Event applauds the accomplishments of Canada’s music industry
The Weeknd takes the lead with three awards
24 first-time winners take home a JUNO statuette
Two special award presentations to industry leaders Gary Slaight (MusiCounts Inspired Minds Ambassador Award Presented by Canadian Scholarship Trust Foundation) and Pegi Cecconi (Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award)
TORONTO – The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) paid tribute to the artists and industry veterans at the forefront of Canada’s music scene this evening at the 2021 JUNO Opening Night Awards Presented by Music Canada. Hosted by Angeline Tetteh-Wayoe from CBC Music’s The Block, the virtual version of the renowned industry event unveiled the recipients of 37 JUNO Awards, The Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award and the MusiCounts Inspired Minds Ambassador Award Presented by Canadian Scholarship Trust Foundation.
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This year’s heavy-hitter was The Weeknd, who took home three awards including Single of the Year, Songwriter of the Year Presented by SOCAN and Contemporary R&B Recording of the Year. The Weeknd is also nominated for Album of the Year Presented by Music Canada, Artist of the Year Presented by SiriusXM Canada and JUNO Fan Choice Presented by Freedom Mobile, which will all be presented at the 50th Annual JUNO Awards Broadcast this Sunday at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on CBC TV, CBC Gem, CBC Radio One, CBC Music, CBC Listen, globally on CBCMusic.ca/junos and livestreamed on CBC Music’s TikTok, Facebook, YouTube and Twitter pages.
Much of the evening’s festivities highlighted current and rising talent, with many of the awards going to first time winners. The list includes Crown Lands (Breakthrough Group of the Year Presented By FACTOR, The Government of Canada and Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters), Jason “DaHeala” Quenneville (Songwriter of the Year Presented by SOCAN), Tenille Townes (Country Album of the Year), JJ Wilde (Rock Album of the Year), Sammy Jackson (Vocal Jazz Album of the Year), Jocelyn Gould (Jazz Album of the Year: Solo), Blitz//Berlin (Instrumental Album of the Year), Ensemble Made In Canada (Classical Album of the Year: Solo Or Chamber), , Erin Wall, Joshua Hopkins, and the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir (Classical Album of the Year: Vocal Or Choral), Samy Moussa (Classical Composition of the Year), TOBi (Rap Recording of the Year), TÖME (Reggae Recording of the Year), Shawna Cain (Contemporary Christian/Gospel Album of the Year), WondaGurl (Jack Richardson Producer of the Year), Serban Ghenea (Recording Engineer of the Year), Julien Hébert, David Beauchemin, and Marc-Étienne Mongrain (Album Artwork of the Year), Emma Higgins (Music Video of the Year), Unleash the Archers (Metal/Hard Music Album of the Year), and Jacob Samuel (Comedy Album of the Year Presented By SiriusXM Canada), and Harry Styles (International Album of the Year).
Quebec talent also stole the spotlight including winners Louis-Jean Cormier (Francophone Album of the Year), KAYTRANADA (Dance Recording of the Year) and Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, conducted by Kent Nagano, feat. Andrew Wan (Classical Album of the Year: Large Ensemble).
Six powerful performances commemorated the evening including from 2021 Reggae Recording of the Year nominees, Ammoye, Kirk Diamond and this year’s winner TÖME, 2021 Breakthrough Group of the Year (Presented by FACTOR, The Government of Canada and Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters) winners Crown Lands; 2021 Francophone Album of the Year nominee Klô Pelgag; A special collaboration by Country Album of the Year nominees Lindsay Ell and MacKenzie Porter; 2021 Rap Recording of the Year winner TOBi. MONOWHALES, from the 2020/2021 Allan Slaight JUNO Master Class short list also wowed audiences with an electrifying performance of “Out With The Old”.
In response to Canada’s evolving music landscape, CARAS announced the creation of three new categories for 2022. Indigenous Artist or Group of the Year will now be split into two awards: Contemporary Indigenous Artist or Group of the Year and Traditional Indigenous Artist or Group of the Year. Rap Recording of the Year will break into two categories: Rap Single of the Year and Rap Album/EP of the Year. Underground Dance Single of the Year has also been added to the list of categories. Submissions for the 2022 JUNO Awards will open later this year.
Award Partners: Indigenous Artist or Group of the Year Presented by APTN, World Music Album of the Year Presented by CBC Music, Breakthrough Group of the Year Presented by FACTOR, The Government of Canada and Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters, Electronic Album of the Year Presented by Ford of Canada, Alternative Album of the Year Presented by Long & McQuade, Comedy Album of the Year Presented by SiriusXM Canada, Group of the Year Presented by SiriusXM Canada and Songwriter of the Year Presented by SOCAN.
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CARAS acknowledges the financial support of FACTOR, the Government of Canada and of Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters.
Lead Sponsors: TD Bank Group, SiriusXM Canada, Freedom Mobile, Ford of Canada, and TikTok
Funding Partners: The Province of Ontario, the City of Toronto and Radio Starmaker Fund
The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) is a not-for-profit organization created to preserve and enhance the Canadian music industry and promote higher artistic and industry standards. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the JUNO Awards, a national celebration of Canadian music. In honour of this significant milestone, CARAS will launch exciting initiatives in the host city of Toronto, and nationally across our country. Each initiative will drive forward CARAS’ four key pillars: Educate through MusiCounts’ charitable programs and community resources, Develop emerging artists through mentorship and development programs, Celebrate Canadian artists with year-round JUNO Awards showcasing, and Honour music industry icons through the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. In a time unlike any other, our sound connects and unites us. The JUNOS are proud to represent so many Canadian facets of music, performance and recording, distinctly, All Our Sound. For more information on the 50th Annual JUNO Awards or The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) please visit www.junoawards.ca.
CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster. Through our mandate to inform, enlighten and entertain, we play a central role in strengthening Canadian culture. As Canada’s trusted news source, we offer a uniquely Canadian perspective on news, current affairs and world affairs. Our distinctively homegrown entertainment programming draws audiences from across the country. Deeply rooted in communities, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight Indigenous languages. We also deliver content in Spanish, Arabic and Chinese, as well as both official languages, through Radio Canada International (RCI). We are leading the transformation to meet the needs of Canadians in a digital world.
About CBC Music
CBC Music is the leading curator of emerging and diverse Canadian music talent across platforms, playing the most Canadian artists and genres on radio, CBC Listen and cbcmusic.ca. We prioritize Canadian artists in a wide variety of genres on over 200 playlists available on CBC Listen, and publish daily national music coverage. CBC Music Live features live music recordings from across the country. Our music partnerships and events include The JUNOS, the Polaris Music Prize, Searchlight, the CBC Music Festival, The Canadian Music Class Challenge and Canada Listens.
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