Juno Awards: Alessia Cara Leads With 6 Nominations

9:16 AM 1/28/2020

by Etan Vlessing

Shawn Mendes, Justin Bieber and Michael Buble also score nominations for Canada's version of the Grammys.

Alessia Cara
Alessia Cara
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Alessia Cara on Tuesday emerged with a field-leading six nominations for the 2020 Juno music awards, Canada's version of the Grammys.

Cara, who earned a best new artist Grammy in 2018, will also host the Junos telecast in March. And Toronto rapper Tory Lanez nabbed five nods, while Shawn Mendes, Bryan Adams and Loud Luxury were among a crowded field that earned three nominations each.

Nominations for the Junos were unveiled during a press conference Tuesday in Toronto. The Juno Fan Choice competition will see Cara, Ali Gatie, Avril Lavigne, bbno$ and Justin Bieber compete against Loud Luxury, NAV, Mendes, The Weeknd and Lanez.

The best artist of the year category will feature Cara, Adams and Jesse Reyez up against Mendes and Lanez. And the album of the year competition will pit the latest work by Cara, Alexandra Streliski and Bryan Adams against albums from from Michael Buble and NAV.

Elsewhere, the international album of the year category will see Ariana Grande, Grammy winner Billie Eilish and Ed Sheeran compete with their latest work against the most recent albums from Khalid and Post Malone.

And the best single of the year category has nominations for Cara's "Out of Love," bulow's "Sweet Little Lies," Lennon Stella's "La Di Da," Scott Helman's "Hang Ups" and "Senorita," performed by Mendes and Camila Cabello.

Elsewhere, the best pop album competition will see Cara, Lavigne and bulow with their latest work go up against the most recent albums from Elijah Woods and Jamie Fine, and Walk Off the Earth.

And performers competing for the breakthrough artist of the year will be Lennon Stella, Tenille Townes, Ali Gatie, Alexandra Streliski and bbno$. The Junos organizers also announced Jann Arden, Lennon Stella and Daniel Caesar as among the first performers for the upcoming Canadian music awards.

The Junos, organized by the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, will take place in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan on March 15, and will air on the CBC network.

  • JUNO Fan Choice Award

    Alessia Cara
    Ali Gatie
    Avril Lavigne
    bbno$
    Justin Bieber
    Loud Luxury
    Nav
    Shawn Mendes
    The Weeknd
    Tory Lanez

  • Single of the Year

    "Out Of Love," Alessia Cara
    "Sweet Little Lies," Bülow
    "La Di Da," Lennon Stella
    "Hang Ups," Scott Helman
    "Señorita," Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello

  • International Album of the Year

    thank u, next, Ariana Grande
    When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?, Billie Eilish
    No.6 Collaborations Project, Ed Sheeran
    Free Spirit, Khalid
    Hollywood's Bleeding, Post Malone

  • Album of the Year

    The Pains Of Growing, Alessia Cara
    INSCAPE, Alexandra Stréliski
    Shine A Light, Bryan Adams
    love, Michael Bublé
    Bad Habits, Nav

  • Artist of the Year

    Alessia Cara
    Bryan Adams
    Jessie Reyez
    Shawn Mendes
    Tory Lanez

  • Group of the Year

    88Glam
    Elijah Woods x Jamie Fine
    Loud Luxury
    The Reklaws
    Walk Off The Earth

  • Breakthrough Artist of the Year

    Alexandra Stréliski
    Ali Gatie
    bbno$
    Lennon Stella
    Tenille Townes

  • Breakthrough Group of the Year

    Hunter Brothers
    Neon Dreams
    Palaye Royale
    The Blue Stones
    Valley

  • Songwriter of the Year

    "Growing Pains" – co-songwriters Andrew Wansel, Warren Fielder, "Out of Love" – co-songwriter Rick Nowels (Pains Of Growing), "Rooting For You" – co-songwriter Jon Levine (This Summer)
    Publisher – Sony/ATV Music Publishing Canada
    Alessia Cara

