Last year was huge for Grimes. Her self-produced and self-engineered record Art Angels debuted to near universal rave reviews and opened at No. 1 on Billboard’s Alternative Albums chart. But in 2016, Grimes demonstrated that being a woman who takes credit for her work is as important as having a No. 1 album — and it’s why we’ve named her this year’s DIY Superstar.
In March, Grimes spoke up after Art Angels — in spite of its international success — did not garner a single Juno nomination.
“I don’t expect recognition, but I believe there were qualified women besides myself for many categories,” she wrote on Twitter. “I can’t help but feel that if women were equally rewarded for technical work they would feel inclined to participate more.”
You can read our full feature on Grimes, as well as nine other Canadians making a mark on 2016, in CBC Music's new feature, Making Noise: cbcmusic.ca/makingnoise