2017 was a breakout year for New York rapper Cardi B, who made waves this summer with her smash single “Bodak Yellow (Money Moves).”
Prior to her performance at the 2017 iHeartRadio Jingle Ball Friday at Toronto’s Air Canada Centre, Cardi B was surprised with her first Canadian award plaque by Warner Music Canada, commemorating the trap anthem’s Double Platinum status in Canada.
Cardi B shared the news with her fans on her Instagram account, and the photo has already received over one million likes. Earlier this summer, the former Love & Hip Hop reality TV star surprised Toronto hip hop fans when she took stage at Drake’s OVO Fest to perform the track.
During Friday’s Jingle Ball, Cardi B also performed the track “Lick” from her 2017 album Gangsta Bitch Music Vol. 2.
Canadian country star Dean Brody returned to Toronto last week for a sold-out show at Budweiser Stage alongside Open Road Recordings label-mate Tim Hicks and rising Big Machine Records artist Carly Pearce. On Friday afternoon, Ron Kitchener, Brody’s manager and president of RGK Entertainment Group, surprised the artist with a custom award plaque commemorating his newly Canadian Gold-certified albums Gypsy Road (2015), Crop Circles (2013),and Trail In Life (2010).The plaque also commemorated Brody’s 2012 album Dirt, which was certified Gold in 2013.
Prior to their set at Toronto’s Budweiser Stage Saturday opening for OneRepublic, Los Angeles neo-soul band Fitz and the Tantrums were surprised with Double Platinum award plaques for their hit single “HandClap.”
“HandClap,” which is the lead single from their 2016 self-titled album, is the first track by the band to be certified Double Platinum in Canada, with their hit “The Walker” reaching Platinum status in 2016.
The band shared a short video of the plaque presentation with their fans through their Twitter page.
Ed Sheeran returned to Toronto’s Air Canada Centre for two sold out shows over the weekend as part of his North American tour in support of his 2017 album, Divide. Prior to the show, Sheeran was presented with multiple award plaques for the album and its singles by Warner Music Canada.
The UK singer-songwriter was first presented with a custom Double Platinum award plaque for Divide, which also showcases his multiple certified tracks from the album including “Castle On The Hill (Triple Platinum),” “Galway Girl (Platinum),” “Perfect (Gold),” and “Happier (Gold).”
Sheeran was then presented with his first Diamond award plaque for his smash single “Shape Of You,” which is the fourth track to be certified Diamond in 2017.
During the 2017 iHeartRadio MMVAs celebrations, Irish singer-songwriter Niall Horan was presented with a Canadian Double Platinum award plaque for his single “This Town.” The track is Horan’s first Canadian award plaque since debuting as a solo artist following his departure from multi-Platinum pop group One Direction.
Horan is pictured above with Universal Music Canada President Jeffrey Remedios, which was shared through Remedios’ Twitter page. Universal also shared a photo of their team with Horan and his plaque.
American singer-songwriter Julia Michaels received her first Canadian Double Platinum plaque in Toronto at the iHeartRadio MMVAs this past Sunday for her breakout track “Issues.” Michaels was presented with the plaque by her Universal Music Canada team, and can be seen posing with President & CEO Jeffrey Remedios above.
Michaels shared the news with her fans through an Instagram featuring the whole Universal team, thanking them for their work with the hit.
During a visit to Toronto, British electronic group Clean Bandit were presented with Double Platinum award plaques for “Rockabye” by Warner Music Canada. The track, which features Sean Paul and Anne-Marie, is the group’s second track to be certified Double Platinum in Canada, joining their 2014 hit “Rather Be.”
Clean Bandit will return to Toronto amidst a North American tour on April 24, 2017, with Zara Larsson and Starley. The tour will also hit Montreal on April 25.
Since early May, American pop sensation Selena Gomez has been touring across North America on the first leg of her 2016 Revival Tour, which included a Canadian stretch beginning in Vancouver, BC, through to Montreal, QC.
During her tour stop in Toronto, ON, Wednesday night, Gomez was surprised with a custom award plaque by Universal Music Canada commemorating the Gold certification of her 2015 album Revival. The plaque also highlights the Platinum certification of her hit “Hands To Myself,” and Double Platinum certifications of “Good For You,” and “Same Old Love.”
Gomez was initially scheduled to play Toronto over the weekend, however an unprecedented playoff run by the Toronto Raptors caused the singer to reschedule her sold-out Air Canada Centre concert. Gomez made light of the situation by sporting a Raptors sweater during her dazzling 20+ song set, which included her multi-Platinum hits and covers of Hillsong United and The Eurythmics.
Gomez will return to Canada later this summer when she headlines Québec City’s Le Festival d’été de Québec July 7, and AtlanticFest 2016, happening September 3 in Paradise, NL, and September 4 in Moncton, NB.
American singer/songwriter Rachel Platten stopped by CTV’s The Social this week, where she was surprised mid-interview with a custom Canadian Double Platinum plaque for her breakthrough hit “Fight Song” (Sony Music Canada). Watch the interview below which features Platten discussing her inspiration for the song, her friendship with Taylor Swift and connecting with her fan base before being presented with the award.
You can also watch the video for “Fight Song” below.
Moments before taking the stage for a sold-out show Tuesday night at Toronto, ON’s Air Canada Centre, UK singer and 2014 breakthrough artist Sam Smith was presented with a Multi-Platinum award plaque by Universal Music Canada. The custom award plaque commemorates the recent Double Platinum certification of his debut album In The Lonely Hour as well as it’s accompanying singles “Stay With Me” (4X Platinum) and “I’m Not The Only One” (Double Platinum).
Prior to his concert in Toronto, Smith’s tour stopped in Montreal for a sold-out show at the Bell Centre. Smith expressed his gratitude for his enthusiastic Canadian fans in the Instagram photo below: