The Juno nominations just dropped and The Weeknd is leading the pack

The “Dawn FM” hitmaker has snagged a whopping six nominations
January 31, 2023 4:21 p.m. EST

Canadian music has never been so important, and our local musicians and tunes have a knack for making international waves. But now, we are honouring our own in the most Canadian way possible - The Junos! The annual awards ceremony celebrating the best homegrown talent has just dropped the nominations for this year, and they are creating quite a stir online.


Scarborough, Ontario’s own The Weeknd is leading with six nods, including artist of the year, single of the year (“Sacrifice”), album of the year (‘Dawn FM”) and songwriter of the year. He’s followed closely by Avril Lavigne and Tate McRae, who each have five. NAV, Preston Pablo, Rêve and The Reklaws each received three.




Other musical powerhouses are included in the list, like Shawn Mendes, Kaytranada, Jean Michel Blais, Michael Bublé, Tanya Tagaq, Jann Arden, Alexisonfire, and Jessie Reyez.


Many musicians are taking to social media to express their joy and surprise at being included in this year’s hallowed nominations.





For the international album category, huge American and British crooners are competing for the award: Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, Harry Styles, and Lil Nas X.


Performances at the ceremony, which will take place on March 13 (so as not to compete with the Oscars, naturally!) include Tate McRae, Preston Pablo, Rêve, Jessie Reyez, Tenille Townes, AP Dhillon, Alexisonfire, Aysanabee, and Nickelback, who are being inducted in the Canadian Music Hall of Fame whilst simultaneously a nominee for rock album of the year. 


There is a bit of controversy surrounding today’s nomination announcement, and it surrounds the inclusion of Montreal’s most famous band, Arcade Fire, nominated for Group of the Year. ICYMI, the band’s frontman Win Butler has been accused by several women of sexual misconduct, despite being married to bandmate Régine Chassagne. Butler denies the allegations, but music fans and survivors are questioning the inclusion of the band in the nominations. It’s not going down well.






The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, which operates the Junos, reportedly issued a statement that read, "We look at Arcade Fire's nomination for group of the year as one for the entire band. While we take the allegations very seriously, in this situation, we are also honouring the rest of the band for their success. we hope the allegations against Butler will not detract from the achievements of the other group members."


Arcade Fire, who were Canadian household names by 2005 when they released “Rebellion (Lies),” burst onto the international scene in 2011 when they shocked the Grammy’s by winning Album of the Year for “The Suburbs.”  


Unlike the Oscars, there doesn’t seem to be anyone snubbed from this year’s list, but that hasn’t stopped some musicians from poking fun at it all. Former Our Lady Peace drummer Jeremy Taggart tweeted a joke aimed at OLP frontman Raine Maida, saying the band deserves to be included in this year’s Hall of Fame, despite Maida being a, uh, hard nut to crack.



The Junos will be hosted by Kim’s Convenience and Marvel Cinematic Universe star Simu Liu (just like last year!), and the event will be held March 13 at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta. The full list of Juno nominees is below!


Juno Fan Choice


Avril Lavigne, Warner


Lauren Spencer-Smith, Island/Republic*Universal


MacKenzie Porter, Big Loud*Independent


Preston Pablo, 31 East*Universal


Rêve, 31 East*Universal


Shawn Mendes, Island*Universal


Tate McRae, RCA*Sony


The Reklaws, Starseed*Independent


The Weeknd, XO*Universal


Tyler Shaw, Sony

Artist of the year


Avril Lavigne, Warner


Lauren Spencer-Smith, Island/Republic*Universal


Michael Bublé, Warner


Shawn Mendes, Island*Universal


The Weeknd, XO*Universal

Group of the year


Arcade Fire, Columbia*Sony


Arkells, Arkells Music*Universal


Billy Talent, Warner


Metric, Thirty Tigers


The Reklaws, Starseed*Independent

Single of the year


“Bite Me,” Avril Lavigne, Warner


“Flowers Need Rain,” Preston Pablo and Banx & Ranx, 31 East*Universal


“When You’re Gone,” Shawn Mendes, Island*Universal


“she’s all i wanna be,” Tate McRae, RCA*Sony


“Sacrifice,” The Weeknd, XO*Universal

Album of the year


Who Hurt You?, Ali Gatie, Warner


Love Sux, Avril Lavigne, Warner


Demons Protected by Angels, NAV, XO*Universal


i used to think i could fly, Tate McRae, RCA*Sony


Dawn FM, The Weeknd, XO*Universal

Music video of the year


“Fraud,” Emma Higgins, director; Jessie Reyez, Island*Universal


“Unholy,” Floria Sigismondi director; Sam Smith and Kim Petras, Capitol*Universal


