Canadians Could Shine At 65th Grammy Awards
Canada will be well represented at the 65th Grammy Awards, which are being handed out Sunday in Los Angeles.
Bryan Adams is up for his first Grammy since 1998 (he hasn’t won in 30 years) and Drake, Justin Bieber and Michael Bublé are among the notable names from the north that could be read out.
Of course, there is plenty of Canadian talent behind the scenes in the music industry, as reflected in the Album of the Year category where Canadians show up nine times.
Here’s a look at who’s up for what:
Serban Ghenea - 6 nominations
Born in Romania, Serban Ghenea was a child when his family settled in Montreal. He studied at both Concordia and McGill universities before launching his career as an audio engineer and mixer in 1993.
Ghenea has four nominations in the Album of the Year category for his work on Adele’s 30, Coldplay’s Music of the Spheres, Lizzo’s Special and Mary J. Blige’s Good Morning Gorgeous (Deluxe) as well as Record of the Year for Blige’s “Good Morning Gorgeous” and Best Dance/Electronic Recording for “I’m Good (Blue)” by David Guetta and Bebe Rexha.
Ghenea, 53, already has 19 Grammys – making him the top Canadian winner overall.
Yannick Nézet-Séguin - 5 nominations
Montreal-born conductor and pianist Yannick Nézet-Séguin has two nominations for Best Opera Recording (for Blanchard: Fire Shut Up In My Bones and Aucoin: Eurydice) and is also up for Best Classical Solo Vocal Album (Voice Of Nature - The Anthropocene), Best Choral Performance (Verdi: Requiem - The Met Remembers 9/11) and Best Classical Compendium (A Concert for Ukraine).
Nézet-Séguin, 47, won his first Grammy last year for Best Orchestral Performance.
Drake - 4 nominations
Although he did not submit his music for consideration, the Toronto native earned nominations for Best Rap Song and Best Melodic Rap Performance thanks to being featured with Tems on Future’s “Wait for U” as well as Best Rap Song for his contribution to Jack Harlow’s “Churchill Downs.”
The 36-year-old rap star has won only four Grammys.
Matthew Samuels - 4 nominations
Toronto-raised Matthew Samuels, who was born in Jamaica, is the prolific music producer known as Boi-1da. His work on Beyoncé’s Renaissance and Kendrick Lamar’s Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers earned him Album of the Year nominations at this year’s Grammys and he is also up for Producer of the Year, Non-Classical.
Samuels, 36, is also nominated for Best Rap Song thanks to “Churchill Downs” by Jack Harlow ft. Drake. The last time he was nominated in this category – in 2019 for “God’s Plan” by Drake – he won.
Tobias Jesso Jr. - 3 nominations
A native of Vancouver, Tobias Jesso Jr. is making his Grammy debut with two nominations for Album of the Year thanks to his role as co-writer and pianist on “To Be Loved” from Adele’s 30 and co-writer of “Boyfriends” on Harry Styles’ album Harry’s House.
The 37-year-old, who has helped pen tracks for artists like Diplo (“Let You Go”), Omar Apollo (“No Good Reason”) and fellow Canadian Orville Peck (“The Curse of the Blackened Eye”), is also up for Songwriter of the Year, Non-Classical – a brand new category.
Bryan Adams - 1 nomination
Bryan Adams, 63, is up for a Grammy for the first time since 1998. “So Happy It Hurts” is nominated for Best Rock Performance.
Born in Kingston, Ont., he has won only one Grammy during his career – 1992’s Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or for Television for “(Everything I Do) I Do It For You.”
Justin Bieber - 1 nomination
Justin Bieber, born in London, Ont. and raised in Stratford, nabbed one Grammy nomination this year – his 23rd.
The 28-year-old pop star’s 2021 streaming doc Justin Bieber: Our World is up for Best Music Film.
Michael Bublé - 1 nomination
B.C.’s Michael Bublé, 47, won his fourth Grammy in 2014 (To Be Loved was named Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album). It’s the same category for which his album Higher is nominated this year.
Neil Young - 1 nomination
Toronto-born music legend Neil Young hasn’t won a Grammy since 2011, when he collected his second.
This year, the 77-year-old is up for Best Music Film thanks to BARN, a documentary directed by his wife, actress Daryl Hannah.
Arcade Fire - 1 nomination
Founded in Montreal, Arcade Fire includes Quebec-born Régine Chassagne and Ontario natives Richard Parry, Tim Kingsbury and Jeremy Gara – as well as Chassagne’s U.S.-born husband Win Butler, who became a Canadian citizen in 2019.
The band, which won Album of the Year in 2011 for The Suburbs, is in the running for Best Alternative Music Album thanks to WE. (Will Grammy voters punish the band for Butler's behaviour?)
Allison Russell - 1 nomination
Montreal native Allison Russell is nominated with Aoife O’Donovan for Best American Roots Performance thanks to their collaboration “Prodigal Daughter.”
Russell, 42, was up for three Grammys last year.
Jesse Ray Ernster - 1 nomination
Winnipeg-born Jesse Ray Ernster earned his fourth Grammy nomination this year thanks to his role as mixer on Doja Cat’s “Woman,” which is up for Record of the Year.
The 31-year-old won the Grammy in 2021 for Best Global Music Album (for Burna Boy’s Twice as Tall).
Shawn Everett - 1 nomination
Born and raised in Bragg Creek, west of Calgary, Shawn Everett has won six Grammys for his work on recordings by Alabama Shakes, The War On Drugs, Kacey Musgraves and Beck.
This year, the 40-year-old is up for Album of the Year thanks to his contributions as a producer and engineer on Adele’s 30.
Kaytranada - 1 nomination
Shortly after being born Louis Celestin in Haiti, he came to Montreal and went on to launch a music career as Kaytranada.
The 30-year-old already has two Grammy wins – 2021’s Best Dance Recording (“10%”) and Best Dance/Electronic Album (Bubba) and is vying this year for Best Dance/Electronic Recording for “Intimidated” ft. H.E.R.
Matthew Stevens - 1 nomination
Born in Toronto, Matthew Stevens is up for Best Instrumental Jazz Album (for New Standards Vol. 1).
Kris Davis - 1 nomination
Vancouver-born but raised in Calgary, Kris Davis is nominated for Best Instrumental Jazz Album (for New Standards Vol. 1).
Xavier Dolan - 1 nomination
Acclaimed Montreal actor and filmmaker Xavier Dolan, 33, earned his first Grammy nomination (Best Music Video) for directing Adele’s “Easy On Me,” which was shot in Quebec.
Jannie McInnes - 1 nomination
Halifax native Jannie McInnes, who studied at the University of Toronto, is one of the producers of Adele’s “Easy On Me” video, which is up for Best Music Video. It is her first Grammy nomination.
Nancy Grant - 1 nomination
A native of Quebec’s Gaspé region, Nancy Grant is Canadian director Xavier Dolan’s creative partner. She is making her Grammy debut with a Best Music Video nomination thanks to Adele’s “Easy On Me.”
Listen to music from Canadians up for Grammys