By: Cameron Da Silva
With the year 2013 in the rear view mirror, the highlights of the music world will be on display at the 56th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday.
The award show that recognizes outstanding achievement in music has no shortage of Canadian content. Drake leads all Canadians with four nominations including Best Rap Album for Nothing Was The Same.
“Drake is considered one of the biggest music stars and had the best selling rap album of 2013 that received favorable reviews,” said Rudy Blair, 680News music reporter.
In Los Angeles for the award show, Blair attended the annual Canadian Grammy Night, held on Wednesday by the Consul General of Canada in Los Angeles. The party to celebrate nominated Canadians was hosted by Allan Thicke, father of Record of The Year nominee Robin Thicke.
“Robin Thicke deserves to win (Record of The Year) simply because he had the most popular song with Blurred Lines.” However, Blair said, “that song has received some backlash for being overplayed and the voting committee loves artsy records like Royals by Lorde.”
Other Canadian artists nominated include Michael Buble, The Weeknd and Neil Young’s band Crazy Horse is nominated for Best Rock Album.
GoldDerby.com, an award show website that predicts winners has Robin Thicke at 50/1 odds to win Record Of The Year while Drake is 100/1 to win Best Rap Album.
“The Grammy’s are really about American and International music, so it’s great that they’re even looking over the border,” adds Blair.
Canadian Artists Nominated For Grammy’s
Drake – Best Rap Performance – Started From the Bottom
Best Rap Song – Started From the Bottom and Fuckin’ Problems with A$AP Rocky
Best Rap Album – Nothing Was the Same
Robin Thicke – Record of the Year – Blurred Lines
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance – Blurred Lines
Best Pop Vocal Album – Blurred Lines
Neil Young with Crazy Horse – Best Rock Album – Psychedelic Pill
Michael Buble – Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album – Remember You
The Weeknd – Best Rap Song Collaboration with Wiz Khalifa – Remember You
Mychael Danna – Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media – Life of Pi