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Drake & Daniel Caesar Among Canadian Winners at 61st Grammys

Canadian rap/R&B superstar Drake, who was expected to skip the awards ceremony, was instead present at the 61st annual Grammy Awards on Sunday night to pick up his fourth-ever Grammy, winning Best Rap Song for “God’s Plan.” He and rising R&B star Daniel Caesar were among the Canadians across a wide array of roles and categories who took home Grammys over the weekend.

"You’ve already won if you have people who are singing your songs word for word, if you are a hero in your hometown,” Drake said in his acceptance speech. “If there is people who have regular jobs who are coming out in the rain, in the snow, spending their hard-earned money to buy tickets to come to your shows, you don’t need this right here, I promise you, you already won.” Other recipients of the award are Drake’s co-writers Daveon Jackson, Brock Korsan, Ron LaTour, Matthew Samuels, and Noah Shebib.

Canadian producer Shawn Everett was part of the team that won Album of the Year and Best Country Album for his mixing work on Kacey Musgraves’ album Golden Hour.

Toronto’s Daniel Caesar took home a Best R&B Performance statue for his feature on H.E.R.’s song "Best Part.”

Another Canadian producer, Greg Wells, was part of the winning team for Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media for their work on the The Greatest Showman soundtrack.

Montrealer Willo Perron earned the Best Recording Package Grammy for his work on singer St. Vincent's 2017 album Masseduction.

“It really is that movie moment where they announce your name and you get this euphoric blast of hormones -- or whatever it is," Perron told CTV News after the untelevised portion of the Grammys ceremony.

Canadian-American violinist Lili Haydn won as part of the quartet Opium Moon, who earned Best New Age album honours for last year's self-titled album

Overall, the night's biggest winner was Childish Gambino, aka Donald Glover, who made Grammy Awards history by winning both Song and Record of the Year for "This Is America." It was the first time a rap song had won either category. "This Is America" also won awards for Best Music Video and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration.

Glover was not present to pick up the awards, but instead his co-writer Ludwig Goransson took the stage. "I think if you listen to the radio or if you just watch our culture, if you look at the most downloaded, streamed artists... you see what people are getting inspired by," said Goransson afterward referring to the importance of rap and hip-hop in the wider culture. "It's about time that something like this happened with the Grammys. They're getting the same kind of senses as the people."

For a complete list of winners and nominees, go to www.grammy.com.

[Photo of the Grammy Award statue courtesy of the Recording Academy/Getty Images ©2018.]

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Michael Raine is the Senior Editor at Canadian Musician. He is also a co-host of the popular Canadian Musician Radio weekly podcast.