Charlotte Cardin, The Weeknd and Justin Bieber top 2022 Juno nominees
In an eclectic year that includes nominations for an indie group founded just after Facebook for a kid barely older than the pandemic, Charlotte Cardin topped the list of nominees for the 51st annual Juno Awards on Tuesday.
With six nods, Cardin beat even The Weeknd and Justin Bieber at what will be the first in-person Junos event since the awards were canceled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“It seems unreal,” Cardin said in an interview with CBC News. “I can’t stop smiling. I get so many messages from my mum, dad and friends. They’re freaking out.”
The Montreal singer’s album Phoenixreleased in April 2021, helped her become the first female artist to spend several weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard charts since Celine Dion in 2016.
It also earned him nominations for Album of the Year, Artist of the Year, and Single of the Year (for Without meaning) just four years after his first Juno nomination for Breakthrough Artist of the Year in 2018.
Cardin is also set to perform at the show and will take the stage alongside seven-time Juno Award winner Arkells, pop/punk icon Avril Lavigne and singer, songwriter and poet Mustafa. Prizes will be organized by marvel star and Kim’s Convenience actor Simu Liu.
Bieber, the Weeknd tied with 5 nominations
Meanwhile, superstars The Weeknd and Bieber aren’t far behind Cardin in terms of honors.
Bieber, who is also a Grammy favorite this year, has an impressive five nominations for Single of the Year (Peaches), album of the year, pop album of the year (both for Justice), artist of the year and fan choice. It’s an identical performance to last year for the singer, although he only won one award in the end.
Toronto singer The Weeknd (real name Abel Tesfaye) is up for the same number of nominations, despite not releasing a full album in 2021. that for three Grammys this year he launched a boycott after being entirely snubbed by the awards in 2021 – he was the big winner at last year’s Junos when he won five trophies from six nominations.
The Weeknd is now up for Single of the Year and Contemporary Recording of the Year (both for Take my breath), Fans‘ Choice, Artist of the Year and Songwriter of the Year (for hurricane, Moth to a flame and Take my breath).
Ranking top Shawn Mendes also continued his strong performance at the awards with four nominations, including Fans’ Choice – the seventh year in a row he has been nominated in the category, which he won last year.
New faces dominate categories
But those familiar faces aside, the rest of the list is surprisingly varied, and Cardin is among a number of newcomers and first-time nominees. At this year’s awards, 105 nominees – more than 36 genres and five technical categories – have never been up for an award before.
“I think the fact that half of our nominees were first-time nominees surprised me,” Junos President Allan Reid said. “It’s been amazing throughout this pandemic and over the past two years we’ve seen more Junos submissions [than] we have never seen in the past.”
This includes Pressa, a first nominee for four awards. The platinum-certified Toronto artist is known for his collaborations with Drake, Migos and Coi Leray, and is nominated for Fans’ Choice, Breakthrough Artist, Rap Album of the Year (Gardner Express) and Rap Single of the Year (Attachments).
Because Juno organizers split rap recording into two separate categories this year, Pressa could make history by winning in either one.
Vancouver singer/songwriter Jessia is also nominated for the first time and is part of a growing list of Juno nominees in the spotlight due to her success on TikTok.
A video of her singing a unfinished version of his song I am not pretty found a huge following on the app last year, which landed her on a Rolling Stone list of fastest emerging artists and propelled her to the top of Billboard’s Canadian Emerging Artists chart.
Jessia’s runaway success was unexpected. She had dreamed of a Juno nomination, but was surprised to learn that she had received so many nods in her first year alone.
“I just threw [the song] on TikTok and I was hoping for the best,” Jessia said. “When things started blowing up, I was like, ‘Oh my god, that would be so cool if [I got nominated at the] Junos but maybe in a few years.”
She is now also a certified platinum artist and up for Breakthrough Artist of the Year, Fans’ Choice, Single of the Year (I am not pretty) and Alternative Album of the Year (How are you?).
