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While his collaborator Bruno Mars may have made a splashier mark on 2010's new-music radar, songwriter/producer Philip Lawrence has nonetheless left his imprint behind the scenes, notching Grammy nods in five categories including song and record of the year and best rap song.
The Evansville, Ind., native is one-third of production team the Smeezingtons, alongside Mars and Ari Levine. The crew is nominated for producer of the year, non-classical, as well as record of the year for B.o.B's "Nothin' on You" (featuring Mars) and Cee Lo Green's "Fuck You," for which Lawrence is also nominated as a co-songwriter for best rap song and song of the year, respectively.
Lawrence initially struggled to get his foot in the door after moving to Los Angeles; one of his first gigs was recording voice-overs for Walt Disney's "Little Mermaid" merchandise. He eventually caught his break as a touring backup singer for acts like 'N Sync and Anthony Hamilton, but it wasn't until he teamed with Mars that he began to turn heads with chart-topping hits like Flo Rida's "Right Round." Lawrence has also worked on songs for Brandy, Sugababes and Travie McCoy.