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Alessia Cara Leads Canada’s JUNO Awards

Alessia Cara, one of the most underrated Canadians of all time, is rightfully being recognized by her home country in March at the JUNO Awards. Unlike the GRAMMYs, they actually nominated her for something. Well not just anything, she is nominated for a whooping six awards and the hosting gig. I love Alicia Keys and her warmness, but she’s not the Steve Jobs of hosting. Maybe Alessia can do it better.

Some big Canadian stars nominated at the event include the best heartthrob since I can remember Shawn Mendes with three nominations, a not-as-attractive-heartthrob but kind of OG with this new generation Justin Bieber with just one nom, emo goddess who might not actually be her Avril Lavigne with two noms, and new Michael Jackson impersonator The Weeknd with one nomination.

International Album of the Year has a very pop-friendly list of nominees. Ariana Grande’s thank u next, which will likely lose again to Billie Eilish’s WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO? Ed Sheeran’s No. 6 Collaborations Project is also nominated alongside Khalid’s Free Spirit and Post Malone’s Hollywood Bleeding.

The awards are taking place March 15 in Saskatoon. The only performers announced for the event so far include R&B singer Daniel Caesar, pop artist Lennon Stella, rock band the Glorious Sons, and rapper Tory Lanez.

See the nominees list for some of the categories we care about.

Juno Fan Choice

  • Alessia Cara
  • Ali Gate
  • Avril Lavigne
  • bbno$
  • Justin Bieber
  • Loud Luxury
  • NAV
  • Shawn Mendes
  • The Weeknd
  • Tory Lanez

Single of the Year

  • ‘Out Of Love’ by Alessia Cara
  • ‘Sweet Little Lies’ by bulow
  • ‘La Di Da’ by Lennon Stella
  • ‘Hang Ups’ by Scott Helman
  • ‘Senorita’ by Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello

International Album of the Year

  • thank u, next by Alessia Cara
  • No. 6 Collaborations Project by Ed Sheeran
  • Free Spirit by Khalid
  • Hollywood’s Bleeding by Post Malone

Album of the Year

  • The Pains Of Growing by Alessia Cara
  • INSCAPE by Alexandra Streliski
  • Shine A Light by Bryan Adams
  • love by Michael Buble
  • Bad Habits by NAV

Artist of the Year

  • Alessia Cara
  • Bryan Adams
  • Jessie Reyez
  • Shawn Mendes
  • Tory Lanez

Breakthrough Artist of the Year

  • Alexandra Streliski
  • Ali Gatie
  • bbno$
  • Lennon Stella
  • Tenille Townes

Songwriter of the Year

  • Alessia Cara
  • bulow
  • Patrick Watson
  • Tenille Townes
  • Tim Baker

Pop Album of the Year

  • The Pains of Growing by Alessia Cara
  • Head Above Water by Avril Lavigne
  • Crystalline by bulow
  • 8:47 by Elijah Woods x Jamie Fine
  • HERE WE GO! by Walk Off the Earth
Peter Stavros
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