The Grammy Awards are going down this Sunday, February 8, and while we’re generally rooting for everyone, we’re always rooting a little more for our Canadian contenders. This year, Drake and Arcade Fire are both up for awards, but let’s take a moment to look back at some of Canada’s biggest moments at the Grammy Awards!
From national treasures like Celine Dion and Alanis Morissette winning their first Grammys to stellar performances from Justin Bieber and Avril Lavigne, Canada has proven time and time again that we are huge musical forces on the global stage. Here are our eight most glorious moments at the Grammys over the years.
Nelly Furtado Wins Her First Grammy
In 2002, Nelly Furtado was a relative newcomer and it was a very pleasant surprise when she beat out music veterans Faith Hill, Lucinda Williams, Sade and Janet Jackson for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. Those are some serious heavyweights! But the award was well-deserved and Furtado went on to have a mighty successful career. Plus, look at how happy Missy Elliott was for her! Little did she know that five years later, Furtado would work with her frequent collaborator, Timbaland!
Who Is Arcade Fire?
Even Barbra Streisand seemed a little confused when she announced Canadian rockers Arcade Fire as the winners of Album of the Year in 2011. The Montreal band were arguably the least well-known name on the list of nominees, next to bigger acts like Eminem, Lady Antebellum, Lady Gaga and Katy Perry, and singer Win Butler said it all when he approached the mic: “What the hell?” While Canadians everywhere celebrated, some wise-ass started a Tumblr account called Who Is Arcade Fire? This is now practically an annual tradition for “unknown” artists like Bon Iver, who won the following year.
This Is What Drake Did With His Grammy
When Drake finally received his Grammy statue for Best Rap Album, he did what any winner would do: take shots out of his award. This is why Drake needs to win awards all the time, because he’s creative!
You Oughta Know Alanis Morissette
In 1996, Alanis Morissette took the Grammys by storm by taking home four awards including Album of the Year and Best Rock Album. She would go on to win three more awards in the following years, but her debut appearance at the award show was the most iconic. In addition to winning big, she also performed her mega hit You Oughta Know surrounded by candles, acoustic guitar players, a pianist and an entire string orchestra — and Ellen DeGeneres introduced her!
Avril Lavigne Rocks Out At The Grammys
Even though Avril has never won a Grammy Award (she has been nominated eight times), she did deliver one heck of a debut performance in 2003 with her hit Sk8er Boi. Back then, she was music’s rebellious tomboy so instead of wearing a flowing gown, Lavigne opted for an over-sized button-down shirt, her signature white tank top underneath and a very fancy black bow tie.
Never Say Never-era Justin Bieber
Justin Bieber is another Canadian star who has never won a Grammy, but he did give a memorable performance in 2011 when he teamed up with Jaden Smith and Usher. Just look at how proud Will and Jada Pinkett Smith were in the audience!
Celine Dion, the Controversial Beauty
Celine Dion won her first Grammy in 1993 for her performance on the Beauty and the Beast soundtrack and even though that was definitely a highlight, Dion also made headlines with her see-through frock which you can take a better look at HERE.
Man, Shania Twain Feels Like A Woman!
In 1999, Shania Twain took home two Grammy Awards for Best Country Song and Best Female Country Vocal Performance and while that’s impressive, THIS PERFORMANCE IS EVERYTHING. THIS SONG IS EVERYTHING. GOSH, REMEMBER WHEN SHANIA TWAIN WAS QUEEN OF THE WORLD? (Excuse us while we try to build a time machine and travel back to 1999 now.)