Drake wins two 2017 Grammy Awards, his co-writer Nineteen85 wins one
SOCAN member Drake earned two honours, and his co-writer and fellow SOCAN member Anthony “Nineteen85” Jefferies earned one, at the 59th annual Grammy Awards at The Staples Center in Los Angeles on Feb. 12, 2017.
Nominated for eight awards, Drake took home took home one for Best Rap/Sung Performance, while he and co-writer/producer Nineteen85 together won Best Rap Song, a songwriting award – all three in recognition of the enormously successful “Hotline Bling.” Drake was performing in London, England, and didn’t attend the awards, but Nineteen85 took the stage to accept at the Grammy Awards Première Ceremony (held before the gala telecast).
SOCAN member The Weeknd performed on the televised gala awards program with electronic duo Daft Punk, turning in a strong performance of one of several songs they wrote and recorded together, “I Feel It Coming.” SOCAN member Céline Dion presented the award for Song of the Year, to her colleague chanteuse Adele, for “Hello.”
There were many other SOCAN members who contributed to Grammy-winning music as well. Tobias Jesso Jr. co-wrote several songs for Adele’s 25, which won Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album; Kai sang the song “Never Be Like You,” on the album Skin, by Flume, which won for Best Dance/Electronic Album; both The Weeknd and his frequent co-writer Ahmad “Belly” Balshe co-wrote songs with Beyoncé on Lemonade, which earned the Best Urban Contemporary Album honour; Kaytranada co-wrote for Chance the Rapper’s Coloring Book, which won Best Rap Album; it was electronic duo Bob Moses' song "Tearing me Up" that was remixed by RAC (a.k.a. André Allen Anjos) to garner the Best Remixed Recording honour; and Larnell Lewis is the drummer for Snarky Puppy, whose Culcha Vulcha took home the Best Contemporary Instrumental Album award.
SOCAN congratulates all of our members on their 2017 Grammy Awards achievements!