covid-19 Junos Update

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Juno Awards cancelled

The Juno Awards, Canada’s most prominent music awards, have been cancelled in the wake of concerns over the coronavirus outbreak.  The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS), the organization behind the Junos, made the announcement Thursday morning in a joint statement with the City of Saskatoon and the province of Saskatchewan.  “We are devastated to cancel this national celebration of music, but at this time of global uncertainty, the health, safety and well-being of all Canadians must stand at the forefront of any decisions that impact our communities,” CARAS said in a statement regarding Junos. 

The Juno Awards are presented annually to Canadian musical artists and bands to acknowledge their artistic and technical achievements in all aspects of music. New members of the Canadian Music Hall of Fame are also inducted as part of the awards ceremonies.  The 49th Juno Awards show was going to be held at SaskTel Centre in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan on 15 March 2020. The awards and associated events are cancelled due to the emergence of the 2020 coronavirus pandemic in Canada.  This is the first Juno event since 1988 to be cancelled.  Alessia Cara was going to host the main ceremonies. Performers that were to going appear include Daniel Caesar, The Glorious Sons, Tory Lanez and Lennon Stella. Juno Awards nominations were announced on 18 January 2020.  See the full list of nominees below. 



2020 Juno Awards Nominees:
Juno Awards Fan Choice

Alessia Cara
Ali Gatie
Avril Lavigne
Justin Bieber
Loud Luxury
Shawn Mendes
The Weeknd
Tory Lanez

Juno Awards Single of the Year

Alessia Cara – “Out Of Love”
bülow – “Sweet Little Lies”
Lennon Stella – “La Di Da”
Scott Helman – “Hang Ups”
Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello – “Señorita”

Juno Awards International Album of the Year

Ariana Grande – thank u, next
Ed Sheeran – No.6 Collaborations Project 
Khalid – Free Spirit
Post Malone – Hollywood’s Bleeding 

Juno Awards Album of the Year

Alessia Cara – The Pains Of Growing 
Alexandra Stréliski – INSCAPE 
Bryan Adams – Shine A Light 
Michael Bublé – love
NAV – Bad Habits 

Juno Awards Artist of the Year

Alessia Cara 
Bryan Adams 
Jessie Reyez 
Shawn Mendes 
Tory Lanez 

Juno Awards Group of the Year

Elijah Woods x Jamie Fine 
Loud Luxury 
The Reklaws 
Walk Off the Earth 

Juno Awards Breakthrough Artist of the Year

Alexandra Stréliski 
Ali Gatie 
Lennon Stella 
Tenille Townes 

Juno Awards Breakthrough Group of the Year

Hunter Brothers 
Neon Dreams 
Palaye Royale
The Blue Stones 

Juno Awards Songwriter of the Year

Alessia Cara
Patrick Watson
Tenille Townes
Tim Baker

Juno Awards Country Album of the Year

Aaron Goodvin – V
Dallas Smith – The Fall 
Dean Brody – Black Sheep 
Hunter Brothers – State of Mind
Meghan Patrick – Wild As Me

Juno Awards Adult Alternative Album of the Year

City and Colour – A Pill for Loneliness 
Half Moon Run – A Blemish in the Great Light 
Iskwē – acākosīk
Leonard Cohen – Thanks for the Dance
Patrick Watson – Wave 

Juno Awards Alternative Album of the Year

Black Mountain – Destroyer 
Foxwarren – Foxwarren 
Mac DeMarco – Here Comes The Cowboy
Orville Peck – Pony 
PUP – Morbid Stuff

Juno Awards Pop Album of the Year

Alessia Cara – The Pains of Growing 
Avril Lavigne – Head Above Water
bülow – Crystalline 
Elijah Woods x Jamie Fine – 8:47 
Walk Off the Earth – HERE WE GO! 

