Sound Check
  • The 56th annual Grammy Awards will take over the Los Angeles Staples Center on Sunday, Jan. 26 and we can’t wait to see which artists and bands come out on top this year.

    To help us prepare for a night filled with heartfelt acceptance speeches, unforgettable performances and crazy outfits, check out our favourite Canadian Grammy moments from the past.

    1) Nelly Furtado picks up her first Grammy Award and performs with Steve Vai

    Before Carly Rae Jepsen’s hit “Call Me Maybe” became an international success and was named 2012's Song of the Summer, another Canadian songstress had a track that spread like wildfire.

    In the early 2000s, you couldn't go anywhere without hearing Nelly Furtado’s tune “I’m Like A Bird.” The addictive track helped propel the singer to chart-topping success.

    Furtado took home the Grammy Award in 2002 for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for “I’m Like A Bird” and gave a breathtaking rendition of the song during the show accompanied by guitarist Steve Vai.

    2) Alanis

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    You probably know Canadian songstress Chantal Kreviazuk as the artist behind such popular songs as "Feels Like Home," “Before You," “All Can I Do,” “In This Life” and her cover of John Denver’s “Leaving on a Jet Plane.”

    However, it might shock you to learn that this 39-year-old musician has also contributed to songs by some of the biggest Grammy-nominated stars. Take a look at some of the major artists she's worked with over the years:

    Avril Lavigne

    Canadian singer/songwriter Avril Lavigne was nominated eight times for a Grammy for her first album “Let Go.”

    When it came time to choose whom to write with on her second record “Under My Skin,” Lavigne worked with Kreviazuk on songs like “He Wasn’t,” "How Does It Feel," "Slipped Away," “Together" and "Who Knows."

    Although “Under My Skin” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart in 2004 and has sold over 2.9 million copies, it doesn’t seem like these two artists will be working together again anytime soon. The Canadian singers had

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  • Daft Punk’s early face masks were really, really creepy

    Daft Punk at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for MTV)
    Seeing Daft Punk decked out in helmets has become the norm. The Grammy-nominated duo, who will be performing with Stevie Wonder at this weekend’s show, have been wearing intricate designs for more than a decade.

    But, it hasn’t always been LED helmets for Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo. Before they switched to helmets, the pair wore Halloween-worthy face masks – and they were really, really creepy.

    Take a look at this photo of Daft Punk from 1997 – the same year their debut album “Homework” was released.

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    Creepy, right? These ones (also from the late '90s) are nightmare-inducing as well (but we love the added Parisian charm of the baguette!).

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    "We did not choose to become robots. There was an accident in our studio. We were working on our sampler, and at exactly 9:09 am on September 9, 1999, it exploded,”Bangalter once told Remix magazine about their headgear. “When we regained consciousness, we discovered that we had become robots.”

    Fair enough.

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  • Canadian sister act Tegan and Sara are used to being on the road – especially now that they’re gearing up to open for Katy Perry on her upcoming “Prismatic” tour.

    So when the "Closer" singers, who released their latest studio album "Heartthrob" last year, get some rare downtime, they sometimes like to take it easy at home.

    “An ideal night in is a great dinner with friends and good conversation,” they tell Yahoo Canada Music.

    On nights in, Tegan and Sara love playing Rummy and kicking back with some fancy snacks – they prefer olives and cheese.

    “A fun night is an evening that exceeds expectations,” they say. “It helps if spontaneous dancing and basil gimlets are involved!”

    And when it comes to a casual night at home, there’s nothing more important than the perfect playlist. That’s why the duo have teamed up with Songza to put together a playlist of perfect songs for a casual night at home. “A Night In With Tegan and Sara” is chock full of synth-driven pop, dance and R&B songs with artists

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    Believe it or not, Bangles frontwoman Susanna Hoffs turns 55 on Friday. To borrow an album title from her one-time punk-scene contemporaries the Minutemen, Hoffs is double-nickels on the dime.

    In honor of her birthday, we got the "Eternal Flame" singer on the phone to find out how she found eternal youth and manages to stay so fit and foxy at 55.

    Here are some of Hoffs' tips to stay youthful as you age:

    Music — "It's like a permanent case of arrested development, getting to play rock 'n' roll for my job...Putting on a show is not just the singing and the playing guitar part, but there is a lot of movement and energy that occurs on the stage...I'm very grateful I have a job that allows me to stay active."

    Good genes — "I have to thank my parents for that."

    Moisturizer — "I always say the key is moisturizer."

    Overall health — "I think it's both mental and physical to some extent, having a routine where you just have as much as a healthy lifestyle as you can stand."

    Start young — "I started

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  • Nothing says Happy New Year like your TV and a program built around cool tunes. To keep you from wasting your New Year's Eve channel-surfing, we've compiled a list of the best New Year's Eve music programming on television.