“Have Mercy,” Karena Evans, director; Chlöe, Parkwood*Sony


“Different Than Before,” Mayumi Yoshida, director; Amanda Sum, Independent


“Remember Me for Me,” Sterling Larose, director;  SonReal and Lily Moore, Black Box*Fontana North/Warner

International album of the year


=, Ed Sheeran, Warner


Harry’s House, Harry Styles, Columbia*Sony


Montero, Lil Nas X, Columbia*Sony


Midnights, Taylor Swift, Republic*Universal


Red (Taylor’s Version), Taylor Swift, Taylor Swift*Universal

Breakthrough artist of the year


Dax, Columbia*Sony


Devon Cole, Arista*Sony


Preston Pablo, 31 East*Universal


RealestK, Columbia*Sony


Rêve, 31 East*Universal

Breakthrough group of the year


Banx & Ranx, Universal


Harm & Ease, Cosmo Cat*Independent


Rare Americans, EMPIRE/Crooked City*AMPED


Tommy Lefroy, Independent*AWAL


Wild Rivers, Nettwerk*Amped

Songwriter of the year


Abel Tesfaye, publisher: XO Music Publishing/Kobalt Music Publishing


Faouzia, publisher: Faouzia Music/Kobalt Music Publishing


Tate McRae, publisher: T8 Entertainment Inc/Sony Music Publishing


Tenille Townes, publisher: Year of the Dog


TOBi, publisher: Oluwatobi Ajibolade Publishing


Jack Richardson 

Producer of the year


Akeel Henry


Banx & Ranx




Mike Wise


Murda Beatz

Recording engineer of the year

Derek Hoffman


George Seara


Gus van Go


Jason Dufour


Serban Ghenea

Pop album of the year


In the Meantime, Alessia Cara, Def Jam*Universal


Love Sux, Avril Lavigne, Warner


The Loneliest Time, Carly Rae Jepsen, 604*Warner


i used to think i could fly, Tate McRae, RCA*Sony


Dawn FM, The Weeknd, XO*Universal

Adult contemporary album of the year


Adventure Book, Francois, Klark Independent


Descendant, Jann Arden, Universal


He Sang She Sang, Marc Jordan & Amy, Sky Linus*Universal/IDLA


Higher, Michael Bublé, Warner


A Tyler Shaw Christmas, Tyler Shaw, Sony

Rock album of the year


Otherness, Alexisonfire, Dine Alone*The Orchard


Crisis Of Faith, Billy Talent, Warner


Get Rollin’, Nickelback, BMG*Warner/ADA


Outta Sight, The Sheepdogs, Warner


Explosions, Three Days Grace, RCA*Sony

Metal/hard music album of the year


Psychic Jailbreak, Cancer Bats, New Damage*The Orchard


Merciless Destruction, Get the Shot, New Damage*The Orchard


Paid In Full, Skull Fist, Atomic Fire*Fontana North/Warner


Synchro Anarchy, Voivod, Century*Sony


Thought Form Descent, Wake, Metal Blade*Sony

Adult Alternative album of the year


Born Losers, Altameda, Pheromone*Fontana North


The Garden, Basia Bulat, Secret City*F.A.B.


