Canadian artists scooped up six awards at the Grammys last night, including trophies for Justin Bieber and the Weeknd.
Bieber scored the best dance recording trophy as part of a collaboration with Skrillex and Diplo on the song “Where Are U Now.”
The Weeknd nabbed two awards — for best urban contemporary album for “Beauty Behind the Madness” and for best R-and-B performance on “Earned It (Fifty Shades Of Grey)” from the soundtrack for the film “Fifty Shades Of Grey.”
The Weeknd was nominated for a total of seven Grammys.
Both he and Bieber received their awards during a ceremony streamed live on the Grammys website, rather than during the prime time show itself.
Then, during the televised ceremony, the Weeknd performed a medley of “Can’t Feel My Face” and “In the Night” while Bieber hit the stage with Skrillex and Diplo to perform “Love Yourself” and “Where Are U Now.”
Three other Canadians marked their first Grammy wins, including sound engineer Charles Moniz of Burlington, Ontario.
He was part of the team which won record of the year for Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk” featuring Bruno Mars.
Moniz helped dream up the catchy “doh” vocal bassline that opens the track.
Producers Jan Haust of London, Ontario and Hamilton’s Peter Moore Best shared the best historical album award for “The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11” featuring music by Bob Dylan and Toronto’s the Band.
Legendary singer/songwriter Joni Mitchell won a Grammy for best album notes on “Love Has Many Faces: A Quartet, A Ballet, Waiting To Be Danced.” It was the ninth Grammy of her career.
Toronto hip-hop star Drake lost all five awards he was nominated for, including best rap performance for “Back to Back.”
(The Canadian Press)