Drake and Melanie Fiona rack up multiple nominations for 2012 Grammy Awards [News]
Toronto, ON – Hopefully Drake is still holding on to that Grammy speech. The nominations for the 2012 Grammy Awards were announced last night at the Nokia theatre in Los Angeles and Drake is one of 2 Canadians with a trio of nominations – the other being DJ-producer Deadmau5. Drake will be up against some stiff competition in the 3 categories he’s nominated in, including himself. The nominations include Best Rap Performance (“Moment 4 LIfe” with Nicki Minaj) and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration (DJ Khaled’s “I’m On One” and “What’s My Name” with Rihanna).
Congrats are also in order for Toronto singer Melanie Fiona who received 2 nominations: Best Traditional R&B Performance and Best R&B Song for her “Fool For You” collaboration with Cee Lo Green. Other Canadian nominees include Sum 41 for a hard rock/metal performance and Vincent Morisset for Arcade Fire’s Scenes From The Suburbs recording package. The frontrunner from this years nominees is Kanye West who leads the pack with an impressive 7 nominations including Song of the Year and Best Rap Album.
Montreal’s DJ A-Trak has also received a nomination, along with his partner Armand Van Helden (together they are Duck Sauce), for Best Dance Recording. The entire world has sung along to Duck Sauce’s international breakout hit “Barbra Streisand” released in the US on A-Trak’s Fool’s Gold Records (and Downtown Records). The song charted at No. 1 in over 12 countries and racked up 65 million YouTube views with arguably the biggest viral video of all time; a quirky, star-studded homage to New York’s downtown scene. Duck Sauce is currently preparing the release of their first full-length album in 2012.