Drake, Mendes among Cana­di­ans to earn Grammy nom­i­na­tions


TORONTO Cana­dian su­per­star Drake emerged one of the lead­ing artists at the Grammy Awards nom­i­na­tions on Fri­day pick­ing up seven nods, many of them in key cat­e­gories.

The recognition for work on his 2018 dou­ble-al­bum “Scor­pion,” as well as con­tri­bu­tions to other rap­pers’r tracks, comes af­ter the Toronto-raised per­former boy­cotted last year’s Gram­mys by choos­ing not to sub­mit any­thing from his pre­vi­ous re­lease, “More Life.”

Drake’s change of heart this year helped “Scor­pion” grab nom­i­na­tions in sev­eral top cat­e­gories — al­bum, record and song of the year for “God’s Plan.”

Shawn Mendes emerged with the first Grammy nom­i­na­tions of his ca­reer. The pop singer, raised in Pick­er­ing, Ont., was named in two cat­e­gories — song of the year for “In My Blood” and best pop vo­cal al­bum.

Song­writer Geoffrey Warburton, who also hails from Pick­er­ing, shares the “In My Blood” song nom­i­na­tion with Mendes.

In two cat­e­gories, Drake will com­pete with him­self for the golden gramo­phone. His song “God’s Plan” is also vy­ing for best rap per­for­mance against Travis Scott’s “Sicko Mode,” a track where Drake ap­pears as a guest.

He’s also nom­i­nated twice in the rap song cat­e­gory, where “God’s Plan” and “Sicko Mode” are among the con­tenders for the award given to the song­writ­ers.

Sev­eral of Drake’s as­so­ciates also landed Grammy recognition.

Boi-1da, born Matthew Sa­muels in Toronto, was nom­i­nated as pro­ducer for his body of work this year, which in­cludes songs with Drake, Cardi B, GEazy, and Bey­once and Jay-Z. Sa­muels also re­ceived two nom­i­na­tions in the best rap song cat­e­gory as a song­writer on Eminem’s “Lucky You” and Jay Rock’s “Win.”

Noah She­bib, an­other one of Drake’s col­lab­o­ra­tors, is rec­og­nized with three nom­i­na­tions for songs from the “Scor­pion” al­bum.

In other cat­e­gories, Toronto’s Daniel Cae­sar ap­peared in the R&B per­for­mance cat­e­gory for the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive year, this time for the song “Best Part,” a duet with Cal­i­for­ni­abased singer H.E.R.

Jazz pian­ist Diana Krall, who hails from Nanaimo, B.C., shared two nom­i­na­tions with Tony Ben­nett for their al­bum “Love is Here to Stay,” which is among the tra­di­tional pop vo­cal al­bum con­tenders. One of its songs, a cover of Ge­orge Gersh­win’s “‘S Won­der­ful,” is nom­i­nated for best pop duo or group per­for­mance.

Jim (Kimo) West, who was born in Toronto and is known as “Weird Al” Yankovic’s gui­tarist, is nom­i­nated for “Moku Maluhia - Peace­ful Is­land” in the new age al­bum cat­e­gory.

Young Spirit, a group from the Frog Lake Cree First Na­tion in Al­berta, is nom­i­nated for best re­gional roots mu­sic al­bum for “Me­wasin­sa­tional Cree Round Dance.”

The clas­si­cal cat­e­gories were stacked with Cana­dian names, in­clud­ing Mon­treal-raised pian­ist Marc-An­dre Hamelin, whose work along­side Leif Ove And­snes is up for best cham­ber mu­sic or small en­sem­ble per­for­mance.

Bran­don, Man.-raised vi­o­lin­ist James Ehnes was nom­i­nated for clas­si­cal in­stru­men­tal solo for “Ker­nis,” while Toron­to­born con­duc­tor Peter Ound­jian also re­ceived a nod for clas­si­cal com­pen­dium.

Vi­o­lin­ist Christina Day Martin­son, from Saska­toon, Sask., re­ceived a nod in the clas­si­cal in­stru­men­tal solo cat­e­gory for “Biber: The Mys­tery Sonatas” with the Bos­ton Baroque.

Toronto mu­sic scholar Rob Bow­man, who won a Grammy in 1995, is part of the team nom­i­nated for “Any Other Way,” in the his­tor­i­cal al­bum cat­e­gory. The two-disc set un­earthed archival mu­sic from 1960s trans­gen­der soul singer Jackie Shane, who rose to pop­u­lar­ity on the Toronto cir­cuit be­fore walk­ing away from mu­sic.

Univer­sity of Toronto pro­fes­sor Anna Shtern­shis is nom­i­nated for “The Lost Songs of World War II,” a col­lec­tion of Yid­dish mu­sic recorded dur­ing a dark pe­riod of Euro­pean Jewish his­tory that’s up for world mu­sic al­bum.

L.A.-based cre­ative di­rec­tor Willo Per­ron, who is from Mon­treal, is nom­i­nated for his work on singer St. Vin­cent’s al­bum “Masse­duc­tion” in the best record­ing pack­age cat­e­gory.

Shawn Mendes

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