Juno Awards: Drake, The Weeknd and Shawn Mendes Lead With Five Noms Each

12:10 PM 2/8/2017

by THR staff

Alessia Cara and the late Leonard Cohen also score multiple nominations for Canada's music awards.

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Drake, The Weeknd and Shawn Mendes on Tuesday snagged a field-leading five nominations each for the Junos, the Canada's music awards.

R&B hitmaker The Weeknd was the big winner at the 2016 Juno Awards, taking home five trophies. This year, Alessia Cara and the late Leonard Cohen will be up for four nominations, while A Tribe Called Red earned three mentions.

Nominations for the Junos were revealed during a press conference in Toronto.

Drake, Mendes and The Weeknd will compete in the Juno Fan Choice, single of the year and album of the year categories. And the pop album of the year competition will see Cara's Know-It-All and Mendes' Illuminate go up against Tegan and Sara's Love You to Death, Marianas Trench's Astoria and Coleman Hell's Summerland.

Elsewhere, the Fan Choice award, voted on by ordinary Canadians, also saw nominations for Cara, Hedley, Justin Bieber and Ruth B. And the best international album category will pit Coldplay's A Head Full of Dreams and One Direction's Made in the A.M. against Rihanna's Anti and Sia's This Is Acting.

The Junos earlier announced singer-songwriter Sarah McLachlan will be the 2017 inductee into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.

The Junos, organized by the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, will take place April 2 in Ottawa and air on the CTV network. Michael Buble is scheduled to host the awards show, but his presence is unclear after he and his wife, Luisana Lopilato, in November revealed that their three-year-old son Noah had been diagnosed with cancer and is undergoing treatment.

  • JUNO Fan Choice Award


    ?Justin Bieber


    Shawn Mendes

    Alessia Cara


    Ruth B?

    The Weeknd

    Tory Lanez

    ?The Strumbellas

  • Single of the Year

    "Treat You Better" - Shawn Mendes

    "One Dance ft. Wizkid & Kyla" - Drake

    "Wild Things" - Alessia Cara

    "Starboy ft. Daft Punk" - The Weeknd

    "Spirits" - The Strumbellas

  • International Album of the Year

    This is Acting - Sia

    ANTI - Rihanna

    Made in the A.M. - One Direction

    A Head Full of Dreams - Coldplay

    Dangerous Woman - Ariana Grande

  • Album of the Year

    Starboy - The Weeknd

    Illuminate - Shawn Mendes

    You Want It Darker - Leonard Cohen

    Views - Drake

    Encore un Soir - Celine Dion

  • Artist of the Year

    Shawn Mendes


    Alessia Cara

    Leonard Cohen

    The Weeknd

  • Group of the Year

    Billy Talent

    The Tragically Hip


    Tegan and Sara

    The Strumbellas

  • Breakthrough Artist of the Year


    Ruth B?

    Tory Lanez

    Andy Shauf

    Jazz Cartier


  • Breakthrough Group of the Year


    ?Cold Creek County

    Bob Moses?

    The Zolas

    ?The Dirty Nil

  • Songwriter of the Year

    “Leaving Nashville” – co-songwriter Abe Stoklasa The Driver – Charles Kelly Capitol*Universal “What Kind of Love is That” – co-songwriter Tom Douglas, “They Don’t Make Anything in That Town” Hard Settle, Ain't Troubled – Donovan Woods - Donovan Woods

    “Boyfriend” – co-songwriter Greg Kurstin, “100x” – co-songwriter Jesse Shatkin, “Stop Desire” Love You to Death Tegan and Sara? - Tegan Quin and Sara Quin

    “The Stranger”, The Only Place To Be”, “Son” Secret PathGord Downie - Gord Downie

    “You Want It Darker”, It Seemed the Better Way”, “Traveling Light” You Want it Darker – Leonard Cohen? - Leonard Cohen

