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Drake among Canadians to earn Grammy nominations

TORONTO — A number of Canadians, lead by Toronto rapper Drake, earned Grammy nominations on Friday.

Drake is up for Best Rap Album (Nothing Was the Same) as well as both Rap Performance and Rap Song for “Started from the Bottom”.

“F***in’ Problems,” Drake’s collaboration with ASAP Rocky, 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar, is also up for Rap Song.

Vancouver’s Michael Bublé earned a nomination in the Traditional Pop Vocal Album category for To Be Loved and Vancouver singer Trevor Guthrie’s collaboration with Armin Van Buuren, “This is What it Feels Like,” is up for Dance Recording.

Psychedelic Pill by Toronto-born Neil Young with Crazy Horse is up for Rock Album.

Toronto’s Mychael Danna is nominated for Score Soundtrack for Visual Media for his work on the Life of Pi score — which has already earned him a Golden Globe and an Oscar.

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Bracebridge, Ont. native Deric Ruttan is nominated for Best Country Song as one of the co-writers of Blake Shelton’s “Mine Would Be You” and Halifax native Henry Walter earned a Song of the Year nomination for Katy Perry’s “Roar,” which he co-wrote with Perry, Lukasz Gottwald, Max Martin and Bonnie McKee.

“Remember You” by Wiz Khalifa featuring Toronto’s The Weeknd got a nod in the Rap/Sung Collaboration category.

Robin Thicke, whose father is Canadian actor Alan Thicke, also earned several nominations for his hit “Blurred Lines.”

Nominations in major categories were announced during a TV special that included Katy Perry performing “Roar” at Toronto’s Virgin Mobile Mod Club on Dec. 1.

Click here for a full list of Grammy nominees.

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The 2014 Grammy Nominees album goes on sale Jan. 21. The awards will be handed out in Los Angeles on Jan. 26.

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