Welcome to the second part of the numerous interviews we conducted backstage at the 2023 ADISQ Gala and Premier Gala.


Pierre Kwenders’ album José Louis and the Paradox of Love won the prestigious Polaris Music Prize in 2022. This obviously paved the way for his victory at the Premier Gala de l’ADISQ in the Album of the Year – World Music category. But for Kwenders, this double achievement acts more as a creative stimulus than a reason to believe that he can now rest. Here’s our on-the-spot interview at the Premier Gala.

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For Clay & Friends, the stage is their lifeblood, the place where their music comes alive, and touches their growing fan base right in the heart. It’s no wonder that they’ve won the Félix Award in the Show of the Year – Multilingual/Other Languages category at the Premier Gala. Following is our interview with the emotional and gratitude-filled band right after the gala.

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For his show Le tour du bloc, Michel Rivard invited 11 musicians onstage with him to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of his career in style. The happy winner of the Show of the Year Félix Award spoke with us about his universally acclaimed show.

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A very grateful Jonathan Roy met with us following his victory in the Anglophone Show of the Year category at the Premier Gala de l’ADISQ on Nov. 1 at MTelus.

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Originally from Maliotenam, in Northeastern Québec, singer-songwriter Shauit fuses music and languages, but sings mostly in Innu. Winner of the Album of the Year – Indigenous Languages Félix for Natukun, he strives towards reconciliation by blending Québec and Indigenous cultures. We had a chat with him backstage at the Premier Gala de l’ADISQ.

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SOCAN members Drake and Allison Russell have earned four nominations each – the most among all SOCAN members this year – for the 66th Grammy Awards, to be broadcast Feb. 4, 2024, on CBS and Paramount+, live from the Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles.

The Drake and 21 Savage song “Rich Flex” is nominated for Best Rap Performance, Best Melodic Rap Performance, and Best Rap Song, while their LP Her Loss is nominated for Best Rap Album.

Allison Russell earned four nominations as well: two for her song “The Returner,” in the categories of Best Americana Performance and Best American Roots Song; one for “Eve Was Black,” in the field of Best American Roots Performance; and one in the Best Americana Album cohort, for The Returner.

Joni Mitchell earned a Best Folk Album nod for Joni Mitchell At Newport [Live], as did Rufus Wainwright for Folkocracy, while Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society garnered recognition in the Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album field, for Dynamic Maximum Tension­. Alvvays’s song “Belinda Says” was nominated for Best Alternative Music Performance. In the Best Remixed Recording category, BADBADNOTGOOD were nominated for “Alien Love Call.”

Spiritbox was nominated in the Best Metal Performance category, for the song “Jaded.” DJ duo Kx5, which features deadmau5, earned a nomination for their self-titled LP, in the field of Best Dance/Electronic Music Album. Afro-Cuban jazz artist Hilario Duran’s “I Remember Mingus” was nominated for Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella. MIDO (Mohamed Elkhalifa) and CVRE (Chris Kim) are both co-writers on Lecrae’s Churches Clothes 4, nominated for Best Contemporary Christian Music Album. Yannick Nézet-Séguin earned two nominations, both of them as a conductor, in the categories of Best Orchestral Performance, for Price: Symphony No. 4; Dawson: Negro Folk Symphony, and Best Opera Recording, for Blanchard: Champion.

Aaron Paris is a co-writer on the songs “Wunna Dem” (with Quin) and “B4L,” both of which appear on the Best Progressive R&B Album nominee Since I Have a Lover, by 6LACK. Paris is also a co-producer on “B4L,” which was co-written and co-produced by SOCAN members FORTHENIGHT and Adriano Allaverdi. On the same album, London Cyr was a co-writer and co-producer on “Spirited Away,” while Kevin Ekofo co-wrote “Decatur.” Similarly, Nik D and Ozan “OZ” Yildirim co-wrote and co-produced “Preach.”

OZ and Paris each contributed, in the same capacities, to the song “Tough Love” (featuring Swae Lee), which appeared on Diddy’s LP The Love Album: Off the Grid, also in the running for Best Progressive R&B Album. On the same album, SOCAN member Andreena Mill was one of the engineers, and Benjamin Singh-Reynolds (aka King Bnjmn) co-wrote and co-produced “Pick Up” (with Jacquees featuring Fabolous).

Tobias Jesso Jr. co-wrote the song “Thousand Miles,” by  Miley Cyrus (featuring Brandi Carlile), nominated for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, and included on Cyrus’s LP Endless Summer Vacation, nominated for Best Pop Vocal Album. In the same category, Kelly Clarkson earned a nod for Chemistry, which includes the song “Favorite Kind of High,” co-written by Carly Rae Jepsen.

Nasri Atweh co-wrote Chris Brown’s “Summer Too Hot,” nominated for Best R&B Performance. In the Best R&B Album category, Coco Jones’s What I Didn’t Tell You (Deluxe) includes the song “Fallin,” co-written by Sara Diamond, while Victoria Monét’s JAGUAR II includes “Party Girls” (featuring Buju Banton), co-written by Yonatan Ayal (of Chiild).

On the Best Global Music Album nominee I Told Them… by Burna Boy, the aforementioned Kevin Ekofo and Harper Gordon co-wrote “I Told Them” (featuring GZA), while Adrian Eccleston co-wrote “Tested, Approved & Trusted.”

Athough she isn’t directly nominated, the recording engineers of Feist‘s Multitudes were nominated for Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical.

Songs performed by SOCAN members figured in a few nominations. The Weeknd (along with 21 Savage) was featured in “Creepin’,” one of the songs included in Metro Boomin’s nomination for Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical. Similarly, TALK‘s “A Little Bit Happy,” was one of the songs that earned Justin Tranter a nod for Songwriter of the Year, Non-Classical.

Please note that SOCAN is currently reviewing the entire, extensive list of 2024 Grammy nominations to determine any other member nominees, and may update this article accordingly.

Access the full list of all nominees.

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