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Alessia Cara and Tory Lanez lead the 2020 Juno nominations

Shawn Mendes, Bülow, Nav and Bryan Adams are also up for multiple awards.

Shawn Mendes, Bülow, Nav and Bryan Adams are also up for multiple awards

Toronto rapper Tory Lanez has earned five nominations at the 2020 Juno Awards. (Getty Images)

The 2020 Junos have been cancelled since this article was first published.

This year's host, singer Alessia Cara, leads the Juno Awards with six nominations, followed by Toronto rapper Tory Lanez with five. 

The 23-year-old singer has had a busy couple of years, first releasing her sophomore album, The Pains of Growing, in 2018, and last September she capped off her tour with Shawn Mendes with the EP This Summer. Both records are up for awards this year, including single of the year ("Out of Love"), album of the year (The Pains of Growing), artist of the year, songwriter of the year, pop album of the year (The Pains of Growing) and the Juno Fan Choice Award. 

Lanez has been equally as prolific, with his nominations honouring his 2019 album Chixtape 5 (R&B/soul recording of the year) as well as two singles, "Freaky" (rap recording of the year) and his collaboration with Jessie Reyez and Tainy, "Feel it Too" (a second nod in the R&B/soul recording of the year category). To round it out, Lanez is also up for artist of the year and the Juno Fan Choice Award. 

A number of artists tied for third-most nominations with three nominations this year: Shawn Mendes, Bryan Adams, Alexandra Stréliski and three artists who performed at last year's Junos: Nav, Loud Luxury and Bülow. 

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2020 Juno Award nominees

Juno Fan Choice Award

  • Alessia Cara
  • Ali Gatie
  • Avril Lavigne
  • bbno$
  • Justin Bieber
  • Loud Luxury
  • Nav
  • Shawn Mendes
  • The Weeknd
  • Tory Lanez

Single of the year

  • Alessia Cara, "Out of Love"
  • Bülow, "Sweet Little Lies"
  • Lennon Stella, "La Di Da"
  • Scott Helman, "Hang Ups"
  • Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello, "Señorita"

International album of the year 

  • Ariana Grande, Thank U, Next
  • Billie Eilish, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
  • Ed Sheeran, No.6 Collaborations Project
  • Khalid, Free Spirit
  • Post Malone, Hollywood's Bleeding

Album of the year

  • Alessia Cara, The Pains of Growing
  • Alexandra Stréliski, Inscape
  • Bryan Adams, Shine a Light
  • Michael Bublé, Love 
  • Nav, Bad Habits

Alexandra Stréliski | Plus tôt | CBC Music

5 years ago
Duration 3:32
Alexandra Stréliski performs "Plus tôt" at CBC Music.

Artist of the year

  • Alessia Cara
  • Bryan Adams
  • Jessie Reyez
  • Shawn Mendes
  • Tory Lanez

Group of the year 

  • 88Glam
  • Elijah Woods x Jamie Fine
  • Loud Luxury
  • The Reklaws
  • Walk Off the Earth

Breakthrough artist of the year

  • Alexandra Stréliski
  • Ali Gatie
  • bbno$
  • Lennon Stella
  • Tenille Townes

Breakthrough group of the year

  • Hunter Brothers
  • Neon Dreams
  • Palaye Royale
  • The Blue Stones
  • Valley

Songwriter of the year

  • Alessia Cara: "Growing Pains" (co-songwriters Andrew Wansel, Warren Fielder); "Out of Love" (co-songwriter Rick Nowels) (Alessia Cara, The Pains of Growing); "Rooting For You" (co-songwriter Jon Levine) (Alessia Cara, This Summer)
  • Bülow, Two Punks in Love: "Boys Will Be Boys" (co-songwriters David Charles Fischer, Mike Wise, Nathan Ferraro for Bülow, The Contender); "Sweet Little Lies" (co-songwriters David Charles Fischer, Mike Wise, Nathan Ferraro for Bülow, Crystalline); "Two Punks in Love" (co-songwriters David Charles Fischer, Mike Wise, Nathan Ferraro)
  • Patrick Watson, Wave: "Broken," "Dream for Dreaming" (co-songwriters Joseph Baron Grass, Mikhail Stein, Robbie Kuster); "Here Comes the River" (co-songwriters Joseph Baron Grass, Jules Buckley, Mikhail Stein)
  • Tenille Townes, White Horse: "I Kept the Roses" (co-songwriters Chris Gelbuda, Dustin Christensen for Tenille Townes, I Kept the Roses); "Jersey On The Wall (I'm Just Asking)" (co-songwriters Gordie Sampson, Tina Parol for Tenille Townes, Jersey on the Wall (I'm Just Asking)); "White Horse" (co-songwriters Daniel Tashian, Jeremy Spillman)
  • Tim Baker, Forever Overhead: "All Hands," "Dance," "The Eighteenth Hole"

