Criteria by Category - The JUNO Awards
Submissions

Criteria by Category

Click on the category dropdown below to see the submissions criteria. 

To see a list of criteria that spans all categories, visit Criteria for All Categories.

CATEGORY #1: TIKTOK JUNO FAN CHOICE 

JUNO AWARD GOES TO:  RECORDING ARTIST

 

ELIGIBILITY

No submission is required for this category.

Artists who have one of the Top 20 tracks based on consumption are given an individual rank. Next, these artists are evaluated using social data to measure their growth and popularity across social networks. Finally, each artist receives a rank after combining consumption (75%) and social data (25%) to determine the Top 10 artists – The 2024 TikTok JUNO Fan Choice Award nominees!
Final decisions on category eligibility is at the discretion of CARAS.

ADJUDICATION
This award is determined by fan votes. Following the official 2024 Nominee Announcement (Date: TBD) votes are cast online at JUNOFanChoice.ca, as well as via social media on TikTok and Twitter using the nominees hashtag. Fans can vote as many times as they want before voting closes during the 2024 JUNO Awards Broadcast.

CATEGORY #2: SINGLE OF THE YEAR

JUNO AWARD GOES TO: RECORDING ARTIST

 

ELIGIBILITY

No submission is required for this category. The Top 500 Canadian Singles released within the eligibility period are pulled from Luminate Data to determine the eligible singles for consideration.

Final decisions on category eligibility is at the discretion of CARAS.

ADJUDICATION
A screen down process will take place prior to Round 1 voting, taking into account 75% consumption and 25% radio audience to determine the Top 15 Singles.

Round 1 Voting – In this stage, CARAS Academy Delegates anonymously vote on the Top 15. The purpose of Round 1 Voting is to determine the 5 JUNO Award Nominees.

Round 2 Voting – In the second round, CARAS Academy Delegates anonymously vote on the 5 Nominees to determine 1 JUNO Award winner.

CATEGORY #3: INTERNATIONAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR

JUNO AWARD GOES TO:  RECORDING ARTIST

 

ELIGIBILITY

To be eligible for this category an artist or 50% or more of a group must not hold a Canadian Citizenship or Canadian Permanent Resident status. Albums of all genres are eligible for this category.

Final decisions on category eligibility is at the discretion of CARAS.

International Album of the Year is a consumption category, consumption is calculated as follows:

SALES:

  • Sales will be collected from Luminate Data
  • The sales portion will be calculated by combining physical scanned sales, which includes digital sales, with digital-only sales. 
  • Online sales are defined as units purchased in digital form that are available nationally.

STREAMS:

  • Streaming data will be collected from Luminate Data
  • Streaming data includes both on-demand and programmed streams.
  • Canadian streaming providers that report to Luminate Data include YouTube, Apple Music, Spotify, Tidal, Slacker, Napster, and Soundcloud PRO.

CONSUMPTION RATIOS

  • 1250 premium streams = 1 album 
  • 1250 premium video streams = 1 album
  • 3750 ad-supported streams = 1 album
  • 3750 ad-supported video streams = 1 album
  • 3750 programmed streams = 1 album

Data calculations are performed by PwC.

ADJUDICATION

A screen down process may take place prior to Round 1, taking into account the quality of music. 

Round 1 – Nominees are determined by consumption only.  

Round 2 Voting – CARAS Board of Directors anonymously vote on the 5 Nominees to determine 1 JUNO Award winner.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Please be advised that multiple projects can be submitted if the eligibility requirements are met. Submitting multiple projects is allowed, however in doing so the submitter assumes the risk that this could split the votes between all their submissions during the voting process.

CATEGORY #4: ALBUM OF THE YEAR Presented by Music Canada

JUNO AWARD GOES TO:  RECORDING ARTIST

 

ELIGIBILITY

This category is for full albums. Full albums are defined as having a minimum running time of 20 unique minutes or 6 unique tracks – “unique” meaning no remixes, instrumental versions, acoustic, added accompaniment etc.  If EP is in the title of the project but still meets the full album criteria, it can be submitted.

Album of the Year is a consumption category, consumption is calculated as follows:

SALES:

  • Sales will be collected from Luminate Data
  • The sales portion will be calculated by combining physical scanned sales, which includes digital sales, with digital-only sales. 
  • Online sales are defined as units purchased in digital form that are available nationally.

STREAMS:

  • Streaming data will be collected from Luminate Data
  • Streaming data includes both on-demand and programmed streams.
  • Canadian streaming providers that report to Luminate Data include YouTube, Apple Music, Spotify, Tidal, Slacker, Napster, and Soundcloud PRO.

CONSUMPTION RATIOS

  • 1250 premium streams = 1 album 
  • 1250 premium video streams = 1 album
  • 3750 ad-supported streams = 1 album
  • 3750 ad-supported video streams = 1 album
  • 3750 programmed streams = 1 album

Data calculations are performed by PwC.

ADJUDICATION

A screen down process may take place prior to Round 1, taking into account the quality of music. 

Round 1 – Nominees are determined by consumption only.  

Round 2 Voting – CARAS Academy Delegates anonymously vote on the 5 Nominees to determine 1 JUNO Award winner.

Final decisions on category eligibility is at the discretion of CARAS.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION 

Please be advised that multiple projects can be submitted if the eligibility requirements are met. Submitting multiple projects is allowed, however in doing so the submitter assumes the risk that this could split the votes between all their submissions during the voting process.

CATEGORY #5: ARTIST OF THE YEAR Presented by SiriusXM Canada

JUNO AWARD GOES TO: RECORDING ARTIST

 

ELIGIBILITY

Qualifying artists must have been previously recognized for a JUNO Award. Recordings performed by solo artists in collaboration are not eligible for this category.

Final decisions on category eligibility is at the discretion of CARAS.

Artist of the Year is a consumption category, consumption is calculated as follows:

SALES:

  • Sales will be collected from Luminate Data
  • The sales portion will be calculated by combining physical scanned sales, which includes digital sales, with digital-only sales. 
  • Online sales are defined as units purchased in digital form that are available nationally.

STREAMS:

  • Streaming data will be collected from Luminate Data
  • Streaming data includes both on-demand and programmed streams.
  • Canadian streaming providers that report to Luminate Data include YouTube, Apple Music, Spotify, Tidal, Slacker, Napster, and Soundcloud PRO.

CONSUMPTION RATIOS

  • 1250 premium streams = 1 album 
  • 1250 premium video streams = 1 album
  • 3750 ad-supported streams = 1 album
  • 3750 ad-supported video streams = 1 album
  • 3750 programmed streams = 1 album

Data calculations are performed by PwC.

ADJUDICATION

A screen down process will take place prior to Round 1 voting, taking into consideration 75% consumption, 12.5% radio audience, and 12.5% social data to determine the Top 20 submissions.

Round 1 Voting  – The Top 20 submissions will be adjudicated and the nominees will be determined by 50% consumption, 25% CARAS Academy Delegate vote, 12.5% social data, and 12.5% radio audience.

Round 2 Voting – In the second round, CARAS Academy Delegates anonymously vote on the 5 Nominees to determine 1 JUNO Award winner.

CATEGORY#6: GROUP OF THE YEAR Presented by SiriusXM Canada

JUNO AWARD GOES TO: RECORDING ARTIST

 

ELIGIBILITY

Qualifying groups must have been previously recognized for a JUNO Award. Recordings performed by solo artists in collaboration are not eligible for this category.

Final decisions on category eligibility is at the discretion of CARAS.

Group of the Year is a consumption category, consumption is calculated as follows:

SALES:

  • Sales will be collected from Luminate Data
  • The sales portion will be calculated by combining physical scanned sales, which includes digital sales, with digital-only sales. 
  • Online sales are defined as units purchased in digital form that are available nationally.

STREAMS:

  • Streaming data will be collected from Luminate Data
  • Streaming data includes both on-demand and programmed streams.
  • Canadian streaming providers that report to Luminate Data include YouTube, Apple Music, Spotify, Tidal, Slacker, Napster, and Soundcloud PRO.

CONSUMPTION RATIOS

  • 1250 premium streams = 1 album 
  • 1250 premium video streams = 1 album
  • 3750 ad-supported streams = 1 album
  • 3750 ad-supported video streams = 1 album
  • 3750 programmed streams = 1 album

Data calculations are performed by PwC.

ADJUDICATION

A screen down process will take place prior to Round 1 voting, taking into consideration 75% consumption, 12.5% radio audience, and 12.5% social data to determine the top 20 submissions.

Round 1 Voting  – The top 20 submissions will be adjudicated and the nominees will be determined by 50% consumption, 25% CARAS Academy Delegate vote, 12.5% social data, and 12.5% radio audience.

Round 2 Voting – In the second round, CARAS Academy Delegates anonymously vote on the 5 Nominees to determine 1 JUNO Award winner.

CATEGORY #7: BREAKTHROUGH ARTIST OF THE YEAR  Presented by FACTOR, The Government of Canada and Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters 

JUNO AWARD GOES TO: RECORDING ARTIST

 

ELIGIBILITY

A previous nominee or winner in any category is not eligible for the Breakthrough Artist of the Year category. To be eligible, an artist must never have been recognized by the JUNO Awards (i.e. never have been nominated). If an artist submits in the Breakthrough Artist category, they are not eligible to enter the Artist of the Year category. An artist who has been recognized previously (with a different group) and has now gone SOLO or changed their name does not qualify for Breakthrough Artist, as they will be considered previously nominated. Artists that have previously released tracks outside of the eligibility period that are now part of an eligible album may be eligible subject to CARAS’ discretion. 

Final decisions on category eligibility is at the discretion of CARAS.

Breakthrough Artist of the Year is a consumption category, consumption is calculated as follows:

SALES:

  • Sales will be collected from Luminate Data
  • The sales portion will be calculated by combining physical scanned sales, which includes digital sales, with digital-only sales. 
  • Online sales are defined as units purchased in digital form that are available nationally.

STREAMS:

  • Streaming data will be collected from Luminate Data
  • Streaming data includes both on-demand and programmed streams.
  • Canadian streaming providers that report to Luminate Data include YouTube, Apple Music, Spotify, Tidal, Slacker, Napster, and Soundcloud PRO.

CONSUMPTION RATIOS

  • 1250 premium streams = 1 album 
  • 1250 premium video streams = 1 album
  • 3750 ad-supported streams = 1 album
  • 3750 ad-supported video streams = 1 album
  • 3750 programmed streams = 1 album

Data calculations are performed by PwC.

ADJUDICATION

A screen down process will take place prior to Round 1 voting, taking into consideration 75% consumption, 12.5% radio audience, and 12.5% social data to determine the top 20 submissions.

Round 1 Voting  – The top 20 submissions will be adjudicated and the nominees will be determined by 50% consumption, 25% CARAS Academy Delegate vote, 12.5% social data, and 12.5% radio audience.

Round 2 Voting – In the second round, CARAS Academy Delegates anonymously vote on the 5 Nominees to determine 1 JUNO Award winner.

