The United States’ flagship of music award galas – The Grammy Awards – unmasked nominations for the 2018 ceremony which will take place January 28 in New York City. A number of Canadian acts have been given nods as follows:
Alessia Cara – 3 nominations – Song of the Year “1-800-273-8255” (as a featured artist), Best New Artist, Best Pop Duo/Group Performance “Stay” (as a co-credited artist).
Alex Cuba – 1 nomination – Best Latin Pop Album Lo Unico Constante.
Arcade Fire – 1 nomination – Best Alternative Music Album Everything Now.
Daniel Caesar – 2 nominations – Best R&B Album Freudian and Best R&B Performance “Get You”.
Jane Bunnett & Maqueque – 1 nomination – Best Latin Jazz album Oddara.
Justin Bieber – 3 nominations – Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance “Despacito” (as a featured artist).
Leonard Cohen – 2 nominations – Best Rock Performance “You Want It Darker” and Best American Roots Performance “Steer Your Way”.
Michael Bublé – 1 nomination – Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album Nobody but Me.
Northern Cree – 1 nomination – Best Regional Roots Music Album Miyo Kekisepa, Make A Stand [Live].
Sarah McLachlan – 1 nomination – Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album Wonderland.
The Weeknd – 1 nomination – Best Urban Contemporary Album Starboy.
Also of note, Rose Cousins‘ Natural Conclusion is nominated for Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical. Glenn Gould‘s The Goldberg Variations – The Complete Unreleased Recording Sessions June 1955 is nominated for Best Historical Album. Director Andy Hines is nominated in the best video category for 1-800-273-8255 by Logic. David Hein & Irene Sankoff‘s Come From Away is up for Best Musical Theatre Album. Under Best Choral performance is Handel: Messiah by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and Toronto Mendelssohn Choir.
As far as the snubs go, there is Drake. He did not submit album More Life to the Grammys as we reported earlier. Shawn Mendes, while racking up nominations and winning awards at just about every other music awards ceremony. is passed over by the Grammys.