Spotify Reveals the Nominees for the 2017 Secret Genius Awards

Winners To Be Announced During Awards Show at L.A.’s Vibiana Cathedral on November 1st

They have created the words and music behind this year’s biggest hits; they are the guiding force driving the industry. They are the Secret Geniuses that will be celebrated at Spotify’s inaugural Secret Genius Awards on Wednesday, November 1 at the Vibiana Cathedral in Los Angeles.

The Secret Genius Awards are designed to celebrate people within the songwriting community that contribute to the creative work behind some of the most streamed songs on Spotify. The Awards will be made up of 13 main categories with five nominees* each and include Secret Genius of the Year: Producer, Secret Genius of the Year: Songwriter and more. Additionally, special awards include Secret Genius: New Songwriter Grant, and an annual Legendary Genius honor. Host, presenters and performers will be announced at a later date.

So today we’re honored to announce the nominees for 2017, consisting of an esteemed group of gifted, inventive and boundary-pushing songwriters and producers representing the very best in music of the past year.* Let’s meet the nominees and the songs that contributed to their nominations..

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2017 Secret Genius Nominees:

SECRET GENIUS OF THE YEAR: SONGWRITER

Ammar Malik
Songs: “Rockabye” – Clean Bandit (feat. Sean Paul & Anne-Marie), “Don’t Wanna Know” – Maroon 5, “Symphony” – Clean Bandit (feat. Zara Larsson), “Shed A Light” (feat. Cheat Codes) – Robin Schulz, David Guetta

Brian Lee
Songs: “Let Me Love You” – DJ Snake (Justin Bieber), “It Ain’t Me” Kygo, Selena Gomez, “Work From Home” – Fifth Harmony (feat. Ty Dolla $)

J Kash
Songs: “We Don’t Talk Anymore” – Charlie Puth, “Don’t Wanna Know” – Maroon 5, “Swalla” (feat. Nicki Minaj & Ty Dolla $ign) – Jason Derulo, “Cold” – Maroon 5 (feat. Future), “NO” – Meghan Trainor, “Shed A Light” (feat. Cheat Codes) – Robin Schulz, David Guetta, “Attention” – Charlie Puth, “Ain’t Your Mama” – Jennifer Lopez

Johnny McDaid
Songs: “Shape of You” – Ed Sheeran, “Galway Girl” – Ed Sheeran

Scott Harris
Songs: “Don’t Let Me Down” – The Chainsmokers, Daya, “Treat You Better” – Shawn Mendes, “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back” – Shawn Mendes

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SECRET GENIUS OF THE YEAR: PRODUCER

Benny Blanco
Songs: “Cold Water” – Major Lazer (feat. Justin Bieber, MO) , “Don’t Wanna Know” – Maroon 5, “Run Up” Major Lazer (feat. PartyNextDoor) – Major Lazer, “Castle on the Hill” – Ed Sheeran, “Issues” – Julie Michaels, “Love Yourself” – Justin Bieber, “Kill Em With Kindness” – Selena Gomez, “All In My Head (Flex)” – Fifth Harmony (feat. Fetty Wap), “Perfect“- Ed Sheeran, “LUV” – Tory Lanez

Max Martin
Songs: “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” – Justin Timberlake, “Side To Side” – Ariana Grande, “Into You” – Ariana Grande, “Send My Love (To Your New Love)” – Adele, “Dangerous Woman” – Ariana Grande, “Chained To The Rhythm” – Katy Perry (feat. Skip Marley)

Nineteen85
Songs: “One Dance” – Drake, WizKid & Kyla, “Too Good” – Drake (feat. Rihanna)

Noah Shebib
Songs: “One Dance” – – Drake, WizKid & Kyla, “Passionfruit” – Drake, “Pop Style” – Drake

Steve Mac
Songs: “Shape of You” – Ed Sheeran, “Rockabye” – Clean Bandit (feat. Sean Paul & Anne-Marie), “Symphony” – Clean Bandit (feat. Zara Larsson), “Alarm” – Anne-Marie