CATEGORY #8: BREAKTHROUGH GROUP OF THE YEAR Presented by FACTOR, The Government of Canada and Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters

JUNO AWARD GOES TO: RECORDING ARTIST

 

ELIGIBILITY

A previous nominee or winner in any category is not eligible for the Breakthrough Group of the Year category. To be eligible, the group must never have been recognized by the JUNO Awards (i.e. never have been nominated). If a Group submits in the Breakthrough Group category, they are not eligible to enter the Group of the Year category. Artists who have been previously recognized (as a solo act or with another group) and have formed a new group, joined an existing group, or changed the band name does not qualify for Breakthrough Group, as they will be considered previously nominated. Groups that have previously released tracks outside of the eligibility period that are now part of an eligible album may be eligible subject to CARAS’ discretion. 

Final decisions on category eligibility is at the discretion of CARAS.

Breakthrough Group of the Year is a consumption category, consumption is calculated as follows:

SALES:

  • Sales will be collected from Luminate Data
  • The sales portion will be calculated by combining physical scanned sales, which includes digital sales, with digital-only sales. 
  • Online sales are defined as units purchased in digital form that are available nationally.

STREAMS:

  • Streaming data will be collected from Luminate Data
  • Streaming data includes both on-demand and programmed streams.
  • Canadian streaming providers that report to Luminate Data include YouTube, Apple Music, Spotify, Tidal, Slacker, Napster, and Soundcloud PRO.

CONSUMPTION RATIOS

  • 1250 premium streams = 1 album 
  • 1250 premium video streams = 1 album
  • 3750 ad-supported streams = 1 album
  • 3750 ad-supported video streams = 1 album
  • 3750 programmed streams = 1 album

Data calculations are performed by PwC.

ADJUDICATION

A screen down process will take place prior to Round 1 voting, taking into consideration 75% consumption, 12.5% radio audience, and 12.5% social data to determine the top 20 submissions.

Round 1 Voting  – The top 20 submissions will be adjudicated and the nominees will be determined by 50% consumption, 25% CARAS Academy Delegate vote, 12.5% social data, and 12.5% radio audience.

Round 2 Voting – In the second round, CARAS Academy Delegates anonymously vote on the 5 Nominees to determine 1 JUNO Award winner

CATEGORY#9: SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR Presented by SOCAN

JUNO AWARD GOES TO: SONGWRITER

 

ELIGIBILITY

  • Copyright owners (Publisher, Songwriter, Label, etc.) must submit THREE (3) songs as a representation of the creative success of each songwriter’s body of work.
  • Publishers and Labels must liaise with each other on submissions for each Songwriter.
  • If submitting songs from an eligible album, please ensure that they were not released as singles outside of the eligibility period. CARAS will use the earliest release date found online to determine eligibility.
  • A Songwriter writing alone or in collaboration with others is eligible, as long as he/she is Canadian. There is no minimum contribution percentage in this category.
  • A Songwriter may make a submission as a single Songwriter or as part of a Songwriting Team. Songwriters who wish to be considered as a team must all agree to submit the same three songs as a team. You CANNOT submit as a single Songwriter and as part of a Songwriting Team. A Songwriter who decides to submit on their own, but is also a Co-Songwriter on all three songs on any other SUBMISSION IN THE CATEGORY, will only receive named credit on the other submission and will not become a nominee or winner.
  • Songwriters submitting alone must provide credits for all co-songwriters (to be entered on the category details page).
  • Canadian Songwriters who write for international artists/releases are eligible. 
  • A song does not need to contain lyrics to be eligible.

Final decisions on category eligibility is at the discretion of CARAS.

ADJUDICATION

A screen down process may take place prior to Round 1 voting, taking into account the quality of music. 

Round 1 Voting  – In this stage, 10 anonymous judges who are experts in the respective genre and/or technical discipline participate in voting. They are demographically and geographically diverse and are selected based on their unbiased roles within the music industry. All judges must be Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents actively working in the Canadian music Industry. The purpose of Round 1 Voting is to determine the 5 JUNO Award Nominees.

Round 2 Voting – In the second round, CARAS Academy Delegates anonymously vote on the 5 Nominees to determine 1 JUNO Award winner.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Please be advised that multiple submissions cannot be submitted to this category. A submitter must create one submission, selecting 3 tracks to represent their work.

CATEGORY #10: COUNTRY ALBUM OF THE YEAR

JUNO AWARD GOES TO: RECORDING ARTIST

 

ELIGIBILITY 

Country Music is a form of popular music originating from American Southern folk music characterized by the use of string instruments and relatable lyrical content. The style and structure of the music reflects a nostalgic narrative while continuing to pursue new ground-breaking expressions of those stories. The format also recognizes the broad spectrum that is country music style and culture and while its current music remains reminiscent of its culture’s legacy, it also engages in contemporary styles that are still relevant to the country music culture, including those that are country in content but aimed at a more contemporary or pop audience.   

To be eligible for this category, at least 50% of an album (listening time) must fit the genre.

There are no sales qualifications for this category.

Final decisions on category eligibility is at the discretion of CARAS.

ADJUDICATION

A screen down process may take place prior to Round 1 voting, taking into account the quality of music. 

Round 1 Voting  – In this stage, 10 anonymous judges who are experts in the respective genre participate in voting. They are demographically and geographically diverse and are selected based on their unbiased roles within the music industry. All judges must be Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents actively working in the Canadian music Industry. The purpose of Round 1 Voting is to determine the 5 JUNO Award Nominees.

Round 2 Voting – In the second round, CARAS Academy Delegates anonymously vote on the 5 Nominees to determine 1 JUNO Award winner.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION 

Please be advised that multiple projects can be submitted if the eligibility requirements are met. Submitting multiple projects is allowed, however in doing so the submitter assumes the risk that this could split the votes between all their submissions during the voting process.

CATEGORY #11: ADULT ALTERNATIVE ALBUM OF THE YEAR Presented by Long & McQuade Musical Instruments

JUNO AWARD GOES TO: RECORDING ARTIST

 

ELIGIBILITY

Eligible albums in the Adult Alternative Album of the Year category contain contemporary songs that infuse a cross-section of genres built on exceptional lyrics and songwriting and extend the classic singer/songwriter traditions. The music may embrace Alternative and Roots sub-genre attributes but are not firmly planted in any pure form of any one genre directly.

There are no sales qualifications for this category.

Final decisions on category eligibility is at the discretion of CARAS.

ADJUDICATION

A screen down process may take place prior to Round 1 voting, taking into account quality of music. 

Round 1 Voting  – In this stage, 10 anonymous judges who are experts in the respective genre participate in voting. They are demographically and geographically diverse and are selected based on their unbiased roles within the music industry. All judges must be Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents actively working in the Canadian music Industry. The purpose of Round 1 Voting is to determine the 5 JUNO Award Nominees.

Round 2 Voting – In the second round, CARAS Academy Delegates anonymously vote on the 5 Nominees to determine 1 JUNO Award winner.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION 

Please be advised that multiple projects can be submitted if the eligibility requirements are met. Submitting multiple projects is allowed, however in doing so the submitter assumes the risk that this could split the votes between all their submissions during the voting process.

CATEGORY #12: ALTERNATIVE ALBUM OF THE YEAR 

JUNO AWARD GOES TO: RECORDING ARTIST

 

ELIGIBILITY

Eligible albums MUST have qualities and elements that set the music outside and/or ahead of mainstream Pop/Rock and other mainstream music styles. This category represents a genre of music that embraces attributes of progression and innovation in both the music and attitudes associated with it. It may embrace sub genres such as indie rock, punk, experimental, or any hybrids thereof.  

There are no sales qualifications for this category.

Final decisions on category eligibility is at the discretion of CARAS.

ADJUDICATION

A screen down process may take place prior to Round 1 voting, taking into account the quality of music. 

Round 1 Voting  – In this stage, 10 anonymous judges who are experts in the respective genre and/or technical discipline participate in voting. They are demographically and geographically diverse and are selected based on their unbiased roles within the music industry. All judges must be Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents actively working in the Canadian music Industry. The purpose of Round 1 Voting is to determine the 5 JUNO Award Nominees.

Round 2 Voting – In the second round, CARAS Academy Delegates anonymously vote on the 5 Nominees to determine 1 JUNO Award winner.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION 

Please be advised that multiple projects can be submitted if the eligibility requirements are met. Submitting multiple projects is allowed, however in doing so the submitter assumes the risk that this could split the votes between all their submissions during the voting process.

CATEGORY #13: POP ALBUM OF THE YEAR 

JUNO AWARD GOES TO: RECORDING ARTIST

 

ELIGIBILITY

Eligible styles of music for this category include mainstream pop or top 40. Successful submissions will have some element of broad-based CHR, HOT AC, corresponding video play, and/or Top Hits / Pop playlist inclusion within key streaming services.

Final decisions on category eligibility is at the discretion of CARAS.

Pop Album of the Year is a consumption category, consumption is calculated as follows:

SALES:

  • Sales will be collected from Luminate Data
  • The sales portion will be calculated by combining physical scanned sales, which includes digital sales, with digital-only sales. 
  • Online sales are defined as units purchased in digital form that are available nationally.

STREAMS:

  • Streaming data will be collected from Luminate Data
  • Streaming data includes both on-demand and programmed streams.
  • Canadian streaming providers that report to Luminate Data include YouTube, Apple Music, Spotify, Tidal, Slacker, Napster, and Soundcloud PRO.

CONSUMPTION RATIOS

  • 1250 premium streams = 1 album 
  • 1250 premium video streams = 1 album
  • 3750 ad-supported streams = 1 album
  • 3750 ad-supported video streams = 1 album
  • 3750 programmed streams = 1 album

Data calculations are performed by PwC.

ADJUDICATION

A screen down process may take place prior to Round 1 Voting, taking into account the quality of music. 

Round 1 Voting – Nominees are determined by 50% consumption and 50% judges.10 anonymous judges who are experts in the respective genre and/or technical discipline participate in voting. They are demographically and geographically diverse and are selected based on their unbiased roles within the music industry. All judges must be Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents actively working in the Canadian music industry. The purpose of Round 1 Voting is to determine the 5 JUNO Award Nominees.

Round 2 Voting – In the second round, CARAS Academy Delegates anonymously vote on the 5 Nominees to determine 1 JUNO Award winner.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION 

Please be advised that multiple projects can be submitted if the eligibility requirements are met. Submitting multiple projects is allowed, however in doing so the submitter assumes the risk that this could split the votes between all their submissions during the voting process.

CATEGORY #14: ROCK ALBUM OF THE YEAR

JUNO AWARD GOES TO: RECORDING ARTIST

 

ELIGIBILITY

The sound of rock often revolves around the electric guitar or acoustic guitar, and it uses a strong back beat laid down by a rhythm section of electric bass guitar, drums, and keyboard instruments. Eligible styles for this category may encompass such sub-genres as soft rock, glam rock, punk rock, progressive rock, hard rock and often approach what is considered mainstream, contemporary and/or popular rock. 

Final decisions on category eligibility is at the discretion of CARAS.

Rock Album of the Year is a consumption category, consumption is calculated as follows:

SALES:

  • Sales will be collected from Luminate Data
  • The sales portion will be calculated by combining physical scanned sales, which includes digital sales, with digital-only sales. 
  • Online sales are defined as units purchased in digital form that are available nationally.

STREAMS:

  • Streaming data will be collected from Luminate Data
  • Streaming data includes both on-demand and programmed streams.
  • Canadian streaming providers that report to Luminate Data include YouTube, Apple Music, Spotify, Tidal, Slacker, Napster, and Soundcloud PRO.

