The Weeknd leads the 2021 Juno Awards nominations with six nods

The 50th Juno Awards will be broadcast from Toronto on May 16 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.
Published March 9, 2021 11:00 a.m. EST
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Get ready to celebrate Canadian talent because the nominees for the 50th annual Juno Awards are here. The annual celebration of Canadian music is set to take place in Toronto this year in the city where it all started for its golden anniversary.

After being snubbed by the Grammy's this year, The Weeknd leads the Juno nominations with six nods including Juno Fan Choice, Single of the Year, Album of the Year, Artist of the Year, Songwriter of the Year and Contemporary R&B Recording of the Year. Artists who received five nominations include Jessie Reyez, JP Saxe and Canadian superstar Justin Bieber.

Reyez is up for Artist of the Year, Songwriter of the Year, Contemporary R&B recording of the year and has two nominations in Music Video of the Year. JP Saxe is up for Juno Fan Choice, Single of the Year, Breakthrough Artist of the Year, Songwriter of the Year and Pop Album of the Year. Bieber is nominated for Juno Fan Choice, Single of the Year, Album of the Year, Artist of the Year and Pop Album of the Year.

The 50th Juno Awards will be broadcast on May 16 in Toronto and it will take place about a month and a half after Juno organizers originally planned to host the celebration. Allan Reid, head of the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, said they hoped pushing the event into late spring would offer more possibilities for outdoor gatherings that still abide by all of the COVID-19 precautions. 

This year's Juno Awards will also include three new looks for the award statuette. A gold Juno will be given to Juno Award winners, while a silver version is for recipients of a special Juno prize. Gold and silver variations will go to Canadian Music Hall of Fame inductees.

See who made the cut for this year’s awards with the full list of nominees below.

JUNO Fan Choice Presented by Freedom Mobile

Curtis Waters

JP Saxe

Lennon Stella

Les Cowboys Fringants

Tate McRae

Ali Gatie

Justin Bieber


Shawn Mendes

The Weeknd

Single of the year

Brett Kissel - "Drink About Me"

JP Saxe Featuring Julia Michaels- "If The World Was Ending"

Justin Bieber Featuring Quavo - "Intentions"

Lennon Stella - "Kissing Other People"

The Weeknd - "Blinding Lights"

International Album of the year 

Eminem - Music To Be Murdered By

Harry Styles - Fine Line

Luke Combs - What You See Ain't Always What You Get

Pop Smoke - Shoot For The Stars Aim For The Moon

Taylor Swift - folklore

Album of the Year

Ali Gatie - YOU

Celine Dion - Courage

Justin Bieber - Changes

Leonard Cohen - Thanks for the Dance

The Weeknd - After Hours

Artist of the Year

Ali Gatie

Celine Dion

Jessie Reyez

Justin Bieber

The Weeknd

Group of the Year


Half Moon Run

Loud Luxury

The Glorious Sons

The Reklaws

Breakthrough Artist of the Year

Curtis Waters

JP Saxe


Ryland James

Tate McRae

Breakthrough Group of the Year


Crown Lands

Manila Grey

Peach Pit

Young Bombs

Songwriter of the Year

Alanis Morissette

Alessia Cara

Jessie Reyez

JP Saxe

The Weeknd, Belly & Jason Quenneville

Country Album of the Year

Dallas Smith - Timeless

Jade Eagleson - Jade Eagleson

Lindsay Ell - heart theory

Mackenzie Porter - Drinkin' Songs: The Collection

Tenille Townes - The Lemonade Stand

Adult Alternative Album of the Year

Bahamas - Sad Hunk

Basia Bulat - Are You in Love?

Begonia - Fear

Rufus Wainwright - Unfollow The Rules

Sarah Harmer - Are You Gone

Alternative Album of the Year

Curtis Waters - Pity Party

Dizzy - The Sun and Her Scorch

July Talk - Pray For It

PUP - This Place Sucks Ass

U.S. Girls - Heavy Light

Pop Album of the Year

Johnny Orlando - It's Never Really Over

JP Saxe - Hold It Together

Justin Bieber - Changes

Lennon Stella - Three. Two. One.

