50th Annual GRAMMY(R) AWARDS - Sun. February 10, 2008 on Global TV 8pm - 11:30pm ET/PT


    CANADIANS SCORE 20 GRAMMY(R) NOMINATIONS INCLUDING COVETED CATEGORIES OF
    BEST NEW ARTIST, BEST POP, BEST ROCK AND BEST SCORE SOUNTRACK.

    LESLIE FEIST LEADS WITH 4 NOMINATIONS, NELLY FURTADO & MICHAEL BUBLE WITH
    2 AND 1 EACH FOR JONI MITCHELL, NICKELBACK, RUSH, ARCADE FIRE, EMERSON
    DRIVE, LOREENA MCKENNITT AND MANY MORE.

    KANYE WEST TOPPED THE GRAMMY(R) NOMINATIONS WITH 8, AMY WINEHOUSE
    GARNERED 6, AND THE FOO FIGHTERS, JAY-Z, TIMBALAND, JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE,
    AND T-PAIN EACH EARNED 5 NODS.

    ARETHA FRANKLIN, THE QUEEN OF SOUL, WILL BE HONOURED AS THE 2008
    MUSICARES PERSON OF THE YEAR
    FEBRUARY 8, 2008

    TORONTO, Dec. 6 /CNW/ - On the 50th Anniversary of the GRAMMY(R) Awards,
Canadians captured 20 nominations, lead by Leslie Feist with 4 nods in (Best
New Artist, Best Female Pop Vocal, Best Pop Vocal, Best Short Form Music
Video). Previous GRAMMY(R) winner Nelly Furtado scored 2 nominations (Best
Female Pop Vocal, Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals) as did Michael Buble
(Best Male Pop Vocal, Best Traditional Pop Vocal). Five-time GRAMMY(R) winner
Joni Mitchell received 1 nomination (Best Pop Instrumental) as did Nickelback,
Rush, Arcade Fire, Emerson Drive, Loreena McKennitt, John Gora & Gorale,
Walter Ostanek, Howard Shore, James Ehnes, Marc-Andre Hamelin and Geoff
McLean. Two nominations with a Canadian connection are in the Album of the
Year category for These Days featuring a performance by Diana Krall and River:
The Joni Letters featuring performances by Leonard Cohen and Joni Mitchell.
    Nominations for the 50th Annual GRAMMY(R) Awards, announced by The
Recording Academy, at a press event at The Music Box @ Fonda in Hollywood,
reflected one of the most diverse years ever, with the Album Of The Year
category alone representing the country, hip-hop, jazz, pop and rock genres.
Kanye West topped the nominations with 8, Amy Winehouse garnered 6, and the
Foo Fighters, Jay-Z, Timbaland, Justin Timberlake, and T-Pain each earned 5
nods. Akon, Dierks Bentley, Chris Daughtry, Feist, Tim McGraw, John Newton,
Ne-Yo, Rihanna, and Bruce Springsteen received 4 each.
    For a complete list of 50th GRAMMY(R) Awards nominations, please go to
http://www.grammy.com/GRAMMY_Awards/50th_Show/list.aspx
    The 50th Annual GRAMMY(R) Awards will be held on Feb. 10, 2008, at
Staples Center in Los Angeles on the GLOBAL TELEVISION NETWORK at 8:00pm
ET/PT, with a special pre-GRAMMY(R) program hosted by ET Canada. The GRAMMY(R)
Awards reaches a worldwide audience of hundreds of millions in 75 countries.
Alfred Haber Inc. is the international distributor.
    Eligibility period for the 50th Annual GRAMMY(R) Awards nominations was
for recordings released in general distribution from October 1, 2006 to
September 30, 2007. The GRAMMY(R) Nominees compilations CD will be released by
Universal Music in Canada in January 2008.

    MEDIA NOTE: Please visit www.grammy.com for the latest GRAMMY(R)
    information; the complete list of nominees and the Online Press
    Credential Application Process to request credentials for the
    February 10, 2008 event in Los Angeles.