    "Boys Will Be Boys" – co-songwriters David Charles Fischer, Mike Wise, Nathan Ferraro (The Contender), "Sweet Little Lies" – co-songwriters David Charles Fische, Mike Wise, Nathan Ferraro (Crystalline), "Two Punks In Love" – co-songwriters David Charles Fischer, Mike Wise, Nathan Ferraro (Two Punks In Love)
    Publisher – Wax on Wax Off Publishing / Sony/ATV Music Publishing Canada
    bülow

    "Broken," "Dream for Dreaming" – co-songwriters Joseph Baron Grass, Mikhail Stein, Robbie Kuster, "Here Comes The River" – co-songwriters Joseph Baron Grass, Jules Buckley, Mikhail Stein (Wave)
    Publisher – Secret City Music Publishing
    Patrick Watson

    "I Kept The Roses" – co-songwriters Chris Gelbuda, Dustin Christensen (I Kept The Roses), "Jersey On The Wall (I'm Just Asking)" – co-songwriters Gordie Sampson, Tina Parol (Jersey On The Wall (I'm Just Asking)), "White Horse" – co-songwriters Daniel Tashian, Jeremy Spillman (White Horse)
    Publisher – Red Brick Music Publishing
    Tenille Townes

    "All Hands," "Dance," "The Eighteenth Hole," (Forever Overheard)
    Publisher – Plug Your Ears Publishing
    Tim Baker

  • Country Album of the Year

    V, Aaron Goodvin
    The Fall, Dallas Smith
    Black Sheep, Dean Brody
    State of Mind, Hunter Brothers
    Wild As Me, Meghan Patrick

  • Adult Alternative Album of the Year

    A Pill for Loneliness, City and Colour
    A Blemish in the Great Light, Half Moon Run
    acākosīk, iskwē
    Thanks for the Dance, Leonard Cohen
    Wave, Patrick Watson

  • Alternative Album of the Year

    Destroyer, Black Mountain
    Foxwarren, Foxwarren
    Here Comes The Cowboy, Mac DeMarco
    Pony, Orville Peck
    Morbid Stuff, Pup

  • Pop Album of the Year

    The Pains of Growing, Alessia Cara
    Head Above Water, Avril Lavigne
    Crystalline, Bülow
    8:47, Elijah Woods x Jamie Fine
    HERE WE GO!, Walk Off The Earth

  • Rock Album of the Year

    …but for the sun, Big Wreck
    PEOPLESKILLS, Headstones
    Order In Decline, Sum 41
    Master Volume, The Dirty Nil
    A War On Everything, The Glorious Sons

  • Vocal Jazz Album of the Year

    Nothing Never Happens, Bria Skonberg
    Stay Tuned!, Dominique Fils-Aimé
    MONTRÉAL, Elizabeth Shepherd
    Wishes, Jazz Affair
    Friday, Monkey House

  • Jazz Album of the Year: Solo

    Migrations, Jacques Kuba Séguin
    Unstoppable, Joel Miller
    Black Sea Suite, John Stetch
    Absolutely Dreaming, Ted Quinlan
    The Chronicles of Fezziwig, The Mark Kelso Jazz Project

  • Jazz Album of the Year: Group

    Undertones, Al Muirhead's Canadian Quintent
    Jump Up, Brad Turner Quartet with Guest Seamus Blake
    Trouble in Mind, Dave Young Trio
    Abundance, Ernesto Cervini's Turboprop
    On Firm Ground / Tierra Firme, Jane Bunnett & Maqueque

  • Instrumental Album of the Year

    INSCAPE, Alexandra Stréliski
    The Silent Wish, Bill McBirnie with Bernie Senensky
    Calm and Cents, Kevin Hearn
    SymphRONica UpfRONt, Ron Davis' Symphronica
    Toothsayer, Tanya Tagaq

  • Francophone Album of the Year

    Après, Fred Pellerin
    L'étrange pays, Jean LeLoup
    La nuit des longs couteaux, Koriass
    La nuit est une panthère, Les Louanges
    Tout ça pour ça, Loud

  • Children's Album of the Year

    Greatest Hits, Vol. 4, Big Block Singsong
    A Cheerful Little Earful, Diana Panton
    It's GForce, GForce
    This Is Us, Girl Pow-R
    Sharon, Bram & Friends, Sharon & Bram

