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Alumni Profile: Ari Levine, The Los Angeles Film School

If you are a fan of Bruno Mars, Cee Lo Green, B.o.B. or Wiz Khalifa, you are acquainted with Recording Arts graduate Ari Levine’s work. Producing with renowned artists, Levine’s production and composition work landed him and his collaborators two Grammy wins and several Grammy nominations. Levine is also part of the songwriting and record producing team, The Smeezingtons, which launched in 2005 out of Levcon Studios, a small recording studio in Los Angeles. In 2008, Levine worked with Bruno Mars and Philip Lawrence to produce hits like “Grenade,” “Gorilla” and “The Lazy Song.”

Levine produced, alongside Bruno Mars and Philip Lawrence, the Grammy-winning single “Just the Way You Are,” which won the Best Male Pop Vocal Performance category in 2011, as well as the Song of the Year award at the 2012 ASCAP Pop Music Awards ceremony. In 2013, Levine and The Smeezingtons were awarded again with a Grammy win for Best Vocal Pop Album for their work on “Unorthodox Jukebox,” which was popularized by songs like “Locked Out of Heaven” and “Gorilla.”

In addition to contributing to these award-winning works, Levine has produced 20 RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) multi-platinum, platinum and gold singles and albums, and garnered several Grammy nominations.

In 2011 alone, Levine worked on Record of the Year and Best Rap Song for “Nothin’ On You,” by rapper B.o.B., featuring Bruno Mars. He also worked on Record of the Year for the song “Forget You” by Cee Lo Green.

2012 was another meteoric year for Levine, including Song of the Year and Record of the Year for “Grenade,” by Bruno Mars. As a member of the Smeezingtons, he worked on Album of the Year for “Doo-Wops & Hooligans,” Levine earned Producer of the Year for “Lighters,” by Bad Meets Evil.

In 2013, Levine worked on Best Rap Song for “Young, Wild & Free,” by Wiz Khalifa and Snoop Dogg. In 2014, Levine co-wrote and produced Song of the Year and Record of the Year for “Locked Out of Heaven,” by Bruno Mars.

Levine’s work has risen to the top of the American Billboard Hot 100 list and topped the charts globally. More recently, Levine and The Smeezingtons wrote Adele’s “All I Ask,” from her 2015 album “25.” Songs produced by Ari Levine can be heard in over 75 movies and TV shows, including Pitch Perfect, Magic Mike XXL, Glee, The X Factor and more.

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