The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) honoured and celebrated the Canadian music industry’s rising stars and returning favourites in a virtual broadcast of The JUNOS Presented by TD on June 29th. Featuring a lineup of guest presenters, the virtual event, now available to stream on the free CBC Gem streaming service, CBC Music’s Facebook, YouTube and Twitter pages, and for audiences around the world at CBCMusic.ca/junos, announced 42 JUNO Awards across all categories and included special performances by Alessia Cara, iskwē, Neon Dreams, and The Dead South.
The most decorated artist of the night with three statuettes, Alessia Cara was the big winner, taking home Album of the Year for The Pains of Growing, Pop Album of the Year, and Songwriter of the Year.
Shawn Mendes took Single of the Year for the third year in a row and Artist of the Year for the second. Tory Lanez maintained his reign of the Rap Recording of the Year category, marking his third consecutive win, as well as being the first artist to win in both the Rap Recording and R&B/Soul Recording category (where he was a co-winner alongside Jessie Reyez) in the same year. For the second year in a row, nine-time JUNO Award winner Avril Lavigne won for JUNO Fan Choice and Regina-based The Dead South won Traditional Roots Album of the Year.
First-time winners dominated the ranks, taking home 26 of the evening’s 42 awards. They include: Alexandra Stréliski (Instrumental Album of the Year), Angela Schwarzkopf (Classical Album of the Year: Solo or Chamber), Big Block Singsong (Children’s Album of the Year), Billie Eilish (International Album of the Year), Ben Kaplan (Jack Richardson Producer of the Year), Celeigh Cardinal (Indigenous Artist or Group of the Year), Chad Moldenhauer, Ian Clarke, Warren Clark (Album Artwork of the Year), Dawn Tyler Watson (Blues Album of the Year), Djely Tapa (World Music Album of the Year), Dominique Fils-Aimé (Vocal Jazz Album of the Year), Ernesto Cervini’s Turboprop (Jazz Album of the Year: Group), Felix Cartal (Dance Recording of the Year), Half Moon Run (Adult Alternative Album of the Year), iskwē (Music Video of the Year), Jacques Kuba Séguin (Jazz Album of the Year: Solo), Lennon Stella (Breakthrough Artist of the Year), Les Louanges (Francophone Album of the Year), Lyndon John X (Reggae Recording of the Year), Matt Maher (Contemporary Christian/Gospel Album of the Year), Meghan Patrick (Country Album of the Year), Neon Dreams (Breakthrough Group of the Year), Pup (Alternative Album of the Year), Sarah Legault (Music Video of the Year), Sophie Buddle (Comedy Album of the Year), and Striker (Metal/Hard Music Album of the Year).
In one of the most unique stories of the night, this year’s winner in the Classical Album of the Year: Vocal or Choral category, the Ottawa Bach Choir conducted by Lisette Canton, calls The Governor General of Canada Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, a member of their choir.
Among the special appearances of the night were presenters Chris Boucher from the 2019 NBA Championship Toronto Raptors, actor and musician Finn Wolfhard, past JUNO winner Jessie Reyez, two-time JUNO-winning soprano Measha Brueggergosman, Indigenous Music Summit founder and Producer and JUNO Award-winning artist with Digging Roots, ShoShona Kish, and the Minister of Canadian Heritage, The Honourable Steven Guilbeault.