SOCAN members Drake and Kaytranada have each earned three nominations for the 63rd annual Grammy Awards, to be held Sunday, Jan. 31, 2021, and broadcast live on CBS.

Drake earned all three 2021 Grammy nods for singles he released this year. “Laugh Now, Cry Later,” featuring Lil Durk, is nominated for Best Melodic Rap Performance and Best Rap Song, while Future’s video for the song “Life is Good,” featuring Drake, and co-written by SOCAN member OZ, is up for Best Music Video.

Kaytranada, who won the 2016 Polaris Music Prize, earned his first-ever Grammy nominations in three categories: Best New Artist; Best Dance Recording, for “10%,” featuring Kali Uchis; and Best Dance/Electronic Album, for his 2020 Polaris-short-listed album, Bubba, which includes contributions from SOCAN member Charlotte Day Wilson.

Other SOCAN member nominations include:

  • Lido Pimienta, Best Latin Rock or Alternative Album, for Miss Colombia
  • deadmau5, Best Remixed Recording, for “Imaginary Friends (Morgan Page Remix)”
  • The late Leonard Cohen, Best Folk Album, for Thanks for the Dance
  • Jayda G, Best Dance Recording, for “Both of Us”
  • JP Saxe, Song of the Year, for co-writing Julia Michaels’ “If the World was Ending”
  • Sam Ellis, Best Country Song, for co-writing Ingrid Andress’ “More Hearts Than Mine”

While star producer Frank Dukes wasn’t directly nominated, his work with Post Malone was associated with two nominations for the American rapper: Record of the Year for “Circles,” and Album of the Year for Hollywood’s Bleeding. Similarly, SOCAN member Kaan Güneşberk co-wrote “Circles,” which also appeared on Hollywood’s Bleeding, while BadBadNotGood’s Matthew Tavares and Seth Nyquist, aka MorMor, also contributed to the album.

Justin Bieber (ASCAP) was nominated for Best Pop Vocal Album, for Changes, which includes  songwriting and/or production contributions from SOCAN members Boi-1da, Nasri Atweh (of MAGIC!), Cvre, Nineteen85 and Daniel Daley (aka the duo DVSN), Maneesh, and Majid Al Maskati (of Majid Jordan). Atweh also a co-writer of R&B Song of the Year nominee “Slow Down,” by Skip Marley & H.E.R.. Similarly, Toronto-based expert violinist Drew Jurecka was one of the engineer/mixers on Dua Lipa’s “Don’t Start Now,” which was nominated for Record of the Year.

Star producer Stephen “Koz” Kozmeniuk is credited for Dua Lipa’s Future Nostalgia, up for Album and Best Pop Vocal Album of the Year. Sevn Thomas produced the Giveon EP Take Time, up for R&B Album of the Year. Drummer/composer Larnell Lewis, of Snarky Puppy, is up Contemporary Instrumental Album of the Year, for the band’s Live at the Royal Albert Hall.

Please note that SOCAN is currently reviewing the entire, extensive list of 2021 Grammy nominations to determine any other member nominees, and may update this article accordingly.

SOCAN congratulates our Grammy-nominated members on this huge achievement!



SOCAN has appointed Michael Asante to the role of A&R Representative, Rap and R&B, a new position to address this rapidly growing part of the company’s membership base. His appointment is the culmination of a four-month search that saw more than 500 applicants vie for the role.

As A&R Representative, Rap and R&B, Asante will:

  • Actively recruit Canadian music creators by scouting for emerging artists/songwriters, producers, and screen composers who are, or have the potential to be, relevant in rap, R&B, pop, electronic/dance, rock, and screen composer genres.
  • Identify emerging Canadian music creators and trends.
  • Build relationships with emerging music creators and their business teams by meeting with them, listening to their music, attending their shows, and discussing their career aspirations and needs from a creative and business perspective.
  • Provide support to SOCAN’s music publishing and screen composer member communities.
  • Strategically analyze member earnings and trends to prepare financial reports to maximize members’ SOCAN experience.
  • Create career opportunities for members by introducing songwriters and composers to applicable creative and industry members to further their careers (i.e., music publishers, managers, agents, and record labels.
  • Facilitate creative opportunities, such as planning and executing songwriting camps and workshops, songwriting collaborations, master production classes, and business seminars.

Asante’s career before SOCAN included roles as Digital & E-mail Marketing Manager with Canopy Growth; founder of A&R Report Inc., a consultancy that scouts and researches new songwriters, producers, artists, and engineers; Marketing Automation Specialist with G Adventures; and Marketing Manager with the Royal Conservatory of Music (Koerner Hall) in Toronto.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Michael Asante to the SOCAN team,” said Interim-CEO Jennifer Brown. “He brings expertise and dedication to the vital and rapidly expanding Rap and R&B part of our total membership of nearly 170,000 music creators and publishers.”

“It’s with great pleasure that I join an amazing organization and team over at SOCAN,” said Asante. “Over the years, I’ve prided myself on building with, and serving, artists in the music community. Please feel free to utilize me as a vessel when it comes to building and growing your musical careers. I look forward to working with each and every member in the SOCAN family.”



In the midst of social distancing to combat the spread of the COVID-19 virus, SOCAN is continuing to operate at full capacity. To keep you posted about what we’re doing to adapt to the situation, and how we’re doing it, we present a series of SOCAN Leadership Updates – online video interviews with various SOCAN executives.

This time, SOCAN’s Vice-President of International Relations, Catharine Saxberg, discusses her team’s role in ensuring that our members have continued to receive their global royalties, not charging them for worldwide collections, and how the department works.