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SECRET GENIUS OF THE YEAR: FEMALE

Ali Tamposi
Songs: “It Ain’t Me” – Kygo, Selena Gomez, “Let Me Love You” – DJ Snake (Justin Bieber)

Emily Warren
Song: “Don’t Let Me Down” – The Chainsmokers (feat. Daya)

Erika Ender
Songs: “Despacito (Remix)” – Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee (feat. Justin Bieber), “Despacito” – Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee

Ilsey Juber
Songs: “Mercy” – Shawn Mendes, “In The Name of Love” – Martin Garixx, Bebe Rexha

Starrah
Songs: “Fake Love” – Drake, “Needed Me” – Rihanna

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SECRET GENIUS: POP

Doc McKinney
Songs: “Starboy” – The Weeknd (feat. Daft Punk), “I Feel It Coming” – The Weeknd (feat. Daft Punk)

Eskeerdo
Songs: “Work From Home” – Fifth Harmony (feat. Ty Dolla $), “I Would Like” – Zara Larsson

Frederic Kennett
Song: “Closer” – The Chainsmokers (feat. Halsey)

Greg Kurstin
Song: “Cheap Thrills” – Sia

Teddy Geiger
Song: “Treat You Better” – Shawn Mendes

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SECRET GENIUS: HIP HOP

Frank Dukes
Songs: “Fake Love” – Drake, “Congratulations” – Post Malone

Metro Boomin
Songs: “Mask Off” – Future, “Bad and Boujee” – Migos (feat. Lil Uzi Vert), “Congratulations” – Post Malone, “Low Life” – Future (feat. The Weeknd), “Bounce Back” – Big Sean

Mike WiLL Made-It
Songs: “Black Beatles” – Rae Sremmurd (feat. Gucci Mane), “HUMBLE.” – Kendrick Lamar
StarrahSong: “Fake Love” – Drake

SupaDups
Songs: “Controlla” – Drake, “Too Good” – Drake (feat. Rihanna)

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SECRET GENIUS: R&B

Boi1da
Songs: “Work” – Rihanna (feat. Drake), “Sex With Me” – Rihanna

DJ Mustard
Songs: “Needed Me” – Rihanna, “Promise” – Kid Ink

John Ryan
Song: “Love Me Now” – John Legend

PARTYNEXTDOOR
Songs: “Work” – Rihanna (feat. Drake), “Sex With Me” – Rihanna

Prince Charlez
Song: “Needed Me” – Rihanna

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SECRET GENIUS: DANCE

Ali Tamposi
Songs: “It Ain’t Me” – Kygo, Selena Gomez, “Let Me Love You” – DJ Snake (Justin Bieber)

Andrew Watt
Songs: “It Ain’t Me” – Kygo, Selena Gomez, “Let Me Love You” – DJ Snake (Justin Bieber) 

Jr. Blender
Songs: “Cold Water” – Major Lazer (Justin Bieber, MO), “Run Up” – Major Lazer (feat. PARTYNEXTDOOR & Nicki Minaj) 

Jamie Scott
Song: “Cold Water” – Major Lazer (Justin Bieber, MO)

Giorgio Tuinfort
Songs: “Scared To Be Lonely” – Martin Garrix (feat. Dua Lipa), “This One’s For You” – David Guetta

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SECRET GENIUS: LATIN

Erika Ender
Songs: “Despacito (Remix)” – Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee (feat. Justin Bieber), “Despacito” – Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee

Rude Boyz
Songs: “Felices los 4” – Maluma, “Borro Cassette” – Maluma, “Chantaje” – Shakira

Servando Primera
Songs: “Felices los 4” – Maluma, “DUELE EL CORAZON” – Enrique Iglesias

Sky & Bull Nene
Songs: “Bobo” – J Balvin, “Otra Vez” (feat. J Balvin) – Zion Lennox, “Safari” – J Balvin

Torres & Rengifo
Songs: “Despacito (Remix)” – Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee (feat. Justin Bieber), “Despacito” – Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee, “Traicionera” – Sebastian Yatra

