Brampton, Ont. pop singer Alessia Cara grabs Grammy Award for best new artist

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Brampton, Ont. pop singer Alessia Cara grabs Grammy Award for best new artist
Alessia Cara arrives at the 60th annual Grammy Awards at Madison Square Garden on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

TORONTO:  Alessia Cara’s dreams of winning a Grammy Award are no longer confined to her bathroom shower.

The Brampton, Ont.-raised singer accepted the award for best new artist _ the first Grammy of her career _ at Sunday night’s televised ceremony.

Cara told the audience she’s been “pretend winning” Grammys in the shower since she was a kid.

She then encouraged people to “support real music and real artists,” saying that “everyone deserves the same shot.”

It’s been a stellar rise for Cara, who swept through the Juno Awards nearly two years ago, winning breakthrough artist.

Since then she’s appeared on a number of big hits, including Logic’s suicide prevention anthem “1-800-273-8255,” which is nominated at the Grammys for song of the year.