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Canadian talent shined big on the 2024 Grammys stage on Sunday night.

Montreal was well represented with two local artists taking home the coveted status: famed conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin and singer-songwriter Allison Russell.

Russell was nominated eight times, and that’s when the Montreal folk singer finally got her well-deserved statuette.

She won a Grammy for Best American Roots Performance.

“I love our community – all Americans, all colors, all ages, all abilities, all orientations, all genders, it’s for everyone and I love you all. Thank you very much,” she said in her acceptance speech.

Russell and her clarinet were later joined by folk living legend Joni Mitchell. Mitchell won her tenth Grammy for Best Folk Album.

That same night, Nézet-Séguin won Best Opera Recording for “Blanchard: Champion.”

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Despite this being his fourth Grammy, the famous artist was attending the ceremony for the first time – and not without some musical arrangements he made with the Montreal Metropolitan Orchestra, with whom he performed the day before.

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“I saw that there was one way to get to L..A. on time and I asked the Orchester Metropolitan to change the time of the concert so I could get on the flight to L..A.. and they said yes,” Nézet-Séguin told Global News.

“It was crazy. I went with my OM musicians, I made music and it was worth it because I won a Grammy.”

Nézet-Séguin said he was proud to be Canadian, having shared the stage with other Canadian talents including Russell, Mitchell and singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright, who was nominated for his album Folkocracy in the category of best folk album” – and of course fellow Québecois, Céline Dion.

“Seriously, I think I’m giving back to the community that saw me grow up, Montreal is such an amazing venue and Canada in general. Canada ended up being so well represented.”

In a moving speech, he dedicated the award to his husband and fellow musician, Pierre Tourville.

“I think all artists can say that without this special person we are nothing in a way, because as artists we need love, we need support and Pierre is more than that because he is a musician himself,” said Nézet-Séguin.

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Quebec idol Céline Dion surprises

Another famous Quebecer took center stage at the ceremony: Céline Dion.

The diva made a surprise appearance at the Grammys a year after she was forced to cancel all appearances due to her battle with a rare neurological disorder.

But she was caught in the infamous moment when she presented Taylor Swift with the album of the year award and Swift grabbed the hardware from her hands without even looking back or saying thank you.

“I don’t think he needs Taylor Swift to say ‘thank you, you’re the greatest’, but just ‘thank you, I’m glad I won the trophy’.” It was just … weird,” said Montreal Gazette columnist Brendan Kelly, who wrote on the subject.

From one Grammy winner to another, Nézet-Séguin says you shouldn’t hold it against Taylor.

“There’s something about the heat of the moment, I’m sure she went and thanked Céline afterwards,” mused the decorated conductor.

It seems that’s exactly what happened, as behind-the-scenes photos show Céline and Taylor wrapped in a loving embrace.

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