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Alessia Cara, Leonard Cohen, Justin Bieber top 2018 Canadian Grammy nominees
By
Holly Gordon

Published

November 28, 2017

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Alessia Cara has the most Grammy nominations of any Canadian this year, including for best new artist, as well as both song of the year and best music video for the song "1-800-273-8255" with Logic and Khalid, to raise awareness for the U.S. suicide prevention hotline. Her fourth nomination is for best pop duo/group performance for her song "Stay" with Zedd (which is No. 2 on our list of 100 best songs of the year).

The 100 tracks with the greatest impact on 2017, from homegrown talent that made waves outside of Canada, and Canadian acts that influenced their respective genres. These are the songs that turned heads, rose up the charts, and drummed up buzz at home and beyond. Singles from pop, R&B, indie, country, singer-songwriter, hip-hop, and Indigenous artists selected by the CBC Music team. Hear: Drake 'Passionfruit', Feist 'Pleasure', Jess Moskaluke 'Drive Me Away', Daniel Caesar 'We Find Love'

Justin Bieber comes in second with three nominations, while Daniel Caesar and the late Leonard Cohen tie for third with two nominations each.

"Despacito" racked up all of Bieber's nominations — for record and song of the year, as well as best pop duo/group performance on the remix of Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee's popular track — while Cohen's 2016 title track, "You Want it Darker," is nominated for best rock performance alongside late Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell. Cohen's "Steer Your Way," also from his last album, You Want it Darker, is nominated for best American roots performance. Daniel Caesar's debut album, Freudian, is nominated for best R&B album, and his single "Get You," featuring Kali Uchis, is nominated for best R&B performance.


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Arcade Fire's Everything Now is nominated for best alternative music album, while Rose Cousins' Natural Conclusion is nominated for engineered album, non-classical (engineered by Ryan Freeland, mastered by Joao Carvalho). Michael Bublé and Sarah McLachlan are both nominated for best traditional pop vocal album. The original Broadway cast recording of Come From Away was nominated for best musical theatre album, and Northern Cree, a group based in Maskwacis, Alta., is nominated in the best regional roots music album category for its album Miyo Kekisepa, Make a Stand (live). Toronto Symphony Orchestra's recording of Handel: Messiah is nominated for best choral performance, and Jane Bunnett and Maqueque's Oddara is nominated for best latin jazz album. Barbara Hannigan's Crazy Girl Crazy is nominated for best classical solo vocal album.

Drake's More Life is notably absent from the list, as he reportedly didn't submit the playlist album this year, a likely contender for album of the year, which doesn't have a Canadian nominee. Jay Z (4:44), Kendrick Lamar (Damn), Childish Gambino (Awaken My Love!) and Lorde (Melodrama) round out the best album category, which went to Adele last year (amidst even Adele's own cries that Beyoncé's Lemonade should have won).

Get the full list of nominees here. The 2018 Grammys will take place on Sunday, Jan. 28.

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