Quebec shines at the Grammys: Allison Russell and Yannick Nézet-Séguin triumph

For the fourth consecutive year, Quebec artists shined on Sunday at the most important awards ceremony in the United States, when Yannick Nézet-Séguin and Allison Russell each won a Grammy award.

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For the prolific director, it was the fourth Grammy win in three years. He was rewarded for Blanchard: Champion, by jazzman Terence Blanchard, in the category of best opera recording.

She dedicated her victory to her husband, Pierre Tourville. “I wish you all a husband or wife like him. Pierre, it’s for you and it’s for you, Terence,” said the winner, at the place to collect the trophy from her.

Yannick Nézet-Séguin missed the other Grammy he coveted, that of best orchestral performance.

Russell: Finally.

Cited in four categories, Allison Russell won the Grammy for Best American Roots Performance for her song. Eve was black. This is the first Grammy of her career, after being nominated four times in 2022 and 2023.

Beaming, Russell thanked her friend Brandi Carlile for opening the doors of the industry “to artists like me.”

“I love our community, all Americans, all of us, all colors, all ages, all abilities, all orientations, all genders. It’s for everyone and I love you all,” said the singer-songwriter, also known for her activism.

Allison Russell poses for photographers after collecting her first Grammy Award.

Photo by Frederic J. Brown/. AFP

She was also cited in the American Performance, American Album, and American Roots Song categories for the song and the album. The Returned.

Rufus Wainwright, whose services had been requested as presenter, was beaten by the great Joni Mitchell for the Grammy for best folk album.

3 for boy genius

Indie band Boygenius and rapper Killer Mike were the big winners at the afternoon’s awards show, with three Grammy Awards each.

Holder of nine nominations, SZA started her day with the Grammy for best pop duo performance thanks to her song ghost in the machinein which he co-starred with Phoebe Bridgers of Boygenius, and won Best Progressive R&B Album for CALL FOR HELP.

Paramore were also awarded, with two, Billie Eilish, Metallica, Joni Mitchell and Kylie Minogue.

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