CONSUMPTION RATIOS

  • 1250 premium streams = 1 album 
  • 1250 premium video streams = 1 album
  • 3750 ad-supported streams = 1 album
  • 3750 ad-supported video streams = 1 album
  • 3750 programmed streams = 1 album

Data calculations are performed by PwC.

ADJUDICATION

A screen down process may take place prior to Round 1 Voting, taking into account the quality of music. 

Round 1 Voting – Nominees are determined by 50% consumption and 50% judge.10 anonymous judges who are experts in the respective genre and/or technical discipline participate in voting. They are demographically and geographically diverse and are selected based on their unbiased roles within the music industry. All judges must be Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents actively working in the Canadian music Industry. The purpose of Round 1 Voting is to determine the 5 JUNO Award Nominees.

Round 2 Voting – In the second round, CARAS Academy Delegates anonymously vote on the 5 Nominees to determine 1 JUNO Award winner.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION 

Please be advised that multiple projects can be submitted if the eligibility requirements are met. Submitting multiple projects is allowed, however in doing so the submitter assumes the risk that this could split the votes between all their submissions during the voting process.

CATEGORY #15: VOCAL JAZZ ALBUM OF THE YEAR

JUNO AWARD GOES TO: RECORDING ARTIST   

 

ELIGIBILITY

Either the leader of the group is the vocalist, or the recording features a consistent vocal ensemble throughout. A minimum of 80% of the songs must have vocals performed by the leader, vocal ensemble, a featured vocalist, or are split between solo members of the vocal ensemble.    Artist-based projects where multiple vocalists are used to support the production of a singular project (i.e. a songbook or tribute project to the compositions of a particular artist or singer), shall be deemed eligible.  ‘Various artist’ compilations where numerous masters are compiled (new or old) into a single album, are not considered artist-based projects and will not be eligible. 

Eligible sub-genres include all vocal music styles with a strong base in the roots of jazz.  Sub-genres or styles include:  Traditional jazz, stride, ragtime, swing, bebop, hard bop, cool jazz, modal jazz, fusion, Latin, Cuban or Afro-Cuban jazz, groove-based, nu-jazz, ‘acid jazz’, smooth, avant-garde, free improvisation, third stream, orchestral, world music-influenced, etc…  

Live recordings that have a ratio of 75% (or less) previously released material and 25% new material are eligible. Eligibility will be determined by the CARAS Screening Committee.

There are no sales qualifications for this category.

Final decisions on category eligibility is at the discretion of CARAS.

ADJUDICATION

A screen down process may take place prior to Round 1 voting, taking into account the quality of music. 

Round 1 Voting  – In this stage, 10 anonymous judges who are experts in the respective genre and/or technical discipline participate in voting. They are demographically and geographically diverse and are selected based on their unbiased roles within the music industry. All judges must be Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents actively working in the Canadian music Industry. The purpose of Round 1 Voting is to determine the 5 JUNO Award Nominees.

Round 2 Voting – In the second round, the same 10 judges anonymously vote on the 5 Nominees to determine 1 JUNO Award winner.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION 

Please be advised that multiple projects can be submitted if the eligibility requirements are met. Submitting multiple projects is allowed, however in doing so the submitter assumes the risk that this could split the votes between all their submissions during the voting process.

CATEGORY #16: JAZZ ALBUM OF THE YEAR (SOLO)

JUNO AWARD GOES TO: RECORDING ARTIST

 

ELIGIBILITY

This category includes all artists with a project that is either recorded completely solo, or with any amount of accompaniment but credited by name to one individual as leader as billed on the album packaging. Promotional material may be consulted.

A tribute project or concept album (as long as all the masters are used from new/recent recording sessions) spearheaded by one leader would also be applicable in this category.  In addition, solo artist-based projects where multiple instrumentalists are used to support the production of a singular project (i.e. a songbook or tribute project to the compositions of a particular artist or singer as long as all the masters are used or from new/recent recording sessions), shall be deemed eligible. ‘Various artist’ compilations (new or old) where numerous masters are compiled into a single album, are not considered artist-based projects and will not be eligible. 

If there is any confusion on this issue, (i.e. a project that bills itself as both a solo artist and group within these definitions) CARAS will have sole discretion in determining the appropriate category for the project.

Eligible genres of music include:

Any style of recording that predominantly features musical elements from the rich and diverse history of jazz music.  Sub-genres or styles include: traditional jazz, stride, ragtime, swing, bebop, hard bop, cool jazz, modal jazz, fusion, Latin, Cuban or Afro-Cuban jazz, groove-based, nu-jazz, ‘acid jazz’, smooth, avant-garde, free improvisation, third stream, orchestral, world music-influenced, etc  

Submissions may have guest vocalists but 80% or more of the material on the album must contain ‘instrumental’ recordings. Vocalists who sing as a section member with the group (i.e. without lyrics, vocal melodies in unison or in harmony with the instrumental members of the group) are not considered to be contributing towards a vocal jazz percentage of content. For example, a vocalist singing melodic, non-lyrical material within an instrumental project, is considered an instrumental contribution.  

Live recordings that have a ratio of 75% (or less) previously released material and 25% new material are eligible.

There are no sales qualifications for this category.  

Final decisions on category eligibility is at the discretion of CARAS.

ADJUDICATION

A screen down process may take place prior to Round 1 voting, taking into account the quality of music. 

Round 1 Voting  – In this stage, 10 anonymous judges who are experts in the respective genre and/or technical discipline participate in voting. They are demographically and geographically diverse and are selected based on their unbiased roles within the music industry. All judges must be Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents actively working in the Canadian music Industry. The purpose of Round 1 Voting is to determine the 5 JUNO Award Nominees.

Round 2 Voting – In the second round, the same 10 judges anonymously vote on the 5 Nominees to determine 1 JUNO Award winner.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION 

Please be advised that multiple projects can be submitted if the eligibility requirements are met. Submitting multiple projects is allowed, however in doing so the submitter assumes the risk that this could split the votes between all their submissions during the voting process.

CATEGORY #17: JAZZ ALBUM OF THE YEAR (GROUP)

JUNO AWARD GOES TO: RECORDING ARTIST

 

ELIGIBILITY

This category includes all artists who identify as a collective of musicians and are billed as such on the album. Promotional material may be consulted. Applicable groups would include those with specific band names, or ensembles, orchestras, etc.  This category includes duos, trios, quartets, quintets, etc. that may be led by a single artist but bill themselves including the accompanists in the title (i.e. The Oliver Jones Trio, The Seamus Blake Quartet).    

A tribute project or concept album (as long as all the masters used are from new/recent recording sessions) spearheaded by a group or collective of musicians would also be applicable in this category. In addition, group-based projects where multiple instrumentalists are used to support the production of a singular project (i.e. a songbook or tribute project to the compositions of a particular artist or singer as long as all the masters are used or from new/recent recording sessions), shall be deemed eligible. ‘Various artist’ compilations where numerous masters are compiled (new or old) into a single album, are not considered artist-based projects and will not be eligible. 

If there is any confusion on this issue, (i.e. a project that bills itself as both a solo artist and group within these definitions) CARAS will have sole discretion in determining the appropriate category for the project.

There are no sales qualifications for this category.  

Final decisions on category eligibility is at the discretion of CARAS.

Eligible music includes:

Any style of recording that predominantly features musical elements from the rich and diverse history of jazz music.  Sub-genres or styles include: traditional jazz, stride, ragtime, swing, bebop, hard bop, cool jazz, modal jazz, fusion, Latin, Cuban or Afro-Cuban jazz, groove-based, nu-jazz, ‘acid jazz’, smooth, avant-garde, free improvisation, third stream, orchestral, world music-influenced, etc.

Submissions may have guest vocalists but 80% or more of the material on the album must contain ‘instrumental’ recordings. Vocalists who sing as a section member with the group (i.e. without lyrics, vocal melodies in unison or in harmony with the instrumental members of the group) are not considered to be contributing towards a vocal jazz percentage of content. For example, a vocalist singing melodic, non-lyrical material within an instrumental project, is considered an instrumental contribution.  

ADJUDICATION

A screen down process may take place prior to Round 1 voting, taking into account the quality of music. 

Round 1 Voting  – In this stage, 10 anonymous judges who are experts in the respective genre and/or technical discipline participate in voting. They are demographically and geographically diverse and are selected based on their unbiased roles within the music industry. All judges must be Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents actively working in the Canadian music Industry. The purpose of Round 1 Voting is to determine the 5 JUNO Award Nominees.

Round 2 Voting – In the second round, the same 10 judges anonymously vote on the 5 Nominees to determine 1 JUNO Award winner.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION 

Please be advised that multiple projects can be submitted if the eligibility requirements are met. Submitting multiple projects is allowed, however in doing so the submitter assumes the risk that this could split the votes between all their submissions during the voting process.

CATEGORY #18: INSTRUMENTAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR

JUNO AWARD GOES TO: RECORDING ARTIST

 

ELIGIBILITY

Album-length original recordings which are primarily instrumentally-focused are eligible. For the purpose of this category, “instrumental” means using instruments and voice, where voice is used almost exclusively in the vocalization of notes or tones, as opposed to voice used in the rendition of lyrics. Eligible products must be at least 75% instrumental (playing time) and be the driving force to the overall popularity of the album.   Musical genres and respective subgenres such as (but not limited to) techno, world music, jazz, folk, funk, ambient, house, electro, classical, experimental, turntablism and ambient fit within this category. CARAS will have sole discretion in determining if an album is deemed predominantly instrumental.

There are no sales qualifications for this category.

Final decisions on category eligibility is at the discretion of CARAS.

ADJUDICATION

A screen down process may take place prior to Round 1 voting, taking into account the quality of music. 

Round 1 Voting  – In this stage, 10 anonymous judges who are experts in the respective genre and/or technical discipline participate in voting. They are demographically and geographically diverse and are selected based on their unbiased roles within the music industry. All judges must be Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents actively working in the Canadian music Industry. The purpose of Round 1 Voting is to determine the 5 JUNO Award Nominees.

Round 2 Voting – In the second round, the same 10 judges anonymously vote on the 5 Nominees to determine 1 JUNO Award winner.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION 

Please be advised that multiple projects can be submitted if the eligibility requirements are met. Submitting multiple projects is allowed, however in doing so the submitter assumes the risk that this could split the votes between all their submissions during the voting process.

CATEGORY #19: FRANCOPHONE ALBUM OF THE YEAR

JUNO AWARD GOES TO: RECORDING ARTIST

 

ELIGIBILITY

To be eligible, at least 70% of the album runtime must be French language content. Albums of all genres are eligible for this category.

Francophone  Album of the Year is a Crossover category. Projects submitted to this category may also be submitted to another recording and or album category based on meeting the category eligibility and musical sound of another genre.

Final decisions on category eligibility is at the discretion of CARAS.

Francophone Album of the Year is a consumption category, consumption is calculated as follows:

SALES:

  • Sales will be collected from Luminate Data
  • The sales portion will be calculated by combining physical scanned sales, which includes digital sales, with digital-only sales. 
  • Online sales are defined as units purchased in digital form that are available nationally.

