The Weeknd, Drake and Bieber among many Canadians up for Grammys

Homegrown acts collectively have more than 20 Grammy nominations going into Monday's show, capping off a sensational year in which Canucks commanded a whopping seven of the Top 10 spots on the Billboard Hot 100.

Other categories with Canadians include best Latin pop album, best historical album, best new age album

Canadian invasion at the 58th Grammys

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Some of the biggest names in Canadian music will be fighting for some hardware, CBC's Deana Sumanac-Johnson reports 1:27

Prepare the Mountie escort: A Canadian cavalcade is set to take over the Grammy Awards.

Homegrown acts collectively have more than 20 nominations going into Monday's show, capping off a sensational year in which Canucks commanded a whopping seven of the Top 10 spots on the Billboard Hot 100.

Leading the Canuck Grammy pack is Toronto pop prize The Weeknd, a.k.a. Abel Tesfaye, who is up for seven trophies and is scheduled to perform at the Los Angeles show.

The enigmatic singer-songwriter with the wild dreadlocks and even wilder ride on the charts is tied with pop squad queen Taylor Swift for the second-highest number of Grammy nominations this year.

Hip-hop maestro Kendrick Lamar leads the overall pack with 11 nods.

The Weeknd's nominations include album of the year for Beauty Behind the Madness and best pop solo performance for the searing single Can't Feel My Face.

Justin Bieber, Drake and The Weeknd are just a few of the Canadians up for Grammy awards this year.
St. Catharines, Ont., native Stephan Moccio is named in three categories for working with The Weeknd. They include album of the year and best R&B song for Earned It from the Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack.

"You get nominated for a Grammy and it's certainly the highest honour in music and something that you dream of as a little boy creating music," said Moccio, who grew up in Niagara Falls, Ont., and co-produced and co-wrote about a third of Beauty Behind the Madness.

Toronto hip-hop darling Drake is up for five pieces of hardware, including best rap performance for the diss track Back to Back and best rap album for If You're Reading This It's Too Late.

"I am not performing at the Grammy Awards ... but hey, it's the thought that counts," Drake, a.k.a. Aubrey Graham, tweeted recently.

Other nominees include pop star Justin Bieber, whose hometown is Stratford, Ont., for best dance recording for Where Are U Now, a collaboration with Skrillex and Diplo.

Sound engineer Charles Moniz, who grew up in Burlington, Ont., is up for record of the year for Mark Ronson's Uptown Funk featuring Bruno Mars.

"I think we were just trying to do something new and exciting, especially working with Mark Ronson," said Moniz, who's been collaborating with Mars for about five years. "Mark really loves classic sounds and we went down that avenue of playing with old sounds and recording in old ways and just doing a more traditional-style record."

Ron Korb, nominated for best new age album, talks to CBC's Zulekha Nathoo at a pre-Grammy party.
Toronto flutist Ron Korb could become the first Canadian to win in the best new age album category at the Grammys. He's nominated for his album Asia Beauty.

"I would never even think I would be in the Grammys, let alone get nominated," he said. "For me it wasn't even a dream."

Cuban-born Alex Cuba of Smithers, B.C., is nominated for best Latin pop album for Healer.

"Canada has a lot to offer to the world," he told CBC reporter Zulekha Nathoo in Los Angeles. "Our multiculturalism creates a lot of stuff, creates freely."

Michael Silver, known as CFCF, is up for best remixed recording of Berlin by Overnight. (Zulekha Nathoo/CBC)
Montreal-based remixer Michael Silver, known under the name CFCF, is nominated for best remixed recording for a chilled-out version of German composer Max Richter's Berlin by Overnight.

"It's surreal and strange," Silver told CBC News.

"I think when they announce the category I'll probably feel a little bit anxious and a little bit of a heartbeat, but it's all so surreal anyways that it's just a fun, weird thing that I get to do."

Several Canadians are named in the best historical album category. Jan Haust, a native of London, Ont., and Peter Moore, whose grew up in Hamilton, are nominated for The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11, featuring music of Bob Dylan and Toronto's the Band.

Meanwhile, Kevin Howes of Richmond Hill, Ont., is a contender with Native North America (Vol. 1): Aboriginal Folk, Rock, and Country 1966—1985.

"I'm very excited for the artists, that their songs have been recognized by the Grammy people," Howes said. "Because without their music, there would be no project."

With files from CBC's Zulekha Nathoo


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