DJ Mag’s Best of North America Awards 2022 Winners

DJ Mag has revealed the winners of its Best of North America Awards, which were presented at Avant Gardner in Brooklyn last Thursday. The magazine’s first-ever North America awards show honored some familiar artists and venues as well as names on the rise across 16 categories. About 50,000 dance music fans voted this year in the awards that cover the US and Canada.

The award for Best DJ went to Chicago-born producer Green Velvet. The Breakthrough DJ award was bestowed on another Chicago native, “former accountant turned tech-house party animal” John Summit. ZHU nabbed the Best Live Act award, and was billed as the headliner of the party but unfortunately didn’t make a flight from Los Angeles due to bad weather. Meanwhile, Anjunadeep artist Lane 8 won the Best Producer award, and like John Summit could not be there in person as they were both playing Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. Nikki Nair scooped up the Breakthrough Producer award.

In other music categories, AceMoMa, who performed before the ceremony, took home Best Album for ‘A Future‘. The Best Track award was given to ‘All My Love‘ by Louie Vega featuring Robyn. J. Worra took Best Remix/Edit for her rework of ZHU and partywithray‘s ‘Zhudio45‘. Best Label went to Nervous Records and Breakthrough Label was given to New York City-based Kindergarten Records.

Duo AceMoMa won Best Album for ‘A Future’ (Credit: Bryan Kwon)

New York Winners

The Best Large Club award was handed to Avant Gardner and The Brooklyn Mirage, with associate director of operations Jermaine Santiago thanking artists, managers, agents, fans, staff and saying, “see you on the dance floor.” Another Brooklyn venue, Good Room, took the Best Small Club award.

This year’s editorial choice award for Outstanding Contribution was delivered to New Yorker Danny Tenaglia, who also threw down a surprise set to close the night.

“I’ve been doing this 45 years, I started in Williamsburg where I’m born… I can’t believe how it’s come full circle to this wonderful place here that I play at, you know, a couple times a year,” said Tenaglia during his speech.

“I was born here, now I’m playing here still. I’m 61, I have no plans to stop. I’m telling you, really, to the people that want to do this, you cannot give up – you have to persevere.”

New York native Danny Tenaglia accepted the Outstanding Contribution award before playing a surprise set (Credit: Bryan Kwon)

Below is the full list of categories, nominees and winners:

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 

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

Outstanding Contribution

  • Danny Tenaglia