Justin Bieber, The Weeknd win their first Grammys

The Weeknd, Bieber joins other Canadians winning Grammy Awards as the pre-show honours are handed out in Los Angeles.

Bieber wins best dance recording, Weeknd wins best R&B performance, best urban contemporary album

Singer Justin Bieber, seen here at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards, has won his first Grammy for best dance recording. (Eric Gaillard/Reuters)

Justin Bieber and The Weeknd have won their first Grammy awards, joining Joni Mitchell and other Canadians who were also given trophies as the pre-televised show honours were handed out in Los Angeles.

Justin Bieber, whose hometown is Stratford, Ont., won best dance recording for the song Where Are U Now alongside EDM hitmakers Diplo and Skrillex. This is Bieber's first Grammy.

The Weeknd, whose real name is Abel Tesfaye, has picked up two awards: best R&B performance for the Fifty Shades of Grey song Earned it and best urban contemporary album for Beauty Behind the Madness.

Co-writer and producer Stephan Moccio, who is also Canadian and shares a credit for the album, accepted the award on The Weeknd's behalf. He thanked Tesfaye's entire Toronto team in his acceptance speech.

The Weeknd wins Grammys for best R&B performance and best urban contemporary album. (Facebook)
Legendary singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell won for best album notes on Love Has Many Faces: A Quartet, A Ballet, Waiting To Be Danced.

Jan Haust, a native of London, Ont., and Hamilton's Peter Moore captured the honour for best historical album for The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11, featuring the music of Bob Dylan and Toronto's The Band. The duo shared the award with Steve Berkowitz, Jeff Rosen and Mark Wilder.

The top awards will be given out during Monday evening's televised ceremony.

Toronto artist Drake is up for several awards, including best rap album for If You're Reading This It's Too Late.

With files from The Associated Press


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