  • Classical Album of the Year: Solo or Chamber

    detach, Angela Schwarzkopf
    Alone & Unalone, Ensemble Paramirabo
    Beethoven: Violin Sonatas Op. 12, James Ehnes
    Elles, Marina Thibeault and Marie-Éve Scarfone
    John Zorn: Cat O’Nine Tails, The Dead Man, Memento Mori & Kol Nidre, Quatuor Molinari

  • Classical Album of the Year: Large Ensemble

    The Bounds of our Dreams, Canada's National Arts Centre Orchestra/Orchestre du Centre National Des Art du Canada, Conducted by Alexander Shelley feat. Alain Lefèvre & Yōsuke Kawasaki
    Beethoven: Complete Piano Concertos, Jan Lisiecki with Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
    Sibelius 1, Orchestre Métropolitain de Montréal, Conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin
    Chopin: Concertos Nos. 1 & 2, Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, Conducted by Kent Nagano Feat. Charles Richard-Hamelin
    The John Adams Album, Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, Conducted by Kent Nagano

  • Classical Album of the Year: Vocal or Choral Performance

    When There Is Peace: An Armistice Oratorio, Chor Lenoi Men's Choir
    Schubert: Schwanengesang; Brahms: Vier ernste Gesänge, Gerald Finley
    Handel: Dixit Dominus; Bach & Schutz: Motets, Ottawa Bach Choir, Conducted by Lisette Canton
    Summer Night, Peter Barret Martha Guth, Allyson McHardy, Helen Becqué
    Schubert: Winterreise, Philippe Sly with Le Chimera Project

  • Classical Composition of the Year

    Evta, Ana Sokolović
    "Everything Is... Distorted," Bekah Simms
    Under Sea, Above Sky, Jared Miller
    The Coming of Sobs, Rose Bolton
    Kickin' It 2.0, Vincent Ho

  • Rap Recording of the Year

    88GLAM2, 88Glam
    Tomorrow Could Be The Day Things Change, Classified
    Light Path 8, Killy
    Bad Habits, Nav
    Freaky, Tory Lanez

  • Dance Recording of the Year

    Love Me, Felix Cartal & Lights
    Only When It Rains, Frank Walker x Astrid S
    I'm Not Alright, Loud Luxury and Bryce Vine
    Gravity, Ralph
    We Found Love, Sultan + Shepard x Showtek

  • R&B/Soul Recording of the Year

    Black Dove, Amaal
    CASE STUDY 01, Daniel Caesar
    Feel It Too, Jessie Reyez, Tory Lanez & Tainy
    The Gumption, Tanika Charles
    Chixtape 5, Tory Lanez

  • Reggae Recording of the Year

    Jah Children, Jay Douglas
    Wah Gwaan, Exco Levi
    The Warning Track, Lyndon John X
    Never Broken, Petraa
    Another Man, Storry

  • Indigenous Music Album of the Year

    Yellowstone, Digawolf
    Stories from a Downtown Apartment, Celeigh Cardinal
    nipiy, nêhiyawak
    Siqinnaarut, Northern Haze
    ataataga, Riit

  • Contemporary Roots Album of the Year

    Coyote, Catherine MacLellan
    Easy Keeper, Del Barber
    Little Bones, Irish Mythen
    Passages, Justin Rutledge
    Mohawk, Lee Harvey Osmond

  • Traditional Roots Album of the Year

    Once A Day, April Verch
    By Appointment Or Chance, Miranda Mulholland
    Sketches, Natalie MacMaster
    Sugar & Joy, The Dead South
    Assiniboine & The Red, The Small Glories

  • Blues Album of the Year

    Pocket Full Of Nothin', Big Dave McLean
    Hand Me Down Blues, Durham County Poets
    That's Where It's At, Michael Jerome Browne
    Mad Love, Dawn Tyler Watson
    The Northern South Vol. 2, Whitehorse

