I remember Alessia Cara performing for the first time at last year’s Junos. I remember Belly jumping on stage with the Weeknd to perform their hit Might Not. What makes the Junos so special is that it’s uniquely Canadian. It’s a chance for our musicians to take pride in representing our talented nation.
So when this year’s Juno Awards features names like Billy Talent, Tegan and Sara, and of course The Tragically Hip, you can’t help but to feel a touch of Canadian love knowing these groups have survived this long, primarily on Canadian grounds. Pair that with the new and exciting talent — names like Tory Lanez and Ruth B — and you quickly realize that the body of work coming out of our country is incredible.
The list of this year’s nominees include all of the names I’ve mentioned, including, of course, the 6’s very own Drake, who’s nominated in five categories including Album of the Year.
The complete list of nominees can be seen on the Juno Awards website. Live broadcast will air April 2 from Ottawa, Ontario.