On May 8, the Grammy Award-nominated Tranter won songwriter of the year honors at the 2018 BMI Pop Music Awards for the second consecutive year, along with awards for having co-written Imagine Dragons' "Believer," Linkin Park's "Heavy," Michaels' "Issues" and Maroon 5's "Cold."
"My favorite part of writing is to find the most honest thing to talk about," Tranter says of his collaborative style. "You start having the conversation about somebody's life, what they're thinking, what they’re feeling, what they want. The minute that starts happening, I dig right into the truth, even if it's a fun, goofy, sexy song."
Beyond songwriting, Tranter says of his vocal stances on issues from gun control to LGBTQ rights and more, "Now that I have success, and success equals a platform, if I'm not paying that privilege forward and using the platform I've been given … what's the point of being alive?"
Gary and Trevor also chat about this week's Hot 100 top 10, as Drake returns to No. 1 with "Nice for What" amid challenges from Cardi B, Bad Bunny and J Balvin's "I Like It" and Juice WRLD's "Lucid Dreams."
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