F*CK, YEAH! The Junos FINALLY Add a Metal Category!

Praise be.

After years of missing the metal boat, CARAS, the organization that takes care of the Junos (full disclosure: I’m a member) has finally, finally instituted a category focalled Metal/Hard Music.  From the press release:

Toronto, ON (September 28, 2011) – Mark your calendars!  The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) announced today that submissions for the 2012 JUNO Awards open on October 1, 2011.  A new category will be added to the Awards roster in 2012: Metal/Hard Music Album of the Year, making a total of 41 categories up for grabs.  The 41st annual JUNO Awards will be held in Ottawa, ON, March 26 – April 1, 2012.

This new category is an award to honour artistic achievement, technical proficiency and overall excellence in the Canadian recording industry, without regard to album sales or chart position.  Eligible albums include metal, metalcore, hardcore, heavy rock, thrash metal, death metal and their respective subgenres including (but not limited to) nu-metal, power metal, grindcore, extreme metal, industrial metal, viking metal, folk metal, doom metal, gothic metal, speed metal, and sludge metal.

Important Dates to Remember:

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Submissions for the 2012 JUNO Awards open October 1, 2011.  Apply online at http://junosubmissions.ca

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Early-Bird deadline (to receive discounted submission rates) is October 21, 2011 before 5:00 pm (EST)

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Final submission deadline for all categories except International Album of the Year and Album of the Year (sponsored by Canadian Recording Industry Association) is before 5:00 pm (EST)

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Final submission deadline for International Album of the Year and Album of the Year (sponsored by Canadian Recording Industry Association) is January 10, 2012 before 5:00 pm (EST)

Eligibility:
Eligibility for the 2012 JUNO Awards applies to works released during the period between September 1, 2010 to November 10, 2011.  For a complete list of JUNO Awards categories, eligibility rules, voting criteria and submission forms, go to www.junoawards.ca.

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4 thoughts on “F*CK, YEAH! The Junos FINALLY Add a Metal Category!

  • September 28, 2011 at 2:53 pm
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    This is great news, and about time. I wonder what made CARAS finally change their minds about this?

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  • September 28, 2011 at 2:59 pm
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    AMAZING NEWS! Thanks CARAS for adding this category.

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  • September 29, 2011 at 8:55 pm
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    just give it to protest the hero.

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