2021 marks the 50th anniversary of the Juno awards, named after Pierre Juneau, the first president of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) and a big proponent of Canadian music.
Normally held in March, last year, the Junos were cancelled, with the winners eventually being announced in an online event at the end of June. This year the event will be held in Toronto on May 16th. The plan is to have the event outdoors but City of Toronto has cancelled all city-permitted outdoors events until at least July so there are questions as to how the event will actually happen.
Scarborough’s The Weeknd has been nominated for 6 awards including Single of the Year, Album of the Year for After Hours, the biggest selling album of 2020; Artist of the Year and Songwriter of the Year.
Here are the nominees in some of the categories.
JUNO Fan Choice Presented by Freedom Mobile
Les Cowboys Fringants
Single of the year
Brett Kissel – “Drink About Me”
JP Saxe Featuring Julia Michaels- “If The World Was Ending”
Justin Bieber Featuring Quavo – “Intentions”
Lennon Stella – “Kissing Other People”
The Weeknd – “Blinding Lights”
International Album of the year
Eminem – Music To Be Murdered By
Harry Styles – Fine Line
Luke Combs – What You See Ain’t Always What You Get
Pop Smoke – Shoot For The Stars Aim For The Moon
Taylor Swift – folklore
Album of the Year
Ali Gatie – YOU
Celine Dion – Courage
Justin Bieber – Changes
Leonard Cohen – Thanks for the Dance
The Weeknd – After Hours
Artist of the Year
Group of the Year
Half Moon Run
The Glorious Sons
Breakthrough Artist of the Year
Songwriter of the Year
The Weeknd, Belly & Jason Quenneville
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