The 2021 Juno Award nominations are out

After last year’s Junos in Saskatoon were scuppered because of COVID-19, forcing everything into the virtual space, CARAS is going to try it again for the 50th anniversary edition of the event which is scheduled for meatspace in Toronto. Here’s hoping they can do that when Sunday, May 16, comes around.

The nominees for 2021 are out and you can get a full list here. The Weeknd got six nominations, followed by Jessie Reyez, JP Saxe, and Justin Bieber with five each.

But let’s concentrate on the categories in which readers of these pages will have the most interest.

GROUP OF THE YEAR (PRESENTED BY SIRIUSXM CANADA)

  • Arkells Arkells*Universal
  • Half Moon Run Crystal Math*Universal
  • Loud Luxury Armada*Sony
  • The Glorious Sons Black Box*Fontana North
  • The Reklaws Universal

ALTERNATIVE ALBUM OF THE YEAR (PRESENTED BY LONG & MCQUADE)

  • Pity Party Curtis Waters BMG*Warner
  • The Sun and Her Scorch Dizzy Royal Mountain*Universal
  • Pray For It July Talk Sleepless*Universal
  • This Place Sucks Ass PUP Little Dipper*Universal
  • Heavy Light U.S. Girls Royal Mountain*Universal

ROCK ALBUM OF THE YEAR

  • Crown Lands Crown Lands Universal
  • Ruthless JJ Wilde Black Box*Fontana North
  • Colorado Neil Young & Crazy Horse Reprise*Warner
  • All Of Us Sam Roberts Band Known Accomplice*Universal/Fontana North
  • A Beautiful Place to Drown Silverstein UNFD/NSEW*The Orchard

ADULT ALTERNATIVE ALBUM OF THE YEAR

  • Sad Hunk BAHAMAS Barchords*Universal
  • Are You in Love? Basia Bulat Secret City*Fontana North
  • Fear Begonia Rex Baby*The Orchard
  • Unfollow The Rules Rufus Wainwright BMG*Warner
  • Are You Gone Sarah Harmer Arts & Crafts*Universal

JUNO FAN CHOICE (PRESENTED BY FREEDOM MOBILE) (Vote here)

  • Ali Gatie Warner
  • Curtis Waters BMG*Warner
  • JP Saxe Arista*Sony
  • Justin Bieber Def Jam*Universal
  • Lennon Stella Columbia*Sony
  • Les Cowboys Fringants Les disques de La Tribu*Propagande/Believe
  • NAV XO*UniversalDev
  • Shawn Mendes Island*Universal
  • Tate McRae RCA*Sony
  • The Weeknd The Weeknd XO/Republic/Universal

RAP RECORDING OF THE YEAR

  • New Mania 88GLAM 88GLAM*Independent
  • Baby Gravy 2 bbno$ & Yung Gravy Baby Gravy*InGrooves
  • Cold World Eric Reprid Independent
  • Good Intentions (Brown Boy 2 Deluxe Version) NAV XO*Universal
  • ELEMENTS Vol. 1 TOBi RCA*Sony

ELECTRONIC ALBUM OF THE YEAR (PRESENTED BY FORD OF CANADA)

  • Lavender God ATTLAS mau5trap*AWAL
  • Desire Bob Moses Domino*Redeye
  • Suddenly Caribou Merge*F.A.B.
  • Juvenile CRi Courage*Sony
  • All the Time Jessy Lanza Hyperdub*Redeye

METAL/HARD MUSIC ALBUM OF THE YEAR

  • Ballistic, Sadistic Annihilator Silver Lining*Warner
  • Unconquered Kataklysm Nuclear Blast*AEC/Believe
  • Palimpsest Protest The Hero Independent
  • Abyss Unleash The Archers Napalm*Sony
  • Glory, Glory! Apathy Took Helm! Vile Creature Prosthetic*The Orchard

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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