STREAMS:

  • Streaming data will be collected from Luminate Data
  • Streaming data includes both on-demand and programmed streams.
  • Canadian streaming providers that report to Luminate Data include YouTube, Apple Music, Spotify, Tidal, Slacker, Napster, and Soundcloud PRO.

CONSUMPTION RATIOS

  • 1250 premium streams = 1 album 
  • 1250 premium video streams = 1 album
  • 3750 ad-supported streams = 1 album
  • 3750 ad-supported video streams = 1 album
  • 3750 programmed streams = 1 album

Data calculations are performed by PwC.

ADJUDICATION

A screen down process may take place prior to Round 1 Voting, taking into account the quality of music. 

Round 1 Voting – Nominees are determined by 50% consumption and 50% judge.10 anonymous judges who are experts in the respective genre and/or technical discipline participate in voting. They are demographically and geographically diverse and are selected based on their unbiased roles within the music industry. All judges must be Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents actively working in the Canadian music Industry. The purpose of Round 1 Voting is to determine the 5 JUNO Award Nominees.

Round 2 Voting – In the second round, the same 10 judges anonymously vote on the 5 Nominees to determine 1 JUNO Award winner.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION 

Please be advised that multiple projects can be submitted if the eligibility requirements are met. Submitting multiple projects is allowed, however in doing so the submitter assumes the risk that this could split the votes between all their submissions during the voting process.

CATEGORY #20: CHILDREN’S ALBUM OF THE YEAR

JUNO AWARD GOES TO: RECORDING ARTIST

 

ELIGIBILITY

This category recognizes the work of Children’s Music Artists in Canada. Albums must be created and intended specifically for children of single-digit ages (0-9 years) with “Children’s Music” listed as its primary genre. 

Music will be judged based on production value, musical quality, (dramatic quality if narrative), originality of songwriting and lyrics, repertoire, the creative, positive, and imaginative impact for the listener. Live touring shows are eligible, provided that the characters are acting as one cohesive group, and the project contains thematically linked material.

There are no sales qualifications for this category. 

Final decisions on category eligibility is at the discretion of CARAS.

SUBMISSIONS MUST INCLUDE

  • Biographical information, including an explanation of how they are actively representing and marketing themselves as a Children’s Music Artist.
  • Links and or documentation of ongoing Community Engagement with families of young children (can include proof of online media initiatives, links to Facebook or YouTube live streams, other live appearances, online shows or music videos, and/or notable touring dates/shows geared towards children 0-9, etc).Final decisions on category eligibility is at the discretion of CARAS.

ADJUDICATION

A screen down process may take place prior to Round 1 voting, taking into account the quality of music. 

Round 1 Voting  – In this stage, 10 anonymous judges who are experts in the respective genre and/or technical discipline participate in voting. They are demographically and geographically diverse and are selected based on their unbiased roles within the music industry. All judges must be Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents actively working in the Canadian music Industry. The purpose of Round 1 Voting is to determine the 5 JUNO Award Nominees.

Round 2 Voting – In the second round, the same 10 judges anonymously vote on the 5 Nominees to determine 1 JUNO Award winner.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION 

Please be advised that multiple projects can be submitted if the eligibility requirements are met. Submitting multiple projects is allowed, however in doing so the submitter assumes the risk that this could split the votes between all their submissions during the voting process.

CATEGORY #21: CLASSICAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR (SOLO ARTIST)

JUNO AWARD GOES TO: SOLO ARTIST 

 

Only Canadian contributors to the project are deemed the nominees.  Canadian Composers cannot be nominated in this category and should refer to Category 24 “Classical Composition of the Year”

ELIGIBILITY

This category includes instrumental and vocal solo artists. Canadian solo artists involved with ensembles containing foreign artists will be eligible, as long as the CARAS Classical Music Advisory Committee deems said Canadian solo artist to be the feature artist on the project. 

Eligible projects must meet the following criteria:

  1. Solo Artist must be Canadian
  2. Solo Artists can be accompanied by a solo instrument, and/or small or large ensemble, but must be the focal point of the recording and/or album artwork.
  3. In all cases, repertoire and recording location will not affect eligibility.

There are no sales qualifications for this category. 

Final decisions on category eligibility is at the discretion of CARAS.

Nominee listing: Album Title, Solo Artist Name, Ensemble Name (if applicable), Conducted by Conductor Name (if applicable).

ADJUDICATION

A screen down process may take place prior to Round 1 voting, taking into account the quality of music. 

Round 1 Voting  – In this stage, 10 anonymous judges who are experts in the respective genre and/or technical discipline participate in voting. They are demographically and geographically diverse and are selected based on their unbiased roles within the music industry. All judges must be Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents actively working in the Canadian music Industry. The purpose of Round 1 Voting is to determine the 5 JUNO Award Nominees.

Round 2 Voting – In the second round, the same 10 judges anonymously vote on the 5 Nominees to determine 1 JUNO Award winner.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION 

Please be advised that multiple projects can be submitted if the eligibility requirements are met. Submitting multiple projects is allowed, however in doing so the submitter assumes the risk that this could split the votes between all their submissions during the voting process.

There are 4 Classical Categories open to eligible submitters: 

21 – Classical Album of the Year (Solo Artist)
22 – Classical Album of the Year (Large Ensemble)
23 – Classical Album of the Year (Small Ensemble)
24 – Classical Composition of the Year

CATEGORY #22: CLASSICAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR (LARGE ENSEMBLE)

JUNO AWARD GOES TO: SOLOIST AND LARGE ENSEMBLE AND/OR CONDUCTOR 

 

Only Canadian contributors to the project are deemed the nominees.  Canadian Composers cannot be nominated in this category and should refer to Category 24 “Classical Composition of the Year”

ELIGIBILITY

This category includes instrumental ensembles and/or vocal ensembles, as well as soloists with large ensemble accompaniment and conductor. 

Eligible projects must meet the following criteria:

  1. A large ensemble, as deemed by CARAS, must consist of 15 or more LIVE  members.
  2. The conductor or soloists can be non-Canadian as long as the large ensemble is at least 50% Canadian and based in Canada.
  3. A Canadian conductor of a foreign large ensemble is eligible if the conductor is deemed to be the focus of the artwork 
  4. In all cases, repertoire and recording location will not affect eligibility.

There are no sales qualifications for this category. 

Final decisions on category eligibility is at the discretion of CARAS.

Nominee listing: Album Title, Large Ensemble Name, Conducted by Conductor Name featuring soloist(s) (if applicable)

ADJUDICATION

A screen down process may take place prior to Round 1 voting, taking into account the quality of music. 

Round 1 Voting  – In this stage, 10 anonymous judges who are experts in the respective genre and/or technical discipline participate in voting. They are demographically and geographically diverse and are selected based on their unbiased roles within the music industry. All judges must be Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents actively working in the Canadian music Industry. The purpose of Round 1 Voting is to determine the 5 JUNO Award Nominees.

Round 2 Voting – In the second round, the same 10 judges anonymously vote on the 5 Nominees to determine 1 JUNO Award winner.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION 

Please be advised that multiple projects can be submitted if the eligibility requirements are met. Submitting multiple projects is allowed, however in doing so the submitter assumes the risk that this could split the votes between all their submissions during the voting process.

There are 4 Classical Categories open to eligible submitters: 

21 – Classical Album of the Year (Solo Artist)
22 – Classical Album of the Year (Large Ensemble)
23 – Classical Album of the Year (Small Ensemble)
24 – Classical Composition of the Year 

CATEGORY #23:  CLASSICAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR (SMALL ENSEMBLE) 

JUNO AWARD GOES TO: SOLOIST AND SMALL ENSEMBLE AND/OR CONDUCTOR

 

Only Canadian contributors to the project are deemed the nominees. Canadian Composers cannot be nominated in this category and should refer to Category 24 “Classical Composition of the Year”

ELIGIBILITY

This category includes instrumental and/or vocal small ensembles, instrumental and/or vocal soloists with chamber accompaniment, and conductor.

Eligible submissions must meet the following criteria:

  1. A small ensemble, as deemed by CARAS, consists of 14 or fewer LIVE members.
  2. Canadian ensembles conducted by a non-Canadian are eligible. 50% of the group must be Canadian. 
  3. A Canadian conductor of a foreign small ensemble is eligible if the conductor is deemed to be the focus of the artwork.
  4. In all cases, repertoire and recording location will not affect eligibility. 

There are no sales qualifications for this category. 

Final decisions on category eligibility is at the discretion of CARAS.

Nominee listing: Album Title, Small Ensemble Name, Conducted by Conductor Name (if applicable) featuring Soloist(s) Name(s) (if applicable)

ADJUDICATION

A screen down process may take place prior to Round 1 voting, taking into account the quality of music. 

Round 1 Voting  – In this stage, 10 anonymous judges who are experts in the respective genre and/or technical discipline participate in voting. They are demographically and geographically diverse and are selected based on their unbiased roles within the music industry. All judges must be Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents actively working in the Canadian music Industry. The purpose of Round 1 Voting is to determine the 5 JUNO Award Nominees.

Round 2 Voting – In the second round, the same 10 judges anonymously vote on the 5 Nominees to determine 1 JUNO Award winner.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION 

Please be advised that multiple projects can be submitted if the eligibility requirements are met. Submitting multiple projects is allowed, however in doing so the submitter assumes the risk that this could split the votes between all their submissions during the voting process.

There are 4 Classical Categories open to eligible submitters: 

21 – Classical Album of the Year (Solo Artist)
22 – Classical Album of the Year (Large Ensemble)
23 – Classical Album of the Year (Small Ensemble)
24 – Classical Composition of the Year

CATEGORY #24: CLASSICAL COMPOSITION OF THE YEAR

JUNO AWARD GOES TO: COMPOSER

 

Only Canadian contributors to the project are deemed the nominees

ELIGIBILITY

This category is for a recording of a composition and includes all original Canadian classical works composed within the last fifty years.  A composition is one body of work, but may contain multiple movements.  

An album submitted into this category may also be submitted into one of the other classical categories in the same year.

There are no sales qualifications for this category. 

Final decisions on category eligibility is at the discretion of CARAS.

ADJUDICATION

A screen down process may take place prior to Round 1 voting, taking into account the quality of music. 

Round 1 Voting  – In this stage, 10 anonymous judges who are experts in the respective genre and/or technical discipline participate in voting. They are demographically and geographically diverse and are selected based on their unbiased roles within the music industry. All judges must be Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents actively working in the Canadian music Industry. The purpose of Round 1 Voting is to determine the 5 JUNO Award Nominees.

Round 2 Voting – In the second round, the same 10 judges anonymously vote on the 5 Nominees to determine 1 JUNO Award winner.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION 

Please be advised that multiple projects can be submitted if the eligibility requirements are met. Submitting multiple projects is allowed, however in doing so the submitter assumes the risk that this could split the votes between all their submissions during the voting process.

There are 4 Classical Categories open to eligible submitters: 

21 – Classical Album of the Year (Solo Artist)
22 – Classical Album of the Year (Large Ensemble)
23 – Classical Album of the Year (Small Ensemble)
24 – Classical Composition of the Year 

CATEGORY #25: RAP ALBUM/EP OF THE YEAR 

JUNO AWARD GOES TO: RECORDING ARTIST

 

ELIGIBILITY

Products must predominantly fall in the genre of rap music. Predominance means 50% or more of the recording. Lyrics must be delivered in an MC style and music/beats must reflect the sound of traditional and/or current rap.