    "Dick Clark's New Year's New Year's Rockin' Eve With Ryan Seacrest," ABC — Ol' Dick is long gone, the name of the program is so friggin' long that the ball may drop before you're able to spit it all out, and it really isn't that rockin with Blondie, Billy Joel, Daughtry, and Fall Out Boy the only acts on the bill that can vaguely qualify as rock. Still, it's the granddaddy of all New Year's Eve TV specials and chances are most TVs in America will be tuned into this program on ABC.

    This year it begins with "New Year's Rockin' Eve Presents the 30 Greatest Women in Music," a two-hour lead-in special at 8 p.m., and then the live broadcast from New York runs from 10 to 11 p.m., with a half-hour break, before continuing from 11:30 p.m. to 2:12 a.m.

    Other artists on the

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  • Is there anything retired astronaut Chris Hadfield can’t do?

    He was the first Canadian commander of the International Space Station, had a 21-year career as an astronaut, and is now taking on a teaching position at the University of Waterloo. Oh, and did we mention he has a killer voice?

    This week, Hadfield debuted his rendition of the classic Beatles tune “Across the Universe” as part of CBC Music’s 12 Days of Christmas series. He was joined by the Wexford Gleeks, the glee club from Scarborough, Ont.-based Wexford Collegiate School for the Arts. The result is simply out of this world (sorry, we had to).

    This isn’t the first time Hadfield has wowed us with his voice. Earlier this year, he led a high-tech singalong from space to sing “ISS – Is Somebody Singing?” which he wrote with Ed Robertson of the Barenaked Ladies.  And his stellar cover of “Space Oddity” – which is said to be the first music video ever recorded in space -- has racked up more than 19 million views on YouTube.

    What do

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  • Ethan Miller/Getty Images.Donald Glover (a.k.a Childish Gambino) wants you to know that he’s “the worst rapper,” as evidenced by lyrics found on a track called “Yaphet Kotto,” which will likely appear on his new album “Because the Internet,” due out Dec. 10.

    In the tune, the 30-year-old artist sings, “Worst rapper to ever spit on an open mic / Worst rapper to ever get on so many likes / Worst rapper to ever blow up and overnight” and Yahoo Canada Music asked the musician why he thinks he’s the worst.

    “That’s what I am,” Glover said. “I am by far the worst rapper because I’m not a rapper. I’m not good at it. I’m not good at being a rapper. A rapper has to be confident.”

    While fans might beg to differ, one thing most of us can agree on is that Glover’s list of entertainment gigs is pretty impressive.

    In addition to making music, the multi-faceted artist is also known for his standup comedy, his past role as Troy Barnes on NBC's “Community” and as one of the writers for the "30 Rock," the sitcom created by Tina Fey.

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  • The Canadian Press Images PHOTO/Boots and Hearts Music Festival.Canadian singer/songwriter Dean Brody is known for his smooth country vocals -- but we bet you didn't know that he started out covering tunes by some of the biggest rock 'n' roll bands of all time.

    “I learned really young that I didn’t have the voice for rock,” Brody told Yahoo Canada Music. “I was in a garage band when I was 14 called Roadrunner and we would sing rock songs and we had a blast, but I was terrible. We’d cover AC/DC and Guns N’ Roses songs, however, you can imagine me singing those kinds of songs. It wasn’t pretty.”

    The Nova Scotia-based artist debuted his new album “Crop Circles” earlier this month, and it seems like some of his rock roots have been injected into the record’s title track.

    “I love edgy stuff and I think that our genre is allowing us to get away with more these days,” the singer explained. “My introduction to music was through rock. [I listened to] bands like AC/DC, Metallica and Guns N’ Roses. It’s funny because some people in the south will ask what my

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  • From L-R: Chris Crippin, Jacob Hoggard, Dave Rosin and Tommy Mac. (Universal)

    Nov. 11 marked the release of Hedley’s fifth studio album “Wild Life.” Frontman Jacob Hoggard and guitarist Dave Rosin talked to Yahoo Canada Music about what makes this record an authentic Hedley experience.

    “I don’t think that we ever want to stay stagnant and I think that we always enjoy trying new things,” Rosin said. “We don’t want to alienate people and do a complete 180 on [our fans] but I think that we definitely enjoy expanding and bringing in new instruments.”

    The variety of songs present on “Wild Life” range from funky tunes like “Crazy For You” to darker songs like “Mexico.” According to the band, the multitude of track types lends to their goal of having a “kaleidoscope of style” on the record.

    “You can compare our second album to ‘Wild Life’ in the same way that there’s a song like ‘For The Nights I Can’t Remember,’ which is a gospel song, and then there’s a song like ‘Never Too Late,’ which is a reggae song, and there are those contrasts,” Hoggard explained.

    “You can’t

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