Nominees in key categories:
TikTok Juno Fan Picks: 347aidan, Bbno$, Charlotte Cardin, Forest Blakk, Jessia, Justin Bieber, Loud Luxury, Pressa, Shawn Mendes, The Weeknd
Artist of the Year: Charlotte Cardin, JP Saxe, Justin Bieber, Shawn Mendes, The Weeknd
Album of the Year: PhoenixCharlotte Cardin; Dangerous levels of introspectionJP Saxony; JusticeJustin Bieber; WonderShawn Mendes; Too young to be sadTate McRae
Only: Earn a life, not a lifeBrett Kissel; Without meaningCharlotte Cardin; I am not prettyJessica; PeachesJustin Biber ft. Daniel Caesar & Giveon; Take my breathThe weekend
Group: Arkells, Loud Luxury, Mother Mother, The Reklaws, Valley
Breakthrough Artist: 347aidan, Faouzia, Jessia, Pressa, Tesher
Revolutionary group: Black Pistol Fire, Cleopatrick, Monowhales, Ocie Elliott, Spiritbox
Songwriter: The Weeknd, Allison Russell, Charlotte Day Wilson, Mustafa Ahmed, Tobi
Veterans go viral; 4 years old is the youngest nominee
Other notable TikTok nominees include Tesher from Saskatchewan (who went viral with his Baby Jalebi and a remix of Lil Nas X’s Old Town Road) Toronto rapper 347aidan who rose to fame with his track Dancing in my room and, surprisingly, Vancouver is the mainstay of Mother Mother.
Although they’ve been making music since 2005, their popularity skyrocketed after their first two albums went viral on TikTok in late 2020. It’s part of a trend in music and older bands finding a second chance on the app, which has a growing influence on what music becomes popular.
Still, that’s not to say the Junos’ future is in music’s past, as two of this year’s nominees are younger than most of their competitors’ full careers.
Toronto’s Kairo McLean earned his first nomination for the reggae track easy now at 13, while Romeo Aniello is now the youngest nominee at just four years old.
Aniello, son of Walk Off The Earth members Gianni Luminati and Sarah Blackwood and credited as Romeo Eats, is up for Children’s Album of the Year for Walk Out Of The Land x Romeo Eats Vol. 1. The album is a companion to a web series hosted by Luminati and Aniello, which features the two discovering new foods alongside musical accompaniment.
The youngest previous nominees were the members of the Girl Pow-R children’s group, the youngest being 11 years old. They were also up for Children’s Album of the Year in 2020.
The 51st Juno Awards are set to take place in Toronto on May 15 on the outdoor Budweiser Stage at Ontario Place.
The show will air at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on CBC TV, CBC Gem, CBC Radio One, CBC Music and CBC Listen, and globally on CBCMusic.ca/junos and on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter. from CBC Music. Tickets go on sale March 4 at 10 a.m. ET.
Other nominees include:
Contemporary Indigenous Artist or Group of the Year: When magic strikes, Adrian Sutherland; war club, DJ Shub; wild whisper, Jayli Wolf; Shawnee KishShawnee Kish; life after, Snot Nose Rez Kids
Traditional Aboriginal artist or group: Kakike, Fawn wood; Singing healsJoel Bois; Manitou Mkwa Singers IIManitou Mkwa singers; Nang GiizhigoongNimkii and the Niniis; Angel Eagle – Cree Round Dance Songsyoung spirit
Alternative Album of the Year: Hope For Sale, Child; Death of an Optimist, Grandson; When the smoke rises Mustafa; If it boils down to this, ruby waters; The idiotState
Pop album of the year: PhoenixCharlotte Cardin; How are you? Jessica; JusticeJustin Bieber; WonderShawn Mendez; Too young to be sadTate McRae
Country Album: What is life? Brett Kissel; BoysDean Brody; girl to girlTenilled Arts; Second year crisisThe Reklaws; Campfire TroubadourTim Hicks
rock album: Flash once, Arkels; look aliveBlack Pistol Shooting; Sisters Not Twins (The Professional Lovers Album)The beaches; hidden gemsThe Blue Stones; F–k ArtThe dirty nothingness
Rap Album/EP: See you next Wednesday, Stomach; stock ExchangeMighty Haviah; Tsunami emergencyNavigation; The Extravagant Collection, NorthSideBenji; Gardner Express (deluxe)pressed
Rap single: What I like, Anders ft. FrvrFriday, EdamameBbno$ ft. Rich Brian; BoldCharmaine Warner; 30,000 feet, NorthSide Benji & DJ Charlie B; AttachmentsPressed ft. Taliban Glizzy
Francophone album of the year: Impossible to love, Pirate’s heart ; Deluxe SnacksFuki; The sky is on the floorLouis-Jean Cormier; Acrophobia; Roxane Bruneau; All beauty is not lostVincent Vallieres
Contemporary roots album: outdoor child, Allison Russell; Without people, Donovan Woods; My name is Suzie UngerleiderSuzie Ungerleider; open day, Fretless
Traditional Roots Album: Back in port, Alan Doyle; New Time & Old AcousticsJohn Reischman; Flaming happy banner; Maria Dunn; Chinook Waltzabove the moon; songs from the trenchesThe fugitives
Blue Album: open roadColin James; To blowColin Linden; Living at IsabelleMiss Emily; Hope dies lastSteve Mariner; Pinky’s blues; Sue Foley