Benjamin Levin (born March 8, 1988), professionally known as Benny Blanco, is an American rapper, musician, songwriter and record producer. He has written and produced songs for artists such as Jessie J ("Thunder"), Katy Perry ("California Gurls", "Teenage Dream"), Maroon 5 ("Moves like Jagger, "Payphone"), Britney Spears ("Circus"), Taio Cruz ("Dynamite"), Kesha ("Tik Tok"), Gym Class Heroes ("Stereo Hearts", "Ass Back Home"), Wiz Khalifa ("Work Hard, Play Hard", "No Sleep") and Trey Songz ("Heart Attack"). Early in his career, Blanco worked with Dr. Luke, and has also collaborated with Shellback, Ryan Tedder, Bruno Mars, Nicki Minaj, Dan Wilson, Mike Posner, Max Martin, Sean Paul and Paul Epworth. Additionally, Blanco received the Songwriter of the Year Award at the BMI Pop Awards in early 2012. Life and career: The Beginning & Disco D: Blanco, a Virginia native, began by making beats in his bedroom and his first serious exposure to music came in 1994 with the cassette singles: Nas's "The World Is Yours" and "I Swear" by All-4-One. Blanco's rapping earned the attention of The Source and executives at Columbia Records. Levin eventually secured an apprenticeship with producer Disco D. In 2007 Blanco and Spank Rock collaborated on Bangers & Cash, a collaborative EP. Blanco went on to work with Amanda Blank and Santigold. 2008-present: Blanco was mentored by songwriter/producer Dr. Luke, who helped him score some of his biggest hits. Blanco says, "That's when I met Dr. Luke. Luke taught me all the intricacies of how to make a song. He also taught me a lot about interacting with artists. When you're a producer you're more than the guy who tells people what to do. You're like a therapist. You have to know when the artist needs a break--when it's time to stop working and collect your thoughts." He worked on several tracks on Maroon 5's album Overexposed, including the lead single "Payphone" featuring Wiz Khalifa. "I listen to so many different types of music," he says. "I don't want to have any boundaries whatsoever. If someone came to me and was like, 'I want to make a polka album,' I'm making the best damn polka album ever." Much of his sonic inspiration, he says, comes from his home base of New York City. "I love that this city isn't pretty all the time - that it's dirty and loud. Sometimes when you're in the studio you can actually hear car horns and fire alarms outside--I love that." Even with his reputation on the rise, Blanco retains all the energy that drove his earliest hustles. "Dude, I'm still waiting for the day when someone's like, 'All right, Benny, the jig is up--your job at Burger King will be available next weekend," says the producer, whose extramusical activities include being a frequent guest lecturer at NYU's Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music and the Get Well Soon Tour, a charity that Blanco co-founded with Austin Bis to bring superstar musical performances to sick kids in hospitals. "I always knew I'd do something with music if I just kept at it and was annoying enough. But every day I thank my lucky stars it turned out like this." Blanco is