Benny Blanco

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Benny Blanco
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Background information
Birth name Benjamin Levin
Born (1988-03-08) March 8, 1988 (age 29)
Origin Reston, Virginia, US
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Rapper
  • songwriter
  • record producer
  • musician
  • keyboardist
  • remixer
  • record label owner
Years active 2007–present

Benjamin Levin (born March 8, 1988), known professionally as Benny Blanco, is a songwriter, record producer, musician, keyboardist, remixer and record label owner. He has written, co-written, produced, and co-produced songs for artists including Ed Sheeran ("Don't" and "Castle on the Hill"), Justin Bieber ("Love Yourself"), Major Lazer ("Cold Water"), Maroon 5 ("Moves like Jagger", "Don't Wanna Know", "Payphone", "Maps", "Animals"), Katy Perry ("Teenage Dream", "California Gurls"), Rihanna ("Diamonds"), Kesha ("Tik Tok"), Taio Cruz ("Dynamite"), Wiz Khalifa ("Work Hard, Play Hard"), Gym Class Heroes ("Stereo Hearts"), Tory Lanez ("Luv") and many more.

Blanco has received five BMI Songwriter of the Year Awards and is a recipient of the Hal David Starlight Award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame. He is responsible for selling over 100 million albums worldwide.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Career beginnings[edit]

Blanco, a Jewish[2] native of Virginia,[3] began by making beats in his bedroom and his first serious exposure to music came in 1994 with the cassette singles: Nas's "The World Is Yours" and "I Swear" by All-4-One. Blanco's rapping earned the attention of The Source and executives at Columbia Records. Levin eventually secured an apprenticeship with producer Disco D.[4]

In 2007, Blanco and Spank Rock collaborated on Bangers & Cash, a collaborative EP. Blanco went on to work with Amanda Blank and Santigold.

2008–present[edit]

Blanco was mentored by songwriter and producer Dr. Luke.

He worked on several tracks on Maroon 5's album Overexposed including the lead single "Payphone" featuring Wiz Khalifa.

On June 13, 2013, Blanco was awarded with the Hal David Starlight Award at the 44th Annual Songwriters Hall of Fame ceremony, awarded to young artists who have already made an impression on the music industry; in his acceptance speech, he joked, saying, "They picked the wrong person, I'm in a room with people I should probably be serving food to."

Record labels[edit]

In 2014, Blanco started two imprint labels under Interscope Records, he founded Mad Love Records, signing the band Rixton in conjunction with their manager Scooter Braun's School Boy Records,[5] as well as Ryn Weaver, and Tory Lanez.[6] His second label, Friends Keep Secrets, was started for Blanco to sign and develop passion project artists in an indie-spirited manner. FKS's current roster includes Cashmere Cat, BenZel (Blanco's own artist project with Two Inch Punch), and Jessie Ware.

Discography[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

iHeartRadio Music Awards[edit]

  • 2017: Best Lyrics: "Love Yourself" – Justin Bieber (Won)[7]
  • 2017: Producer of the Year (Won)[7]

Grammy Awards[edit]

  • 2017: Producer of the Year: Non-Classical (Nominated)
  • 2017: Best R&B Song: "Luv" – Tory Lanez (Nominated)
  • 2017: Album of the Year: PurposeJustin Bieber (Nominated)
  • 2017: Song of the Year: "Love Yourself" – Justin Bieber (Nominated)
  • 2014: Album of the Year: xEd Sheeran (Nominated)
  • 2014: Best Pop Vocal Album: xEd Sheeran (Nominated)
  • 2013: Best Urban Contemporary Album: UnapologeticRihanna (Won)
  • 2013: Best Pop Vocal Album: Unorthodox JukeboxBruno Mars (Won)
  • 2013: Best R&B Song of the Year: "Heart Attack" – Trey Songz (Nominated)
  • 2013: Best Pop Duo/Group Performance: "Payphone" – Maroon 5 (Nominated)
  • 2013: Best Pop Vocal Album: OverexposedMaroon 5 (Nominated)
  • 2012: Best Pop Duo/Group Performance: "Moves Like Jagger" – Maroon 5 (Nominated)
  • 2011: Album of the Year: Teenage DreamKaty Perry (Nominated)

Hal David Starlight Award[edit]

  • 2013: Hal David Starlight Award (Won)

BMI Awards[edit]

  • 2014: Songwriter of the Year (Won)
  • 2013: Urban Songwriter of the Year (Won)
  • 2012: Most Performed Pop Song: "Moves Like Jagger" – Maroon 5 (Won)
  • 2012: Songwriter of the Year (Won)
  • 2011: Songwriter of the Year (Won)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "BMI Pop Awards: Pink, Benny Blanco and more give songwriting advice". Latimes.com. Retrieved 27 September 2016. 
  2. ^ Insanul Ahmed (Apr 8, 2011). "Interview: Benny Blanco On Producing Wiz Khalifa's "No Sleep"". Complex. Retrieved 23 January 2017. 
  3. ^ McVeigh, Alex (January 26, 2014). "Reston Native Benny Blanco Wins Grammy For Work on Rihanna Album". patch.com. Retrieved May 30, 2015. 
  4. ^ Editorial, Reuters. "Virginia native becomes an in-demand producer at 22". reuters.com. Retrieved 26 April 2017. 
  5. ^ RECORDS, SCHOOL BOY/GIANT LITTLE MAN/MAD LOVE/INTERSCOPE. "School Boy/Giant Little Man/Mad Love/Interscope Records Sign U.K. Newcomers Rixton". prnewswire.com. Retrieved 26 April 2017. 
  6. ^ "Tory Lanez Premieres “Say It,” Announces Deal With Benny Blanco". thefader.com. Retrieved 26 April 2017. 
  7. ^ a b "2017 iHeartRadio Music Awards: Complete List of Winners". iHeartRadio. March 5, 2017. 

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