Toronto’s The Weeknd is in the running for seven Grammys including the Record of the Year and Album of the Year awards.
The breakout R&B star, whose real name is Abel Tesfaye, was also nominated for best pop solo performance, best R&B performance, best R&B song, best contemporary album and best song written for visual media.
Nominated are his album “Beauty Behind The Madness,” the chart-topping hit single “Can’t Feel My Face,” and “Earned It” from the “Fifty Shades Of Grey” soundtrack.
Fellow Toronto native Drake is nominated for best rap performance, best rap song and best rap album.
And Stratford, Ont.’s Justin Bieber is nominated for best dance recording.
The Grammys will be handed out on Feb. 15, 2016.
The Canadian Press