Among the list of talented SOCAN-member Grammy contenders in 2020, Canadian producer and blues & roots songwriter Colin Linden took home the Best Americana Album award, for his co-producing work on Oklahoma by Keb’ Mo’.

Linden accepted his award at the Grammy pre-show earlier in the day on Sunday, Jan. 26, before the live evening broadcast from the Staples Centre in Los Angeles.

“Just to be nominated for a Grammy is a massive achievement, and to win one can be a defining moment,” said SOCAN CEO Eric Baptiste, who attended the awards, along with Chief Membership & Business Development Officer Michael McCarty, and SOCAN’s Senior Director, A&R Rodney Murphy. “The SOCAN family and all of Canada are proud of our members’ success.”

Linden’s work spans decades and includes touring as a guitarist with the legendary Bob Dylan, a performance at The White House, while producing records for many other musicians. Linden also did a six-year stint as the music director on the TV series Nashville, and is one-third of Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, along with Tom Wilson and Stephen Fearing.

Many talented Canadian musicians were among the hundreds of 2020 Grammy Award nominees whose work was being recognized through a direct nomination or was affiliated with a nomination, including Grammy nominee Drake, powwow and Round Dance singing group Northern Cree, Shawn Mendes, Eric Corne, Michael Bublé, Daniel Caesar, Ajay Bhattacharya (aka STINT), T-Minus, Carly Rae Jepsen, Boi-1da, Dan Brodbeck, Malika Tirolien, and rising star Jessie Reyez, who earned her very first Grammy nomination this year.

With increasing numbers of SOCAN members either nominated or affiliated with a nomination, the Grammy Awards continue to recognize and award deserving top Canadian talent at music’s biggest night of the year.

SOCAN extends its congratulations to Colin Linden, and all of our members who were nominated for a 2020 Grammy.



A first-time host of the JUNO Awards Broadcast, Alessia Cara, also leads the 2020 JUNO nominations with a total of six: Single (for “Out of Love”), Album, Pop Album (both for The Pains of Growing), Artist, and the SOCAN-sponsored Songwriter of the Year, and JUNO Fan Choice.

Tory Lanez received five nominations: Artist and Rap Recording of the Year (the latter for Freaky), two nominations in the R&B/Soul Recording of the Year (for Chixtape 5, and “Feel It Too” with Jessie Reyez and Tainy), and JUNO Fan Choice.

Close behind with three nominations each are Alexandra Stréliski, Bryan Adams, bülow, Loud Luxury, NAV, Shawn Mendes.

The nominees for the SOCAN Songwriter of the Year Award are:

  • Alessia Cara
  • bülow
  • Patrick Watson
  • Tenille Townes
  • Tim Baker

So far, Cara, Lennon Stella, Daniel Caesar, Glorious Sons, and Tory Lanez have been confirmed to perform at the 2020 Gala JUNO Awards ceremony on Sunday, March 15, broadcast live from the SaskTel Centre in Saskatoon, on CBC, CBC Radio One, CBC Music, the free CBC Gem streaming service in Canada, and globally at www.cbcmusic.ca/junos.

The nominations for Classical Composition of the Year are:

  • Ana Sokolović for Evta
  • Bekah Simms for Everything Is… Distorted
  • Jared Miller for Under Sea, Above Sky
  • Rose Bolton for The Coming of Sobs
  • Vincent Ho – Kickin’ It 2.0

Francophone Album of the Year nominees are:

  • Fred Pellerin for Après
  • Jean Leloup for L’étrage pays
  • Koriass for La nuit des longs couteaux
  • Les Louanges for La nuit est une panthère
  • Loud for Tout ça pour ça

In addition to presenting the Songwriter of the Year Award, and for the fourth year in a row, SOCAN is the presenting sponsor of the JUNO Gala Dinner & Awards, at which most of the awards are handed out. As well, during the week of events leading up to the awards, SOCAN will once again serve as a co-presenting sponsor of the JUNO Songwriters’ Circle – widely known as “The Jewel of the JUNO Week” – with performers TBD. Past participants include Paul Brandt, Alex Cuba, Ria Mae, Randy Bachman, Shad, July Talk, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Jann Arden, Joel Plaskett, Johnny Reid, Ron Sexsmith and Dan Mangan.

For more information and a complete list of award nominees, visit the JUNO Awards website.

And stay tuned to www.socanmagazine.ca for video interviews from the JUNO nominee press conference, held in Toronto on Jan. 28, 2020.



SOCAN members and 2020 Grammy Award nominees Northern Cree, songwriter Eric Corne, along with producers Ajay Bhattacharya (aka STINT) and Dan Brodbeck, showed up to SOCAN’s pre-Grammy party, on Jan. 23, 2020, at the Sunset Marquis Hotel in Los Angeles.

Held steps from the famous Sunset Strip, against a garden backdrop in West Hollywood, the annual party celebrated the global success of songwriters, producers, and music publishers, while connecting a plethora of music industry influencers and decision-makers.

All producers, except where noted. Left to right: Tyler Henry (manager), Jenius, Binnz, WondaGurl, London Cyr, SOCAN’s Rodney Murphy, 5ive.

Other SOCAN members in attendance were Johnny Orlando, Kardinal Offishall, WondaGurl, Stephan Moccio, Nikhil, DJ Power, Ian Janes, Jazzy Monika, FrancisGotHeat, Bobby Kuya, Andy Stochansky, Frazer Mac, London Cyr, Jenius, Laurell Barker, Jason Couse and Wes Marskell of The Darcys, and D’Ari and Mel Larkin of the Villas.

From SOCAN, CEO Eric Baptiste, President of the Board of Directors Marc Ouellette, Chief Membership & Business Development Officer Michael McCarty, Chief Communications Officer Andrew Berthoff, Director, A&R, Rodney Murphy, Director, International Development & Compliance Steve Ambers, Membership Events Coordinator Olivia Cummings, along with LA-based A&R representatives Camille Mathews and Erica Grayson and LA Office Coordinator, Francisco Ibarra, all showed up to support and congratulate Grammy-nominated SOCAN members.

With increasing numbers of SOCAN members either nominated or affiliated with a nomination, such as Drake, Shawn Mendes, Michael Bublé, and Daniel Caesar, the Grammy Awards continue to honour deserving top Canadian talent at music’s biggest night of the year.

The Grammy Awards broadcast airs on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020.