01/28/2018 14:07 EST | Updated 01/28/2018 14:20 EST

'It should be white and red' for Canada: Hannigan marks Grammy win with vino

Nova Scotia soprano Barbara Hannigan toasted her first Grammy Award with a glass of wine in Hamburg, Germany.

While it's an ocean away from music's biggest night in New York, Hannigan said that didn't stop her from cracking open a bottle to celebrate her win for classical solo vocal album.

"It's a drag that I'm all alone, but I'm still dancing around," the contemporary opera singer said in a phone call from her apartment.

"I'm having a glass of wine. It's white. It should be white and red for the Canadian flag, actually."

Hannigan wasn't able to make the Grammys because she was coming off opening night for her latest opera.

She also wasn't expecting her album "Crazy Girl Crazy" to take home a golden gramophone.

The singer considered the project an outlier among her fellow nominees, partly because she played dual roles as vocalist and conductor. It's the sort of complex multi-tasking that few musicians are willing to take on.

"I was facing the orchestra while we were recording," she said.

There was "a microphone in front of me ... plus a microphone taped to my forehead, plus I'm conducting them and singing at the same time."

Hannigan was one of four Canadians to score Grammys in the pre-telecast awards ceremony.

The Weeknd's "Starboy" picked up best urban contemporary album, giving the Toronto performer his third Grammy.

Leonard Cohen's song "You Want It Darker" received a Grammy for best rock performance. Taken from his album of the same name, it marks the first solo Grammy win for the late Montreal singer-songwriter, who died in November 2016.

He previously won for his contribution to "River: The Joni Letters" and a received a lifetime achievement award at the 2010 ceremony.

Sound engineer Charles Moniz, who grew up in Burlington, Ont., pocketed his third Grammy for his work on "24K Magic" by Bruno Mars. The album scored best engineered album, non-classical. He's nominated for another two during the televised portion of the ceremony.

The Grammy Awards main event, which is marking its 60th year, begins at 7:30 p.m. ET on CityTV and CBS.

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