It will be long live las vegas for Canadian musicians on Sunday as the Grammy Awards kick off in the gaming capital of the world.
COVID-19 safety precautions and scheduling conflicts have forced music’s biggest night to relocate to the Las Vegas Strip, where an array of local contenders are vying for golden gramophones. But not everyone plans to show up in person for the big night, which will take place inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Justin Bieber leads the Canadians with eight nominations, but his presence is still not confirmed and he is not listed among the artists. Bieber has a mixed relationship with awards events, often choosing to skip the festivities, as he did the 2021 Grammys.
Peterborough, Ont., record producer Greg Wells, who is up for best musical theater album and best compilation soundtrack for visual media, says he’s staying home out of caution amid the pandemic continues.
Dan Snaith, better known by his stage name Caribou, will also not be in attendance if he wins Best Dance/Electronic Recording for his album. You can do it.
Most of the 86 Grammy categories, including many awards with Canadian nominees, will be presented at a pre-broadcast ceremony hosted by LeVar Burton.
Here are five things to watch for on Sunday:
If Justin Bieber doesn’t show up, his absence could be felt throughout Grammys night. Many of his eight nominations are in marquee categories announced on the show.
Bieber chart topper Peacheswhich he performs with Daniel Caesar of Toronto, is in the running for record and song of the year, while Justice (Triple Chucks Deluxe) is nominated for Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album.
The Stratford, Ontario native is also up for Best Pop Solo Performance for Anybody and Best Pop Duo for their work alongside Benny Blanco on Only.
Peaches earned two more nominations in the Best R&B Performance and Best Music Video categories. The tally is by far the most nods Bieber has received in a single year, and comes on top of his two Grammy wins and 22 nominations.
More than Abel
Another Canadian unlikely to grace the evening is The Weeknd, who promised a permanent boycott of the Grammys when he was kicked out of the nominations last year.
It’s surprising, then, that the Toronto pop superstar, born Abel Tesfaye, appears three times among the list of 2022 nominees. But don’t necessarily blame the singer for breaking his own promise — all of his nods come from appearances. on the work of other artists.
He’s named alongside Lil Baby on Kanye West’s show hurricanewho is up for Best Melodic Rap Performance, and for her vocal contributions to Doja Cat’s deluxe edition of planet she and west dondaboth up for album of the year.
The Toronto rapper’s recurring relationship with the Recording Academy has officially been reinstated after he stripped his name from two Grammy categories despite being announced as a nominee last November.
by Drake Certified lover was originally up for Best Rap Album, while his song Lane 2 Sexy, featuring Future and Young Thug, was up for Best Rap Performance. These two categories now have one less nominee, since the organizers have chosen not to replace Drake’s name.
Before an artist is nominated, their record company or other representative must submit their work for consideration. Drake gave no explanation for his decision to step down.
A calm storm
With three Grammy nominations for her debut album, outdoor childMontrealer Allison Russell is one to watch.
The singer-songwriter’s deeply personal project is inspired by childhood abuse and is recognized in the Best Americana Album category. The song night thief is up for Best American Roots Performance and Best American Roots Song.
In addition to his potential wins, Russell will take the stage to perform on the Grammys pre-telecast broadcast live on Grammy.com. (She will also head to the Juno Awards in May where she has two nominations.)
Grill a legend
Joni Mitchell could receive her ninth career Grammy if she wins Best Historical Album for Reflection Joni Mitchell Archives, Vol. 1: The early years.
But the Canadian singer-songwriter is already a cause to celebrate this year as the theme for Friday’s MusiCares Person of the Year benefit gala. The charity event, organized by the Recording Academy to raise money for musicians in need, is set to feature a series of performances from kd lang, Brandi Carlile, Chaka Khan, Cyndi Lauper and Billy Porter.