Both albums and EPs (minimum two tracks) are eligible. To be eligible for this category, at least 50% of an album/EP (listening time) must fit the genre.

Please Note: 

  • When submitting an album/EP for consideration, you MUST upload all tracks on the album/EP.
  • You can also submit to Rap Single of the Year using ONE single off of the submitted album or EP. You CANNOT submit a different single off the album/EP to any other category.

Final decisions on category eligibility is at the discretion of CARAS.

Rap Album/EP of the Year is a consumption category, consumption is calculated as follows:

SALES:

  • Sales will be collected from Luminate Data
  • The sales portion will be calculated by combining physical scanned sales, which includes digital sales, with digital-only sales. 
  • Online sales are defined as units purchased in digital form that are available nationally.

STREAMS:

  • Streaming data will be collected from Luminate Data
  • Streaming data includes both on-demand and programmed streams.
  • Canadian streaming providers that report to Luminate Data include YouTube, Apple Music, Spotify, Tidal, Slacker, Napster, and Soundcloud PRO.

CONSUMPTION RATIOS

  • 1250 premium streams = 1 album 
  • 1250 premium video streams = 1 album
  • 3750 ad-supported streams = 1 album
  • 3750 ad-supported video streams = 1 album
  • 3750 programmed streams = 1 album

Data calculations are performed by PwC.

ADJUDICATION

A screen down process may take place prior to Round 1 Voting, taking into account the quality of music. 

Round 1 Voting – Nominees are determined by 25% consumption and 75% judges.10 anonymous judges who are experts in the respective genre and/or technical discipline participate in voting. They are demographically and geographically diverse and are selected based on their unbiased roles within the music industry. All judges must be Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents actively working in the Canadian music industry. The purpose of Round 1 Voting is to determine the 5 JUNO Award Nominees.

Round 2 Voting – In the second round, CARAS Academy Delegates anonymously vote on the 5 Nominees to determine 1 JUNO Award winner.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION 

Please be advised that multiple projects can be submitted if the eligibility requirements are met. Submitting multiple projects is allowed, however in doing so the submitter assumes the risk that this could split the votes between all their submissions during the voting process.

CATEGORY #26: DANCE RECORDING OF THE YEAR

JUNO AWARD GOES TO: RECORDING ARTIST

 

RECORDING CATEGORY CRITERIA

Singles, EPs and Albums are eligible to be submitted into recording categories. When submitting an EP or Album for consideration, three tracks must be selected to represent your submission. If submitting a single, it must be a standalone single and not a feature single on an album or EP. To be eligible, at least 50% of an album’s listening time must fit the genre described below under ELIGIBILITY. Please note:

  • If an album/EP or single is nominated one year, it may NOT be resubmitted the following year using three different tracks or another single.
  • An album can be submitted the following year that contains a nominated single, if that album was not available for sale during the previous eligibility period.

ELIGIBILITY

All forms of dance music (also known as EDM, club music, or simply Dance) and all its sub-genres (including but limited to): Commercial Dance* (but not Pop), House, Trance,  Electro House, Dubstep, Deep House, etc. are eligible for this category. Submissions will be accepted in either the original mix or a remix. Where more than one mix, extension or remix exists, the artist/label must indicate the specific submission.The original song can be released from any date, as long as the remix was released during the eligibility period. The remixer must be Canadian. Only songs originally released as dance/electronic recordings will be considered for this category.  Dance remixes of other genres/styles of music are NOT eligible. Exception: if a dance version and non-dance version of the same recording are released simultaneously (i.e. the album release includes both versions)

*Commercial dance music can be described as vibrant, electronic music crafted to cater to a wide audience and create an energetic atmosphere, with a primary aim of commercial success

There are no sales qualifications for this category.

Final decisions on category eligibility is at the discretion of CARAS.

ADJUDICATION

A screen down process may take place prior to Round 1 voting, taking into account the quality of music. 

Round 1 Voting  – In this stage, 10 anonymous judges who are experts in the respective genre and/or technical discipline participate in voting. They are demographically and geographically diverse and are selected based on their unbiased roles within the music industry. All judges must be Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents actively working in the Canadian music Industry. The purpose of Round 1 Voting is to determine the 5 JUNO Award Nominees.

Round 2 Voting – In the second round, the same 10 judges anonymously vote on the 5 Nominees to determine 1 JUNO Award winner.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION 

Please be advised that multiple projects can be submitted if the eligibility requirements are met. Submitting multiple projects is allowed, however in doing so the submitter assumes the risk that this could split the votes between all their submissions during the voting process.

CATEGORY #27: CONTEMPORARY R&B RECORDING OF THE YEAR

JUNO AWARD GOES TO: RECORDING ARTIST

 

RECORDING CATEGORY CRITERIA

Singles, EPs and albums are eligible to be submitted into recording categories. When submitting an EP or album for consideration, you must choose to submit three tracks or one single to represent the body of work. To be eligible, at least 50% of an album’s listening time must fit the genre described below under ELIGIBILITY. Please note:

  • If an EP or album is nominated one year, it may NOT be resubmitted the following year using three different tracks or another single.
  • An EP or album can be submitted the following year that contains a nominated single, if that album was not available for sale during the previous eligibility period.

ELIGIBILITY

This category is intended for artists whose music includes the more contemporary elements of R&B and may include samples and elements of hip-hop, rap, dance, and electronic music. It may also incorporate production elements found in pop, euro-pop, country, rock, folk, and alternative. If submitting an album or EP to this category, at least 50% of the listening time must be newly recorded contemporary vocal tracks derivative of R&B.

There are no sales qualifications for this category.

Final decisions on category eligibility is at the discretion of CARAS.

ADJUDICATION

A screen down process may take place prior to Round 1 voting, taking into account the quality of music. 

Round 1 Voting  – In this stage, 10 anonymous judges who are experts in the respective genre and/or technical discipline participate in voting. They are demographically and geographically diverse and are selected based on their unbiased roles within the music industry. All judges must be Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents actively working in the Canadian music Industry. The purpose of Round 1 Voting is to determine the 5 JUNO Award Nominees.

Round 2 Voting – In the second round, the same 10 judges anonymously vote on the 5 Nominees to determine 1 JUNO Award winner.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION 

Please be advised that multiple projects can be submitted if the eligibility requirements are met. Submitting multiple projects is allowed, however in doing so the submitter assumes the risk that this could split the votes between all their submissions during the voting process. 

CATEGORY #28: REGGAE RECORDING OF THE YEAR

JUNO AWARD GOES TO: RECORDING ARTIST

 

RECORDING CATEGORY CRITERIA

Singles, EPs and albums are eligible to be submitted into recording categories. When submitting an EP or album for consideration, you must choose to submit three tracks or one single to represent the body of work. To be eligible, at least 50% of an album’s listening time must fit the genre described below under ELIGIBILITY. Please note:

  • If an EP or album is nominated one year, it may NOT be resubmitted the following year using three different tracks or another single.
  • An EP or album can be submitted the following year that contains a nominated single, if that album was not available for sale during the previous eligibility period.

ELIGIBILITY

Eligible music styles include Ska, Rocksteady, Roots, Lover’s Rock, Classic Rockers, Dancehall, Dub Poetry and Reggae with a hybrid sound (Reggae that utilizes elements of other cultures and genres, e.g. R&B, Rock, Jazz, etc.). Artists/groups must be recognized as performing/recording Reggae acts. 

There are no sales qualifications for this category. 

Final decisions on category eligibility is at the discretion of CARAS.

ADJUDICATION

A screen down process may take place prior to Round 1 voting, taking into account the quality of music. 

Round 1 Voting  – In this stage, 10 anonymous judges who are experts in the respective genre and/or technical discipline participate in voting. They are demographically and geographically diverse and are selected based on their unbiased roles within the music industry. All judges must be Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents actively working in the Canadian music Industry. The purpose of Round 1 Voting is to determine the 5 JUNO Award Nominees.

Round 2 Voting – In the second round, the same 10 judges anonymously vote on the 5 Nominees to determine 1 JUNO Award winner.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION 

Please be advised that multiple projects can be submitted if the eligibility requirements are met. Submitting multiple projects is allowed, however in doing so the submitter assumes the risk that this could split the votes between all their submissions during the voting process.

CATEGORY #29: CONTEMPORARY INDIGENOUS ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR

JUNO AWARD GOES TO: RECORDING ARTIST

 

CARAS in collaboration and guidance from our Indigenous Music Advisory Committee work together to determine the eligibility criteria for the following category. The Indigenous Music Advisory Committee is comprised of music industry professionals who are Indigenous to Northern Turtle Island.

ELIGIBILITY

This category recognizes Indigenous people making music in any genre. To be eligible, solo acts must be Inuit, First Nation, or Métis and at least 50% of all groups must be Inuit, First Nation, or Métis. Solo acts are defined as artists who market their releases or performances under their own name or are the creative forces behind a group (CARAS may require proof). Groups must identify their Indigenous members in the promotional photograph that they used to market the album they are submitting. 

Indigenous Nations in Canada are diverse and their unique vocal styles, instruments, and songs have value. This category will follow the lead of Indigenous collectives who identify the improper use of the vocal styles, instruments, or songs created by their ancestors.

A full album must be submitted to this category. A full album is defined as having a minimum running time of 20 unique minutes or 6 unique tracks – “unique” meaning no remixes, instrumental versions, acoustic, added accompaniment etc. Singles are not eligible.

SUBMISSIONS MUST INCLUDE

  • The promotional photograph that was used to market the album being submitted (groups must identify their Indigenous members in the photograph). Illustrations are not acceptable and submissions in question will be asked for additional documentation. Please use this photo in the artist/band photo upload.
  • Contact information for two Indigenous community references (ie. Chief or council member or community leader, Elder, local historian, etc.) that recognize your family lineage is linked to a specific Nation. These individuals must be Indigenous. 
  • Tell us about your connection to your community and how your family lineage supports your eligibility in the Indigenous categories.

OPTIONAL IN THE SUBMISSION

  • You may upload a Status Card, Inuit land claims beneficiary card, Band or Métis membership card to help the committee recognize your family lineage is linked to a specific Nation. Our Indigenous Music Advisory Committee has a broad reach across Turtle Island and Inuit Nunaat and we know many relatives that contribute to, and know members of our community. NOTE: If you are a group, please upload all cards in one document.

Contemporary Indigenous Artist or Group of the Year is a Crossover category. Projects submitted to this category may also be submitted to another recording and or album category based on meeting the category eligibility and musical sound of another genre.

There are no sales qualifications for this category. 

Final decisions on category eligibility is at the discretion of CARAS.

ADJUDICATION

A screen down process may take place prior to Round 1 voting, taking into account the quality of music. 

Round 1 Voting  – In this stage, 10 anonymous judges who are experts in the respective genre and/or technical discipline participate in voting. They are demographically and geographically diverse and are selected based on their unbiased roles within the music industry. All judges must be Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents actively working in the Canadian music Industry. The purpose of Round 1 Voting is to determine the 5 JUNO Award Nominees.

