The Weeknd has broken a world record. His omnipresent song “Blinding Lights” is the first single ever to spend a full 52 weeks in the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100.

The song has also been recognized by global record industry trade group IFPI as the winner of its 2020 Global Digital Single Award, saluting the world’s best-performing single of the year across all digital formats.

The acknowledgement of “Blinding Lights” as the world’s most successful single of 2020 comes on the heels of his half-time Super Bowl performance to almost 150 million viewers, achieving 2.72 billion subscription stream equivalents, and selling almost a million tickets for his recently announced 2022 world tour.

SOCAN congratulates The Weeknd and his team on this stunning success!

 



SOCAN member Kaytranada won two awards at the  63rd annual Grammy Awards, held Mar. 14, 2021, and broadcast live on CBS. The Montréal-based producer, who also won the 2016 Polaris Music Prize, earned the honours for Best Dance Recording (for “10%,” featuring Kali Uchis)  and Best Dance/Electronic Album (for Bubba).

Drummer/composer Larnell Lewis, of Snarky Puppy,  also won a Grammy, for Contemporary Instrumental Album of the Year, awarded to the fusion band for Live at the Royal Albert Hall.

While they didn’t directly earn Grammy Awards, the following SOCAN members worked on Grammy-winning songs or albums:

  • Kaytranada’s fellow Montréaler DRTWRK, honoured for his production work on Kanye West’s Jesus Is King, which won as the Best Contemporary Christian Album.
  • Star producer Stephen “Koz” Kozmeniuk, credited as one of the producers, and Toronto-based expert violinist Drew Jurecka, as one of the engineer/mixers, on Dua Lipa’s Future Nostalgia, which won for Best Pop Vocal Album
  • Étienne “Demy” Gagnon and Steve Martinez-Funes, who worked on Bad Bunny’s YHLQMDLG, which won for Best Latin Pop or Urban Album.
  • Charlotte Day Wilson, who contributed to Kaytranada’s Bubba, which won the Best Dance Recording award.

Although she didn’t earn a Grammy Award for Miss Colombia, nominated for Best Latin Rock or Alternative Album, Lido Pimienta offered a beautiful live performance on the awards premiere ceremony.

It’s worth noting that at the 2020 SOCAN Gala Awards in Montréal, Kaytranada won the Electronic Music Award and DRTWRK won the  International Achievement and International Song Awards.

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

For a complete list of winners and nominees, click here.

SOCAN congratulates our Grammy-winning, and winning-adjacent, members on their huge achievements!



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