The Hitmaker

Mark Leibowitz

Ryan Tedder

I am turning into the Susan Lucci of music awards shows," says Tedder, the songwriter, producer and frontman for the band OneRepublic, who has seen more than his share of Grammy noms -- six since 2009 -- without a win. He's up for producer of the year this time. "I genuinely feel honored, especially in the company I'm with," says the 32-year-old Tulsa, Okla., native, who's being recognized for his work with Adele and Beyonce, among others. (The competition: the Smeezingtons, of Bruno Mars fame; Paul Epworth, who produced Adele's "Rolling in the Deep"; Butch Vig; and Danger Mouse.) "But I'm not writing any acceptance speeches." Good thing he's a multi-hyphenate with several careers to fall back on, including hit songwriter and rock star. Says Tedder: "My wife probably wishes I just picked one, but I tell you what: Having the multiple outlets for creativity definitely keeps me in school and off drugs."

Photographed by Mark Leibowitz on Jan. 24 at Park City Live in Park City

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