Variety’s Hitmakers Brunch Celebrates Top Songs of the Year
The highly anticipated Variety’s annual Hitmakers brunch took place recently, honoring the top 25 most-consumed songs of the year. The event brought together a diverse group of artists and industry professionals to celebrate their achievements and contributions to the music industry.
One of the highlights of the event was Ryan Gosling’s heartfelt monologue praising Mark Ronson’s impact on the “Barbie” soundtrack. Gosling called their collaboration life-changing and emphasized the transformative power of music.
SZA, the talented singer-songwriter, was named Hitmaker of the Year. In her acceptance speech, she emphasized the importance of believing in oneself and the eventual recognition that comes with patience. SZA’s manager, Terrence “Punch” Henderson, also received recognition as Executive of the Year, highlighting the challenges and rewards of working in the music industry.
The rising star, Olivia Rodrigo, was awarded Storyteller of the Year for the success of her album “Guts.” Fellow artist St. Vincent praised Rodrigo’s ability to connect with listeners through her music, cementing her status as one of the industry’s brightest talents.
Indie rock group Boygenius, consisting of Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers, and Lucy Dacus, was named Group of the Year. They received high praise from iconic folk singer Joan Baez for their musical talent and ability to create personal connections through their art.
Producer of the Year went to Metro Boomin, with Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds commending his work on the “Heroes & Villains” album and the “Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse” soundtrack. Metro Boomin’s mastery of production has made him a sought-after collaborator in the music industry.
Sabrina Carpenter, a rising star in the industry, received the Rising Star award. She spoke about the importance of taking things slowly and embracing a gradual rise in her career, inspiring aspiring artists to stay determined and patient.
Billie Eilish and Finneas won Film Song of the Year for their contribution to the “Barbie” soundtrack. Elton John’s writing partner, Bernie Taupin, commended the duo for their exceptional songwriting skills.
Maren Morris was honored as Changemaker of the Year for her outspoken views on social and cultural issues within the country music industry. Her advocacy and courage in speaking out have sparked important conversations within the industry.
Michael Sticka, president of the Grammy Museum, received the Music Education and Advocacy Award for his efforts in making music education accessible to students. Sticka has been a champion for music education, recognizing its importance in shaping future musicians.
The event also celebrated collaboration and recognized Eslabon Armado and Peso Pluma for their song “Ella Baila Sola,” which won Collaboration of the Year. Their powerful collaboration showcased the beauty of bringing diverse talents together.
Victoria Monét was awarded the Triple Threat Award for her exceptional work as an artist, songwriter, and producer. Monét’s multi-faceted talents have solidified her as a force to be reckoned with in the music industry.
Finally, renowned songwriter Ashley Gorley was named Songwriter of the Year for his contributions to over half a dozen hit songs throughout the year. Gorley’s ability to craft captivating lyrics has made him one of the most respected songwriters in the industry.
The Hitmakers brunch proved to be a star-studded event, with appearances by PinkPantheress, Flavor Flav, and Babyface, among others. It celebrated the diversity and talent within the music industry and served as a reminder of the power of music to unite and inspire.
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