Ryland James - Ryland James

Rock Album of the Year

Crown Lands - Crown Lands

JJ Wilde - Ruthless

Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Colorado

Sam Roberts Band - All of Us

Silverstein - A Beautiful Place to Drown

Rap Recording of the Year

88Glam - New Mania

BBNO$ & Yung Gravy - Baby Gravy 2

Eric Reprid - Cold World

NAV - Good Intentions (Brown Boy 2 Deluxe Version)

Tobi - ELEMENTS Vol. 1

Dance Recording of the Year

Felix Cartal, Sophie Simmons - MINE

Frank Walker - Dancing In The Dark


Rezz X Grabbitz - Someone Else

So Sus- Voices

Traditional R&B/Soul Recording of the Year

Charlotte Day Wilson Featuring Syd - "Take Care of You"

Dylan Sinclair - "Proverb"

Emanuel - "Alt Therapy Session 1: Disillusion"

IAmTheLiving - "In This Thing Called Life"

Savannah Re- "Solid"

Contemporary R&B Recording of the Year


Savannah Re - Where You Are

Shay Lia - Solaris

The Weeknd - After Hours

Tobi - Holiday

Reggae Recording of the Year

Ammoye - Give It All

Blessed - Black Man

Dubamatix - Roots Rock 

Kirk Diamond - Let It Be Done

Tome X Sean Kingston - I Pray

Music Video of the Year

Ben Knechtel, Scott Helman - "Wait No More"

Brittney Canda & Vincent Rene-Lortie, Sheenah Ko - "Wrap Me Up"

Emma Higgins, Jessie Reyez - "NO ONE'S IN THE ROOM"

Les Solis & Peter Huang, Jessie Reyez - "INTRUDERS"

Nick Denboer, DeadMau5 & The Neptunes - "Pomegranate"

Electronic Album of the Year

Attlas - Lavender God

Bob Moses - Desire

Caribou - Suddenly

Jessy Lanza - All the Time

Cri - Juvenile

Metal/Hard Music Album of the Year

Annihilator - Ballistic, Sadistic

Kataklysm - Unconquered

Protest the Hero - Palimpsest

Unleash The Archers - Abyss

Vile Creature - Glory, Glory! Apathy Took Helm!

Adult Contemporary Album of the Year

Alanis Morissette - Such Pretty Forks in the Road

Celine Dion - Courage

Craig Stickland - Pour dejouer l-ennui

Storry - CH IIII: The Come Up

Comedy Album of the Year

Derek Seguin - PanDerek (1st Wave!)

