The Recording Industry Association of America has released their year-end Gold and Platinum awards list for 2021. Only 16 albums and 98 singles released this year achieved RIAA certifications.
“In a landmark year for our nearly sixty-five-year-old Gold & Platinum Program, RIAA awarded more than 100 titles released in 2021 across many genres and styles of music,” shares Liz Kennedy, SVP, Gold & Platinum Awards, RIAA. “These awards mark the pinnacle of creative and commercial success in our business and celebrate artists and their label partners who connected so powerfully with their fans and the broader culture this past year. Congratulations to RIAA’s 2021 honorees!”
Morgan Wallen‘s Dangerous: The Double Album, which released in January of 2021, was among the honors, taking top album of the year alongside Olivia Rodrigo‘s Sour. Wallen’s record, now certified double-Platinum, also earned the top Billboard 200 album of 2021. Meanwhile, Rodrigo also came in as the top digital single of 2021 with her breakthrough single “Driver’s License.”
Warner Music Nashville’s Dan + Shay were also among the award winners this year as their Good Things album earned a Gold certification after its release earlier this fall. Other Gold-certified albums from 2021 include 24KGolgn‘s El Dorado, DJ Khaled‘s Khaled Khaled, H.E.R.‘s Back of My Mind, Donda by Kanye West, and Jordi from Maroon 5, among others.
For a full list of this year’s RIAA awards, click here.