    The 50th Annual GRAMMY(R) Awards
    CANADIAN GRAMMY(R) NOMINATIONS

    LESLIE FEIST
    Best New Artist (Category No.4)

    Best Female Pop Vocal Performance (Category No.5)
    1234
    Track from: The Reminder
    (Cherry Tree/Interscope Records)

    Best Pop Vocal Album (Category No.11)
    The Reminder
    Feist
    (Cherry Tree/Interscope Records)

    Best Short Form Music Video (Category No.109)
    1234
    Feist
    Patrick Daughters, video director; Geoff McLean, video producer
    (Cherrytree/Interscope)

    NELLY FURTADO
    Best Female Pop Vocal Performance (Category No.5)
    Say It Right
    Track from: Loose
    (Geffen)

    Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals (Category No.8)
    Give It To Me
    Timbaland Featuring Nelly Furtado & Justin Timberlake
    Track from: Timbaland Presents: Shock Value
    (Mosley/Blackground/Interscope Records)

    MICHAEL BUBLE
    Best Male Pop Vocal Performance (Category No.6)
    Everything
    Track from: Call Me Irresponsible
    (143 Records/Reprise)

    Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album (Category No. 14)
    Call Me Irresponsible
    Michael Bublé
    (143 Records/Reprise)

    JONI MITCHELL
    Best Pop Instrumental (Category No.9)
    One Week Last Summer
    Track from: Shine
    (Hear Music)

    NICKELBACK
    Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals (Category No.16)
    If Everyone Cared
    Nickelback
    Track from: All The Right Reasons Special Edition
    (Roadrunner Records)

    RUSH
    Best Rock Instrumental Performance (Category No.19)
    Malignant Narcissism
    Rush
    Track from: Snakes & Arrows
    (Anthem/Atlantic)

    ARCADE FIRE
    Best Alternative Music Album (Category No.22)
    Neon Bible
    Arcade Fire
    (Merge Records)

    EMERSON DRIVE
    Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals (Category No.38)
    Moments
    Emerson Drive
    Track from: Countrified
    (Midas Records, Inc.)

    LOREENA MCKENNITT
    Best Contemporary World Music Album (Category No.75)
    An Ancient Muse
    Loreena McKennitt
    (Verve Records/Universal Music Group)

    JOHN GORA & GORALE
    Best Polka Album (Category No.76)
    Bulletproof Polkas
    John Gora & Gorale
    (Sunshine Diversified Ent.)

    WALTER OSTANEK
    Best Polka Album (Category No.76)
    Dueling Polkas
    Walter Ostanek And His Band & Brian Sklar And The Western Senators
    (Sunshine (Polkamania))

    HOWARD SHORE
    Best Score Soundtrack Album For Motion Picture, Television Or Other
    Visual Media (Category No.83)
    The Departed
    Howard Shore, composer
    (New Line Records)

    JAMES EHNES
    Best Instrumental Soloist(s) Performance (with Orchestra) (Category
    No.102)
    Barber/Korngold/Walton: Violin Concertos
    Bramwell Tovey conductor; James Ehnes
    (Vancouver Symphony Orchestra) (CBC Records)

    MARC-ANDRE HAMELIN
    Best Instrumental Soloist Performance (without Orchestra) (Category
    No.103)
    Haydn: Piano Sonatas
    Marc-Andre Hamelin
    (Hyperion)

    GEOFF MCLEAN
    Best Short Form Music Video (Category No.109)
    1234
    Feist
    Patrick Daughters, video director; Geoff McLean, video producer
    (Cherrytree/Interscope)




For further information: or inquiries, contact: GRAMMY(R) National
Promotions & Media Relations (Canada): LCI Associates Inc., Jennifer Lynn,
Talvi Kuld, Tel. (416) 759-9863, Email: jennifer@lynncomm.ca,
talvi@lynncomm.ca