Jacob Samuel - Horse Power

Matt Wright - Existing is Exhausting

Nick Nemeroff - The Pursuit of Comedy Has Ruined My Life

Shirley Gnome - Decoxification

Indigenous Artist or Group of the Year

Burnstick - Kîyânaw

Crystal Shawanda - Church House Blues

Julian Taylor - The Ridge

Leela Gilday - North Star Calling

Terry Uyarak - Nunarjua Isulinginniani

Vocal Jazz Album of the Year

Diana Krall - This Dream Of You

Laila Biali - Out of Dust

Matt Dusk - Sinatra

Sammy Jackson - With You

Sophie Day - Clemence

Jazz Album of the Year: Solo

Andres Vial - Gang of Three

Elmer Ferrer - Basico, No Basico y Dirigido

Jocelyn Gould - Elegant Traveler

Junior Santos - Conpambiche

Rachel Therrien - VENA

Jazz Album of the Year: Group

Andy Milne and Unison - The reMission

Brandi Disterheft Trio With George Coleman- Surfboard

Emie R Roussel Trio - Rythme de passage

Florian Hoefner Trio - First Spring

Pat Labarbera / Kirk Macdonald Quintet - Trane of Thought, Live at the Rex

Instrumental Album of the Year

Blitz//Berlin - Movements IIII

Bruce Cockburn - Crowing Ignites

David Foster - Eleven Words

Flore Laurentienne - Volume 1

Gordon Grdina - Prior Street

Francophone Album of the Year

2Freres - A tous less vents

Klo Pelgag - Nore-Dame-des-Sept-Douleurs

Les Cowboys Fringants - Les antipodes

Louis-Jean Cormier - Quand la nuit tombe

Pierre Lapointe - Pour dejouer l'ennui

Children's Album of the Year

ABC SingSong - Letters and Numbers

Charlie Hope - Goodnight to You All: Traditional Lullabies from Ireland & the UK

Ginalina - Small But Mighty

Njacko Backo and Kalimbas At Work - J'aime mon ecole

Splash'n Boots- Heart Parade

Classical Album of the Year: Solo or Chamber

Ensemble Made in Canada - Mosaique

James Ehnes, Jon Kimura Parker, Jens Lindemann - Bach & Brahms Reimagined

James Ehnes with Andrew Armstrong - Beethoven: Violin Sonatas Nos. 4, 5, & 8

Quatuor Bozzini - Ana Sokolovic: Short Stories

Classical Album of the Year: Large Ensemble

Les Violons Due Roy, conducted by Jonathan Cohen, Featuring Charles Richard

Louis Lortie with BBC Philharmonic, conducted by Edward Gardner

Orchestre Symphonique De Laval, conducted by Alain Trudel, Featuring Jean-Philippe Sylvestre

Orchestre Symphonique De Montreal, conducted by Kent Nagano, Featuring Andrew Wan

Orchestre Symphonique De Montreal with Krakow Philharmonic Choir & Warsaw Boys' Choir, conducted by Kent Nagano

Classical Album of the Year: Vocal or Choral

Barbara Hannigan with Ludwig Orchestra - La passione

Erin Wall, Joshua Hopkins, Andrew Staples, Toronto Mendelssohn Choir with Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Conducted by Sir Andrew Davis - Massenet: Thais

Karina Gauvin with Pacific Baroque Orchestra, Conducted by Alexander Wiemann - Nuits blanches

Luminous Voices, conducted by Timothy Shantz - Sea Dreams

Sarah Slean with Symphony Nova Scotia, conducted by Bernhard Gueller - Sarah Slean and Symphony Nova Scotia

Classical Composition of the Year

Alexina Louie - Take The Dog Sled

Ana Sokolovia - Commedia dell'arte

Anna Hostman - Harbour

Samy Moussa - Violin Concerto "Adrano"

Zosha DiCarti - Tachitipo

Contemporary Roots Album of the Year

Julian Taylor - The Ridge

Leela Gilday- North Star Calling

Rose Cousins - Bravado

Tami Neilson - CHICKABOOM!

William Prince - Reliever

Traditional Roots Album of the Year

Beòlach - All Hands

Le Diable A Cinq - Debout!

Nick Hornbuckle - 13 or So

Pharis & Jason Romero - Bet On Love

Rum Ragged - The Thing About Fish

Blues Album of the Year

Angel Forrest - Hell Bent with Grace

Crystal Shawanda - Church House Blues

Dione Taylor - Spirits in the Water

Rick Fines - Solar Powered Too

Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar - The Reckless One

Contemporary Christian/Gospel Album of the Year

Allen Froese - All Things New

K-Anthony - The Cure

Matt Maher - Alive & Breathing

Shawna Cain - THE WAY

Steve Bell - Wouldn't You Love to Know?

World Music Album of the Year

Gypsy Kumbia Orchestra - VelkomBak

Lengaia Salsa Brava - The Gold Diggers

Mazacote - Patria

OKAN - Espiral

Zal Sissokho - Kora Flemnca

Jack Richardson Producer of the Year

Akeel Henry

Jordan Manswell


Murda Beatz


Recording Engineer of the Year

George Seara

Jason Dufour

Johann Deterville

John 'Beetle' Bailey

Serban Ghena

Album Artwork of the Year

Julien Hebert, David Beauchemin, Florence Obrecht, Marc-Etienne Mongrain

Lido Pimienta, Orly Anan, Mat Dunlap, Daniela Murillo 

Luke Hoskin, John Meloche, Martin Wittfooth 

Peter Dreimanis, Scott Waring, Leah Fay, Lyle Bell, Ty Snaden

2021 Humanitarian Award Recipient

The Tragically Hip 

2021 MusiCounts Teach of the Year

Sophie Jalbert

Bruce Millerd 

Nicholas Pettipas

Mary Piercey-Lewis

Stephen Richardson

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