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Alberta drum group Northern Cree shine at 2017 Grammys pre-show

Among Indigenous communities in Canada and the U.S., the most anticipated performance at the 2017 Grammys happened during the pre-televised show, when Alberta group Northern Cree performed.

Fans took to Twitter to express how proud they were of the performance

Alberta drum group Northern Cree opened up the pre-televised portion of the Grammy event on Sunday Feb. 12, 2017. (Still of performance)

The Grammys are always one of the biggest nights in music, and last night's event was no exception. With performances by Beyonce, Adele, Katy Perry and Metallica with Lady Gaga, Sunday's event attracted an audience of 26 million viewers.

But among Indigenous communities in Canada and the U.S., the most anticipated performance happened during the Grammys pre-show, when Alberta drum group Northern Cree performed.

In addition to performing, Northern Cree was nominated in the best regional roots category, though they lost to Hawaiian musician Kalani Pe'a. It was the group's seventh Grammy nomination.

Five of the group's previous nominations were in the category of best Native American album — a category the Grammys got rid of in 2011. 


After the performance, Twitter was ablaze with tweets about how proud people were of the performance. 


Being from Alberta, the group got a shout-out from Premier Rachel Notley, and Samson Cree Nation, the home community of some of the Northern Cree members. 


Some people took to Twitter to say how the performance is a step in the right direction to recognize Indigenous musicians. 


But others thought the group's stellar performance should have warranted them a slot during the televised event.

In addition to Northern Cree's performance, the issue of clean drinking water on the Standing Rock reservation came up during the televised portion of the Grammys. 

When introducing Canadian musician The Weeknd, Paris Jackson — daughter of Michael Jackson — quipped, "we could really use this excitement at a pipeline protest guys, hashtag No DAPL." 

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