Congratulations to all of the great NXNE Alumni acts who picked up Grammy nominations this week.
We're especially thrilled for local rising star Danial Caesar's two nominations, for best R and B performance, Get You and best R and B album, Freudian. Caesar had yet to receive any major media press and was still largely unknown when we enthusiastically presented him as a discovery, early-in-the-day-act at NXNE's Canal Stage at the old Port Lands site in 2016. He's selling out five nights at Toronto's Danforth Music Hall next month.
2016 NXNE headliner Father John Misty also picked up a nomination for Best Alternative Album, Pure Comedy. (He also gets one of our Best Rider ever demands for his NXNE show. Father John wanted a piñata back stage which he kicked the crap out of before heading out in front of the NXNE crowd. Whatever works bro.)
Misty battles NXNE 2013 Yonge Street headliners, The National in the alt album category. Their disc, Sleep Well Beast is The National's entry in the Grammy sweepstakes.
NXNE faves, Run the Jewels headlined Yonge Street in 2014, Killer Mike was on Yonge in 2012, for their contributions to Chase Me, nominated in the Best Rap Song category.
Portland's, Portugal, The Man were up-and-comers in 2012 when they played an early set at Yonge Dundas but this year they are up for a Grammy in the Best Duo/Group category.
Jack Antonoff's band, The Bleachers was a highlight of NXNE 2017. Antonoff seems to be everywhere these days and he picked up a Grammy nom for his work as producer on Lorde's Melodrama, nominated as Album of the Year.
Good luck to all of the NXNE Alumni Grammy nominees. See more future starts this summer in Toronto at NXNE June 8 - 17.