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The Weeknd ties Shawn Mendes record for most single-year wins at SOCAN Awards

The Weeknd picked up five SOCAN trophies this week at the annual celebration of Canadian songwriters and composers, tying a record for the most wins in a single year held by singer Shawn Mendes.

Blinding Lights singer picks up 5 trophies at annual celebration honouring songwriters and composers

The Weeknd was the top winner at this year's SOCAN Awards, picking up five trophies — tying the record for the most wins in a single year. (Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

The Weeknd is giving Shawn Mendes some winning company in the SOCAN Awards history books.

The star — who is also the leading nominee at the upcoming Juno Awards — picked up five SOCAN trophies this week at the annual celebration of Canadian songwriters and composers. In so doing, he tied the record for most wins in a single year held by Mendes.

The Toronto-raised performer, born Abel Tesfaye, brought home the songwriter of the year award as well as an international song honour for the megahit Blinding Lights.

That song also scored him one of his two pop award wins, with the other going to his track Heartless. He won an R&B music award for In Your Eyes at the virtual ceremony.

Mendes set his record for SOCAN wins last September during an event that was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Other winners at this year's SOCAN Awards included pop singer Tate McRae, who picked up the breakout songwriter of the year award as well as a pop prize for her song You Broke Me First.

Eddie Schwartz, known for writing Pat Benatar's Hit Me With Your Best Shot, received the cultural impact award.

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