Rush, Metric, Billy Talent and The Weeknd all receive multiple nods.
The 2013 Juno nominations announcement, which took place earlier today at the Design Exchange, went largely according to plan.
Carly Rae Jepson, it was revealed, is nominated for five awards—Artist of the Year, Fan Choice, Single of the Year, Album of the Year, and Pop Album of the Year—while Justin Bieber was nominated for four, for all of the same categories save Single of the Year. CTV’s Tanya Kim tried, somewhat unsuccessfully, to rouse enthusiasm from a crowd of media and industry people still wiping sleep from their eyes, and CTV President of Programming and Sports Phil King accidentally referred to this year’s awards as the 2011 Juno Awards. (He made up for it by announcing that this year’s host, Michael Bublé, will debut new material at the awards ceremony, and that Jepsen would also be gracing the stage.)
Torontonian artists did fairly well, dominating some categories. The city was decently represented in the big four: single, album, artist, and group of the year. Billy Talent was nominated for both Single of the Year (for “Viking Death March”) and Group of the Year. Also nominated in the group category were Rush and Metric. Serena Ryder also received a Single of the Year nod for “Stompa.” Deadmau5 was nominated for Artist of the Year, along with the arguably-Torontonian Johnny Reid. (He’s from Brampton.)
Local artists owned the reggae, R&B/soul and adult alternative categories, taking four of the five nominations in each bracket. In R&B/soul, former winner Jully Black and obvious favourite The Weeknd were joined by Melanie Fiona and Shawn Desman. Ammoye, Elaine “Lil’Bit” Shepherd, Exco Levi, and Melanie Durrant all received nominations for reggae, while Bahamas, Serena Ryder, Royal Wood, and Ottawa transplant Kathleen Edwards were all nominated for Adult Alternative Album of the Year.
Toronto did surprisingly well in the remarkably broad Rock Album of the Year category, with Billy Talent and the partially-Torontonian Big Wreck getting nominations. (Toronto native Ian Thornley founded Big Wreck while living in Boston.) Also nominated in the rock-album category was Rush, who released their 19th studio album in 2012. The city got a similar two-and-a-half nods for Rap Recording of the Year, with JD Era, Maestro Fresh Wes, and The Closers (consisting of Toronto’s Rich Kidd and Vancouver’s SonReal) all getting nominations.
Broken Social Scene associates Metric and Stars were both nominated for Alternative Album of the Year. The city’s thriving metal scene also received two nominations, courtesy of Woods of Ypres and Cancer Bats. TRST and Crystal Castles were both nominated for Electronic Album of the Year, while Dragonette and Tricky Moreira were both nominated for Dance Recording of the Year.
The one surprise of the morning was the absence of A Tribe Called Red. The Ottawa-based trio have received international critical acclaim for their self-described “powwow-step” sound, a fusion of dubstep, hip-hop and traditional First Nations music. The band’s debut album, released in March of last year, was missing from both the Electronic Album of the Year and Aboriginal Album of the Year categories.
Overall, though, the press conference went as expected, with the country’s largest music scene receiving a proportional number of nominations. This year’s Juno Award ceremony will take place on April 21 in Regina. For the complete list of nominees, check out the Juno website.