Alessia Cara Wins Her First Grammy
Canadian artists Alessia Cara, The Weeknd and Leonard Cohen were among the early winners at Sunday's 60th annual Grammy Awards, where Bruno Mars and Kendrick Lamar dominated.
In the pre-show, The Weeknd won Best Urban Contemporary Album for Starboy, while Cohen (who died in 2016) earned Best Rock Performance for You Want It Darker.
Early in the televised show, Cara – whose debut album came out in 2015 – was named Best New Artist. She is the first Canadian artist to win in this category.
"I've been pretend-winning Grammys since I was a kid, like in my shower, so you'd think I'd have the speech thing down but I absolutely don't," said Cara, who thanked her parents and brother for their support of her dream, "even when it felt really far-fetched and unrealistic."
Cara also noted there are artists "that don't always get acknowledged because of popularity contests or numbers games" and she encouraged people to "support real music and real artists."
Cara was back later in the show to perform "1-800-273-8255" with Logic and Khalid.
The La La Land soundtrack, which features singing by Canadian actor Ryan Gosling, won the Grammy for Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media. Mars' 24k Magic earned a Grammy for Ontario's Charles Moniz in the Best Engineered Album - Non-Classical category.
Other Canadian nominees came up empty.
Michael Bublé's Nobody But Me (Deluxe Version) and Sarah McLachlan's Wonderland, nominated for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album, lost to Tony Bennett Celebrates 90. Justin Bieber's "Despacito" collaboration with Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee lost Best Pop Duo/Group Performance to Portugal. The Man's "Feel It Still."
Montreal's Arcade Fire lost Best Alternative Music Album to The National and Daniel Caesar lost both the Best R&B Album and Best R&B Performance categories to Bruno Mars. Northern Cree lost Best Regional Roots Music Album.
The soundtrack to the Canadian musical Come From Away wasn't able to beat the Dear Evan Hansen soundtrack for Best Musical Theatre Album.
Kendrick Lamar kicked off the televised show, hosted by James Corden, with a fiery performance that featured appearances by U2's Bono and The Edge and comedian Dave Chappelle. Lamar also picked up the first award of the show, for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration (for "Loyalty" ft. Rihanna), and went on to win Best Rap Album, Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance.
The night belonged to Mars, though, who picked up six Grammys, including Album of the Year and Song of the Year.
Performance highlights on Sunday included "Despacito" by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, "Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken" by Pink, "Finesse" by Bruno Mars ft. Cardi B, and "Wild Thoughts" by DJ Khaled ft. Rihanna and Bryson Tiller. Elton John was joined by Miley Cyrus for a version of "Tiny Dancer."
Kesha was backed by female artists – including Camila Cabello – for an emotional and timely performance of "Praying." Maren Morris, Eric Church and Brothers Osborne did a cover of Eric Clapton's "Tears In Heaven" that was dedicated to music fans who were lost in attacks in Las Vegas and Manchester.
The "In Memoriam" segment included Gord Downie of The Tragically Hip.
See the nominees and winners of the major categories below. You can see all the winners at the official Grammys site.
- with files by John R. Kennedy
Record Of The Year
"Redbone" — Childish Gambino
"Despacito" — Luis Fonsi featuring Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber
"The Story of O.J." — Jay-Z
"Humble." — Kendrick Lamar
"24K Magic" — Bruno Mars - WINNER
Album Of The Year
Awaken, My Love — Childish Gambino
4:44 — Jay-Z
DAMN. — Kendrick Lamar
Melodrama — Lorde
24K Magic — Bruno Mars - WINNER
Song Of The Year
"Despacito" — Ramón Ayala, Justin Bieber, Jason "Poo Bear" Boyd, Erika Ender, Luis Fonsi & Marty James Garton, songwriters (performed by Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber)
"4:44" — Shawn Carter & Dion Wilson, songwriters (performed by Jay-Z)
"Issues" — Benny Blanco, Mikkel Storleer Eriksen, Tor Erik Hermansen, Julia Michaels & Justin Drew Tranter, songwriters (performed by Julia Michaels)
"1-800-273-8255" — Alessia Caracciolo, Sir Robert Bryson Hall II, Arjun Ivatury & Khalid Robinson, songwriters (performed by Logic featuring Alessia Cara & Khalid)
"That's What I Like" — Christopher Brody Brown, James Fauntleroy, Philip Lawrence, Bruno Mars, Ray Charles McCullough II, Jeremy Reeves, Ray Romulus & Jonathan Yip, songwriters (performed by Bruno Mars) - WINNER
Best New Artist
Alessia Cara - WINNER
Lil Uzi Vert
Best Pop Solo Performance
"Love So Soft," Kelly Clarkson
"Million Reasons," Lady Gaga
"What About Us," P!nk
"Shape Of You," Ed Sheeran - WINNER
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
"Something Just Like This," The Chainsmokers & Coldplay
"Despacito," Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber
"Thunder," Imagine Dragons
"Feel It Still," Portugal. The Man - WINNER
"Stay," Zedd & Alessia Cara
Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
Nobody But Me (Deluxe Version), Michael Bublé
Triplicate, Bob Dylan
In Full Swing, Seth MacFarlane
Wonderland, Sarah McLachlan
Tony Bennett Celebrates 90, (Various Artists) - WINNER
Best Pop Vocal Album
Kaleidoscope EP, Coldplay
Lust For Life, Lana Del Rey
Evolve, Imagine Dragons
Joanne, Lady Gaga
÷ (Divide), Ed Sheeran - WINNER
Best Country Song
"Better Man," Taylor Swift, songwriter (Little Big Town)
"Body Like A Back Road," Zach Crowell, Sam Hunt, Shane McAnally & Josh Osborne, songwriters (Sam Hunt)
"Broken Halos," Mike Henderson & Chris Stapleton, songwriters (Chris Stapleton) - WINNER
"Drinkin' Problem," Jess Carson, Cameron Duddy, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne & Mark Wystrach, songwriters (Midland)
"Tin Man," Jack Ingram, Miranda Lambert & Jon Randall, songwriters (Miranda Lambert)
Best Country Album
Cosmic Hallelujah, Kenny Chesney
Heart Break, Lady Antebellum
The Breaker, Little Big Town
Life Changes, Thomas Rhett
From A Room: Volume 1, Chris Stapleton - WINNER
Best Rock Song
"Atlas, Rise!" - James Hetfield & Lars Ulrich (Metallica)
"Blood In The Cut" - JT Daly & Kristine Flaherty (K.Flay)
"Go To War" - Ben Anderson, Jonny Hawkins, Will Hoffman, Daniel Oliver, David Pramik & Mark Vollelunga (Nothing More)
"Run" - Foo Fighters - WINNER
"The Stage" - Zachary Baker, Brian Haner, Matthew Sanders, Jonathan Seward & Brooks Wackerman (Avenged Sevenfold)
Best Rock Performance
You Want It Darker, Leonard Cohen - WINNER
The Promise, Chris Cornell
Run, Foo Fighters
No Good, Kaleo
Go To War, Nothing More
Best Urban Contemporary Album
Free 6LACK - 6LACK
"Awaken, My Love!" - Childish Gambino
American Teen - Khalid
Ctrl - SZA
Starboy - The Weeknd - WINNER
Best Rap Performance
Bounce Back - Big Sean
Bodak Yellow - Cardi B
4:44 - JAY-Z
HUMBLE - Kendrick Lamar - WINNER
Bad And Boujee - Migos Featuring Lil Uzi Vert