    “Lost Boy”, “Supercial Love”, “2 Poor Kids” The Intro – Ruth B - Ruth Berhe

  • Country Album of the Year

    The Score - Aaron Pritchett

    Hearts on Fire - Chad Brownlee

    Side Effects - Dallas Smith

    Tin Roof - Gord Bamford

    Kiss Me Quiet - Jess Moskaluke

  • Adult Alternative Album of the Year

    Good Advice - Basia Bulat

    Secret Path - Gord Downie

    The Great Detachment - Wintersleep

    You Want It Darker - Leonard Cohen

    The Party - Andy Shauf

  • Alternative Album of the Year

    Touch - JulyTalk

    Art Angels - Grimes

    IV - Black Mountain

    Weaves - Weaves

    Sore - Dilly Dally

  • Pop Album of the Year

    Know-It-All - Alessia Cara

    Summerland - Coleman Hell

    Astoria - Marianas Trench

    Illuminate - Shawn Mendes

    Love You to Death - Tegan and Sara

  • Rock Album of the Year

    Morning Report - Arkells

    Afraid of Heights - Billy Talent

    Sittin’ Heavy - Monster Truck

    TerraForm - Sam Roberts Band

    Man Machine Poem - The Tragically Hip

  • Vocal Jazz Album of the Year

    Quiet Nights - Matt Dusk & Florence K

    You’ll Never Know - Heather Bambrick

    I’m Still Learning - Barbra Lica

    Bria - Bria Skonberg

    Words - Amanda Tosoff

  • Jazz Album of the Year: Solo

    Blue Canvas - Brandi Disterheft

    Written in the Rocks - Renee Rosnes

    Momentum - Shirantha Beddage

    Superconductor - Seamus Blake

    Nudging Forever - Mike Janzen

  • Jazz Album of the Year: Group

    Real Enemies - Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society

    One Way Up - Dave Young Quintet

    Twenty - Metalwood

    Flux - Quinsin Nachoff’s FLUX

    Sweet Canadiana - Order of Canada Band

  • Instrumental Album of the Year

    The Ridge - Sarah Neufeld

    Flow - David Braid

    Movements 1 - Blitz//Berlin

    Bird’s Nest - The Fretless

    Everyone Knows Everyone - Pugs & Crows and Tony Wilson

  • Francophone Album of the Year

    Trente - Karim Ouellet

    Le fantastique des astres - Yann Perreau

    Ultramarr - Fred Fortin

    Love Supreme - Koriass

    XO - Laurence Nerbonne

  • Children's Album of the Year

    I Believe in Little Things - Diana Panton

    Owl Singalong - Raf

    Big Yellow Tunes - Splash‘N Boots

    De Tombouctou a Bombay - Kattam

    Wordplay - Will Stroet

  • Classical Album of the Year: Solo or Chamber Ensemble

    Schubert: Sonatas and Impromptus - Janina Fialkowska

    Overtures to Bach - Matt Haimovitz

    Brahms: String Quartets, Op. 51 NOS. 1 & 2 - New Orford String Quartet

    Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker, OP. 71 TH14 - Stewart Goodyear

    Beethoven, Enescu & Chopin: Works for Piano (Live) - Charles Richard-Hamelin

  • Classical Album of the Year: Large Ensemble or Soloist(s) with Large Ensemble Accompaniment

    Beethoven Symphony No. 9 - Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir

    Poulenc: Piano Concertos & Aubade - Louis Lortie, Helene Mercier, BBC Philharmonic

    Going Home Star – Truth and Reconciliation - Steve Wood and the Northern Cree Singers, Tanya Tagaq, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra

    Schumann - Jan Lisiecki, Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia

    Vivaldi: Concertos - Les Violons du Roy & Mathieu Lussier

  • Classical Album of the Year: Vocal or Choral Performance

    L’Aiglon - Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, Kent Nagano

    Dark Star Requiem - Tapestry Opera, Gryphon Trio, Elmer Iseler Singers

    Handel Messiah - Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, Sir Andrew Davis

    Bach: Magnicat BWV 243 - Arion Baroque Orchestre, Alexandre Weimann

    Four Thousand Winter - Daniel Taylor, The Trinity Choir

  • Classical Composition of the Year

    Going Home Star – Truth and Reconciliation - Christos Hatzis

    The Debrecen Passion - Kati Agocs

    Immersion - Jordan Nobles

    And I need a room to receive five thousand people with raised glasses...or...what a glorious day, the birds are singing “halleluia”? - Ana Sokolovicc

