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McLachlan, Nickelback Win Big At The SOCAN Awards

illScarlett perform “Easy to Tame” by Kim Mitchell. Grant W. Martin Photography.

From politicians to legendary Canadian performers, it was a diverse crowd of honourees at Monday night’s annual SOCAN Awards.

The Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada held its 21st awards featuring hosts Hawksley Workman, Kardinal Offishall and Suzie McNeil.

A few of Canada’s best known musical acts took home the hardware.

Nickelback’s song “Gotta Be Somebody” won the International Song Award for the highest international earnings.

SOCAN recognizes and honours radio airplay. This year, nine songs by Sarah McLachlan, five by Chilliwack and the Guess Who and three by Kim Mitchell surpassed the 100, 000 airplay mark.

Meanwhile, the evening’s Lifetime Achievement Award went to Grammy winner Galt McDermot. He’s best known for his work with the music for Hair.

The national Achievement Award went to veteran Canadian rockers Spirit of the West.

And the evening took a political turn when Senator Tommy Banks was given the Special Achievement Award for his contributions to musical heritage. Banks worked as musical director for Expo 86 and the Calgary Olympics.

For the full list of winners, click here.