Canadian names rang out at the 2016 Grammy nomination announcement this morning, with 8 artists combining for 18 total nominations. The Northern Holy Trinity—The Weeknd, Drake, and Justin Bieber—account for a the bulk of these (7, 5, and 1 respectively), but there were a few unexpected and under the radar surprises recognized.
Dundas, Ontario electro hero Caribou grabbed a nod for his 2014 opus Our Love, and Cuban-Canadian singer/songwriter Alex Cuba earned one for Best Latin Pop Album (Healer). Montreal’s CFCF is in contention for Best Remixed Recording, for his flip of Max Richter’s "Berlin By Overnight." Ron Korb, Canada's reigning Prince Of Flutes, fetched a nomination for his new age album Asia Beauty.
18 nominations is huge, especially when you consider that last year, Canadians only got 6 nods. And this doesn’t even include the talented songwriters and producers that contributed to nominated songs and albums.
With the way we’ve been dominating the Billboard charts all year, it’s no surprise to see Canada’s finest getting some awards season shine. When you think about the fact that Views From The 6 is dropping next year, and Purpose is eligible for next year’s awards, the 2017 Grammys are already looking bright for us.
Check out all the 2016 Grammy nominations for Canadian artists below, and for a full list of nominations, click here.
Record Of The Year (“Can’t Feel My Face”)
Album Of The Year (Beauty Behind The Madness)
Best Pop Solo Performance (“Can’t Feel My Face”)
Best R&B Performance (“Earned It”)
Best R&B Song (“Earned It”)
Best Urban Contemporary Album (Beauty Behind The Madness)
Best Song Written For Visual Media (“Earned It”)
Best Rap Performance (“Back To Back”)
Best Rap Performance (Nicki Minaj Featuring Drake & Lil Wayne, “Truffle Butter”)
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration (Nicki Minaj Featuring Drake, Lil Wayne & Chris Brown, “Only”)
Best Rap Song (“Energy”)
Best Rap Album (If You're Reading This It's Too Late)
Best Dance Recording (Skrillex And Diplo With Justin Bieber, “Where Are Ü Now”)
Best Dance/Electronic Album (Our Love)
Best Latin Pop Album (Healer)
Best New Age Album (Asia Beauty)
Best Historical Album (Native North America (Vol. 1): Aboriginal Folk, Rock, And Country 1966–1985)
Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical (Max Richter, "Berlin By Overnight" CFCF Remix