The Weeknd Leads Canadian Nominees at the MTV EMAs

Drake, Shania Twain, the Beaches and more round out the list

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BY Ben OkazawaPublished Oct 4, 2023

As the 2023 MTV Europe Music Awards inch ever closer, organizers have unveiled the complete list of nominations.

Canadian nominees are scarce this year — the Weeknd is the lone Canadian recognized in global categories with two nods for Best Collaboration and Best Live.

Since the collaboration in question is his link-up with super producer Metro Boomin and 21 Savage on "Creepin'," which almost never got released, he easily could've been looked over in that category as well. 

In the Local Acts segment of nominations celebrating the best artists from specific areas, the performers vying for the Best Canadian Act are Drake, Shania Twain, the Beaches, Charlotte Cardin and Jamie Fine

Twain, the Beaches and Cardin have all shared albums this year, and Drake's For All the Dogs is due to arrive on October 6. 

Globally, American artists have dominated the nominations, with Taylor Swift (raking in seven), Olivia Rodrigo and SZA (with six each) leading the way. 

Head to the MTV EMAs' official website to vote for your favourites ahead of the live broadcast from Paris on November 5.

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