Being Somewhere, Dan Mangan, Arts & Crafts*Universal


Colder Streams, The Sadies, Dine Alone*The Orchard


How Is It That I Should Look at the Stars, The Weather Station, Next Door*Outside

Alternative album of the year


Blue Rev, Alvvays, Celsius Girls*Universal


Duality, Luna Li, AWAL


Sewn Back Together, OMBIIGIZI, Arts & Crafts*Universal


The Unraveling of Puptheband, PUP, Little Dipper*Universal


Tongues, Tanya Tagaq, Six Shooter*Universal

Dance recording of the year


“Afterglow,” Bob Moses and Kasablanca, Astralwerks*Universal


“Shinigami Eyes,” Grimes, Columbia*Sony


“These Nights,” Loud Luxury feat. Kiddo, Armada*Sony


“CTRL + ALT + DEL,” Rêve 31, East*Universal


“Spiral,” Rezz, RCA*Sony

Underground dance single of the year


“Debonair,” Bensley, mau5trap*Independent/AWAL


“Aye Aye,” Blond:Ish and Cameron Jack, Abracadabra*Above Board


“The Time Is (Now),” Fred Everything, Lazy Days*Prime Direct/Paradise


“I Knew Techno,” Greg Gow, Restructured*The Orchard


“Easy,” Tiga, Turbo*!K7

Electronic album of the year


Not OK, Mecha Maiko, NewRetroWave*HHV/Believe


Spectrums, Odonis, Odonis Felte*Secretly


Nightmare on Rezz Street 2 Mix, Rezz, HypnoVizion*Universal


Synthetic Season One, Rich Aucoin, We Are Busy Bodies*Redeye


Interior, Teen Daze, Independent*Believe

Contemporary R&B recording of the year


“When Flowers Bloom,” Adria Kain, ArtHaus*Warner


“If I Get Caught,” dvsn, OVO


“No Longer in the Suburbs,” Dylan Sinclair, Five Stone*The Orchard


“Yessie,” Jessie Reyez, Island*Universal


“WTF,” Savannah Ré, Universal

Traditional R&B/soul recording of the year


“Please Do Not Lean,” Daniel Caesar feat. BadBadNotGood, Republic*Universal


“Palisade,” Jon Vinyl, Vinyl Recordings*Foundation


“All I Need,” Safe, RCA*Sony


“Last One,” Savannah Ré feat. Dylan Sinclair, Universal


“How to Make Love,” Thehonestguy, Independent*Believe

Rap single of the year


“Alejandro Sosa,” 6ixbuzz and Pengz, Warner


“Been Himma,” Dom Vallie, Natalus*The Orchard


“Wrath,” Freddie Dredd, RCA*Sony


“Twin Flame,” Kaytranada and Anderson .Paak, RCA*Sony


“Wrong Decisions,” XO*Universal

Rap album/EP of the year


GONZO, Boslen, Capitol*Universal


Retrospected (Acoustic), Classified, Halflife*Universal


The Fleur Print Vol. 2, Jazz Cartier, Petal Garden*Believe


Demons Protected by Angels, NAV, XO*Universal


Shall I Continue?, TOBi, RCA

Country album of the year


Way Back, High Valley, Cage Free*The Orchard


Honkytonk Revival, Jade Eagleson, Starseed*Independent


Bronco, Orville Peck, Columbia*Sony


Masquerades, Tenille Townes, RCA*Sony


Good Ol’ Days, The Reklaws, Starseed*Independent

Reggae recording of the year


“Water,” Ammoye, Lulaword*Symphonic


“Like a Star,” Celena, Independent


“Jah Love,” Exco Levi, Independent


“In the Streets,” Kairo McLean, Soul Survival*Independent


“Reggae Party,” Kirk Diamond, Kairo McLean and Finn, Independent

Contemporary roots album of the year


O Glory, Blackie and The Rodeo Kings, Divine*Warner


That Was You and Me, Fortunate Ones, Sonic *Warner


Hold on to Love, Shakura S’Aida, Independent


Come Morning, The Bros. Landreth, Birthday Cake*The Orchard


House of Dreams, The East Pointers, Nettwerk*Amped

Traditional roots album of the year


Hurricane Clarice, Allison de Groot & Tatiana Hargreaves, Free Dirt*AMPED/MNRK


20 printemps, Le Vent du Nord, La Compagnie du Nord*IDLA


Narrow Line, Mama’s Broke, Free Dirt*AMPED/MNRK


Tell ‘Em You Were Gold, Pharis & Jason Romero, Smithsonian Folkways*AMPED/The Orchard