Round 2 Voting – In the second round, the same 10 judges anonymously vote on the 5 Nominees to determine 1 JUNO Award winner.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION 

Please be advised that multiple projects can be submitted if the eligibility requirements are met. Submitting multiple projects is allowed, however in doing so the submitter assumes the risk that this could split the votes between all their submissions during the voting process.

CATEGORY #30: CONTEMPORARY ROOTS ALBUM OF THE YEAR

JUNO AWARD GOES TO: RECORDING ARTIST

 

ELIGIBILITY

Recently composed or arranged vocal and/or instrumental music influenced by roots music traditions that are specific to a cultural or geographic group or groups. Contemporary roots recognizes genres of music that emerged with the use of electric instruments, in addition to innovative new arrangements of traditional songs or instrumental compositions. Fusions of various styles of roots music genres and cultures are also eligible. 

There are no sales qualifications for this category. 

Final decisions on category eligibility is at the discretion of CARAS.

ADJUDICATION

A screen down process may take place prior to Round 1 voting, taking into account the quality of music. 

Round 1 Voting  – In this stage, 10 anonymous judges who are experts in the respective genre and/or technical discipline participate in voting. They are demographically and geographically diverse and are selected based on their unbiased roles within the music industry. All judges must be Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents actively working in the Canadian music Industry. The purpose of Round 1 Voting is to determine the 5 JUNO Award Nominees.

Round 2 Voting – In the second round, the same 10 judges anonymously vote on the 5 Nominees to determine 1 JUNO Award winner.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION 

Please be advised that multiple projects can be submitted if the eligibility requirements are met. Submitting multiple projects is allowed, however in doing so the submitter assumes the risk that this could split the votes between all their submissions during the voting process.

CATEGORY #31: TRADITIONAL ROOTS ALBUM OF THE YEAR

JUNO AWARD GOES TO: RECORDING ARTIST

 

ELIGIBILITY

Music from instrumental and song traditions that are specific to a cultural or geographic group or groups is eligible for this category. It is generally acknowledged that the repertoire and stylistic elements of traditional music have been shaped through oral transmission over a period of years. Although a great deal of traditional repertoire consists of older songs and tunes, this does not exclude recent compositions which model themselves on specific traditional musical structures (e.g., recently composed jigs and reels or songs rooted in a traditional form).  Music from all languages and traditions are eligible.

There are no sales qualifications for this category. 

Final decisions on category eligibility is at the discretion of CARAS.

ADJUDICATION

A screen down process may take place prior to Round 1 voting, taking into account the quality of music. 

Round 1 Voting  – In this stage, 10 anonymous judges who are experts in the respective genre and/or technical discipline participate in voting. They are demographically and geographically diverse and are selected based on their unbiased roles within the music industry. All judges must be Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents actively working in the Canadian music Industry. The purpose of Round 1 Voting is to determine the 5 JUNO Award Nominees.

Round 2 Voting – In the second round, the same 10 judges anonymously vote on the 5 Nominees to determine 1 JUNO Award winner.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION 

Please be advised that multiple projects can be submitted if the eligibility requirements are met. Submitting multiple projects is allowed, however in doing so the submitter assumes the risk that this could split the votes between all their submissions during the voting process.

CATEGORY #32: BLUES ALBUM OF THE YEAR

JUNO AWARD GOES TO: RECORDING ARTIST

 

ELIGIBILITY

Eligible music styles include traditional/contemporary, acoustic/electric blues in a solo or group setting. Albums must be predominantly Blues.  Predominance means 50% or more of the recording. “Dedicated live recordings” that have a ratio of 75% (or less) previously released material and 25% new material are eligible. Eligibility to be determined by the CARAS Screening Committee.  

There are no sales qualifications for this category. 

Final decisions on category eligibility is at the discretion of CARAS.

ADJUDICATION

A screen down process may take place prior to Round 1 voting, taking into account the quality of music. 

Round 1 Voting  – In this stage, 10 anonymous judges who are experts in the respective genre and/or technical discipline participate in voting. They are demographically and geographically diverse and are selected based on their unbiased roles within the music industry. All judges must be Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents actively working in the Canadian music Industry. The purpose of Round 1 Voting is to determine the 5 JUNO Award Nominees.

Round 2 Voting – In the second round, the same 10 judges anonymously vote on the 5 Nominees to determine 1 JUNO Award winner.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION 

Please be advised that multiple projects can be submitted if the eligibility requirements are met. Submitting multiple projects is allowed, however in doing so the submitter assumes the risk that this could split the votes between all their submissions during the voting process.

CATEGORY #33: CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN/GOSPEL ALBUM OF THE YEAR

JUNO AWARD GOES TO: RECORDING ARTIST

 

ELIGIBILITY

This category recognizes the work of Contemporary Christian/Gospel music. Eligible music includes any and all styles that demonstrate an inspired Christian faith. Eligible artists include: choirs, groups, solo performers and instrumental artists. 

Contemporary Christian/Gospel Album of the Year is a Crossover category. Projects submitted to this category may also be submitted to another recording and or album category based on meeting the category eligibility and musical sound of another genre.

There are no sales qualifications for this category.

Final decisions on category eligibility is at the discretion of CARAS.

SUBMISSIONS MUST INCLUDE

  • Biographical information, including an explanation of how they are actively representing and marketing themselves or their album to the Christian/Gospel Music community.
  • Links and or documentation of ongoing Community Engagement with the Christian/Gospel Music Community (can include proof of online media initiatives, links to Facebook or YouTube live streams, other live appearances, online shows or music videos, and/or notable touring dates/shows geared towards the Christian/Gospel Music Community and their audiences). 

ADJUDICATION

A screen down process may take place prior to Round 1 voting, taking into account the quality of music. 

Round 1 Voting  – In this stage, 10 anonymous judges who are experts in the respective genre and/or technical discipline participate in voting. They are demographically and geographically diverse and are selected based on their unbiased roles within the music industry. All judges must be Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents actively working in the Canadian music Industry. The purpose of Round 1 Voting is to determine the 5 JUNO Award Nominees.

Round 2 Voting – In the second round, the same 10 judges anonymously vote on the 5 Nominees to determine 1 JUNO Award winner.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION 

Please be advised that multiple projects can be submitted if the eligibility requirements are met. Submitting multiple projects is allowed, however in doing so the submitter assumes the risk that this could split the votes between all their submissions during the voting process.

CATEGORY #34: GLOBAL MUSIC ALBUM OF THE YEAR

JUNO AWARD GOES TO: RECORDING ARTIST

 

ELIGIBILITY

Global Music is a broad and inclusive category that includes recordings that predominantly feature the sounds of regions around the world (i.e., South and Central America, Asia, Africa, Europe, West Asia, North Africa, Pacific Islands, Polynesia, Melanesia, Micronesia, and the Caribbean and excluding Reggae and New Age music). 50% or more of the recording must fall within the category eligibility.

Global Music Album of the Year is a Crossover category. Projects submitted to this category may also be submitted to another recording and or album category based on meeting the category eligibility and musical sound of another genre.

There are no sales qualifications for this category. 

Final decisions on category eligibility is at the discretion of CARAS.

ADJUDICATION

A screen down process may take place prior to Round 1 voting, taking into account the quality of music. 

Round 1 Voting  – In this stage, 10 anonymous judges who are experts in the respective genre and/or technical discipline participate in voting. They are demographically and geographically diverse and are selected based on their unbiased roles within the music industry. All judges must be Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents actively working in the Canadian music Industry. The purpose of Round 1 Voting is to determine the 5 JUNO Award Nominees.

Round 2 Voting – In the second round, the same 10 judges anonymously vote on the 5 Nominees to determine 1 JUNO Award winner.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION 

Please be advised that multiple projects can be submitted if the eligibility requirements are met. Submitting multiple projects is allowed, however in doing so the submitter assumes the risk that this could split the votes between all their submissions during the voting process.

CATEGORY #35: JACK RICHARDSON PRODUCER OF THE YEAR Presented by Audio-Technica

JUNO AWARD GOES TO: PRODUCER

 

CONTRIBUTING CERTIFICATES MAY GO TO: UNSUBMITTED CANADIAN CO-PRODUCER, CANADIAN ARRANGER, CANADIAN CONDUCTOR

ELIGIBILITY

To be eligible a Producer or production team must have produced a minimum of 4 tracks released within the eligibility period (track list and credits must be provided as proof) to represent a Producer or production team’s body of work. International product qualifies, as long as the Producer or production team is majority Canadian.

If an artist submits their own work to the category, they must have also produced a minimum of 1 song for another artist released within the eligibility period (track list and credits must be provided as proof). In the case of an artist production team submission, the team must have produced a minimum of 1 song released within the eligibility period for another artist (track list and credits must be provided as proof).

A Producer or production team must submit 2 tracks from their body of work to represent their submission. A Producer or production team cannot have multiple submissions. Producers can only submit to the category once, either on their own or as a team.

There are no sales qualifications for this category.

Final decisions on category eligibility is at the discretion of CARAS.

ADJUDICATION

A screen down process may take place prior to Round 1 voting, taking into account the quality of music. 

Round 1 Voting  – In this stage, 10 anonymous judges who are experts in the respective genre and/or technical discipline participate in voting. They are demographically and geographically diverse and are selected based on their unbiased roles within the music industry. All judges must be Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents actively working in the Canadian music Industry. The purpose of Round 1 Voting is to determine the 5 JUNO Award Nominees.

Round 2 Voting – In the second round, the same 10 judges anonymously vote on the 5 Nominees to determine 1 JUNO Award winner.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Please be advised that multiple submissions cannot be submitted to this category. A submitter must create one submission, selecting 2 tracks to represent their work.

CATEGORY #36: RECORDING ENGINEER OF THE YEAR

JUNO AWARD GOES TO: RECORDING ENGINEER

 

CONTRIBUTING CERTIFICATES MAY GO TO: CANADIAN TRACKING & ADDITIONAL ENGINEER(S), CANADIAN MIXING ENGINEER, CANADIAN MASTERING ENGINEER

ELIGIBILITY

A maximum of 2 selections per Recording Engineer or Engineering team may be submitted. You CANNOT create a new package with two more tracks. You may also not have two tracks under your name and two tracks as part of a team submission.

International product qualifies, as long as the Engineer is Canadian. The Recording Engineer must have done at least 50% of the recording or mixed the project.

The spirit of this award is to recognize the achievement of an individual who has substantially contributed to an exceptional recording. Please state the percentage (%) of the work that the Recording Engineer contributed.

There are no sales qualifications for this category. 

Final decisions on category eligibility is at the discretion of CARAS.

ADJUDICATION

A screen down process may take place prior to Round 1 voting, taking into account the quality of music. 

Round 1 Voting  – In this stage, 10 anonymous judges who are experts in the respective genre and/or technical discipline participate in voting. They are demographically and geographically diverse and are selected based on their unbiased roles within the music industry. All judges must be Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents actively working in the Canadian music Industry. The purpose of Round 1 Voting is to determine the 5 JUNO Award Nominees.

Round 2 Voting – In the second round, the same 10 judges anonymously vote on the 5 Nominees to determine 1 JUNO Award winner.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Please be advised that multiple submissions cannot be submitted to this category. A submitter must create one submission, selecting 2 tracks to represent their work.

