Canada's Alessia Cara wins best new artist and talks 'pretend-winning GRAMMYs in her shower'

Brampton's own Alessia Cara picked up her first gramophone at the 60th annual GRAMMY Awards on Sunday (Jan. 28), nabbing music gold as Best New Artist of the year. The "Scars To Your Beautiful" singer, looking gorgeous in her signature laid-back style, joked on stage that she'd long practiced her acceptance speech, saying "I've been pretend-winning GRAMMYs since I was a kid, in my shower. So you'd think I'd have the speech thing down!"


Alessia thanked her family - including her mom, who was in the audience - and her team before turning to more serious subject matter. "There are some incredible artists out there that are making incredible music that deserve to be acknowledged," she said, sparking a round of applause from the audience. "I just want to encourage everyone to support real music and real artists because everyone deserves the same shot."

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The 21-year-old walked the carpet in a black suit paired with a white t-shirt, white Converse, big gold hoops and the accessory of the night - a white rose, representing solidarity with the Time's Up movement. Her curly hair was flowing freely and she paired a nude lip with smokey eyes.

She caught up with CityTV's Tracy Moore on the red carpet, sharing how she's managed to stay humble despite her meteoric rise to fame. "I think keeping good people around you," she said, adding, "I have really strict Italian parents who keep me in check." And even though she was one of the only women to take home an award during the live broadcast (the other was Rihanna), Alessia said it's important to remember that, "You're not as cool as you think you are."

Alessia encouraged viewers to support real musicians. Photo: Getty Images

The "Here" singer, who rose to fame in 2015, was up for four GRAMMYs in total - including Song of the Year and Best Video for her part in Logic's 2017 single "1-800-273-8255" - for which she also took the stage - and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance with Zedd for "Stay."

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