Alessia Cara Sweeps Canada’s Juno Awards; Shawn Mendes Wins Artist of the Yr

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Alessia Cara was the large winner at tonight’s digital 49th annual Juno Awards — Canada’s reply to the Grammys — taking house songwriter, pop album and album of the 12 months for “The Pains of Growing.”

The Toronto native was purported to host the nationally televised ceremony again in mid-March in Saskatoon, SK, earlier than it was cancelled last-minute as a result of quickly mounting issues over the coronavirus pandemic. She additionally carried out a brand new track, “Rooting For You,” on the digital occasion that celebrated the perfect in Canadian music. The track will probably be accessible on her “Summer: Live Off the Floor” EP, out July 17.

“It would have been so cool to be in Saskatoon this year, but I’m happy we’re still able to acknowledge our peers for the amazing art they’ve made over the last year,” stated Cara, in presenting worldwide album of the 12 months for Billie Eilish’s “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?”

The Junos streamed on varied on-line CBC channels and social pages and winners weren’t notified upfront.

Not like final evening’s BET Awards, the 90-minute present was little greater than a studying aloud of every class by assorted presenters — from musicians to media to Toronto Raptors’ 2019 champion Chris Boucher and “Stranger Things” actor Finn Wolfhard. The record was solely damaged up with an in memoriam phase in addition to a tribute to the Junos’ trainer of the 12 months segments, plus 4 pre-recorded stay performances — Cara, iskwē, Neon Goals and The Useless South, all of whom ended up successful a trophy.

Often the Junos are handed out over two nights, the bulk at a personal industry-only gala dinner, adopted the following night by the televised broadcast stuffed largely with stay performances. However the concept of this make-up digital present was to acknowledge the 171 nominees in 42 classes who missed out on the chance in March to even discover out if they’d gained. The lifetime awards that have been purported to occur in Saskatoon — Jann Arden’s Canadian Music Corridor of Fame induction and SRO administration’s Pegi Cecconi’s Walt Grealis Particular Achievement Award — are delayed till such a time when they are often honored correctly.

Subsequent 12 months marks the 50th anniversary of the Junos, to be held in Toronto — although the celebration is likely to be delayed from its scheduled March 27 and 28 2021 dates (town is projected to be in stage 2 of reopening).

Allan Reid, president and CEO of the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (CARAS), is all too accustomed to the dilemma, calling the cancellation in March “a very difficult decision, but little did we know then how much our world would change over the next few months. Many people have lost their livelihoods and the music industry has been one of the hardest hit.”

He additionally acknowledged one thing that seemingly wouldn’t have made the printed three-and-a-half months in the past, “For the first time in history, we are seeing people of all nations take a unified stand for Black lives,” he stated. “As president of CARAS, it is my responsibility to ensure that we take an active role in dismantling systemic racism. We are committed to the long-term inclusion and amplification of Black voices and a more equitable industry for all.” He added that CARAS will reveal “an action plan with specific commitments” in July.

See which artists gained 2020 Juno Awards under and browse the full list on the Junos’ site.

JUNO FAN CHOICE: Avril Lavigne ​

SINGLE OF THE YEAR: “Señorita​ ” by Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello


ALBUM OF THE YEAR: “The Pains Of Growing” by ​Alessia Cara

ARTIST OF THE YEAR: Shawn Mendes ​

GROUP OF THE YEAR: Loud Luxurious


RAP RECORDING OF THE YEAR “Freaky” by Tory Lanez

DANCE RECORDING OF THE YEAR Love Messs by Felix Cartal & Lights

R&B/SOUL RECORDING OF THE YEAR “Feel It Too” by Jessie Reyez, Tory Lanez & Tainy



COUNTRY ALBUM OF THE YEAR: “Wild As Me” by ​Meghan Patrick ​

ADULT ALTERNATIVE ALBUM OF THE YEAR: “A Blemish within the Nice Gentle ​Half Moon Run by ​Crystal Math

ALTERNATIVE ALBUM OF THE YEAR : Morbid Stuff ​PUP ​Little Dipper

POP ALBUM OF THE YEAR: The Pains of Rising by ​Alessia Cara

ROCK ALBUM OF THE YEAR: “A War On Everything” by The Superb Sons ​

MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR: “Little Star” by ​Sarah Legault ​

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