Eighteen months after emigrating from Universal Music Canada to become president of entertainment production and broadcasting for Bell Media, Randy Lennox is captain of the ship with his appointment Monday as divisional president Bell Media, replacing Mary Ann Turcke who, after 12 years, has taken an executive role with the NFL in LA.
Drake Scores Two Grammy Awards
Toronto rap superstar Drake may have gone into the 59th Annual Grammy Awards with eight nominations, but at least he didn't come out empty-handed.
Thanks to the charm of "Hotline Bling," Drizzy received double bling: a Grammy for Best Rap/Sung Performance and Best Rap Song, the latter shared with producer Anthony Paul "Nineteen85" Jefferies as they co-authored the song (interpolated from the 1973 Timmy Thomas hit "Why Can't We Live Together").
The trio of gramophone-shaped trophies were one of the few bright spots for Canadian talent during a night in which more than 40 artists, songwriters, producers and mixers had a chance to cash in on Grammy glory and celebrate the land of the Maple Leaf. The night's biggest hopes - and more than half the potential recipients - were pinned on Drake's Views, which, had it won its Album of the Year nomination, would have showered many Toronto-centric producers and engineers with a downpour of statuettes.
Alas, it was not to be, but the Drake camp also wasn't the sole winner of this country's Grammy accolades: London, ON-born songwriter Bernie Herms won Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance or Song for "Thy Will," recorded by Hillary Scott and the Scott Family and Toronto drummer Larnell Lewis, who records with jazz improvisers Snarky Puppy, shared in the group's spoils when they won Best Instrumental Album for Culcha Vulcha.
There was also a Canadian connection to the winner in the Best Remixed Recording category, as remixer André Allen Anjos was honoured for his work on "Tearing Me Up (RAC Remix), the hit track by Vancouver dance music duo Bob Moses.
The other Canadian "winners" per se, weren't necessarily involved in the awards hunt. Alberta First Nations band Northern Cree staged a pre-show performance that was broadcast online, and Peterborough-born mega-producer Greg Wells played drums during James Corden's intro bit. The Weeknd teamed up with electronic music duo Daft Punk for a polished, if unmemorable, performance of "I Feel It Coming," and in the pre-show, Judy Collins accompanied herself on piano to an emotive version of the late Leonard Cohen's "Suzanne."
Céline Dion presented an award and let it be known during a pre-Grammy interview that she's working on a new English album, but perhaps one of the biggest homegrown winners wasn't on the show at all: an Adidas commercial spot featuring Snoop Dogg was played on TV to the strains of "My Way," co-written and adapted by Paul Anka.
We're sure Mr. Anka is probably feeling very victorious regarding the amount he earned for the rights to use the song.
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