The nominees for the 45th Juno Awards were announced earlier today. The Canadian equivalent of the Grammys, the annual event rewards success as recognized by the music industry. To no one’s surprise, Toronto chart-toppers Drake, the Wknd, Shawn Mendes and Justin Bieber (well, he’s originally from Stratford, Ontario, but close enough) led the pack.
Vancouver musicians and groups accounted for a respectable number of nominees, with the strongest showing by Tobias Jesso Jr. The Vancouver singer/songwriter had a breakout year for his debut solo album Goon and some high-profile songwriting credits (Adele, Sia).
Another Vancouver act that is new to the Junos is rock band Dear Rouge, who released their debut album earlier this year. Cellist Cris Derksen received a nod for her album Orchestral Powwow. Indie-rock sensation Destroyer received its second nomination, while perennials like Nickelback, Bryan Adams and Hedley are also acknowledged. The winners will be announced April 3 with a televised ceremony in Calgary.
Here’s a list of Vancouver artists nominated for Juno Awards.
Carly Rae Jepsen (Fan Choice Award)
Mariannas Trench (Group of the Year)
Hedley (Group of the Year and Pop Album of the Year)
Tobias Jesso Jr. (Breakthrough Artist of the Year, Songwriter of the Year and Adult Alternative Album of the Year)
Dear Rouge (Breakthrough Group of the Year)
Destroyer (Alternative Album of the Year)
Bryan Adams (Rock Album of the Year)
Matthew Good (Rock Album of the Year)
Nickelback (Rock Album of the Year)
Frazey Ford (Contemporary Roots Album of the Year)
Alex Cuba (World Music Album of the Year)
SonReal (Rap Recording of the Year)
Jaclyn Guillou (Vocal Jazz Album of the Year)
Humans (Electronic Album of the Year)
Pomo (Electronic Album of the Year)*
Sleepy Tom & Diplo (Dance Recording of the Year)*
Diana Krall (Adult Contemporary Album of the Year)
Cris Derksen (Instrumental Album of the Year)
Brad Turner Quartet (Jazz Album of the Year: Group)
*Thanks to Michael Mann @mmann for the tips!
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