charts – remind us of his 80s heydays.

Other nominees: Brett Eldredge, Charlie Winston, Gavin James, Kygo

Pop Awards 2023: Band/Group Of The Year Award
Winner: Tears For Fears

Congratulations to Tears For Fears on winning the Band/Group Of The Year Award at the 6th annual Pop Awards! The British pop-rock band released their seventh studio album, “The Tipping Point”, in 2022, their first new album in 18 years. Tears For Fears made a triumphant return with their critically acclaimed record, debuting at number two on the UK charts and reaching number eight in the US.

Other nominees: Billy Talent, First Aid Kit, Kissin’ Dynamite, Minor Majority

Pop Awards 2023: Emerging Artist Of The Year Award
Winner: Mica Millar

Congratulations to Mica Millar on winning the Emerging Artist Of The Year Award at the 6th annual Pop Awards! For the UK soul singer and songwriter, 2022 was a triumphant year as she released her long-awaited debut album “Heaven Knows”, creating the perfect sound marriage between soul, gospel, and jazz. While critics praised the album for its theme of exploring human nature, this project earned Mica Millar the Soul Act of the Year honor from Manchester Jazz Festival.

Other nominees: Amber Mark, Breland, Frank Joshua, Zian

Pop Awards 2023: Lifetime Achievement Award
Winner: A-Ha

Congratulations to A-Ha on winning the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 6th annual Pop Awards! The synth-pop band from Oslo is considered the most successful musical act to emerge from Norway and has released eleven studio albums, including their Platinum-certified debut album “Hunting High And Low” with the chart-topping hit single “Take On Me”. Rising to prominence during the mid-80s, A-Ha have now sold over 100 million records and performed some of the biggest live concerts in the world. Their latest album, “True North”, was released in 2022.

Other nominees: Keb’ Mo’, Melba Moore, Scorpions, The Isley Brothers

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Written by Antonio Cooper

Antonio is a freelance reporter. His coverage of music festivals and interviews with local celebrities appeared in the Detroit Metro Times, E-Current Magazine, and RichMagDigital. You can find more of Antonio’s work on his website:

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