The Empress, The McDades, Independent

Blues album of the year


Long River, Angelique Francis, Independent


Midnight Blues, Crystal Shawanda, True North*Universal/IDLA


Thanks for Tomorrow, Harrison Kennedy, Electro-Fi*Isotope Music/The Orchard


Preach to My Soul, Spencer Mackenzie, Gypsy Soul*Warner


Live at the King Eddy, The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer, Fontana North*The Orchard

Contemporary Christian/gospel album of the year


Into The Wild, Dan Bremnes, CURB | Word*New Day


Trust, Daniel Ojo, Psalmist*Independent


Jordan St. Cyr, Jordan St. Cyr, BEC*The Orchard


Only Ever Always, Love & The Outcome, CURB | Word*New Day


The Church Will Rise, Tehillah Worship, Independent*Wings

Global music album of the year


In the Footsteps of Rumi, Ghalia Benali, Constantinople, Kiya Tabassian, Glossa*Naxos


Thieves of Dreams, Lenka Lichtenberg, Sunflower*Independent


José Louis and the Paradox of Love, Pierre Kwenders, Arts & Crafts*Universal


Vox.Infold, Ruby Singh, Independent


Tradisyon, Wesli,WUP/Disques Les Nuits d’Afrique/Cumbancha*Believe

Vocal jazz album of the year


Featuring, Caity Gyorgy, La Reserve*The Orchard


Blue, Diana Panton, Independent*The SRG/ILS Group


Venez donc chez moi, Laura Anglade and Sam Kirmayer, Justin Time*F.A.B./Nettwerk


Nikki By Starlight, Nikki Yanofsky, MNRK


The Ostara Project, The Ostara Project, Cellar*The Orchard

Jazz album of the year (solo)


Joy, Ernesto Cervini, TPR*A-Train


A Little Louder Now, Lauren Falls, Independent


El Tinajon, Luis Deniz, Modica*Believe


Rumba, Rafael Zaldivar, Effendi*Propagande/Naxos


Kinds of Love, Renee Rosnes, Smoke Sessions*The Orchard

Jazz album of the year (group)


Semantics, Andrew Rathbun Quintet, SteepleChase*Stateside/The Orchard


Talk Memory, BadBadNotGood, People’s Champ*Stem


The History of Us, Carn Davidson 9, TPR*Independent


Desert Bloom, Florian Hoefner Trio, Alma*Universal


The Dragon’s Tail, Mark Kelso & the Jazz Exiles, Independent

Instrumental album of the year


Canadiana, Canadian Brass, Linus*Universal/IDLA


Everything Was Forever Until It Was No More, Esmerine, Constellation*Secretly


Iguana, Hard Rubber Orchestra, Redshift*Independent


Aubades, Jean-Michel Blais, Arts & Crafts*Universal


Lionheart, Stephan Moccio, Decca*Universal

Francophone album of the year


medium Plaisir, Ariane Roy, La maison fauve*Universal


Mercure en mai, Daniel Bélanger, Secret City*F.A.B.


Pictura De Ipse : Musique directe, Hubert Lenoir, Simone*The Orchard


Crash, Les Louanges, Bonsound*Sony/The Orchard


Chiac Disco, Lisa LeBlanc, Bonsound*Sony/The Orchard

Children’s album of the year


Nice to Meet You, Beppie, Platoon


Say Hello, Jeremy and Jazzy, Hidden Pony*Universal


I Am Love, Splash’N Boots, Independent*The Orchard


Walk off the Earth & Romeo Eats, Vol. 2, Walk off the Earth and Romeo Eats, Golden Carrot*The Orchard


Maestro Fresh Wes Presents: Julia the Great, Young Maestro and Keysha Freshh, Independent

Classical album of the year (solo artist)


Winner of the 18th International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition Warsaw 2021, Bruce Liu, Deutsche Grammophon*Universal


