Canada’s biggest night in music, where Canadian artists and musicians are awarded for their talent, is back. The 2023 Juno Awards nominations have been revealed, and we have the biggest surprises, not surprises and snubs.
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Who got the most Juno Awards nominations?
As Global News reports, The Weeknd (AKA Abel Tesfaye) leads with the most nominations. This year the Toronto-raised singer has six nominations across the board including Artist of the Year, and Single of the Year with the hit song “Sacrifice” off his Album of the Year-nominated album, Dawn FM.
Taylor Swift is nominated — twice
Now before you do a double-take, Taylor Swift is nominated for International Album of the Year. Every year the Junos give out an award to a non-Canadian album and this year Swift has managed to rack in two separate nominations for her albums Red (Taylor’s Version), and Midnights, which was recently released in October 2022.
Tate McRae and Avril Lavigne are tied in nominations
19-year-old Tate McRae and Canadian pop-rock queen Avril Lavigne are next in the most amount of nominations after The Weeknd. The two singers have five nominations in four of the same categories: TikTok Juno Fan Choice, Pop Album of the Year, Single of the Year and Album of the Year.
Juno Awards snubs
While there are a lot of artists worth celebrating, it looks like there is one Canadian rap heavy-hitter that may be missing from the list. Fans may be surprised to see Drake isn’t nominated, despite releasing the album Honestly, Nevermind on June 17, 2022, which would qualify him in the eligibility period. There may be a reason for this. According to Variety, the rapper’s team did not submit his album in 2018 so he wasn’t nominated for the awards in 2019 either.
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When are the Juno Awards?
This year actor Simu Liu is set to return to hosting duties. The awards ceremony will be live on March 13 in Edmonton, Alberta. A full list of nominations can be found here.