The SOCAN Foundation has announced the recipients of the inaugural SiriusXM Black Canadian Music Awards. The five inaugural winners will each receive $5,000, made possible by SiriusXM Canada.
The five winners are hip-hop singer TOBi, rapper Naya Ali, and R&B singer-songwriters RAAHiiM, Hunnah and Dylan Sinclair. Each of them will receive a $5,000 prize.
More than 300 applications from artists across Canada covering a wide variety of musical genres were submitted for the 2020 Awards.
“Congratulations to all the winners for their extraordinary talent in music creation,” said Charlie Wall-Andrews, Executive Director of the SOCAN Foundation. “The musical pieces submitted are indicative of the extent of the contributions made by the Canadian Black music community that is enriching Canadian culture while contributing significantly to social and economic inclusion.”
Winners were selected by a jury and advisory council of prominent Black artists and industry leaders, including jury Chair DJ Agile. The announcement notably advises that four of the five winners are first-generation Canadians.
“SiriusXM would like to congratulate the five winners of the inaugural ,,, Black Canadian Music Awards,” said Paul Cunningham, Senior Vice-President, Sales and Marketing, SiriusXM Canada. “We were blown away by the outstanding talent and submissions from Black music creators from across the country.”
To learn more about the 2020 winners and jury, click here.