Jaymz Bee has won the grand prize in the jazz category of the 2022 John Lennon Songwriting Competition.

The musician, producer, promoter and JAZZ.FM91 host was announced as one of the 12 winners of the first of two sessions of the annual international contest, which began in 1997.

Bee’s winning composition Nails began as a poem, then became a performance art piece on the streets of Zurich. It has been recorded many times over the year, but the version submitted was arranged by Jono Grant and Richard Underhill.

“Aside from bragging rights, there are some incredible prizes — like really incredible — so I’m going to share the spoils with Jono, Richard and Great Bob Scott, who performed it with me on the streets of Europe in the late ’80s,” Bee said.