Juno Awards Rock Album of the Year

Big Wreck – …but for the sun 
Headstones – PEOPLESKILLS 
Sum 41 – Order In Decline 
The Dirty Nil – Master Volume 
The Glorious Sons – A War On Everything 

Juno Awards Vocal Jazz Album of the Year

Bria Skonberg – Nothing Never Happens 
Dominique Fils-Aimé – Stay Tuned! 
Elizabeth Shepherd – MONTRÉAL 
Jazz Affair – Wishes 
Monkey House – Friday 

Juno Awards Jazz Album of the Year: Solo

Jacques Kuba Seguin – MiGRATIONS 
Joel Miller – Unstoppable
John Stetch – Black Sea Suite
Ted Quinlan – Absolutely Dreaming
The Mark Kelso Jazz Project – The Chronicles of Fezziwig

Juno Awards Jazz Album of the Year: Group

Al Muirhead’s Canadian Quintet – Undertones 
Brad Turner Quartet with Guest Seamus Blake – Jump Up 
Dave Young Trio – Trouble in Mind 
Ernesto Cervini’s Turboprop – Abundance 
Jane Bunnett & Maqueque – On Firm Ground / Tierra Firme 

Juno Awards Instrumental Album of the Year

Alexandra Stréliski – INSCAPE 
Bill McBirnie with Bernie Senensky – The Silent Wish 
Kevin Hearn – Calm and Cents 
Ron Davis’ SymphRONica – SymphRONica UpfRONt 
Tanya Tagaq – Toothsayer 

Juno Awards Francophone Album of the Year

Fred Pellerin – Après 
Jean Leloup – L’étrange pays 
Koriass – La nuit des longs couteaux 
Les Louanges – La nuit est une panthère
Loud – Tout ça pour ça 

Juno Awards Children’s Album of the Year

Big Block Singsong – Greatest Hits, Vol. 4 
Diana Panton – A Cheerful Little Earful 
GFORCE – It’s GForce 
Girl Pow-R – This Is Us 
Sharon & Bram – Sharon, Bram & Friends 

Juno Awards Classical Album of the Year: Solo or Chamber

Angela Schwarzkopf – detach 
Ensemble Paramirabo – Alone & Unalone 
James Ehnes – Beethoven: Violin Sonatas Op. 12 
Marina Thibeault and Marie-Ève Scarfone – Elles 
Quatuor Molinari  – John Zorn: Cat O’Nine Tails, The Dead Man, Memento Mori & Kol Nidre 

Juno Awards Classical Album of the Year: Large Ensemble

Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra/Orchestre du Centre National Des Arts du Canada, conducted by Alexander Shelly – The Bound of our Dreams 
Jan Lisiecki with Academy of St. Martin in the Fields – Beethoven: Complete Piano Concertos 
Yannick Nézet Orchestre Métropolitain de Montréal  -Séguin – Sibelius 1 
Kent Nagano Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, conducted – The John Adams Album 
Feat. Charles Richard-Hamelin conducted Kent Nagano Orchestre symphonique de Montréal – Chopin: Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 

Juno Awards Classical Album of the Year: Vocal or Choral

Chor Leoni Men’s Choir – When There Is Peace: An Armistice Oratorio 
Gerald Finley – Schubert: Schwanengesang; Brahms: Vier ernste Gesänge 
Ottawa Bach Choir, conducted by Lisette Canton – Handel: Dixit Dominus; Bach & Schutz: Motets 
Peter Barrett, Martha Guth, Allyson McHardy, Helen Becqué – Summer Night 
Philippe Sly with Le Chimera Project – Schubert: Winterreise 

Juno Awards Classical Composition of the Year

Ana Sokolović – Evta 
Bekah Simms – “Everything Is… Distorted” 
Jared Miller – Under Sea, Above Sky 
Rose Bolton – The Coming of Sobs 
Vincent Ho – Kickin’ It 2.0 

Juno Awards Rap Recording of the Year

88Glam – 88GLAM2
Classified – Tomorrow Could Be The Day Things Change 
KILLY – Light Path 8 
NAV – Bad Habits 
Tory Lanez – Freaky

Juno Awards Dance Recording of the Year

Felix Cartal & Lights – Love Me
Frank Walker x Astrid S – Only When It Rains
Loud Luxury and Bryce Vine – I’m Not Alright
RALPH – Gravity
Sultan + Shepard x Showtek – We Found Love

