Iconic singer-songwriter and SOCAN member Joni Mitchell won – and accepted, in person – a Grammy Award during the non-televised portion of the ceremonies, in the Best Historical Album category, for Joni Mitchell Archives, Vol. 1: The Early Years (1963-1967), on the afternoon of April 3, 2022. Mitchell, who was earlier honoured as Grammy’s MusiCares Person of the Year, also co-introduced (along with Bonnie Raitt) a performance from her friend, singer-songwriter Brandi Carlisle, during the televised broadcast awards that night.
Although he’s already earned several Latin Grammy Awards, British Columbia-based Alex Cuba won his first Grammy, in the Best Latin Pop Album field, for Mendó. The Weeknd – who’s abandoned the Grammies since his world-conquering Blinding Lights album received no nominations last year – nonetheless earned a trophy for his feature (along with Lil Baby) on Kanye West’s “Hurricane,” which won Best Melodic Rap Performance. Conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin won his first Grammy, in the Best Orchestral Performance category, for Florence Price, Symphonies No. 1 in C Minor & No. 3 in E Minor, recorded with the Philadelphia Orchestra. The Montrealer had been nominated in three classical categories.
All of these awards were presented during the non-televised portion of the show, where three-time-nominee Allison Russell performed a stellar version of her nominated song, “The Nightflyer.” On the televised broadcast, Daniel Caesar joined Justin Bieber and Giveon for a performance of their thrice-nominated song “Peaches,” while Avril Lavigne presented the award for Best Pop Duo Performance.
While not directly nominated, several other SOCAN members were involved with Grammy-winning projects. Michael “DZL” Holmes was one of the co-writers of Jazmine Sullivan’s “Pick Up Your Feelings,” which won for Best R&B Performance (in a tie with Silk Sonic’s “Leave the Door Open”), and was included on Sullivan’s Heaux Tales, which earned Best R&B Album. DZL also co-wrote “Dream,” by Lucky Daye featuring Naija, which appeared on Daye’s Table for Two, winner of the Grammy for Best Progressive R&B Album. Nathalie Bonin contributed to three songs on the album Women Warriors: The Voices of Change, which won for Best Classical Compendium. Ryan Ofei appeared as a guest singer on a live recording by U.S. gospel group Maverick City Music, whose Jubilee: Juneteenth Edition, won for Best Gospel Album. Ron Korb played flute and served as associate producer on Divine Tides by former The Police drummer Stewart Copeland and Ricky Kej, which won for Best New Age Album.
At the SOCAN Grammy party, held the evening before the show, Jenna Andrews received a SOCAN No. 1 Song Award for co-writing BTS’ nominated song “Butter,” which reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100 on June 5, 2021., and many other charts around the world as well. The song was co-written with Rob Grimaldi, Stephen Kirk, Ron Perry, Kim Nam-Joon (RM of BTS), Pdogg, Alex Bilowitz, and Sebastian Garcia, and is published by Sony Music Publishing and Andrews’ own company, Twentyseven Music.
Attendees at the party included “Butter” co-writers Stephen Kirk , Alex Bilowitz, and Ron Perry (also the CEO of Columbia Records); SOCAN member singer-songwriters Michael “DZL” Holmes, Laura Roy, Boslen, and Sammy and Bobby Kuya; composer Nathalie Bonin; TikTok star Dixie D’Amelio; TikTok representatives Erin Ashley, Kat Kernaghan, Vanessa Adora (all from Toronto) and Marisa Jeffries (from Los Angeles); artist representatives Frank Gironda (Joni Mitchell), Lucas Keller (Jenna Andrews), and Kari Zalik (Alex Cuba); and five representatives from the Canadian Consulate. SOCAN attendees at the party, and Grammy weekend, were Vanessa Thomas, Vice President, Member & Industry Relations; Steve Ambers, Vice President, Corporate Development; Kathryn Hamilton, Director, Creative Operations & Programming; and Racquel Villagante, Creative Executive, Los Angeles.
SOCAN congratulates all of our Grammy and Grammy-connected winners in 2022!