Country album of the year

  • Aaron Goodvin, V
  • Dallas Smith, The Fall
  • Dean Brody, Black Sheep
  • Hunter Brothers, State of Mind 
  • Meghan Patrick, Wild as Me

Adult alternative album of the year

  • City and Colour, A Pill for Loneliness
  • Half Moon Run, A Blemish in the Great Light 
  • Iskwē, acākosīk 
  • Leonard Cohen, Thanks for the Dance 
  • Patrick Watson, Wave 

Patrick Watson | Broken | First Play Live

4 years ago
Duration 5:45
Patrick Watson performs "Broken" for CBC Music's First Play Live.

Alternative album of the year 

  • Black Mountain, Destroyer
  • Foxwarren, Foxwarren
  • Mac DeMarco, Here Comes the Cowboy
  • Orville Peck, Pony
  • Pup, Morbid Stuff

PUP | Morbid Stuff | First Play Live

5 years ago
Duration 2:54
PUP performs songs from their album Morbid Stuff live at The Garrison in Toronto.

Pop album of the year

  • Alessia Cara, The Pains of Growing
  • Avril Lavigne, Head Above Water
  • Bülow, Crystalline
  • Elijah Woods x Jamie Fine, 8:47 
  • Walk Off the Earth, Here We Go! 

Rock album of the year

  • Big Wreck, …but for the sun
  • Headstones, Peopleskills
  • Sum 41, Order in Decline
  • The Dirty Nil, Master Volume
  • The Glorious Sons, A War on Everything

Vocal jazz album of the year

  • Bria Skonberg, Nothing Never Happens
  • Dominique Fils-Aimé, Stay Tuned!
  • Elizabeth Shepherd, Montréal
  • Jazz Affair, Wishes
  • Monkey House, Friday

Jazz album of the year: solo 

  • Jacques Kuba Seguin, Migrations
  • Joel Miller, Unstoppable
  • John Stetch, Black Sea Suite 
  • Ted Quinlan, Absolutely Dreaming 
  • The Mark Kelso Jazz Project, The Chronicles of Fezziwig

Jazz album of the year: group

  • Al Muirhead's Canadian Quintet, Undertones 
  • Brad Turner Quartet with guest Seamus Blake, Jump Up
  • Dave Young Trio, Trouble in Mind 
  • Ernesto Cervini's Turboprop, Abundance
  • Jane Bunnett & Maqueque, On Firm Ground/Tierra Firme

Instrumental album of the year 

  • Alexandra Stréliski, Inscape
  • Bill McBirnie with Bernie Senensky, The Silent Wish
  • Kevin Hearn, Calm and Cents
  • Ron Davis' SymphRONica, SymphRONica UpfRONt
  • Tanya Tagaq, Toothsayer

Francophone album of the year

  • Fred Pellerin, Après
  • Jean Leloup, L'étrange pays
  • Koriass, La nuit des longs couteaux
  • Les Louanges, La nuit est une panthère
  • Loud, Tout ça pour ça

Children's album of the year

  • Big Block Singsong, Greatest Hits, Vol. 4
  • Diana Panton, A Cheerful Little Earful
  • Gforce Fan, It's GForce 
  • Girl Pow-R, This is Us
  • Sharon & Bram, Sharon, Bram & Friends

Sharon, Bram, and Friends | Skinnamarink | CBC Music

4 years ago
Duration 3:09
Sharon, Bram, and Friends perform "Skinnamraink" for CBC Kids Day.

