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Music - Jan 11, 2017

5 Canadian Artists to Watch at the GRAMMY Awards

Whether they win or not, we think these stars deserve to take home the hardware this year

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Drake

Nobody but Beyoncé got more GRAMMY Award® nominations than Degrassi-actor-turned-rapper Drake, otherwise known as Aubrey Graham (Drake is his middle name). The Toronto superstar is nominated for eight awards, including Album of the Year and Best Rap Album (both for Views) and Record of the Year (for Work, which is by Rihanna but features Drake). His smash hit “Hotline Bling,” which reached No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100, is nominated in the Best Rap/Sung Performance category – but so are Kanye West and Beyoncé, so the competition is stiff. With so many award nods, he’s sure to win something.

Justin Bieber

Love him or hate him, it’s hard to believe that Justin Bieber has won just one measly GRAMMY Award®, considering he’s the best-selling male Canadian artist ever and one of the world’s best-selling music artists. (He’s sold an estimated 100 million records in his relatively short career.) This year, the Beebs has four GRAMMY Award® nominations – the same number as Adele and the late David Bowie (RIP). Purpose is up for Album of the Year, but he’s more likely to win in the Song of the Year Category, for “Love Yourself.” That is, if he can beat out Adele’s “Hello.”

The Weeknd

After seven nominations (and two wins) last year, The Weeknd earned just one nod for a 2017 GRAMMY Awards®, for his work on Beyoncé’s album Lemonade. This year might not be his, but we’re sure he’ll come home with some hardware at the 60th annual GRAMMY Awards for his well-received album Starboy, which dropped in November.

Tory Lanez

Brampton, Ont.’s Daystar Peterson – better known by his stage name, Tory Lanez isn’t exactly a household name yet, but this year’s GRAMMY Awards® could change that. The song he co-wrote, “Luv,” which peaked at 19th spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, is nominated for Best R&B Song. It’s up against songs by Drake and Rihanna, though, so winning is probably a long shot.

Bob Moses

Electronic band Bob Moses – made up of Vancouver musicians Tom Howie and Jimmy Vallance – earned their very first GRAMMY nomination this year in the Best Dance Recording category, for “Tearing Me Up.” Formed in 2012, the pair are finally getting their time in the spotlight. Aside from the GRAMMY nod, they also appeared on The Ellen Show in January 2016, having been noticed and personally selected by Ellen Degeneres herself.

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The 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards® air live on Sunday, Feb. 12 at 8 p.m. ET/ 5p.m. PT on City™.


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