Caribou, Native North America, Drake, The Weeknd Earn Grammy Nominations
Caribou, Drake, The Weeknd and the Native North America compilation all earned nominations for the 58th annual Grammy Awards which were announced earlier today.
Past Polaris champ Caribou’s Our Love was nominated for Best Dance/Electronic album. Drake was nominated for Best Rap Performance (“Back To Back”), Best Rap Song (“Energy”) and Best Rap Album for If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late. The Native North America (Vol. 1): Aboriginal Folk, Rock, And Country 1966–1985 compilation curated by Kevin Howes was nominated for Best Historical Album. The Weeknd, meanwhile, earned the most nominations of any Canadian act, scoring seven nods for Album of the Year and Best Urban Contemporary Album for Beauty Behind The Madness, Best Pop Solo Performance and Record of the Year for “Can’t Feel My Face,” as well as Best R&B Performance, Best R&B Song and Best Song Written for Visual Media for “Earned It.”
The Polaris connection is strong with these projects. Caribou, Drake and The Weeknd have all earned Polaris Music Prize nominations in the past. Most recently, Caribou’s Our Love and Drake’s If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late both made the 2015 Polaris Music Prize Short List while the Native North America compilation became the first curated collection to ever receive a Polaris nomination when it made the 2015 Polaris Long List. The Weeknd’s Beauty Behind The Madness will be eligible for Polaris nomination in 2016.
Other Canadians to earn Grammy nominations included Alex Cuba and Justin Bieber. Neither has been Polaris nominated in the past.
The 58th annual Grammy Awards honours the best recordings, compositions and artists of the eligibility year running from October 1, 2014 to September 30, 2015. The Grammys will be handed out on Feb. 15, 2016.