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These are the winners of DJ Mag's Best of North America awards 2022


The DJ Mag Best of North America awards show took place at Kings Hall at Avant Gardner in Brooklyn, New York tonight (16th June)

DJ Mag has announced the winners of its Best of North America Awards 2022 during an Awards Party at Kings Hall (Avant Gardner), Brooklyn on 16th June.

Across 16 categories, DJ Mag’s Best of North America awards seek to celebrate the wide spectrum of sounds being created by artists from the United States and Canada*, with 50,000 music fans casting their votes in this year’s poll.

In this year’s edition of the awards, Chicago-born DJ, producer and label head, Green Velvet, scooped the award for Best DJ, with tech-house’s latest star, John Summit, taking the Breakthrough DJ award.

San Francisco-born ZHU won Best Live Act, while Anjuna affiliate Lane 8 picked up the award for Best Producer, and Nikki Nair took home the Breakthrough Producer award. 

The Best Album and Best Compilation awards were taken home by AceMoMa for their album ‘A Future’, and Juke Bounce Werk for its V/A compilation, 'Juke Bounce Werk presents: JBDUBZ vol. 9', respectively.

Nervous Records scooped the award for Best Label, with NYC’s Kindergarten Records claiming the Breakthrough Label title.

Elsewhere in the music categories, Louie Vega and Robyn won  Best Track for their uplifting cut, 'All My Love', and J Worra scooped the award for Best Remix with her edit of ZHU & partywithray’s 'Zhudio54’.

New York venue Brooklyn Mirage & Avant Gardner won the Best Large Club award, with neighbouring Brooklyn venue Good Room taking home the Best Small Club award. Long-running, LA-founded party A Club Called Rhonda won the award for Best Club Series.

DJ and producer Lauren Flax, who launched Last Night A Deejay Saved My Life — a harm reduction programme that is saving clubbers’ lives — won in the Underground Hero category, which aims to celebrate the champions of grassroots music communities.

This year’s editorial choice award for Outstanding Contribution to music has been awarded to New York native Danny Tenaglia.

You can see the full list of nominated artists and winners below.

*DJ Mag's Best of North America awards cover the territory in which the DJ Mag North America print edition is distributed, which is USA & Canada. DJ Mag Mexico is a licence of DJ Mag owned by a separate publisher, and thus owns the rights to any localised awards.

Best DJ

  • Eris Drew
  • Green Velvet - WINNER
  • Jayda G
  • RL Grime
  • RP Boo

Breakthrough DJ

  • Ariel Zetina
  • John Summit - WINNER
  • Kush Jones
  • Layla Benitez

Best Live Act

  • E-Dancer
  • Jessy Lanza 
  • Minimal Violence
  • Porter Robinson

Best Producer

  • Avalon Emerson
  • Flying Lotus 
  • Lane 8 - WINNER
  • WondaGurl

Breakthrough Producer

  • Bored Lord
  • LP Giobbi 
  • Moore Kismet 
  • Nikki Nair - WINNER

Best Label

  • Backwoodz Studioz
  • Brainfeeder
  • Incienso
  • Monstercat Silk
  • Nervous Records - WINNER

Breakthrough Label

  • Kindergarten Records - WINNER
  • Odyzey Music
  • Rules Don't Apply 
  • Worst Behavior Recs

Best Album

  • AceMoMA 'A Future' [HAUS of ALTR] - WINNER
  • DJ Manny 'Signals In My Head' [Planet Mu]
  • Eris Drew 'Quivering In Time' [T4T LUV NRG]
  • Moor Mother 'Black Encyclopedia of the Air' [ANTI-]
  • Vindata 'With Opened Eyes' [Monstercat]

Best Compilation

  • Defected presents 'House Masters: Todd Edwards' [Defected]
  • DJ Holographic 'Detroit Love Vol. 5' [Planet E Communications]
  • V/A 'CRITICAL MASS VOL. 1' [Space Yacht]
  • V/A 'Deep Cutz' [Dirtybird]
  • V/A 'Juke Bounce Werk presents: JBDUBZ vol. 9' [Juke Bounce Werk] - WINNER

Best Track

  • Louie Vega 'All My Love feat. Robyn' [Nervous Records] - WINNER
  • LSDXOXO 'Sick Bitch' [XL]
  • ODESZA 'The Last Goodbye feat. Bettye LaVette' [Foreign Family Collective]
  • REZZ & Deathpact 'Chemical Bond' [Rezz Music, Inc.]
  • UNIIQU3 'Microdosing' [Local Action]

Best Remix/Edit

  • Bonobo & Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs 'Heartbreak (Kerri Chandler Remix)' [OUTLIER]
  • Kavinsky (feat. Cautious Clay) ‘Renegade (Oliver Remix)’ [Record Makers]
  • Midnight Magic 'Beam Me Up (Each Other Remix)' [Razor-N-Tape]
  • Ouri 'High & Choking (Jacques Greene Remix)' [Born Twice / Lighter Than Air]
  • ZHU & partywithray 'Zhudio54 (J. Worra Remix)' [Astralwerks] - WINNER

Best Large Club 

  • Avant Gardner & The Brooklyn Mirage, Brooklyn - WINNER
  • Club Space, Miami
  • Echostage, Washington DC
  • Exchange LA, Los Angeles
  • The Concourse Project, Austin

Best Small Club

  • CODA, Toronto
  • Good Room, Brooklyn - WINNER
  • Kremwerk, Seattle
  • Spot Lite, Detroit
  • Stereo, Montreal

Best Club Event / Event Series

  • A Club Called Rhonda - WINNER
  • Interdimensional Transmissions 
  • Mister Sunday 
  • RE/FORM 
  • STEAM 

Underground Hero 
Recognising the champions of grassroots music communities

  • DJ Bone
  • DJ Deeon
  • DJ Minx
  • Lauren Flax - WINNER
  • Tim Sweeney

Editorial choice award for Outstanding Contribution

  • Danny Tenaglia