The premier United States gala of music awards handed out six to Canadian recording artists, following a year that saw an impressive Canadian invasion of the music scene in the 50-state republic. The Grammy Awards are a reflection of American tastes in music. While Canadian rapper Drake was busy with the NBA (basketball) All-Star game in the city with the lone Canadian team in the league, he scored 0 wins of 5 nominations at the Grammys. His Torontonian counterpart, The Weeknd, however, netted a pair: best urban contemporary album for Beauty Behind the Madness and best R&B performance on “Earned It” from the film Fifty Shades Of Grey.
Justin Bieber won a Grammy (his first) for best dance recording as part of his collaboration with Skrillex and Diplo in track “Where Are U Now”. Both Bieber and The Weeknd performed at the gala on Monday evening. Justin strummed guitar on “Love Yourself” while wearing a cheetah-print jacket before tossing the instrument aside to join Skrillex and Diplo on a rock version of “Where Are U Now”. The Weeknd in a tux also did a medley, “Can’t Feel My Face” and “In the Night” accompanied by Canadian songwriter Stephan Moccio on keys.
Also winning the golden gramophone trophy was Joni Mitchell for best album notes on Love Has Many Faces. It was her ninth award. Sound engineer Charles Moniz from Burlington, ON, was part of the team who won record of the year for “Uptown Funk” by Britain’s Mark Ronson featuring Hawaii’s Bruno Mars.
Best historical album went to producers Jan Haust of London, ON and Hamilton’s Peter Moore for The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11. The work contains music from Bob Dylan and Toronto’s The Band recorded in 1967 but never released in its entirety. Apparently Garth Hudson of The Band came across the recordings while clearing out a storage locker. He sent them to Toronto for restoration.
Also relevant to Canadians is that American record producer Clive Davis held a pre-Grammy dinner party attended by a number of eh-listers including Chad Kroeger and Avril Lavigne, the latter sharing some photos from the happy soirée with Alice Cooper and Kiss’ Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley which we share below.