Alessia Cara Won The Grey Cup Halftime Show

Alessia Cara, Grey Cup

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.

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.

For her part, Cara saw the love and felt the love.

Technically the Calgary Stampeders won the 106th Grey Cup game, but Alessia Cara kind of won too.