The 55th Annual Grammy Awards Eh?


Submitted by Don Graham

The Grammys will be presented for 55th time on Sunday February 10th in Los Angeles California, The Grammys started in 1959 as a way to recognize achievements in the music industry, similar to the Emmys and the Oscars for television and movie accomplishments. This was the beginning of NARAS (The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.) Once it was decided to create the award, there was still a question of what to call it. One working title was the Eddie, paying homage to the inventor of the phonograph, Thomas Edison. It was decided that they would use the name of the Emile Berliner invention, the gramophone, for the award.

A lot of Canadian artists have won Grammys over the years. David Foster has won 16 Grammys and been nominated 47 times. Celine Dion has 5 awards, and her songwriters have won 5 as well.  Alanis Morrisette has 7. Michael Buble and Diana Krall each have 3.  Bryan Adams has been nominated 15 times but only won once. Neil Yong has  won 1 as well as Nelly Furtado with 1. Sarah McLachlin has 3 and  Shania Twain has 5. Canadian Polka King Walter Ostenak has won 3 times.

Gordon Lightfoot oddly enough has never won a Grammy and Leonard Cohen was awarded the Grammy Lifetime Award in 2010. Daniel Lanois has taken home 5 Grammys as a producer or co-producer. In 2011 Canadian band Arcade Fire were up against Lady GaGa, Katy Perry, Eminem and Lady Antebellum for album of the year and shocked the music world by winning.

So this year, 2013 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles how will Canada fare? Well there are some back surprises, homegrown mega star Justin Beiber has somehow been left off the balloting. This despite having a successful album "Believe" that contains top 10 singles such as "Boyfriend" and "As Long As You Love Me," the 18-year-old was not recognized in the award nominations.

Another artist who was denied a Grammy nomination this time around is Nova Scotia's Feist, who had four nominations in 2008, including Best New Artist, and was heavily recognized at the 2012 Juno Awards for her album "Metals."Even if you’re not a fan of Nickelback, in the past they have managed to earn themselves  6 Grammy nominations. This time around, their album "Here and Now," which rose to the top on some charts, was passed over.

Canadians who did get the nod included "Call Me Maybe" girl Carly Rae Jepsen, who picked up 2  nominations for Song Of The Year and Best Pop Solo Performance for her viral track.Also Toronto's very own Drake nabbed mentions in the categories of Best Rap Performance for "HYFR (Hell Ya F***ing Right)," Best Rap Song for "The Motto" and Best Rap Album for his effort, "Take Care."

Other Canadian artists who appear in the 55th annual Grammy Award nomination list include:

  • Tamia from Windsor, Ont. who earned 2 nominations for Best R&B Song for "Beautiful Surprise" and Best R&B Album for "Beautiful Surprise."
  • Arcade Fire's contribution to "The Hunger Games'" soundtrack, "Abraham's Daughter," was nominated for Best Song Written for Visual Media.
  • Michael Bublé's holiday album "Christmas" snagged a nomination for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album.
  • Deadmau5's Album “Title Goes Here”  is up for Best Dance/Electronic Album.
  • Manitoba's Loreena McKennitt's "Troubadours on the Rhine" is in the running for Best New Age Album.
  • Howard Shore's epic score for "Hugo" was nominated for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media.
  • Indie rock band Tegan and Sara were nominated for Best Long Form Music Video for their music DVD "Get Along."

Who has won the most Grammys? With 31 Grammy Awards, Sir Georg Solti is the artist with the most Grammy wins. Alison Krauss is the biggest winner among female artists with 27 awards. U2, with 22 Grammy Awards, holds the record for most awards won by a group.

So tune in Sunday night and watch to see how Canada does!  Grammys eh?