The 56th Annual Grammy Awards have come and gone, and we’ve got Canadian winners: Michael Buble took home Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album for his “To Be Loved” CD; Quebec’s Jennifer Gasoi walked away with the Grammy for Children’s Album for “Throw A Penny In The Wishing Well”. Chilly Gonzales was nominated as a collaborator with Daft Punk on “Within” in the Album of the Year category and it also won. Many other Canadians were nominated for Grammys but didn’t win: Drake, Robin Thicke, The Weeknd and Mychael Danna, among others.
But there was an Ontario Country Artist we were all rooting for – Deric Ruttan – for co-writing Blake Shelton’s Country Song of the Year nomination, “Mine Would Be You”. Deric shared the writing credit with Jessi Alexander and Connie Harrington. But instead, Kacey Musgraves walked away with the Country Song of the Year award for her song, “Merry Go ‘Round” (co-written with Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne). However, don’t weep for Deric; his tune spent 3 weeks at number 1 and pushes his star even higher in Nashville.
On a related note, producer Brian Ahern, a former resident of Ontario, did win a Grammy… sort of. Best Americana Album went to “Old Yellow Moon” by Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell. The album was produced by… you got it, Brian Ahern.