Juno Awards R&B/Soul Recording of the Year

Amaal – Black Dove 
Daniel Caesar – CASE STUDY 01 
Jessie Reyez, Tory Lanez, & Tainy – Feel It Too 
Tanika Charles – The Gumption 
Tory Lanez – Chixtape 5 

Juno Awards Reggae Recording of the Year

Exco Levi – Wah Gwaan 
Jay Douglas- Jah Children 
Lyndon John X – The Warning Track 
Petraa – Never Broken 
STORRY – Another Man

Juno Awards Indigenous Artist or Group of the Year

Celeigh Cardinal – Stories from a Downtown Apartment 
Digawolf – Yellowstone
nêhiyawak – nipiy 
Northern Haze – Siqinnaarut 
Riit – ataataga 

Juno Awards Contemporary Roots Album of the Year

Catherine MacLellan – Coyote 
Del Barber – Easy Keeper 
Irish Mythen – Little Bones 
Justin Rutledge – Passages 
Lee Harvey Osmond – Mohawk 

Juno Awards Traditional Roots Album of the Year

April Verch – Once A Day 
Miranda Mulholland – By Appointment Or Chance 
Natalie MacMaster – Sketches 
The Dead South – Sugar & Joy 
The Small Glories – Assiniboine & The Red 

Juno Awards Blues Album of the Year

Big Dave McLean – Pocket Full Of Nothin’ 
Dawn Tyler Watson – Mad Love 
Durham County Poets – Hand Me Down Blues 
Michael Jerome Browne – That’s Where It’s At 
Whitehorse – The Northern South Vol. 2  

Contemporary Christian/Gospel Album of the Year

Brian Doerksen – The Heart Of Christmas 
Brooke Nicholls – Pursue 
Dan Bremnes – Wherever I Go 
Fresh IE – ILL Street Blues 
Matt Maher – The Advent Of Christmas 

World Music Album of the Year

Djely Tapa – BAROKAN 
OKAN – Sombras 
Okavango African Orchestra – Africa Without Borders 
Romina Di Gasbarro – Risorgimento 
Silla and Rise – Galactic Gala 

Producer of the Year

Ben Kaplan 
Derek Hoffman 
Jon Levine 
Michael Wise 
Steve Bays

Recording Engineer of the Year

George Seara 
Jason Dufour 
John ‘Beetle’ Bailey 
Ryan Worsley 
Vic Florencia 

Album Artwork of the Year

Kristofer Maddigan – Selections from Cuphead
Kevin Hearn and Friends – The Superhero Suite
Ensign Broderick – BloodCrush/BloodMyth
Daniel Caesar – CASE STUDY 01
Belle Plaine – Malice, Mercy, Grief & Wrath

Music Video of the Year

Sarahmée – “Bun Dem” (Caraz)
Said the Whale – “Record Shop” (Johnny Jansen)
Corridor – “Topographe” (Jonathan Robert)
Laurence Nerbonne – “Back Off”(Le GED)
Iskwē – “Little Star” (Sarah Legault)

Electronic Album of the Year

Bob Moses – Battle Lines 
Electric Youth – Memory Emotion 
Jacques Greene – Dawn Chorus 
Keys N Krates – A Beat Tape For Your Friends 
REZZ – Beyond The Senses

Metal/Hard Music Album of the Year

Kobra And The Lotus – Evolution 
Lindsay Schoolcraft – Martyr 
Single Mothers – Through A Wall 
Striker – Play to Win 
The Agonist – Orphans 

Adult Contemporary Album of the Year

Bryan Adams – Shine A Light 
Lauren Spencer-Smith – Unplugged Vol. 1 
Marc Jordan – Both Sides 
Nuela Charles – Melt 
Renée Lamoureux – Empower 

Comedy of the Year

Adam Christie – General Anxiety Disorder 
Jarrett Campbell – Straight White Fail 
Monty Scott – The Abyss Stares Back 
Sophie Buddle – Lil Bit of Buddle 
Steph Tolev – I’m Not Well

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