Canadian hitmakers vie with some of pop music’s biggest stars for the Grammys

A red carpet view appears before the start of the 62nd annual Grammy Awards on January 26, 2020 in Los Angeles. Jordan Strauss/Associated Press

Pop superstars Bryan Adams, Michael Bublé and Drake may be today’s Grammy winners, but it’s Canada’s behind-the-scenes hitmakers chasing some of the big awards.

While mixer Serban Ghenea isn’t as well-known as the stars he works with, the Romanian-born, Canadian-raised pop magician has been nominated six times this year, including four in the Album of the Year category. as part of the teams behind the Coldplay, Lizzo, Adele and Mary J. Blige projects.

Ghenea also shares a Record of the Year nomination with Blige, where they take on Winnipeg-born mixer Jesse Ray Ernster and the crew who worked on Doja Cat’s Woman.

And producer Boi-1da, born Matthew Samuels, received four nominations, including two for Album of the Year. He holds another for best rap song with Jack Harlow and Drake, one of the famous Toronto rapper’s four nominations for various collaborations.

Bublé’s four-time winner “Higher” is nominated for traditional pop vocal album, while Adams could win his second Grammy for “So Happy It Hurts” in the Best Rock Performance category.

Most of the 91 categories are awarded at a pre-broadcast industry ceremony, which is streamed on the Grammys website. The 65th Grammy Awards will air on Citytv and CBS, hosted by Trevor Noah.

Among the other top Canadian nominees is Montreal conductor and pianist Yannick Nézet-Séguin, who has been nominated five times in the classical categories. And North Vancouver native Tobias Jesso Jr. holds three awards for his work with Adele and Harry Styles, including one for Songwriter of the Year.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on February 5, 2023.


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