Canadian Artists Make Waves at the 66th GRAMMY Award Nominations - The JUNO Awards

On Friday, November 10th, the nominations for the 66th GRAMMY Awards were announced, showcasing a strong Canadian presence as several artists from Canada received nominations in various categories.

Receiving the second-highest number of 2024 GRAMMY nominations was Canadian Audio Engineer, Serban Gheana. Tied with Phoebe Bridgers and Victoria Monét, Ghenea garnered an impressive total of 7 nods, closely following SZA’s 9 nominations. Ghenea’s acclaimed work with artists like Taylor Swift, Olivia Rodrigo, and Jon Batiste earned him recognition for Record of the Year, Album of the Year, and Best Pop Dance Recording.

Other standouts included Drake who received a total of four nominations. His collaboration with 21 Savage on tracks “Rich Flex” and “Spin Bout U” received recognition for Best Rap Song, Best Rap Performance, and Best Melodic Rap Performance with Her Loss receiving a nomination for Best Rap Album. Montreal-based singer-songwriter Allison Russell also made a mark with four nominations, particularly standing out in the Best Americana Album category for her album The Returner.

3-time GRAMMY-winning conductor and pianist Yannick Nézet-Séguin received two nominations during the announcement receiving recognition for Best Orchestral Performance and Best Opera Recording.

This year’s diverse pool of nominees also includes Canadian folk icon Joni Mitchell, beloved indie pop band Alvvays, hip-hop and jazz group BADBADNOTGOOD, metal band Spiritbox, Cuban-Canadian jazz artist Hilario Duran and more. See the full list of Canadian GRAMMY nominees below.

Serban Ghenea (7)
Record of the Year – “Worship” – Jon Batiste
Record of the Year – “Vampire” – Olivia Rodrigo
Record of the Year – “Anti-Hero” – Taylor Swift
Album of the Year – ‘GUTS’ – Olivia Rodrigo
Album of the Year – ‘Midnights’ – Taylor Swift
Best Pop Dance Recording – “Baby Don’t Hurt Me” – David Guetta, Anne-Marie & Coi Leray
Best Pop Dance Recording – “One In A Million” – Bebe Rexha and David Guetta

Drake (4)
Best Rap Song – “Rich Flex” – Drake & 21 Savage
Best Rap Album – ‘Her Loss’
Best Rap Performance – “Rich Flex” – Drake & 21 Savage
Best Melodic Rap Performance – “Spin Bout U” – Drake & 21 Savage

Allison Russell (4)
Best Americana Album – ‘The Returner’
Best American Roots Performance – “Eve Was Black”
Best Americana Performance – ‘The Returner’
Best Americana Roots Song – ‘The Returner’

Yannick Nézet-Séguin (2)
Best Orchestral Performance – “Price: Symphony No. 4; Dawson: Negro Folk Symphony” – Yannick Nézet-Séguin, conductor (The Philadelphia Orchestra)
Best Opera Recording – “Blanchard: Champion” – Yannick Nézet-Séguin, conductor; Ryan Speedo Green, Latonia Moore & Eric Owens; David Frost, producer (The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra; The Metropolitan Opera Chorus)

Aaron Allen
Best American Roots Song – “California Sober” – Billy Strings Feat. Willie Nelson

Best Alternative Music Performance – “Belinda Says”

Darcy James Argue
Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album – ‘Dynamic Maximum Tension’ – Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society

Best Remixed Recording – “Alien Love Call”

Best Dance/Electronic Recording – “Higher Than Ever Before” – Disclosure

Hilario Duran
Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella – “I Remember Mingus” – Hilario Duran and his Latin Jazz Big Band

Kx5 (Deadmau5 & Kaskade)
Best Dance/Electronic Music Album – ‘Kx5’

Robbie Lackritz
Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical – ‘Multitudes’ – Feist

Joni Mitchell
Best Folk Album – ‘Joni Mitchell at Newport [Live]’

William Shatner
Best Audio Book, Narration, and Storytelling Recording – “Boldly Go: Reflections On A Life Of Awe And Wonder”

Best Metal Performance – “Jaded”

Rufus Wainwright
Best Folk Album – ‘Folkocracy’

Ben Wendel
Best Contemporary Instrumental Album – ‘All One’

Featured Image: Allison Russell in The 2022 JUNO Awards Portrait Studio. Photograph by Matt Barnes.