DJ Mag Reveals Best Of North America Awards 2019 winners


While dance music is a worldwide phenomenon, there’s no denying the influence that North America has on the culture worldwide. Some of the world’s biggest events take place in the US, Canada, and Mexico, and serve as an influence to everyone else. Likewise, a lot of great DJs and producers have come out of North America, and now serve as ambassadors for their genre or style.

To highlight these talented individuals, DJ Mag has revealed the 2019 winners of their Best Of North America Awards. As with DJ Mag’s flagship Top 100 DJs poll, the results of these awards are thanks to the voters. The only category that wasn’t open to voters, and chosen by DJ Mag NA Staff, was Outstanding Contribution, which this year went to Richie Hawtin.

See the full editorial piece from DJ Mag here, or scroll down to see the full list of winners.

OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION
RICHIE HAWTIN

BEST DJ
HONEY DIJON

BEST PRODUCER
ZEDS DEAD

“We really didn’t expect this, but are super thankful you guys like our music! We have tons of new music we’re rolling out in several projects to come so hopefully we live up to this!”

HALL OF FAME
ARMAND VAN HELDEN

BEST LIVE ACT
GRIZ

“I have never felt more motivated in the energy of the present moment,” he says with excitement. “I’ve got today, right now, and I’m going to make the most I possibly can of it! My soul is thriving in the process. I’m all do right now. Do and do more. Ain’t no rest these days, and I’m completely cool with that.”

BEST LABEL
MAD DECENT

BREAKTHROUGH LABEL
100% SILK

BREAKTHROUGH DJ
ATTLAS

“It’s really humbling to win this,” says Hartford. “To be nominated with the diverse field of artists pushing themselves and their music forward means a ton. To win is a chance to pause and appreciate having the guts to be yourself, and to give you that extra jolt of confidence to keep growing in the way that makes you the man, the musician you want to be.”

BREAKTHROUGH PRODUCER
J.WORRA

BEST ALBUM
REZZ – ‘CERTAIN KIND OF MAGIC’ [MAU5TRAP]

BEST TRACK
CLAUDE VONSTROKE – ‘MAHARAJA’ [DIRTYBIRD]

BEST REMIX
SOPHIE LLOYD ‘CALLING OUT FEAT. DAMES BROWN (FLOORPLAN EXTENDED CLUB REMIX)’

BEST CLUB/EVENT SERIES
PIKNIC, ÉLECTRONIK MONTRÉAL, QC, CANADA

BEST LARGE CLUB
ECHOSTAGE, WASHINGTON D.C., USA

BEST SMALL CLUB
CODA, TORONTO, ON, CANADA

BEST MUSIC FESTIVAL
SHAMBHALA, BC, CANADA

“It is absolutely incredible and humbling to win this award,” says founder and owner of Shambhala, Jimmy Bundschuh. “Having started as a dance party in the forest with 300 people in 1998 to being voted as the Best Festival in North America by DJ Mag 22 years later, we really are just blown away and honored.”

BEST BOUTIQUE FESTIVAL
BASS COAST, BC, CANADA

 

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