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Who is Bülow? Get to know the Juno breakthrough artist nominee

Will the German artist be Canada's newest pop sensation?

Will the German artist be Canada's newest pop sensation?

Pop artist Bülow is nominated for Breakthrough Artist at the 2019 Juno Awards. (Supplied by the Juno Awards)

The Juno categories of breakthrough artist and group of the year have gone through a few different identities in their 45-year history, but what's never changed is the incredible pedigree of the categories' winners. A veritable who's who of now-established and future Canadian music industry icons have taken home these coveted Junos.

Breakthrough artist winners include Burton Cummings, k.d. lang, Colin James, Alanis Morissette, Jann Arden, Avril Lavigne, Michael Bublé, Feist, Drake, the Weeknd, Alessia Cara and Jessie Reyez. The list of breakthrough group winners is equally star-studded: Bachman-Turner Overdrive, Rush, Glass Tiger, the Tragically Hip, Nickelback, Alexisonfire and A Tribe Called Red.

Think of the Junos as an opportunity to survey just a little bit more of the country's music scene, its depth and breadth, and then keep checking back as CBC Music posts its handy primers for each artist and group, as well as some context to help deepen your appreciation of these great musicians.

Who: Bülow

Where: Megan B​ülow was born in Germany in 1999, and resided in the Netherlands until last year. She moved to Canada in mid-2018, and she also collaborated on her two EPs, Damaged Vol. 1 (2017) and Damaged Vol. 2 (2018) with Canadian writers and producers including Lowell, Mike Wise and Joel Stouffer.

Sound: Low-key pop that can pivot from wrought to wry in the lilt of a half-note.

Why they're nominated: "Not a Love Song" was one of B​ülow's first singles, racking up millions of plays on Spotify. Between the official video and the official audio-only video, it has more than three million plays on YouTube. Bülow has also amassed a sizable fanbase thanks to her relatable and unselfconscious writing style.

Previously: Just graduated high school (American School of the Hague).

Fun fact: She's fluent in German and English, and her mother is Canadian.

Quote: "Being honest doesn't mean you are weak." — B​ülow to Billboard, 2018

'Not a Love Song' (2017)

'Two Punks in Love' (2018) 

'You & Jennifer' (2018)
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Wherever you are in the world, you can watch the 2019 Juno Awards on Sunday, March 17, broadcast live from London's Budweiser Gardens at 8 p.m. ET on CBC, CBC Radio and online at cbc.ca/junos.