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‘It is just beyond belief for me’: Alex Cuba has won a Grammy

It was an exciting day for Canadian roots and world fans as the pre-telecast Grammys got underway yesterday afternoon.

Two members of our community were up for a total of four awards, and Alex Cuba walked away with Best Latin Pop Album for Mendo. 

“Surreal.  That’s how it feels,” Alex told us via text.

“I was driving through a snow storm when I got a call to tell me that I had just won a Grammy. This album is deeply meaningful to me.  I recorded it myself in my house in the middle of the pandemic with the ups and downs that it presented to all of us, and it is just beyond belief for me that I just won this.”

It was his fourth nomination in the category and his first win.

Alex has previously won four Latin Grammys and two Juno.

Allison Russell earned three Grammy nominations for her splendid solo debut, Outside Child:  Best Americana Roots Performance (“Nightflyer”), Best Americana Roots Song (“Nightflyer”) and Best Americana Album.

She also performed at the non-televised portion of the ceremony.

In the end, the American Album award went to Los Lobos, while the Roots Performance and Roots Song trophies went to Jon Batiste for “Cry.”

Congratulations Alex and Allison!  You made us all proud.

 

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