  • Contemporary Christian/Gospel Album of the Year

    The Heart Of Christmas, Brian Doerksen
    Pursue, Brooke Nicolls
    Wherever I Go, Dan Bremnes
    ILL Street Blues, Fresh I.E.
    The Advent Of Christmas, Matt Maher

  • World Music Album of the Year

    Barokan, Djely Tapa
    Sombras, Okan
    Africa Without Borders, Okavango African Orchestra
    Risorgimento, Romina Di Gasbarro
    Galactic Gala, Silla and Rise

  • Jack Richardson Producer of the Year

    "Brittle Bones Nicky," Brittle Bones Nicky, Rare Americans, "It's Alright" (co producer Ryan Guldemond), Dance and Cry, Mother Mother
    Ben Kaplan

    "Fear of the Flame," Fear of the Flame, Logan Staats, "Hide Your Love," Night in the Park, Kiss in the Dark, Caveboy
    Derek Hoffman

    "October," "Rooting For You" (co-producer Midi Jones), This Summer, Alessia Cara
    Jon Levine

    "Just Friends," Hartland St., Virginia to Vegas, "Sweet Little Lies," Crystalline, Bülow
    Michael Wise

    "Record Shop," Cascadia, Said The Whale, "Song In My Head," RIP, We Are The City
    Steve Bays

  • Recording Engineer of the Year

    "If I Can't Have You," If I Can't Have You, Shawn Mendes, "Incredible," Incredible, James TW
    George Seara

    "Dividido (feat. Silvana Estrada)," Sublime, Alex Cuba, "Shotgun," Friday, Monkey House
    John 'Beetle' Bailey

    "Push For Yellow," "There's Still A Light In The House," Maybe, Valley
    Jason Dufour

    "2 Myself," Ludic, Ludic, "Known Better," MELT, Nuela Charles
    Ryan Worsley

    "Midnight," "Over Me," Midnight, Brooke Palsson
    Vic Florencia

  • Album Artwork of the Year

    Selections from Cuphead, Kristofer Maddigan
    Chad Moldenhauer (Art Director), Ian Clarke (Designer), Warren Clark and Lance Inkwell (Illustrators)

    The Superhero Suite, Kevin Hearn and Friends
    Kevin Hearn (Art Director), Antoine Moonen (Designer), Lauchie Reid and Harland Williams (Illustrators)

    Bloodcrush/Bloodmyth, Ensign Broderick
    Kris Knight (Illustrator), Jason Sniderman (Art Director), James Mejia (Designer), Chris Peters (Illustrators), Stefanie Schneider (Photographer)

    Case Study 01, Daniel Caesar
    Sean Brown & Keavan Yazdani (Art Directors)

    Malice, Mercy, Grief & Wrath, Belle Plaine
    Terri Fidelak (Art Director, Designer, & Illustrator), Regan Fraser (Art Director), Carey Shaw (Photographer)

  • Music Video of the Year

    "Bun Dem," Sarahmée, Caraz
    "Record Shop," Said the Whale, Johnny Jansen
    "Topographe," Corridor, Jonathan Robert
    "Back Off," Laurence Nerbonne, Le Ged
    "Little Star," iskwē, Sarah Legault

  • Electronic Album of the Year

    Battle Lines, Bob Moses
    Memory Emotion, Electric Youth
    Dawn Chorus, Jacques Greene
    A Beat Tape For Your Friends, Keys N Krates
    Beyond The Senses, Rezz

  • Metal/Hard Music Album of the Year

    Evolution, Kobra and the Lotus
    Martyr, Lindsay Schoolcraft
    Through A Wall, Single Mothers
    Play to Win, Striker
    Orphans, The Agonist

  • Adult Contemporary Album of the Year

    Shine a Light, Bryan Adams
    Unplugged Vol. 1, Lauren Spencer-Smith
    Both Sides, Marc Jordan
    Melt, Nuella Charles
    Empower, Renée Lamoureux

  • Comedy Album

    General Anxiety Disorder, Adam Christie
    Straight White Fail, Jarrett Campbell
    The Abyss Stares Back, Monty Scott
    Lil Bit of Buddle, Sophie Buddle
    I'm Not Well, Steph Tolev