Justin Bieber’s hit ‘Peaches’ helps pop star lead crop of Canadian Grammy nominees

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TORONTO — Justin Bieber is leading the Canadian nominees at the Grammy Awards with a little help from his megahit “Peaches.”

The Stratford, Ont.-raised pop singer picked up eight nods, putting him ahead of surprise three-time nominee the Weeknd and two-time contender Drake.

Many of Bieber’s nods came thanks to his fruit-themed single, which features Toronto-raised R&B singer Daniel Caesar. It earned recognition in the categories of record of the year, song of the year, best R&B performance and best music video.

Bieber also snagged an album of the year and best pop vocal album nomination for “Justice,” while his song “Anyone” earned a pop solo performance nomination and shared a best pop duo or group performance with Benny Blanco for the track “Lonely.”

The Weeknd swooped in with three nominations after saying last year he wouldn’t submit his music to the Grammys after an across-the-board snub for his single “Blinding Lights.”

This year, he was named alongside Lil Baby on Kanye West’s “Hurricane,” which is up for best melodic rap performance, and his appearances on Doja Cat’s deluxe edition “Planet Her” and West’s “Donda.”

Drake picked up two nominations, one for best rap album and another for best rap performance alongside Future for the track “Way 2 Sexy.”

Meanwhile, Cuban-Canadian Alex Cuba was named twice for his latest album “Mendó,” for best Latin pop album and best musica urbana album.

Dan Snaith, better known as Caribou, was named in the best dance/electronic recording category for his 10th studio album “Suddenly.”

Joni Mitchell earned her 16th career nomination with “Joni Mitchell Archives, Vol. 1: The Early Years” in best historical album.

And while k.d. lang didn’t earn direct recognition from the Grammys, a dance mix of her song “Constant Craving” by Tracy Young grabbed a nod in best remixed recording.

The 64th Grammy Awards air Jan. 31. on CBS and Citytv.

David Friend, The Canadian Press

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