Juno Awards: Drake, The Weeknd and Shawn Mendes Lead With Five Noms Each. The late Leonard Cohen and Alessia Cara also score multiple nominations for Canada’s music awards.
Canada’s Drake, The Weeknd and Shawn Mendes on Tuesday snagged a field-leading five nominations each for the Junos, the country’s music awards.
Canadian R&B hitmaker The Weeknd was the big winner at the 2016 Juno Awards with five trophies. This year, Alessia Cara and the late Leonard Cohen will be up for four noms, while A Tribe Called Red earned three nominations.
Nominations for the Junos were unveiled during a press conference on Tuesday in Toronto.
Drake, Mendes and The Weeknd will compete in the Juno Fan Choice, single of the year and album of the year categories. And the pop album of the year competition will see Alessia Cara with “Know-It-All” and Mendes’ “Illuminate” go up against Tegan and Sara’s “Love You to Death,” Marianas Trench’s “Astoria” and Coleman Hell’s “Summerland.”
- Juno Awards: Drake, The Weeknd and Shawn Mendes Lead With Five Noms Each
Elsewhere, the Fan Choice award, voted on by ordinary Canadians, also saw nominations for Alessia Cara, Hedley, Justin Bieber and Ruth B. And the best international album category will pit Coldplay and “A Head Full of Dreams” and One Direction’s “Made in the A.M.” against Rihanna’s “Anti” and Sia’s “This is Acting.” The Junos earlier announced singer and songwriter Sarah McLachlan will be the 2017 inductee into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. The Canadian music awards, organized by the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, will take place in Ottawa on April 2 and air on the CTV network.
Michael Buble is scheduled to host the Junos, but his presence is unclear after he and his wife, Luisana Lopilato, in November revealed their three-year-old son Noah had been diagnosed with cancer and is undergoing treatment.