Classical album of the year: solo or chamber

  • Angela Schwarzkopf, Detach
  • Ensemble Paramirabo, Alone & Unalone 
  • James Ehnes, Beethoven: Violin Sonatas Op. 12 
  • Marina Thibeault and Marie-Ève Scarfone, Elles 
  • Quatuor Molinari, John Zorn: Cat O'Nine Tails, The Dead Man, Memento Mori & Kol Nidre 

Classical album of the year: large ensemble

  • Canada's National Arts Centre Orchestra/Orchestre du Centre National Des Arts du Canada, conducted by Alexander Shelley, The Bound of our Dreams
  • Jan Lisiecki with Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Beethoven: Complete Piano Concertos 
  • Orchestre Métropolitain de Montréal, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Sibelius 1 
  • Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, conducted by Kent Nagano, The John Adams Album 
  • Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, conducted by Kent Nagano feat. Charles Richard-Hamelin, Chopin: Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 

Classical album of the year: vocal or choral

  • Chor Leoni Men's Choir, When There is Peace: An Armistice Oratorio 
  • Gerald Finley, Schubert: Schwanengesang; Brahms: Vier ernste Gesänge 
  • Ottawa Bach Choir, conducted by Lisette Canton, Handel: Dixit Dominus; Bach & Schutz: Motets
  • Peter Barrett, Martha Guth, Allyson McHardy, Helen Becqué, Summer Night 
  • Philippe Sly with Le Chimera Project, Schubert: Winterreise

Classical composition of the year

  • Ana Sokolović, Evta 
  • Bekah Simms, Everything is... Distorted 
  • Jared Miller, Under Sea, Above Sky 
  • Rose Bolton, The Coming of Sobs
  • Vincent Ho, Kickin' It 2.0 

Rap recording of the year

  • 88Glam, 88Glam2
  • Classified, Tomorrow Could be the Day Things Change
  • Killy, Light Path 8 
  • Nav, Bad Habits 
  • Tory Lanez, Freaky

Dance recording of the year

  • Felix Cartal & Lights, "Love Me" 
  • Frank Walker x Astrid S, "Only When it Rains"
  • Loud Luxury and Bryce Vine, "I'm Not Alright"
  • Ralph, "Gravity" 
  • Sultan + Shepard x Showtek, "We Found Love"

R&B/soul recording of the year

  • Amaal, Black Dove 
  • Daniel Caesar, Case Study 01
  • Jessie Reyez, Tory Lanez, & Tainy, "Feel it Too"
  • Tanika Charles, The Gumption
  • Tory Lanez, Chixtape 5

Reggae recording of the year

  • Exco Levi, "Wah Gwaan"
  • Jay Douglas, "Jah Children" 
  • Lyndon John X, The Warning Track 
  • Petraa, "Never Broken ​​​​​​"
  • Storry, "Another Man" 

Indigenous artist or group of the year

  • Celeigh Cardinal, Stories from a Downtown Apartment
  • Digawolf, Yellowstone
  • Nêhiyawak, Nipiy 
  • Northern Haze, Siqinnaarut
  • Riit, Ataataga 

Riit | ataataga | CBC Music

4 years ago
Duration 4:37
Riit performs "ataataga" for CBC Music

Contemporary roots album of the year

  • Catherine MacLellan, Coyote
  • Del Barber, Easy Keeper
  • Irish Mythen, Little Bones
  • Justin Rutledge, Passages
  • Lee Harvey Osmond, Mohawk

Traditional roots album of the year

  • April Verch, Once A Day
  • Miranda Mulholland, By Appointment Or Chance
  • Natalie MacMaster, Sketches
  • The Dead South, Sugar & Joy
  • The Small Glories, Assiniboine & The Red 

The Dead South | Could I Have This Dance | Junos 365 Sessions

4 years ago
Duration 3:10
The Dead South covers "Could I Have This Dance" by Anne Murray for CBC Music's Junos 365 Sessions. The song won the Juno Award for single of the year in 1981.

Blues album of the year 

  • Big Dave McLean, Pocket Full Of Nothin'
  • Dawn Tyler Watson, Mad Love 
  • Durham County Poets, Hand Me Down Blues 
  • Michael Jerome Browne, That's Where It's At
  • Whitehorse, The Northern South Vol. 2 

Contemporary Christian/gospel album of the year

  • Brian Doerksen, The Heart of Christmas
  • Brooke Nicholls, Pursue
  • Dan Bremnes, Wherever I Go
  • Fresh I.E., ILL Street Blues 
  • Matt Maher, The Advent of Christmas 

World music album of the year

  • Djely Tapa, Barokan 
  • Okan, Sombras
  • Okavango African Orchestra, Africa Without Borders 
  • Romina Di Gasbarro, Risorgimento 
  • Silla and Rise, Galactic Gala 

Jack Richardson producer of the year

  • Ben Kaplan: "Brittle Bones Nicky" (Rare Americans, Brittle Bones Nicky); "It's Alright" (co-producer Ryan Guldemond) (Mother Mother, Dance and Cry)
  • Derek Hoffman: "Fear of the Flame" (Logan Staats, Fear of the Flame); "Hide Your Love" (Caveboy, Night in the Park, Kiss in the Dark)
  • Jon Levine: "October," "Rooting For You" (co-producer Midi Jones) (Alessia Cara, This Summer)
  • Michael Wise: "Just Friends" (Virginia to Vegas, Hartland St.); "Sweet Little Lies" (Bülow, Crystalline
  • Steve Bays: "Record Shop" (Said the Whale, Cascadia); "Song In My Head" (We are the City, RIP)

Recording engineer of the year 

  • George Seara: "If I Can't Have You" (Shawn Mendes, If I Can't Have You); "Incredible" (James TW, Incredible)
  • Jason Dufour: "Push For Yellow," "There's Still a Light in the House" (Valley, Maybe)
  • John "Beetle" Bailey: "Dividido (feat. Silvana Estrada)" (Alex Cuba, Sublime); "Shotgun" (Monkey House, Friday
  • Ryan Worsley: "2 Myself" (Ludic, Ludic); "Known Better" (Nuela Charles, Melt
  • Vic Florencia: "Midnight," "Over Me" (Brooke Palsson, Midnight

Album artwork of the year

  • Chad Moldenhauer (art director), Ian Clarke (designer), Warren Clark and Lance Inkwell (illustrators) for Kristofer Maddigan, Selections From Cuphead
  • Kevin Hearn (art director), Antoine Moonen (designer), Lauchie Reed and Harland Williams (illustrators) for Kevin Hearn and Friends, The Superhero Suite
  • Kris Knight (art director and designer), Chris Peters (illustrator) and Stefanie Schneider (photographer) for Ensign Broderick, Bloodcrush/Bloodmyth
  • Sean Brown and Keavan Yazdani (art directors) for Daniel Caesar, Case Study 01
  • Terri Fidelak (art director, designer and illustrator) and Carey Shaw (photographer) for Belle Plaine, Malice, Mercy, Grief and Wrath

Music video of the year 

  • Caraz, "Bun Dem" (Sarahmée) 
  • Johnny Jansen, "Record Shop" (Said the Whale) 
  • Jonathan Robert, "Topographe" (Corridor)
  • Le GED, "Back Off" (Laurence Nerbonne) 
  • Sarah Legault, "Little Star" (Iskwē) 

Electronic album of the year

  • Bob Moses, Battle Lines
  • Electric Youth, Memory Emotion 
  • Jacques Greene, Dawn Chorus
  • Keys N Krates, A Beat Tape For Your Friends
  • Rezz, Beyond the Senses

Metal/hard music album of the year

  • Kobra and the Lotus, Evolution
  • Lindsay Schoolcraft, Martyr
  • Single Mothers, Through a Wall
  • Striker, Play to Win
  • The Agonist, Orphans 

Adult contemporary album of the year

  • Bryan Adams, Shine a Light
  • Lauren Spencer-Smith, Unplugged Vol. 1
  • Marc Jordan, Both Sides
  • Nuela Charles, Melt
  • Renee Lamoureux, Empower 

Comedy album of the year

  • Adam Christie, General Anxiety Disorder 
  • Jarrett Campbell, Straight White Fail
  • Monty Scott, The Abyss Stares Back
  • Sophie Buddle, Lil Bit of Buddle
  • Steph Tolev, I'm Not Well

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