Grammys 2024: Montrealer Allison Russell wins the pre-ceremony

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The 66th Annual Grammy Awards will take place Sunday night, with female soloists like SZA, Phoebe Bridgers and Victoria Monet dominating the nominations — and more than a dozen Canadian artists competing for the music industry’s most prestigious prize .

The ceremony, hosted by comedian Trevor Noah, will air at 8 p.m. ET on Citytv and stream via Prime Video on the Citytv+ channel. However, with nearly 100 categories up for grabs, many of the awards were announced before the main broadcast at the Grammys premiere ceremony.

Montreal singer-songwriter Allison Russell was the first Canadian to emerge victorious, winning the award for best interpretation of American roots for her song. Eve was black. She had also been nominated for Best Americana Performance, Best American Roots Song and Best Americana Album.

Drake, who was nominated for four Grammys, including best rap song and best rap album, lost in those categories. Instrumental jazz group BADBADNOTGOOD from Toronto lost the award for best remixed recording. Electronic duo Kx5 (which includes Canadian DJ Joel Thomas Zimmerman, known as deadmau5) lost the award for best dance/electronic album.

Toronto alternative band Alvvays lost out on best alternative music performance. Victoria heavy metal band Spiritbox lost best metal performance, and Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society lost best album by a large jazz ensemble.

Looking ahead to the main event

Canadian producer Serban Ghenea is nominated three times in the record of the year category (for the song by Jon Batiste WorshipOlivia Rodrigo’s song Vampireand Taylor Swift’s song Anti-hero), and twice for album of the year (for Rodrigo’s Gut and Swift Midnights). He was also nominated twice for Best Pop Dance Recording and lost in those categories.

This list will be updated throughout the evening. Check out a full preview of Canadian nominees ahead of the official ceremony here.

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