North Van’s Tobias Jesso Jr. wins first Grammy for Songwriter of the Year, Non-Classical

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      North Vancouver’s own piano man, Tobias Jesso Jr., took home the well-deserved prize for Songwriter of the Year, Non-Classical at last night’s 2023 Grammy Awards. It is the first-ever year for the category, which honours a songwriter’s contributions to the entire musical landscape. Other nominees included The-Dream, Amy Allen, Nija Charles, and Laura Veltz.

      Jesso first came to prominence with his 2015 debut album, Goon, which was filled with heartfelt piano pop and received raves from Rolling Stone, calling it one of the year’s most “promising debuts.” Since then, Jesso has pivoted into writing mostly for other artists such as Haim, John Legend, Florence and the Machine, and Adele, who told Shad in an interview that Jesso “will be writing songs with me for the rest of my career.”

      "The songwriting community: I think this is a big win for everyone, and I'd like to make sure that everyone knows this is not just for me, this is for them," Jesso said in his acceptance speech. 

      Jesso penned songs for some of this year’s most celebrated artists, including Adele’s “Can I Get It” and “To Be Loved,” Harry Styles’ “Boyfriend,”  FKA Twigs’ “Careless,” and Orville Peck’s “C’mon Baby Cry.”