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Juno Awards Announce 2021 Nominations

Dubbed “The Canadian Grammys,” the Juno Awards are Canada’s biggest night in music. With the past decade seeing more and more Canadian acts find success in the mainstream American market, the Juno Awards have become increasingly more popular amongst fans and musicians across the country. This year, the Juno Awards will also highlight Canadian specific music that was unceremoniously snubbed from this year’s Grammy consideration (cough The Weeknd cough).

Leading this year’s nomination group is The Weeknd with six nominations, followed by Justin Bieber, Jessie Reyez and JP Saxe each with five. Rising rockstars Crown Lands and JJ Wilde received their first Juno nomination for Rock Album of the Year with Crown Lands also getting a nom for Breakthrough Group of the Year.

The Junos will be celebrating their 50th anniversary and will broadcast virtually on Sunday, May 16th at 8pm EST / 5pm PST on CBC and CBCMusic.ca/junos. While Toronto was set to host this year’s awards, the virtual broadcast will now take place across the country. For more nomination categories, see below:

Album of the year

  • You, Ali Gatie
  • Courage, Céline Dion
  • Changes, Justin Bieber
  • Thanks for the Dance, Leonard Cohen
  • After Hours, the Weeknd

Artist of the year

  • Ali Gatie
  • Céline Dion
  • Jessie Reyez
  • Justin Bieber
  • The Weeknd

Pop album of the year

  • It’s Never Really Over, Johnny Orlando
  • Hold it Together, JP Saxe
  • Changes, Justin Bieber
  • Three. Two. One., Lennon Stella
  • Ryland James, Ryland James

Rock album of the year

  • Crown Lands, Crown Lands
  • Ruthless, JJ Wilde
  • Colorado, Neil Young & Crazy Horse
  • All of Us, Sam Roberts Band
  • A Beautiful Place to Drown, Silverstein

Rap recording of the year

  • New Mania, 88Glam
  • Baby Gravy 2, bbno$ & Yung Gravy
  • Cold World, Eric Reprid
  • Good Intentions (Brown Boy 2 Deluxe Version), Nav
  • Elements Vol. 1, Tobi

Contemporary R&B recording of the year

  • Before Love Came to Kill Us, Jessie Reyez
  • Where you Are, Savannah Ré
  • Solaris, Shay Lia
  • After Hours, the Weeknd
  • Holiday, Tobi

Indigenous artist or group of the year

  • Kîyânaw, Burnstick
  • Church House Blues, Crystal Shawanda
  • The Ridge, Julian Taylor
  • North Star Calling, Leela Gilday
  • Nunarjua Isulinginniani, Terry Uyarak

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About Katie Tymochenko

Katie is a Toronto based writer for Music Existence. She loves all things rock n' roll & Star Wars.

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