Rick Rubin, Max Martin, PartyNextDoor and more win big at Spotify’s Secret Genius Awards.

The inaugural event honors songwriters, producers, and the creators behind the biggest songs.

November 02, 2017
Rick Rubin, Max Martin, PartyNextDoor and more win big at Spotify’s Secret Genius Awards. Christopher Polk


The event, hosted by Lizzo, took place Wednesday at the Cathedral of Saint Vibiana in Los Angeles as part of Spotify’s “Secret Genius” program; an initiative launched in June in an effort to shed light on the integral role songwriters and producers play in the past year’s most-streamed hits.

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Frank Ocean presented Rick Rubin with the Legendary Secret Award, the night’s highest honor highlighting Rubin’s 30+ years of record producing.

BabyFace, Halsey, Shawn Mendes, and PartyNextDoor— who won the R&B Genius award— also made appearances at the show. Max Martin, who produced Ariana Grande’s “Side to Side,” Adele’s “Send My Love,” won the Secret Genius of the year award, while songwriter, Starrah won in the female hip-hop categories for her work on Drake’s “Fake Love.”

"Celebrating the unsung hero has been the reason why we have the Secret Genius program. It's through our playlists, our podcasts, the 'songshops' we're doing around the world and this award show," Spotify's global head of songwriter relations Tiffany Kumar said. "A night to have an award show that's celebrating peers and the winners chosen by the writers and producers and publishers themselves is really important to the program."

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