Prokofiev: Piano Sonatas, Vol. 1, David Jalbert, ATMA*Universal


La Zingarella: Through Romany Songland, Isabel Bayrakdarian, AVIE*Naxos


Bach: Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin, James Ehnes, Onyx*PIAS America/The Orchard


Fables, Philip Chiu, ATMA*Universal

Classical album of the year (large ensemble)


Clara – Robert – Johannes: Lyrical Echoes Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra, conducted by Alexander Shelley, Analekta*F.A.B./The Orchard

Handel: Messiah, HWV 56, Ensemble Caprice, Ensemble Vocal Arts-Quebec, conducted by Matthias Maute, featuring Karina Gauvin, Leaf Music*Naxos


Richard Strauss: Metamorphosen – Arvo Pärt: Symphonie No. 4, “Los Angeles,” I Musici de Montréal, conducted by Jean-Marie Zeitouni, ATMA*Universal


Viola Borealis, Orchestre de l’Agora, conducted by Nicolas Ellis, featuring Marina Thibeault, ATMA*Universal


Radiant Dawn: Music for Advent and Christmas, The Elora Singers, conducted by Mark Vuorinen, Independent

Classical album of the year (small ensemble)


Nagamo, Andrew Balfour and musica intima Redshift*Independent


Hemsi: Chamber Works, ARC Ensemble Chandos*Naxos/PIAS


Vagues et ombres, collectif9 Alpha*Independent


Early Italian Cello Concertos, Elinor Frey and Rosa Barocca, conducted by Claude Lapalme, Analekta*F.A.B./The Orchard


De la cour de Louis XIV à Shippagan! Chants traditionnels acadiens et airs de cour du XVIIe Siècle, Suzie LeBlanc, Marie Nadeau-Tremblay, Vincent Lauzer, and Sylvain Bergeron, ATMA*Universal

Classical composition of the year


“An Overall Augmented Sense of Well-being,” Anthony Tan, Independent


“Bestiary I & II,” Bekah Simms, Centrediscs*Naxos


“The Black Fish,” Keyan Emami, Centrediscs*Naxos


“Prayers for Ruins,” Nicole Lizée, Analekta*F.A.B./The Orchard


“Supervillain Études,” Vincent Ho, Navona*Naxos

Contemporary indigenous artist or group of the year


“Watin,” Aysanabee, Ishkōdé*Universal


“Zhawenim,” Digging Roots, Ishkōdé*Universal r&b


“Code Red,” Indian City, Rising Sun*Warner


“Beyond the Reservoir,” Julian Taylor, Howling Turtle*Warner


“The Crossing,” Susan Aglukark, Aglukark*Universal/IDLA

Traditional indigenous artist or group of the year


kâkîsimo ᑳᑮᓯᒧᐤ, Cikwes, Nehiyaw Soul*Bigstone Cree Nation


Katajjausiit, Iva & Angu, Independent


Mikwanak Kamôsakinat, Joel Wood, Independent


Ôskimacîtahowin: A New Beginning, Northern Cree, Independent


Unbreakable, The Bearhead Sisters, Independent


Comedy album of the year


Let Me Hold Your Baby, Courtney Gilmour, Comedy Records*Independent


Splash Pad, Jackie Pirico, Independent


A Person Who Is Gingerbread, Jon Dore, Howl & Roar*Independent


Here Live, Not A Cat, Matt Wright, Chillybrain


Things Black Girls Say – The Album, Zabrina Douglas, Howl & Roar*Independent

Album artwork of the year


Emy Storey (Art Director, Designer, & Photographer), Becca McFarlane and Pamela Littky (Photographer); CRYBABY – Tegan and Sara, Mom+Pop*Redeye


Ian Ilavsky (Art Director & Designer), Maciek Szczerbowski (Illustrator); Everything Was Forever Until It Was No More – Esmerine, Constellation*Secretly


Jud Haynes (Art Director & Designer); Kubasongs – Kubasonics, Independent


Kee Avil (Art Director), Lawrence Fafard (Photographer); Crease – Kee Avil, Constellation*Secretly


Lights (Art Director & Illustrator), Virgilio Tzaj (Designer), Matt Barnes (Photographer); PEP – Lights, Fueled By Ramen*Warner


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