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Published on May 2nd, 2019 | by Gerry Galipault

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ISC grand prize goes to R&B collaboration

For the first time in its 18-year history, the International Songwriting Competition’s 2018 Grand Prize has gone to an R&B song. Singer R.LUM.R (aka Reginald Lamar Williams Jr.) and co-writer/producer Josh Hawkins (aka Super Duper) took home the top honors for their collaboration, “Frustrated” (PRMD).

With the grand prize comes $25,000 (cash) and more than $30,000 in merchandise and services.

Since its release in October 2016, “Frustrated” has garnered more than 48 million streams on Spotify.

“With R&B being such a dominant force in today’s music landscape,” says ISC founder and director Candace Avery, “it is exciting that an R&B song is the Grand Prize winner for the first time in ISC. We are thrilled to acknowledge R.LUM.R and Super Duper, two artists who exemplify the present and the future of songwriting in this genre.”

See the complete list of this year’s winners.

Past ISC winners include Illenium, Vance Joy, Bastille, Gotye, Lindsey Stirling, Kimbra, The Band Perry, Kehlani, Gregory Porter, Passenger, Lupe Fiasco, Gin Wigmore, Missy Higgins, For King and Country, and more.

This year’s panel of judges included Adam Lambert, Tom Waits, Portugal. The Man, Krewella, Rakim, Kristian Bush, Rodney Crowell, John Mayall, etc., along with many industry executives.

Entries are now open for the 2019 competition. For more information and to enter, visit songwritingcompetition.com.

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