CATEGORY #37: ALBUM ARTWORK OF THE YEAR

JUNO AWARD GOES TO: ART DIRECTOR, DESIGNER, ILLUSTRATOR/PHOTOGRAPHER

 

ELIGIBILITY

CDs, Vinyls, and Digital Streaming Multimedia featuring original album artwork by Canadian Creative Directors, Graphic Designers, Illustrators and/or Photographers will be considered for this category. A maximum of four (4) people will be recognized for this award.

For this category, the product has to be newly released and contain tracks released within the eligibility period. Products released within the eligibility period that contain previously released tracks, are compilation projects, are reissues, or are greatest hits projects will NOT be eligible unless they meet the following criteria:

  • Albums containing previously released songs may qualify if a minimum of 50% of the album’s songs are considered to be “new.” To be considered “new,” a song must be completely re-recorded (CARAS may require proof of the recording). Adding to existing instrumental or vocal tracks, or replacing instruments or vocals does not qualify as “new.”
  • Multi-artist compilation projects are NOT eligible. Projects that contain two or more artists performing individual tracks will not qualify. Projects with two or more artists performing together or collaborating as a group on 60% or more of the tracks are eligible. 

There are no sales qualifications for this category. 

Final decisions on category eligibility is at the discretion of CARAS.

ADJUDICATION

A screen down process may take place prior to Round 1 voting, taking into account the quality of music. 

Round 1 Voting  – In this stage, 10 anonymous judges who are experts in the respective genre and/or technical discipline participate in voting. They are demographically and geographically diverse and are selected based on their unbiased roles within the music industry. All judges must be Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents actively working in the Canadian music Industry. The purpose of Round 1 Voting is to determine the 5 JUNO Award Nominees.

Round 2 Voting – In the second round, the same 10 judges anonymously vote on the 5 Nominees to determine 1 JUNO Award winner.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION 

Please be advised that multiple projects can be submitted if the eligibility requirements are met. Submitting multiple projects is allowed, however in doing so the submitter assumes the risk that this could split the votes between all their submissions during the voting process.

IMPORTANT – PHYSICAL ALBUM SUBMISSIONS: 

To receive EARLY BIRD PRICING 12 identical copies of the physical album must be delivered to the CARAS office by 5:00 PM ET October 2, 2023. If delivery by the deadline is missed, the submitter is no longer eligible for early bird pricing.

To remain eligible all 12 identical copies of the physical album must be delivered to the CARAS office by 5:00 PM ET November 2, 2023. Submissions not received by the final deadline will be disqualified, and are non-refundable.

CARAS staff may not be present in the office to receive submissions. When sending 12 identical copies of the physical album with a delivery service, submitters MUST REMOVE the signature option. Please make note with the delivery service that packages should be left in the dropbox inside of the building, outside of CARAS’ office door. 

IMPORTANT – DIGITAL ONLY ALBUM SUBMISIONS:

If the submitted album is released as digital streaming multimedia, please provide an MP4 of the album cover art to represent the submission for adjudication. This upload is required  online via junosubmissions.ca

CATEGORY #38: MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR

JUNO AWARD GOES TO: DIRECTOR AND RECORDING ARTIST

 

CONTRIBUTING CERTIFICATES MAY GO TO: CANADIAN DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY, CANADIAN PRODUCER, CANADIAN EDITOR, CANADIAN ART DEPARTMENT, CANADIAN SPECIAL EFFECTS

ELIGIBILITY

Only music videos recognized by the artist and/or the record label as the official video for an individual single or track are eligible for this category. The music video must be produced in support of an eligible sound recording. All official videos must be available for national public consumption.

The video director must be Canadian in order to submit to this category. International product qualifies, as long as the Director is Canadian.  A Co-Director is eligible, as long as they are a Canadian or are listed in the video credits as Co-Director with a Canadian. If necessary, the official video slate will be referenced as the definitive source.

There are no sales qualifications for this category.

Final decisions on category eligibility is at the discretion of CARAS.

ADJUDICATION

A screen down process may take place prior to Round 1 voting, taking into account the quality of the video. 

Round 1 Voting  – In this stage, 10 anonymous judges who are experts in the respective genre and/or technical discipline participate in voting. They are demographically and geographically diverse and are selected based on their unbiased roles within the music industry. All judges must be Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents actively working in the Canadian music Industry. The purpose of Round 1 Voting is to determine the 5 JUNO Award Nominees.

Round 2 Voting – In the second round, CARAS Academy Delegates anonymously vote on the 5 Nominees to determine 1 JUNO Award winner.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION 

Please be advised that multiple projects can be submitted if the eligibility requirements are met. Submitting multiple projects is allowed, however in doing so the submitter assumes the risk that this could split the votes between all their submissions during the voting process.

CATEGORY #40: ELECTRONIC ALBUM OF THE YEAR

JUNO AWARD GOES TO: RECORDING ARTIST

 

ELIGIBILITY

Album-length original recordings composed with electronic equipment as the essential songwriting tools and defined by their electronic elements. Musical genres and respective subgenres such as (but not limited to) techno, house, electro, trance, drum’n’bass, dubstep, grime, electro-acoustic, turntablism, sample-based music, ambient and downtempo are eligible for this category. 

It is the submitter’s express responsibility to ensure that any music samples, video clips or other audio and/or visual materials contained in any recording, video or other materials that form part of your submission are fully authorized by master rights owners, music publishers and any other third parties that have rights in such materials. CARAS reserves the right to require written confirmation that these rights have been secured. CARAS reserves the right to disqualify submissions, nominees or winners should CARAS determine, in its sole discretion, that these rights have not been secured.

There are no sales qualifications for this category.

Final decisions on category eligibility is at the discretion of CARAS.

ADJUDICATION

A screen down process may take place prior to Round 1 voting, taking into account the quality of music. 

Round 1 Voting  – In this stage, 10 anonymous judges who are experts in the respective genre and/or technical discipline participate in voting. They are demographically and geographically diverse and are selected based on their unbiased roles within the music industry. All judges must be Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents actively working in the Canadian music Industry. The purpose of Round 1 Voting is to determine the 5 JUNO Award Nominees.

Round 2 Voting – In the second round, the same 10 judges anonymously vote on the 5 Nominees to determine 1 JUNO Award winner.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION 

Please be advised that multiple projects can be submitted if the eligibility requirements are met. Submitting multiple projects is allowed, however in doing so the submitter assumes the risk that this could split the votes between all their submissions during the voting process.

CATEGORY #41: METAL/HARD MUSIC ALBUM OF THE YEAR

JUNO AWARD GOES TO: RECORDING ARTIST

 

ELIGIBILITY

Album-length original recordings will be judged on artistic achievement, technical proficiency and overall excellence. Eligible albums include heavy metal and hard music, as well as their respective sub-genres. Heavy metal and hard music and corresponding sub-genres are largely characterized by aggressive distorted electric guitar as the primary source of composition. There may be clean, growled, or screamed vocals.

Mainstream rock, alternative, and punk artists are not eligible for this category. Rock based albums should submit to Rock Album of the Year and alternative and punk based albums should submit to Alternative Album of the Year.

There are no sales qualifications for this category.

Final decisions on category eligibility is at the discretion of CARAS.

ADJUDICATION

A screen down process may take place prior to Round 1 voting, taking into account the quality of music. 

Round 1 Voting  – In this stage, 10 anonymous judges who are experts in the respective genre and/or technical discipline participate in voting. They are demographically and geographically diverse and are selected based on their unbiased roles within the music industry. All judges must be Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents actively working in the Canadian music Industry. The purpose of Round 1 Voting is to determine the 5 JUNO Award Nominees.

Round 2 Voting – In the second round, the same 10 judges anonymously vote on the 5 Nominees to determine 1 JUNO Award winner.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION 

Please be advised that multiple projects can be submitted if the eligibility requirements are met. Submitting multiple projects is allowed, however in doing so the submitter assumes the risk that this could split the votes between all their submissions during the voting process.

CATEGORY #42: ADULT CONTEMPORARY ALBUM OF THE YEAR

JUNO AWARD GOES TO: RECORDING ARTIST

 

ELIGIBILITY

Eligible entries for this vocal album category should contain a minimum of 51% of the tracks which feature light instrumentation, easygoing melodies and casual tempos that can include elements of soul, rhythm and blues, smooth jazz, classic style crooning and soft-rock influence in addition to softer non aggressive rock and pop (this refers to tracks that are mastered too loud and with overt emphasis on bass and percussion sound levels more suited to contemporary hit radio).  Any submission might incorporate some traditional A/C and Mainstream A/C radio airplay and/or corresponding streaming, though this is not a prerequisite for submission.

There are no sales qualifications for this category.

Final decisions on category eligibility is at the discretion of CARAS.

ADJUDICATION

A screen down process may take place prior to Round 1 voting, taking into account the quality of music. 

Round 1 Voting  – In this stage, 10 anonymous judges who are experts in the respective genre and/or technical discipline participate in voting. They are demographically and geographically diverse and are selected based on their unbiased roles within the music industry. All judges must be Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents actively working in the Canadian music Industry. The purpose of Round 1 Voting is to determine the 5 JUNO Award Nominees.

Round 2 Voting – In the second round, CARAS Academy Delegates anonymously vote on the 5 Nominees to determine 1 JUNO Award winner.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION 

Please be advised that multiple projects can be submitted if the eligibility requirements are met. Submitting multiple projects is allowed, however in doing so the submitter assumes the risk that this could split the votes between all their submissions during the voting process.

CATEGORY #43: COMEDY ALBUM OF THE YEAR Presented by SiriusXM Canada

JUNO AWARD GOES TO: RECORDING ARTIST

 

ELIGIBILITY

Eligible albums must be recorded by a comedy performer or performers of any of the following disciplines: stand-up, sketch, improv or musical comedy. This category represents a genre that embraces satire, social commentary, absurdism, parodies, character based humor and monologists.

There are no sales qualifications for this category.

Final decisions on category eligibility is at the discretion of CARAS.

ADJUDICATION

A screen down process may take place prior to Round 1 voting, taking into account the quality of the album. 

Round 1 Voting  – In this stage, 10 anonymous judges who are experts in the respective genre and/or technical discipline participate in voting. They are demographically and geographically diverse and are selected based on their unbiased roles within the music industry. All judges must be Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents actively working in the Canadian music Industry. The purpose of Round 1 Voting is to determine the 5 JUNO Award Nominees.

Round 2 Voting – In the second round, the same 10 judges anonymously vote on the 5 Nominees to determine 1 JUNO Award winner.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION 

Please be advised that multiple projects can be submitted if the eligibility requirements are met. Submitting multiple projects is allowed, however in doing so the submitter assumes the risk that this could split the votes between all their submissions during the voting process.

CATEGORY #44: TRADITIONAL R&B/SOUL RECORDING OF THE YEAR

JUNO AWARD GOES TO: RECORDING ARTIST

 

RECORDING CATEGORY CRITERIA

Singles, EPs and albums are eligible to be submitted into recording categories. When submitting an EP or album for consideration, you must choose to submit three tracks or one single to represent the body of work. To be eligible, at least 50% of an album’s listening time must fit the genre described below under ELIGIBILITY. Please note:

  • If an EP or album is nominated one year, it may NOT be resubmitted the following year using three different tracks or another single.
  • An EP or album can be submitted the following year that contains a nominated single, if that album was not available for sale during the previous eligibility period.

