Hosted by Lizzo, Inaugural Awards Show Featured Electrifying Performances by Shawn Mendes, Halsey, PARTYNEXT DOOR and Erika Ender
Last night, Spotify celebrated the leading songwriters and producers behind some of today’s most successful songs at the inaugural Secret Genius Awards in Downtown Los Angeles. Hosted by Lizzo, the celebratory night was full of love, respect and mutual admiration for all those in the room, as the Secret Geniuses embraced and congratulated one another on their successes.
The night was full of dynamic performances, kicked off by the Zion Choir of Compton’s powerful rendition of Andra Day’s Rise Up. Erika Ender, co-writer of Despacito, followed, getting the crowd singing along to her stripped down rendition of the smash hit. Later in the night, Shawn Mendes was joined on stage by collaborators Teddy Geiger and Scott Harris for an acoustic version of Treat You Better, while PARTYNEXTDOOR took to the stage with guitarist Andrew Watt, who gave the crowd an electric guitar solo during Wild Thoughts. Halsey closed out the night with an emotional performance of Sorry with collaborator and Secret Genius honoree Greg Kurstin.
Known for hits such as We Don’t Talk Anymore – Charlie Puth, Don’t Wanna Know – Maroon 5, Swalla – Jason Derulo (feat. Nicki Minaj & Ty Dolla $ign), Ain’t Your Mama – Jennifer Lopez and more, J Kash took home the top honor of Secret Genius of the Year: Songwriter, presented to him by the prolific Babyface.
Producing hits such as Can’t Stop the Feeling – Justin Timberlake, Side to Side – Ariana Grande, Send My Love (To Your New Love) – Adele, Chained to the Rhythm – Katie Perry and more, receiving his award from Quincy Jones, Max Martin took home the top honor of Secret Genius of the Year: Producer.
Singer-songwriter and producer Starrah, had a big night taking home two honors, Secret Genius of the Year: Female and Secret Genius: Hip Hop, for her work on such smash hits including Fake Love – Drake and Needed Me – Rihanna.
The complete list of winners includes:
Secret Genius of the Year: Songwriter – 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
Secret Genius of the Year: Producer – 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)
Secret Genius of the Year: Female – Starrah
Songs: “Fake Love” – Drake, “Needed Me” – Rihanna
Secret Genius: Pop – Greg Kurstin
Song: “Cheap Thrills” – Sia
Secret Genius: Hip Hop – Starrah
Song: “Fake Love” – Drake
Secret Genius: R&B – PARTYNEXTDOOR
Songs: “Work” – Rihanna (feat. Drake), “Sex With Me” – Rihanna
Secret Genius: Dance – Ali Tamposi
Songs: “It Ain’t Me” – Kygo, Selena Gomez, “Let Me Love You” – DJ Snake (Justin Bieber)
Secret Genius: Latin – Rude Boyz
Songs: “Felices los 4” – Maluma, “Borro Cassette” – Maluma, “Chantaje” – Shakira
Secret Genius: Rock – Mike Elizondo
Songs: “Heathens” – Twenty One Pilots, “Stressed Out” – Twenty One Pilots
Secret Genius: Country – Ashley Gorley
Songs: “T-Shirt” – Thomas Rhett, “Play It Again” – Luke Bryan, “Middle of a Memory” – Cole Swindell
Secret Genius: Breakthrough – Asia Whiteacre
“Starving” – Hailee Steinfeld, Zedd, Grey
Secret Genius: Motion Picture Adaptation – Mike Elizondo
Song: “Heathens” – Twenty One Pilots (Suicide Squad)
Secret Genius: Social Message – Warren Felder, Sebastian Kole, Andrew Wansel
Song: “Scars To Your Beautiful” – Alessia Cara