    Dark Star Requiem - Andrew Staniland

  • Rap Recording of the Year

    Another Day in Paradise - Belly

    Views - Drake

    I Told You - Tory Lanez

    Hotel Paranoia - Jazz Cartier

    Die Every Day - Tasha the Amazon


  • Dance Recording of the Year

    Limitless ft. Delaney Jane - Adventure Club

    Northern Lights - Zeds Dead

    Let You Get Away ft. Ashe - Shaun Frank

    Off the Ground ft. Shae Jacobs - Bit Funk

    You Can’t Deny - Jacques Greene

  • R&B/Soul Recording of the Year

    Starboy - The Weeknd

    Sept. 5th - Dvsn

    Pilgrim’s Paradise - Daniel Caesar

    Soul Run - Tanika Charles


  • Reggae Recording of the Year

    Sorry - Ammoye

    Cry Every Day - Blessed

    Roll ‘Dem ft. Gappy Ranks - Dubmatix

    Siren - Exco Levi

    Who Feels It Knows - Jay Kartier

  • Indigenous Music Album of the Year

    Fish Out Of Water - Crystal Shawanda

    Round Dance & Beats (Powwow) - Bryden Gwiss Kiwenzie

    Tiny Hands - Quantum Tangle

    Debut - Silla + Rise

    Earthly Days - William Prince

  • Contemporary Roots Album of the Year

    The Family Album - Matthew Barber & Jill Barber

    Why You Wanna Leave, Runaway Queen? - Lisa LeBlanc

    Hobo Jungle Fever Dreams - Corin Raymond

    Earthly Days - William Prince

    Strange Country - Kacy & Clayton

  • Traditional Roots Album of the Year

    Someday the Heart Will Trouble the Mind - The High Bar Gang

    Gathering - Maria Dunn

    The Original - Jenny Whiteley

    Aupres du poele - Ten Strings And A Goat Skin

    Secret Victory - The East Pointers

  • Blues Album of the Year

    The Northern South Vol. 1 - Whitehorse

    Ride The One - Paul Reddick

    Rich in Love - Colin Linden

    Blue Highways - Colin James

    Monkey Brain - Sean Pinchin

  • Contemporary Christian/Gospel Album of the Year

    Eternally Grateful - Warren Dean Flandez

    Hootenanny! - Tim Neufeld & the Glory Boys

    Where the Good Way Lies - Steve Bell

    Reborn - MANAFEST

    Potter & Clay - Jaylene Johnson

  • World Music Album of the Year

    Nouvelle Journee - Lorraine Klaasen

    Subcontinental Drift - Sultans of String

    Okavango African Orchestra - Okavango African Orchestra

    Nazar - Turkwaz

    Dance of the Indels - Nomadica

  • Jack Richardson Producer of the Year

    “Work” (Co-producer Charlotte Day Wilson) CDW – Charlotte Day Wilson, “High Five” (Co- producer Dan Kurtz) Royal BluesDragonette? - Howie Beck

    “The Enforcer” (Co-producer Monster Truck) Sittin’ Heavy – Monster Truck, “Fever” Dealbreaker – Royal Tusk? - Eric Ratz

    “R.E.D. ft. Yasiin Bey, Narcy & Black Bear”, “Sila ft. Tanya Tagaq” We Are the Halluci Nation – A Tribe Called Red? - A Tribe Called Red

    “One Dance”, “Too Good” Views – Drake - Nineteen85

    “Afraid of Heights”, “Rabbit Down the Hole” Afraid of Heights – Billy Talent - Ian D’Sa

  • Recording Engineer of the Year

    “Afraid of Heights” Afraid of Heights – Billy Talent Warner, “Don’t Tell Me How to Live” Sittin’ Heavy Monster Truck - ?Eric Ratz

    “Treat You Better”, “Don’t Be A Fool” Illuminate – Shawn Mendes - George Seara

    “The Magician”, “To You” The Party – Andy Shauf - Andy Shauf

    “Shine A Light” Banners EPBanners, “Armageddon” Armageddon – Michelle Treacy - Matty Green

    “Push + Pull”, “Beck + Call” Touch – July Talk - Jason Dufour

  • Recording Package of the Year

    OobopopopValaire - Karim Charlebois-Zariffa (Art Director, Designer), Olivier Charland (Illustrator), Scottie Cameron (Photographer)

    L’Heptade – Harmonium - John Wellman, Chris Sheppard, Joshua Geary (Art Directors)

    Secret Path Gord Downie - Jonathan Shedletzky (Art Director), Isis Essery (Designer), Jeff Lemaire (Illustrator)

    Live at CoppsAlexisonre - Justin Ellsworth (Art Director, Designer), Dustin Rabin (Photographer)

    Art Angels – Grimes - Claire Boucher (Art Director, Designer, Illustrator), Rankin (Photographer)

  • Video of the Year

    "Kill v. Maim" - Grimes - Claire Boucher

    "Lite Spots" - Kaytranada - Martin C. Pariseau

    "R.E.D. ft. Yasiin Bey, Narcy & Black Bear" - A Tribe Called Red - Yassin “Narcy” Alsalman

    "Killa" - Wiwek/Skrillex - Jodeb

    "The Stranger" - Gord Downie - Justin Stephenson

  • Electronic Album of the Year

    99.9% - KAYTRANADA

    Congrats - Holy Fuck

    We Are the Halluci Nation - A Tribe Called Red

    Days Gone By - Bob Moses

    Checkpoint Titanium - Harrison

  • Heavy Metal Album of the Year

    Transcendence - Devin Townsend Project

    Pacic Myth - Protest the Hero

    Beast - Despised Icon

    Suicide Society - Annihilator

    Coral Throne - Mandroid Echostar

  • Adult Contemporary Album of the Year

    Encore un soir - Celine Dion

    Hard Sail - Chantal Kreviazuk

    Beating Heart - Mark Masri

    Wonderland - Sarah McLachlan

    A Fine Line - Heather Rankin


  • Canadian Music Hall of Fame

    Sarah McLachlan

  • Allan Waters Humanitarian Award

    Buffy Sainte-Marie

  • Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award

    Randy Lennox