Last time I looked, there are 2,419 different categories for the Junos. Okay, I exaggerate. There are around 40, only eight or so of which will be handed out during the televised ceremony Sunday night. The rest get handed out the night before at a big gala. Here is a selection of major 2017 Juno winners from Saturday evening.
Artist of the Year: Leonard Cohen (Sorry, Drake and The Weeknd. And why isn’t this award part of the TV broadcast)?
Single of the Year: Strumbellas, “Spirits” (Another snub for Drake The Weeknd. Again, why is this not part of the broadcast?)
Rock Album of the Year: Tragically Hip, Man Machine Poem
Alternative Album of the Year: July Talk, Touch
Adult Alternative Album: Gord Downie, Secret Path
Metal/Hard Music Album of the Year: Mandroid Echoes, Coral Throne
R&B/Soul Recording of the Year: The Weeknd, Starboy
Breakthrough Group of the Year: The Dirty Nil
Video of the Year: Grimes, “Kill V. Maim”
Rap Recording of the Year: Jazz Cartier, Hotel Paranoia (Another snub to Drake. Interesting.)
Recording Package of the Year: Gord Downie’s Secret Path (Nice to have a liner notes-like category for physical releases.)
Electronic Album of the Year: Kaytranada, 99.9%
Adult Contemporary Album of the Year: Sarah McLachlan, Wonderland. (Interesting that she was also inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame as part of the Junos this year. There is NO connection by the way; the voters of CARAS–of which I am one–vote of their own free will. The chips fall as they will…)
SOCAN International Achievement Award: Drake
International Group of the Year: Coldplay, A Head Full of Dreams
The full list of winners can be found here.