In 2016, Alessia Cara was warming up the crowd at the Grey Cup pre-show. Fast forward two years and Cara, who now boasts a resume that includes two iHeartRadio MMVAs, two JUNO Awards, and a Grammy for Best New Artist, has set the standard for halftime shows with her Grey Cup performance on Sunday night.
In a year that has been shrouded in halftime show controversy, Cara’s Grey Cup appearance felt like a breath of fresh air, with the Canadian singer delivering a packed performance that will undoubtedly go down as one of the best in the football organization’s history. The 15-minute medley was comprised of the Brampton, Ontario native’s biggest hits, including “Here,” “Stay,” “Scars to Your Beautiful” and “Wild Things.” Cara had a little something for everyone, performing her hit Moana song “How Far I’ll Go” as well as singles “Growing Pains” and “Trust My Lonely,” the first two tracks from her upcoming second album The Pains of Growing, set to drop this Friday.
Wearing her trademark oversized grey suit with the addition of a matching toque and wool coat, Cara’s emotional and high energy performance in Edmonton was set off by the addition of fire works, back up singers and break dancers on hockey skates, making for a quintessential Canadian performance for the millennial generation.
Cara shared a video of herself heading to the stage, understandably telling the camera that she was ‘nervous.’
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The CFL tweeted a section of Cara’s performance following the show. The fire emoji has never been more appropriate.
Did you miss @alessiacara’s closing number! She brought the serious
— CFL (@CFL) November 26, 2018
Cara’s performance was a huge hit on social media, with fans across Canada applauding the 22-year-old for her impressive live vocals and entertaining show.
Alessia Cara sounds AMAZING at the #GreyCup tonight!
— Elaine L. (@LaineyGossip) November 26, 2018
Alessia Cara is really singing, and she is talented as hell, so good for her
— Bruce Arthur (@bruce_arthur) November 26, 2018
Wow! @alessiacara you KILLED IT at the Grey Cup halftime show! What a performance!!! So good!
— Dan Kanter (@dankanter) November 26, 2018
You crushed your halftime performance at the Grey Cup @alessiacara. Well done
— Cabbie Richards (@Cabbie) November 26, 2018
I learned tonight Alessia Cara has sung every Canadian hit from the last 2 years. I believe she’s also the lead singer of Mumford and Sons. She does it all. Anyway, that was one of the better performances in Grey Cup history.
— Steve Warne™ (@TSNSteve) November 26, 2018
— Marco Iannuzzi (@iannuzzimarco) November 26, 2018
— Lindsay Ell (@lindsayell) November 26, 2018
For her part, Cara saw the love and felt the love.
thank you to the @CFL for having us. that was insane. and thank you to everyone sending me love
— ac (@alessiacara) November 26, 2018
Technically the Calgary Stampeders won the 106th Grey Cup game, but Alessia Cara kind of won too.