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Music - Jan 11, 2017

The Most Memorable Canadian GRAMMY Award Winners

Our fellow Canucks have had a major impact on the music awards through the years

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As the biggest night in music approaches – the 59th annual GRAMMY Awards® – we look back at some of the most memorable Canadian winners of all time.

Joni Mitchell

On top of having won eight GRAMMY Awards® in her 50-year music career (which is currently on hold as she recovers from a brain aneurysm), Mitchell’s 1971 album Blue was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999. Established in 1973, the institution honours recordings of lasting qualitative and historical significance that are at least 25 years old. Inductees are selected by a committee of professionals from the recording-arts industry.

Alanis Morissette

Ottawa-born Morissette had a couple of commercially successful dance albums in Canada in the 1990s, but it wasn’t until 1995’s Jagged Little Pill (which ended up selling 33 million copies worldwide) that her popularity skyrocketed throughout North America. At the 1996 GRAMMY Awards®, she was nominated for six – matched in number only by Mariah Carey – and won four (Carey was shut out). At age 21, Morissette was the youngest artist to ever win Album of the Year. On accepting her award, she humbly asserted that “there’s plenty of room for a lot of artists, so there’s no such thing as the best.”

Celine Dion

Dion has won five GRAMMY Awards®, first in 1993 for her performance on the Beauty and the Beast soundtrack – although at the time many were talking more about the dress she wore at the ceremony (it was super revealing) than her vocal talents. One of Dion’s most famous and memorable songs, “My Heart Will Go On,” won for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance and Record of the Year six years later.


Drake might as well get a T-shirt that says “It Was an Honour Just Being Nominated” because the Toronto rapper received a whopping 27 nominations from 2010 to 2016 but only one win (for the Best Rap Album of 2012). Still, “Hotline Bling” stands a pretty good chance of taking home some real bling in 2017.

Nelly Furtado

Nelly Furtado won Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for “I’m Like a Bird,” the song that propelled her from relative obscurity to Canadian pop superstar in 2002. “Cool! Highly unexpected,” said Victoria, B.C.-born Furtado in her acceptance speech. We’re pretty sure the other nominees felt the same way: Furtado beat out some seriously big players in her category, namely Faith Hill, Lucinda Williams, Sade and Janet Jackson.

Robert Goulet

He isn’t exactly a household name anymore, but Goulet, who was raised in Alberta, is the only Canadian ever to win the Best New Artist Grammy Award (1962). A long list of Canadians have been nominated, though, from Anne Murray (1971) and Corey Hart (1985) to Feist (2008) and Justin Bieber (2011), plus a handful of others.

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