The 26-year-old singer-songwriter is the first British male soloist to be the year’s top artist (and only second ever) since George Michael was tops in 1988. (Billboardbegan compiling a year-end top-artist list in 1981.)
On the year-end Hot 100 recap, chart-ruler “Shape of You” spent 12 weeks atop the list and broke the record for the longest run ever in the top 10: 33 weeks. The track debuted at No. 1 on the Jan. 28 list and didn’t leave the top 10 until the Sept. 16 tally.