Two Canadian West Coast artists won early Grammy Awards in Los Angeles: Michael Bublé and Jennifer Gasoi.
Vancouver-born, Montreal-based children's musician Gasoi won her first Grammy Award. The two-time Juno Award nominee won best children's album for Throw a Penny in the Wishing Well.
Gasoi crafts jazz-based tunes meant to appeal to both tots and their parents. It was her first Grammy nomination.
“I’ve dreamt of this day for 20 years, it’s on my vision board. I’m officially the first Canadian to win a Grammy for best children’s album!" Gasoi declared onstage.
Throw a Penny in the Wishing Well is "about living your dreams, having the courage to step out of the box, take risks and live the life you’re really meant to live. I feel really proud to be doing that."
Bublé was also among the early Canadian winners, picking up his fourth trophy in the best traditional pop vocal album category for To Be Loved. He was not present to accept the trophy.
Singer and nominee Cyndi Lauper announced some of the early awards during the pre-telecast ceremony, jokingly giving acceptance speeches for the artists who were not present. The red carpet opened with a crush of people ahead of the show, as most of the nominees in the less mainstream categories vying for camera time before the big stars flooded in.
The Grammys officially got underway Sunday at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles with a pre-telecast ceremony — hosted by Lauper — where awards in approximately 70 categories were presented. This portion was streamed live at Grammy.com/live.
The festivities continue Sunday evening at the Staples Center in Los Angeles with the televised Grammy gala — hosted by performer LL Cool J — beginning at 8 p.m. ET. The broadcast will air on CBS and Citytv.