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SECRET GENIUS: ROCK

Alex Da Kid
Songs: “Unsteady” – X Ambassadors, “Demons” – Imagine Dragons, “Thunder” – Imagine Dragons, “Renegades” – X Ambassadors

Mike Elizondo
Songs: “Heathens” – Twenty One Pilots, “Stressed Out” – Twenty One Pilots

Ricky Reed
Song: “Ride” – Twenty One Pilots

Rik Simpson
Songs: “Hymn For The Weekend” – Coldplay, “Sky Full of Stars” – Coldplay, “Adventure of a Lifetime” – Coldplay

Stargate
Songs: “Hymn For The Weekend” – Coldplay, “Adventure of a Lifetime” – Coldplay

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SECRET GENIUS: COUNTRY

Ashley Gorley
Songs: “T-Shirt” – Thomas Rhett, “Play It Again” – Luke Bryan, “Middle of a Memory” – Cole Swindell

Dann Huff
Songs: “Die A Happy Man” – Thomas Rhett, “T-Shirt” – Thomas Rhett, “Blue Ain’t Your Color” – Keith Urban, “Sleep Without You” – Brett Young

Luke Laird
Songs: “Head Over Boots” – Jon Pardi, “T-Shirt” – Thomas Rhett

Shane McAnally
Songs: “Body Like A Back Road” – Sam Hunt, “Make You Miss Me” – Sam Hunt, “T-Shirt” – Thomas Rhett, “Take Your Time” – Sam Hunt, “House Party” – Sam Hunt, “Different For Girls” – Dierks Bentley, “Break Up In A Small Town” – Sam Hunt

Zach Crowell
Songs: “Body Like A Back Road” – Sam Hunt, “Make You Miss Me” – Sam Hunt, “Take Your Time” – Sam Hunt, “House Party” – Sam Hunt, “Break Up In A Small Town” – Sam Hunt, “Middle of a Memory” – Cole Swindell

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SECRET GENIUS: BREAKTHROUGH

Alex Beitzke: “Say You Won’t Let Go” – James Arthur

Asia Whiteacre: “Starving” – Hailee Steinfeld, Zedd, Grey

Fredrik Häggstam: “Paris” – The Chainsmokers

Menace: “Panda” – Desiigner

Shaun Frank: “Closer” – The Chainsmokers (feat. Halsey)

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SECRET GENIUS: MOTION PICTURE ADAPTATION

Alex Da Kid
Song: “Sucker For Pain” – X Ambassadors, Logic & Ty Dolla $ (Suicide Squad)

Max Martin, Shellback
Song: “Can’t Stop The Feeling!” – Justin Timberlake (Trolls The Movie)

Max Martin, Shellback, Oscar Holter
Song: “Just Like Fire” – P!nk (Alice Through The Looking Glass)

Mike Elizondo
Song: “Heathens” – Twenty One Pilots (Suicide Squad)

Sam Dew, Jack Antonoff
Song: “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever” – Zayn & Taylor Swift (Fifty Shades Darker)

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SECRET GENIUS: SOCIAL MESSAGE

Bryndon Cook, Dave Andrew Sitek, Patrick Wimberly
Song: “Don’t Touch My Hair” – Solange (feat. Sampha)

Ian Kirkpatrick, Ross Golan
Song: “Fresh Eyes” – Andy Grammer

Lori McKenna
Song: “Humble and Kind” – Tim McGraw

Phonix Beats
Song: “No Role Modelz” – J. Cole

Warren Felder, Sebastian Kole, Andrew Wansel
Song: “Scars To Your Beautiful” – Alessia Cara

* Eligible songwriters and producers are identified based on the total number of streams from the top songs they are eligible for within context to the respective genre or overall category between April 1, 2016 and July 1, 2017.

** Members of the Spotify Peer Voting Committee (comprised of songwriters and producers) will vote on the nominees to select winners in each category.

For more information, please visit the Secret Genius Awards FAQ page, here.