ELIGIBILITY

This category is intended for artists whose music includes more traditional elements of R&B, Soul, Funk, and Nu Jazz.

There are no sales qualifications for this category.

Final decisions on category eligibility is at the discretion of CARAS.

ADJUDICATION

A screen down process may take place prior to Round 1 voting, taking into account the quality of music. 

Round 1 Voting  – In this stage, 10 anonymous judges who are experts in the respective genre and/or technical discipline participate in voting. They are demographically and geographically diverse and are selected based on their unbiased roles within the music industry. All judges must be Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents actively working in the Canadian music Industry. The purpose of Round 1 Voting is to determine the 5 JUNO Award Nominees.

Round 2 Voting – In the second round, the same 10 judges anonymously vote on the 5 Nominees to determine 1 JUNO Award winner.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION 

Please be advised that multiple projects can be submitted if the eligibility requirements are met. Submitting multiple projects is allowed, however in doing so the submitter assumes the risk that this could split the votes between all their submissions during the voting process.

CATEGORY #45: RAP SINGLE OF THE YEAR

JUNO AWARD GOES TO: RECORDING ARTIST

 

ELIGIBILITY

Lyrics must be delivered in an MC style and music/beats must reflect the sound of traditional and/or current rap.

Singles (standalone and ONE from an album/EP) are eligible.

Please Note: 

  • When submitting a single, you can select a standalone single or ONE single from an album/EP. You CANNOT submit more than one single off an album/EP. You also CANNOT submit a different single to any other category.
  • EXCEPTION: You can submit to Rap Single of the Year and Rap Album/EP of the Year with the same project, meaning you can submit your album/EP and select ONE single from it to submit to this category.
  • If a single from an album/EP is nominated one year, you may NOT select another single from that same album/EP the following year if it falls within the crossover period.

Final decisions on category eligibility is at the discretion of CARAS.

Rap Single of the Year is a consumption category, consumption is calculated as follows:

SALES:

  • Sales will be collected from Luminate Data
  • The sales portion will be calculated by combining physical scanned sales, which includes digital sales, with digital-only sales. 
  • Online sales are defined as units purchased in digital form that are available nationally.

STREAMS:

  • Streaming data will be collected from Luminate Data
  • Streaming data includes both on-demand and programmed streams.
  • Canadian streaming providers that report to Luminate Data include YouTube, Apple Music, Spotify, Tidal, Slacker, Napster, and Soundcloud PRO.

CONSUMPTION RATIOS

  • 1250 premium streams = 1 album 
  • 1250 premium video streams = 1 album
  • 3750 ad-supported streams = 1 album
  • 3750 ad-supported video streams = 1 album
  • 3750 programmed streams = 1 album

Data calculations are performed by PwC.

ADJUDICATION

A screen down process may take place prior to Round 1 Voting, taking into account the quality of music. 

Round 1 Voting – Nominees are determined by 25% consumption and 75% judge.10 anonymous judges who are experts in the respective genre and/or technical discipline participate in voting. They are demographically and geographically diverse and are selected based on their unbiased roles within the music industry. All judges must be Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents actively working in the Canadian music Industry. The purpose of Round 1 Voting is to determine the 5 JUNO Award Nominees.

Round 2 Voting – In the second round, CARAS Academy Delegates anonymously vote on the 5 Nominees to determine 1 JUNO Award winner.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION 

Please be advised that multiple projects can be submitted if the eligibility requirements are met. Submitting multiple projects is allowed, however in doing so the submitter assumes the risk that this could split the votes between all their submissions during the voting process.

CATEGORY #46: UNDERGROUND DANCE SINGLE OF THE YEAR

JUNO AWARD GOES TO: RECORDING ARTIST

 

ELIGIBILITY

Underground Dance Recordings are defined as individual master recordings created with electronic equipment as the essential compositional tools and which are defined by their electronic elements that include slow builds, hypnotic and repetitive arrangements that may include vocals, often extended in length, all developed for maximum utility on the dance floor by Club DJs. 

Underground Dance recordings have the following qualities: Slow builds, minimal vocals, hypnotic, repetitive, sound focusing on the low end of the record (baseline, drums), sound recordings arranged for maximum usefulness for Club DJs, extended in length, not necessarily played on the radio, representing one or more of the following underground sub-genres. Techno, Underground House, Underground Tech house, Underground Deep/Melodic House, Organic House, Classic/Detroit/Modern Electro, Underground/Traditional Progressive House & Trance, Underground Breakbeat/Underground Drum’n’bass, Deep Dubstep, Bass/Club, Footwork/Juke, Jungle, UKG/Garage, Minimal House and Techno, Indie Dance & Synthwave, Soul/Disco/Funk, Leftfield, Chicago/Jacking House, and Afrohouse are eligible for this category. Please note this category is for non commercialized electronic music*.

Submissions will be accepted in either the original mix or a remix. Where more than one mix, extension or remix exists, the artist/label must indicate this in the submission. Only songs originally released as dance/electronic recordings will be considered for this category. Underground dance remixes of other genres/styles of music are NOT eligible. Exception: if an underground dance version and non-underground dance version of the same recording are released simultaneously (i.e. the album release includes both versions). Singles (standalone and ONE from an album/EP) are eligible.

*Non-commercial dance music refers to electronic music that prioritizes the traditional roots of dance music, artistic exploration, experimental sounds, and embraces alternative subcultures within the dance music community, without the sole focus on mainstream popularity. 

There are no sales qualifications for this category.

Final decisions on category eligibility is at the discretion of CARAS.

ADJUDICATION

A screen down process may take place prior to Round 1 voting, taking into account the quality of music. 

Round 1 Voting  – In this stage, 10 anonymous judges who are experts in the respective genre and/or technical discipline participate in voting. They are demographically and geographically diverse and are selected based on their unbiased roles within the music industry. All judges must be Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents actively working in the Canadian music Industry. The purpose of Round 1 Voting is to determine the 5 JUNO Award Nominees.

Round 2 Voting – In the second round, the same 10 judges anonymously vote on the 5 Nominees to determine 1 JUNO Award winner.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION 

Please be advised that multiple projects can be submitted if the eligibility requirements are met. Submitting multiple projects is allowed, however in doing so the submitter assumes the risk that this could split the votes between all their submissions during the voting process.

CATEGORY #47: TRADITIONAL INDIGENOUS ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR

JUNO AWARD GOES TO: RECORDING ARTIST

 

CARAS in collaboration and guidance from our Indigenous Music Advisory Committee work together to determine the eligibility criteria for the following category. The Indigenous Music Advisory Committee is comprised of music industry professionals who are Indigenous to Northern Turtle Island.

ELIGIBILITY

TRADITIONAL

This category recognizes Indigenous people making Traditional music. To be eligible, solo acts must be Inuit, First Nation, or Métis and 100% of all groups must be Inuit, First Nation, or Métis. Solo acts are defined as artists who market their releases or performances under their own name or are the creative forces behind a group (CARAS may require proof). Groups must identify their Indigenous members in the promotional photograph that they used to market the album they are submitting. The majority of the group must live in Canada.

This category aims to provide space and opportunities for Indigenous artists and groups of people that have historically felt left out of the category. This category will promote Traditional songs to be heard and preserved. 

Traditional Indigenous songs each have different origins, teachings, purposes, and are rooted into the people’s spiritual, mental, physical and emotional connections to the land and cultures they belong to.

This is not a fusion category. All sounds must be made from acoustic instruments (not electronic).

Original compositions recorded in a Traditional style will be accepted. 

This category will be for Indigenous Artists or Groups making:

  • Pow Wow songs
  • Round dance songs
  • Hand drum songs
  • Qilaut / Inuit drum
  • Katajjaq / Qiarvaaq / Inuit throat singing
  • Flute music
  • Métis Fiddle music
  • Iroquois Songs
  • West Coast and East Coast Songs
  • Ko’jua Songs
  • Peyote songs
  • Pisiit (Ajaaja/Traditional Inuktitut songs)
  • Spoken word / Language
  • Gwitchin/Gwichin Fiddle music
  • Hand game music
  • Rattle Music
  • Social/potlatch songs
  • Inuit Throat Singing
  • Other percussion traditional instrument songs

Other styles of Traditional music will be considered that do not fall on the list above.

Other Criteria: 

  • Anything to do with a Traditional Drum
  • Any music made with traditional instruments/methods
  • NO electronic sounds permitted
  • Using an Indigenous language. E.g. no English or French

Specific considerations apply to the following:

Inuit Throat Singing: 

  • Recording must be performed by an Inuk duo
  • Cannot include the use of electronic sounds 
  • Jaw harp is permitted 

Métis Fiddle: 

  • Instruments/sounds include: fiddle, acoustic guitar, piano, spoons, foot percussion, drum kit 

Songs in the language:

  • A capella in any language of the Indigenous people of Northern Turtle Island

Indigenous Nations in Canada are diverse and their unique vocal styles, instruments, and songs have value. This category will follow the lead of Indigenous collectives who identify the improper use of the vocal styles, instruments, or songs created by their ancestors.

A full album must be submitted to this category. A full album is defined as having a minimum running time of 20 unique minutes or 6 unique tracks – “unique” meaning no remixes, instrumental versions, acoustic, added accompaniment etc. Singles are not eligible.

SUBMISSIONS MUST INCLUDE

  • The promotional photograph that was used to market the album being submitted (groups must identify their Indigenous members in the photograph). Illustrations are not acceptable and submissions in question will be asked for additional documentation. Please use this photo in the artist/band photo upload.
  • Contact information for two Indigenous community references (ie. Chief or council member or community leader, Elder, local historian, etc.) that recognize your family lineage is linked to a specific Nation. These individuals must be Indigenous. 
  • A description of the album consisting of 2-3 sentences about the recorded music you are submitting. Ie. What Nation are you representing with this recording? Where do the songs come from?

OPTIONAL IN THE SUBMISSION

  • You may upload a Status Card, Inuit land claims beneficiary card, Band or Métis membership card to help the committee recognize your family lineage is linked to a specific Nation. Our Indigenous Music Advisory Committee committee has a broad reach across Turtle Island and Inuit Nunaat and we know many relatives that contribute to, and know members of our community. NOTE: If you are a group, please upload all cards in one document.

Traditional Indigenous Artist or Group of the Year is a Crossover category. Projects submitted to this category may also be submitted to another recording and or album category based on meeting the category eligibility and musical sound of another genre.

There are no sales qualifications for this category. 

Final decisions on category eligibility is at the discretion of CARAS.

ADJUDICATION

A screen down process may take place prior to Round 1 voting, taking into account the quality of music. 

Round 1 Voting  – In this stage, 10 anonymous judges who are experts in the respective genre and/or technical discipline participate in voting. They are demographically and geographically diverse and are selected based on their unbiased roles within the music industry. All judges must be Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents actively working in the Canadian music Industry. The purpose of Round 1 Voting is to determine the 5 JUNO Award Nominees.

Round 2 Voting – In the second round, the same 10 judges anonymously vote on the 5 Nominees to determine 1 JUNO Award winner.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION 

Please be advised that multiple projects can be submitted if the eligibility requirements are met. Submitting multiple projects is allowed, however in doing so the submitter assumes the risk that this could split the votes between all their submissions during the voting process.