Toronto’s The Weeknd is in the running for seven Grammys including the Record of the Year and Album of the Year awards.
The breakout R&B star, whose real name is Abel Tesfaye, was also nominated for best pop solo performance, best R&B performance, best R&B song, best contemporary album and best song written for visual media.
Nominated are his album “Beauty Behind The Madness,” the chart-topping hit single “Can’t Feel My Face,” and “Earned It” from the “Fifty Shades Of Grey” soundtrack.
His seven nominations tie him with Taylor Swift’s tally and he only trails Kendrick Lamar’s 11 nods.
Fellow Canadian songwriters Ahmad Balshe, Stephan Moccio and Jason Quenneville also picked up nominations for working with The Weeknd.
Toronto native Drake is nominated for best rap performance for “Back To Back,” best rap song for “Energy” and best rap album for “If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late.” He’s also nominated in the best rap performance category for his part in the Nicki Minaj song “Truffle Butter,” which also features Lil Wayne, and in the best rap/sung collaboration category for the Minaj song “Only,” along with Lil Wayne and Chris Brown.
The Grammys will be handed out on Feb. 15, 2016.
Other Canadian nominees include:
— Stratford, Ont.’s Justin Bieber for best dance recording for “Where Are U Now”
— Dan Snaith of Dundas, Ont., who performs as Caribou, for best dance/electronic album for “Our Love”
— Cuban-Canadian singer-songwriter Alex Cuba for best Latin pop album for “Healer”
— Joni Mitchell, an eight-time Grammy winner, for best album notes for “Love Has Many Faces: A Quartet, A Ballet, Waiting To Be Danced”
— Toronto’s Ron Korb for best new age album for “Asia Beauty”
— Newfoundland and Labrador native Matt Maher for best contemporary Christian music album for “Saints And Sinners” and best contemporary Christian music performance/song for “Because He Lives (Amen)”
— Compilation producer Kevin Howes of Vancouver for best historical album for “Native North America (Vol. 1): Aboriginal Folk, Rock, And Country 1966–1985”
— Montreal’s Michael Silver, also known as CFCF, for best remixed recording non-classical for “Berlin By Overnight (CFCF Remix)”