currently in the studio working with a number of diverse artists and will have songs on several major releases coming out in 2013. Some of which will see him re-teaming with some of music's hottest names. On June 13, 2013, Blanco was awarded with the Hal David Starlight Award at the 44th Annual Songwriters Hall of Fame ceremony, awarded to young artists who have already made an impression on the music industry. In his acceptance speech, he joked, saying "They picked the wrong person, I'm in a room with people I should probably be serving food to." Studio albums: Title Year Album Songwriter Producer "Send Some Shooters" 2007 Hell Rell - Eat with Me or Eat a Box of Bullets Y "Shake That" Spank Rock - Bangers & Cash Y Y "B-O-O-T-A-Y" Y Y "Pu$$y" Y Y "Bitch!" Y Y "Loose" Y Y "Circus" 2008 Britney Spears - Circus Y Y "Shattered Glass" Y Y "Lace and Leather" Y Y "Broken Pieces" Lil Mama - Voice of the Young People Y "Hot n Cold" Katy Perry - One of the Boys Y "I Kissed a Girl" Y "Don't Ask Why" Vanessa Hudgens - Identified Y "Amazed" Y "Set It Off" Y "Identified" Y "Watch You Go" 2009 Jordin Sparks - Battlefield Y Y "Tell Me What Your Name Is" Ciara - Fantasy Ride Y Y "Dollhouse" Priscilla Renea - Jukebox Y Y "Touch Me" Flo Rida - R.O.O.T.S Y Y "Don't Trust Me" 3OH!3 - Want Y Y "Rich Man" Y Y "So Human" Lady Sovereign - Jigsaw Y Y "Pennies" Y Y "Stupid Love Letter" Friday Night Boys - Off The Deep End Y Y "Dynamite" 2010 Taio Cruz - Rokstarr Y Y "Eenie Meenie" Justin Bieber & Sean Kingston - My World 2.0 Y Y "Blah Blah Blah" Ke$ha - Animal Y Y "Tik Tok" Y Y "Party at a Rich Dude's House" Y Y "Dancing With Tears in My Eyes" Y Y "Blind" Y Y "Your Love Is My Drug" Y "Somebody to Love (Remix)" Justin Bieber & Usher - Versus Y "California Gurls" Katy Perry - Teenage Dream Y Y "Teenage Dream" Y Y "My First Kiss" 3OH!3 - Streets of Gold Y Y "Streets of Gold" Y Y "Double Vision" Y "Please Don't Go" Mike Posner - 31 Minutes to Takeoff Y Y "Cheated" Y Y "We R Who we R" Ke$ha - Cannibal Y Y "Sleazy" Y Y "Blow" Y Y "Grow A Pear" Y Y "Who Dat Girl" Flo Rida - Only One Flo Y Y "Get Over U" 2011 Neon Hitch - Non-album singles Y Y "Bad Dog" Y Y "Silly Girl" Y Y "(Drop Dead) Beautiful" Britney Spears - Femme Fatale Y Y "Gasoline" Y Y "No Sleep" Wiz Khalifa - Rolling Papers Y Y "Stereo Hearts" Gym Class Heroes - The Papercut Chronicles II Y Y "Ass Back Home" Y Y "Moves Like Jagger" Maroon 5 - Hands All Over Y Y "Come N Go" Pitbull - Planet Pit Y Y "She Doesn't Mind" Sean Paul - Tomahawk Technique Y Y "Fuck U Betta" 2012 Neon Hitch - Non-album singles Y Y "Gold" Y Y "Heart Attack" Trey Songz - Chapter 5 Y Y "Masquerade" Nicki Minaj - Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded Y Y "Payphone" Maroon 5 - Overexposed Y Y "Beautiful Goodbye" Y Y "Work Hard, Play Hard" Wiz Khalifa - O.N.I.F.C. Y Y "Naked Love" Adam Lambert - Trespassing (album) Y Y "Seasons" Rome - Dedication EP Y Y "Oz of Love" Y Y "Die Young" Kesha - Warrior Y Y "C'Mon" Y Y "Thinking of You" Y Y "Crazy Kids" Y Y "Supernatural" Y "Last Goodbye" Y Y "Diamonds" Rihanna - Unapologetic Y Y "Turn Around" Conor Maynard - Contrast Y Y "Blow" Ke$ha - Deconstructed Y "Die Young" Y "Supernatural" Y "Natalie" Bruno Mars - Unorthodox Jukebox Y Y "If I Lose Myself" 2013 One Republic - Native Y Y "Something I Need" Y Y "Fall Down" - #willpower Y Y "Thunder" Jessie J - Alive Y Y "Other Side of Love" Sean Paul - TBA Y Y "Shame" Keith Urban - Fuse Y Y "This Moment" Katy Perry - Prism Y Y "It Takes Two" Y Y "Cannonball" Lea Michele - Louder Y "Top of the World" Mike Posner - Pages Y Y "We All Want the Same Thing" 2014 Rixton - Me and My Broken Heart EP Y Y "Hotel Ceiling" Y Y "Me and My Broken Heart" Y Y "Appreciated" Y Y "Maps" Maroon 5 - V Y Y "Animals" Y "Leaving California" Y Y "My Heart Is Open" Y Y "Shoot Love" Y "Black Widow" Iggy Azalea - The New Classic Y "Don't Ed Sheeran - X Y Y "Why Try" Ariana Grande - My Everything Y Y "Be My Baby" Y Y "Wait On Me" Rixton - TBA Y Y "Lights" 2015 Sam Trocki - Lights Y Singles: The following singles peaked inside the top ten on the Billboard Hot 100, Hot 100 Airplay (Radio Songs) and/or the UK Singles Chart. 2008: "I Kissed a Girl" (Katy Perry) #1, 2008: "Hot n Cold" (Katy Perry) #1, 2008: "Circus" (Britney Spears), 2009: "Don't Trust Me" (3OH!3) #1, 2009: "Tik Tok" (Ke$ha) #1, 2010: "Eenie Meenie" (Sean Kingston & Justin Bieber), 2010: "Blah Blah Blah" (Ke$ha), 2010: "Your Love Is My Drug" (Ke$ha) #1, 2010: "My First Kiss" (3OH!3 & Ke$ha), 2010: "California Gurls" (Katy Perry & Snoop Dogg) #1, 2010: "Please Don't Go" (Mike Posner), 2010: "Dynamite" (Taio Cruz) #1, 2010: "Teenage Dream" (Katy Perry) #1, 2010: "We R Who We R" (Ke$ha) #1, 2011: "Blow" (Ke$ha), 2011: "No Sleep" (Wiz Khalifa), 2011: "Stereo Hearts" (Gym Class Heroes & Adam Levine) #1, 2011: "Ass Back Home" (Gym Class Heroes), 2011: "Moves Like Jagger" (Maroon 5 & Christina Aguilera) #1, 2012: "Payphone" (Maroon 5 & Wiz Khalifa) #1, 2012: "Work Hard, Play Hard" (Wiz Khalifa), 2012: "Heart Attack" (Trey Songz), 2012: "Die Young" (Ke$ha) #1, 2012: "Diamonds" (Rihanna) #1, 2013: "Cannonball" (Lea Michele), 2014: "Me and My Broken Heart" (Rixton) #1, 2014: "Maps" (Maroon 5) #1, 2014: "Animals" (Maroon 5) #1, 2014: "Black Widow" (Iggy Azalea) #1, 2014: "Don't" (Ed Sheeran), Awards and nominations: Grammy Awards 2014: Album of the Year - "X" - Ed Sheeran (Nominated), 2014: Best Pop Vocal Album - "X" - Ed Sheeran (Nominated), 2013: Best Urban Contemporary Album - "Unapologetic" - Rihanna (Won), 2013: Best Pop Vocal Album - "Unorthodox Jukebox" - Bruno Mars (Won), 2013: Best R&B Song of the Year - "Heart Attack" - Trey Songz (Nominated), 2013: Best Pop Duo/Group Performance - "Payphone" - Maroon 5 (Nominated), 2013: Best Pop Vocal Album - "Overexposed" - Maroon 5 (Nominated), 2012: Best Pop Duo/Group Performance - "Moves Like Jagger" - Maroon 5 (Nominated), 2011: Album of the Year - Teenage Dream - Katy Perry (Nominated), , Songwriters Hall of Fame 2013: Hal David Starlight Award (Won), , BMI Awards 2013: Urban Songwriter of the Year (Won), 2012: Most Performed Pop Song - Moves Like Jagger - Maroon 5 (Won), 2012: Songwriter of the Year (Won), 2011: Songwriter of the Year (Won),

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