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Alessia Cara, Justin Bieber, Daniel Caesar among Canadian Grammy nominees

Alessia Cara, Justin Bieber, Daniel Caesar among Canadian Grammy nominees
From CBC - January 27, 2018

Music fans wo not need to look far at Sunday's Grammy Awards for signs of Canadian talent. While a strong presence of homegrown musicians often graces the industry's biggest awards event, this year the hopefuls look mighty plentiful.

More than 20 Grammy categories are stacked with at least one Canadian nominee, which means about a quarter of the total awards could have a winner from the north.

Among them is Alessia Cara, who has four nominations, while Justin Bieber is a contender for three golden gramophones. Leonard Cohen's final album scored two nods. Broadway hit Come From Awayis up for best musical theatrealbum in a stacked category of acclaimed productions, while Bruno Mars helped Burlington, Ont.-raised sound engineer Charles Moniz score three nominations for his album 24K Magic.

Many of the awards will be handed out at an early ceremony,streamed online Sunday afternoon before the telecast. The Grammy Awards main event, which moves to New York to mark its 60th year, begins Sunday at 7:30 p.m. ET.

Cara's arrival

Buzz around pop star Alessia Cara picked up a while ago, but the Grammys only just got behind the singer from Brampton, Ont., this year. She's nominated in four categoriesincluding for best new artist where many awards prognosticators think she has a good chance of winning.

Cara could also share a few Grammys with others, including best pop duo/group performance with Zedd for Stayand song and video of the year for Logic's 1-800-273-8255.She will also perform the anti-suicide anthem alongside suicide attempt survivors selected by the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

Despacitodrop-in?

Do not hold your breath, but there's always a chance Justin Bieber swings by Madison Square Garden to drop a Spanish verse on last summer's inescapable Despacito.

While the song was originally by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, who are both slated to perform, it was the Stratford, Ont., singer's voice that made it a chart topper. With the track up for three Grammys, the superstar might want to celebrate a landmark in Latin music, but history suggests he probably wo not.

Bieber is not exactly an eager Grammy participantlast year he skipped the ceremony where he was nominated four times.

Caesar pleaser

Shaffer's showtime

Many others

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