Alessia Cara becomes 1st Canadian to win best new artist at Grammys

Canadian Alessia Cara won the coveted Grammy award for best new artist Sunday in a category of strong contenders that included Khalid and SZA.

Alessia Cara, from Brampton, Ont., accepts the Grammy for best new artist onstage Sunday at Madison Square Garden in New York. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Canadian Alessia Cara won the coveted Grammy award for best new artist Sunday in a category of strong contenders that included Khalid and SZA.

In her acceptance speech, the Brampton, Ont.-born singer encouraged people to “support real music and real artists.”

“Everyone deserves the same shot,” she said on stage. “And that goes for everyone — not just those in the industry.”

Earlier, Lady Gaga was among the stars sporting a white rose on the Grammy Awards red carpet to support the Time’s Up and #MeToo movements.

Sam Smith, Lisa Loeb, Sting and host James Corden were also spotted wearing the flower to show support for the fight against sexual misconduct.

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