Beck’s victory for Album of the Year at The Grammys on Sunday upset Kanye West to the point that the Yeezus rapper almost rushed the stage. He later clarified that he was deadly serious: he thought Beyonce should have claimed the prize.
At least one party is over the moon about Beck’s win in the category: Kobalt, which handles the artist’s publishing administration and his neighbouring rights.
Beck’s Morning Phase picked up three Grammys over the weekend: Album of the Year, Best Rock Album and Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical.
Kobalt administers Beck’s own publishing company, Youthless, as well as chasing his neighbouring rights around the world.
Another Kobalt Neighbouring Rights client, Sam Smith, scooped four awards during the evening, including Best New Artist, with roster mate Jess Glynne winning Best Dance Recording.
Discussing Beck’s win as well as his other clients’ successful night at the Grammys, Kobalt CEO Willard Ahdritz (pictured) said: “We couldn’t be prouder of our songwriting family.
“We are grateful to have so many of the world’s greatest talents working with us. Our number one priority here at Kobalt has always been putting our artists first – and seeing them win tonight could not be any sweeter.”
Other Kobalt clients to win in Los Angeles included Max Martin, who was named Producer of the Year, Non-Classical.
Martin is responsible for 19 Billboard Hot 100 No. 1s to date, the third highest by an individual, behind only Paul McCartney and John Lennon. His recent hits include “Bang Bang” (Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj), “Problem” (Ariana Grande ft. Iggy Azalea), “Shake It Off” (Taylor Swift) and “Unconditionally” (Katy Perry).
Meanwhile, Kobalt client Chick Corea won two Grammys for both Best Improvised Jazz Solo and Best Jazz Instrumental Album. In total, the rights company’s ‘family’ collected 15 awards.Music Business Worldwide