Jack Harlow was named Songwriter of the Year for the second year in a row at the 2022 SESAC Music Awards held at The London in West Hollywood on Wednesday (September 21). It was the first private iteration of the event in several years due to the pandemic.
There was a tie for song of the year. Harlow received the award for the second year in a row, this time for “Industry Baby”. Tied with the hip-hop smash “Heat Waves”, co-written by Dave Bailey and recorded by Glass Animals.
Sony Music Publishing, publisher of “Industry Baby,” was named Publisher of the Year.
“Industry Baby” and “Heat Waves” were both No. 1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100. “Industry Baby” received a Grammy nomination for Best Melodic Rap Performance at the 64th Annual Grammy Awards. Glass Animals was nominated for Best New Artist.
Brian-Michael Cox has been awarded the SESAC Icon Award, highlighting his achievements as both a songwriter and producer. Cox has won Songwriter of the Year six times. Cox Mary J. Won a Grammy for co-writing Blige’s “Be Without You,” which won Best R&B Song of 2006. During his decades-long career, he has also worked with Usher, Mariah Carey, Justin Bieber and Toni Braxton.
“We are thrilled to celebrate our talented pop, R&B, rap and hip-hop affiliates together in person,” Sam Kling, Chief Creative Officer, SESAC Performing Rights, said in a statement. “Our songwriters and producers have created amazing, record-breaking music, and we’re honored to represent their music.”
The event was attended by top music industry executives, artists, songwriters and publishers including Harlow, Cox, Robert Glasper, Kenyon Dixon and Dixon.
SESAC Performing Rights is the second oldest performing rights agency in the US SESAC Music Group has offices in New York, Nashville, Los Angeles, London and Munich.
For event highlights, visit @SESAC on Instagram. A complete list of winners can be found at www.sesac.com.