Neil Young and Michael Buble among Grammy winners
The Canadian Press
Published Sunday, January 31, 2010 9:20PM EST
Rock legend Neil Young, "Family Ties" actor Michael J. Fox and crooner Michael Buble were the Canadian winners at this year's Grammy Awards.
Young claimed a trophy for best boxed or special limited edition package for the first elaborately designed volume of his "Archives" collection. It was the Toronto-born singer's first-ever Grammy.
Fox, who was raised in Burnaby, B.C., picked up the prize for best spoken word album for his reading of "Always Looking Up," a memoir about his battle with Parkinson's disease.
Buble won best traditional pop vocal album for his concert disc "Michael Buble Meets Madison Square Garden."
The prizes were given out during the non-televised portion of the Grammy Awards, where the bulk of the hardware is handed out before the evening gala.
Young was feted on Friday night as the MusiCares Person of the Year, which recognizes an artist's philanthropy.
The main Grammy show, meanwhile, was looking like a three-way race between Beyonce, Taylor Swift and Lady Gaga.
They nabbed a combined 23 Grammy nominations and are set to compete in three of the show's marquee categories: album of the year, record of the year and song of the year.
All three will also perform.
Beyonce is set to do a medley of "If I Were a Boy" and Alanis Morissette's "You Oughta Know." Gaga will be accompanied onstage by Elton John. And Swift will be joined by Stevie Nicks for a medley of Swift's "Today was a Fairytale" and "You Belong With Me" and Fleetwood Mac's "Rhiannon."
The Black Eyed Peas, meanwhile, scored six nominations. They're set to perform a medley of their hits "Imma Be" and "I Gotta Feeling," which will feature a video collage of fan-generated YouTube clips (along with celebrity cameos from the likes of 50 Cent, Adam Lambert and Alex Rodriguez).
Bon Jovi will perform a medley of "We Weren't Born to Follow" and "Who Says You Can't Go Home" with Jennifer Nettles, plus another track -- "Livin' on a Prayer," "Always" or "It's My Life" -- that will be selected based on online votes.
Nominated Canadians who came up empty-handed included Toronto rapper Drake, Alberta rockers Nickelback, Montreal band Beast, R&B singer Melanie Fiona, Alberta powwow dance group Northern Cree and producer David Foster.
Early winners in selected major categories at Sunday's 52nd Annual Grammy Awards:
- Pop Vocal Album: "The E.N.D.", The Black Eyed Peas
- Male Pop Vocal Performance: "Make It Mine," Jason Mraz
- Rock Song: "Use Somebody," Kings of Leon
- R&B Album: "BLACKsummers'night, "Maxwell
- R&B Song: "Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)," Beyonce Knowles
- Rap Album: "Relapse," Eminem
- Rap Song: "Run This Town," Jay-Z, Rihanna and Kanye West
- Female Country Vocal Performance: "White Horse," Taylor Swift
- Male Country Vocal Performance: "Sweet Thing," Keith Urban,
- Latin Pop Album: "Sin Frenos," La Quinta Estacion
- Contemporary Jazz Album: "75," Joe Zawinul&The Zawinul Syndicate
- Classical Album: "Mahler: Symphony No. 8; Adagio from Symphony No. 10"
- Traditional Gospel Album: "Oh Happy Day," various artists
- Dance Recording: "Poker Face," Lady Gaga
- Electronic Dance Album: "The Fame," Lady Gaga
- Alternative Music Album: "Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix," Phoenix
- Spoken Word Album: "Always Looking Up," Michael J. Fox