By Kevin Rutherford
No, straight up, no joke. Martin, an acclaimed pop producer for multiple decades now, is officially a GRAMMY winner, having scored the honor of Producer of the Year, Non-Classical.
“My first one,” he said into the microphone upon his win, having beat out Paul Epworth, John Hill, Jay Joyce and Greg Kurstin for the award this year.
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Martin has been around for 20 years now, producing some of the biggest hits for artists like the Backstreet Boys, Britney Spears, *NSYNC and more.
But despite the fame Martin garnered from his late ’90s pop production that saw him ascend to one of the in-demand producers of the 2000s and now, he’d never scored the Producer of the Year win—in fact, it was the first time he was nominated. 1-f0r-1 ain’t bad.
Here are some of the songs that got him there.
Taylor Swift – “Shake It Off”
Martin produced quite a bit of Swift’s 1989, though much of it won’t be up for nomination until next year since it wasn’t released prior to the GRAMMYs deadline. However, “Shake It Off” snuck in, becoming one of Swift’s biggest hits of her career with an astounding streak at No. 1 on the Billboard 200.
Katy Perry – “Dark Horse”
Speaking of No. 1 hits, Perry’s Prism is part of the GRAMMY rundown in 2015 after its October 2013 release, and “Dark Horse”—performed live at the GRAMMYs last year—is one of his contributions. It was up tonight for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance with Juicy J, though it lost to A Great Big World & Christina Aguilera’s “Say Something.”
Ariana Grande feat. Zedd – “Break Free”
As with Perry’s Prism, Martin’s handprints are all over Grande’s My Everything, especially the singles. Interestingly enough, Grande and Martin fought over the song’s lyrics, some of which Grande didn’t think makes much sense.
Jennifer Lopez – “First Love”
Martin co-wrote and produced this song off J.Lo’s eighth album, A.K.A. after speaking with her about relationships during a break while recording. He showed up the next day with the song and she had her second single.
Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj – “Bang Bang”
It’s already been noted that Martin worked with Ariana Grande on her album, but Martin offered his pop expertise to Jessie J’s too, helping out with this song off her latest album, Sweet Talker. This isn’t the first time he’s found success with J, he also worked with her on her 2011 hit “Domino.”
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