Montreal conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin wins his first Grammy

Montreal conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin wins his first Grammy

Yannick Nézet-Séguin

Montreal conductor Yannick Nézet-Seguin won his first Grammy, that of best performance by a classical orchestra.

He was awarded during the gala presented on YouTube on Sunday afternoon for the performance of the Philadelphia orchestra which he conducted during the recording of the First and Third Symphonies by composer Florence Prince for the album Price: Symphonies Nos. 1 and 3. He was not, however, on hand to receive his award.

The man who has conducted the Orchester Métropolitain de Montréal since 2000 was also nominated in two other categories, namely best opera recording and best solo classical vocal album, but these Grammys eluded him.  

Montreal-born Americana musician Allison Russell was also a three-time Grammy nominee for her album Outside Child. However, she did not win any.

The main ceremony of the 64th Grammy Awards, which takes place this year in Las Vegas, will be broadcast in the evening on American television. The Grammy ceremony was scheduled to take place on January 31 in Los Angeles, but was postponed to April due to the pandemic.

With 11 nominations, it’s R&B musician Jon Batiste, 35-year-old African-American pianist jazzman, who is the favorite. He is well ahead of Canadian megastar Justin Bieber, who won eight nominations.

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