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ONTARIO'S PRESENCE AT THE 2018 GRAMMYS


This year's Grammys feature more nominees from (Southern) Ontario than ever before. Surprisingly, Drake chose not to submit his "More Life" project for the awards consideration this year, maybe he's happy with his three Grammys for now and wants other local talent to shine.

Alessia Cara, Daniel Caesar, The Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Justin Bieber and The Weeknd are all GTA musical acts that are nominated for this year’s awards at New York's Madison Square Garden.

Good thing Beebs (Stratford, ON) chose to touch "Despacito" with Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee because its running for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Pop Duo and Group Performance.

Cara (Brampton, ON) is nominated in the Song of the Year category for “1-800-273-8255,” which she co-wrote and performed with rapper Logic. The song, named for the U.S. suicide prevention hotline, is also nominated for Best Music Video.

She is also up for best new artist award and the best pop duo and group performance trophy for the song “Stay” with Zedd.

Caesar (Oshawa, ON) also has two nominations. He’s contending for best R&B performance for “Get You” featuring Kali Uchis and best R&B album for Freudian.

The Weeknd (Scarborough, ON), meanwhile, is up for best urban contemporary album with Starboy. He currently has two grammys (best R&B performance for "Earned It" (Fifty Shades of Grey OST) and best urban contemporary album for "Beauty Behind The Madness".

The achievements aren’t limited to radio hits.

Come From Away, the Broadway musical hit with origins here, is nominated for best musical theatre album, and the show’s creators, Toronto’s Irene Sankoff and David Hein, stand to take home trophies if it wins.

Also, a recording of “Handel: Messiah” performed by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and Toronto Mendelssohn Choir is nominated for best choral performance and producer of the year, classical.

Sound engineer Charles Moniz (Burlington, ON), grabbed three nominations for his work on the Bruno Mars album 24K Magic.

Charles already has two Grammys on his mantle, one for creating the catchy “doh” vocal line on the inescapable 2014 hit “Uptown Funk” and another for his contribution to Adele’s album 25.

Other Canadian nominees include:

Michael Bublé and Sarah McLachlan - best traditional pop vocal album category.

Buble: "Nobody But Me"

McLachlan: "Wonderland"

The late Leonard Cohen - best rock performance category for his song “You Want It Darker”

best American roots performance for the track “Steer Your Way,” both off his final album.

Alex Cuba: "Lo Unico Constante" is a contender for best Latin pop album.

Arcade Fire: "Everything Now" for best alternative album.

Northern Cree’s Miyo Kekisepa, Make A Stand (Live) for best regional roots album.

It's going to be a spectacle to watch this year for Canadians, and we're sure the nation will walk away with at least a few of these trophies. Tune in January 28, 2018 7:30 EST for the show!

See the full list of nominations HERE.

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