The 2018 Juno nominations, by the numbers

We take a closer look at this year's Juno Award nominations.

We take a closer look at this year's Juno Award nominations.

Jessie Reyez released her EP Kiddo earlier this year. (Supplied )

The 2018 Juno nominations are officially out and there is a lot to celebrate, but also a lot to analyze. So, now that the dust is starting to settle, let's take a closer look at this year's nominees. 

Below, we've broken down this year's Junos by the numbers, including a look at the gender and geography breakdown, as well as highlighting some of this year's first-time nominees.

Multiple Juno nominations

Arcade Fire and Daniel Caesar lead this year's nominations with five nominations apiece, but many others also nabbed multiple nominations.

Coming in with the second-most nods are Jessie Reyez, Arkells and Hedley with four each. Gord Downie, Ruth B and Scott Helman all scored three.

And the following walked away with two nominations: Alessia Cara, Shawn Mendes, the Weeknd, Lights, Johnny Reid, Charlotte Cardin, Michael Bublé, Shania Twain, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Alvvays, Do Make Say Think, Terra Lightfoot, Mother Mother, James Barker Band, Diana Krall, Amelia Curran, Five Alarm Funk, the Dead South, the Jerry Cans, Felix Cartal and Theory.


This year, women make up 30 per cent of all the major categories (excluding genre-specific categories), while men take up 56 per cent. The remaining 14 per cent belongs to groups that include both genders.

The following categories are still dominated by men, though: rock album of the year, metal/hard music album of the year, jazz album of the year: solo, rap recording of the year, blues album of the year, and recording engineer of the year. 


Judging by the major categories, excluding genre-specific titles, the Junos are dominated by Ontario-based artists this year. Out of the 33 total nominated artists in the Juno Fan Choice Award, single of the year, album of the year, artist of the year, group of year, breakthrough artist, group of the year and songwriter of the year, 21 of them are from or based in Ontario, most notably Toronto.

Outside of that, British Columbia takes up approximately 12 per cent of that total with four nominated artists. Quebec follows that with three nominated artists, and the following have one nominated artist each representing their home province: Prince Edward Island (Rose Cousins), Alberta (Ruth B), Saskatchewan (the Dead South), Nunavut (The Jerry Cans), and Newfoundland (Amelia Curran).

First-time nominees

R&B singer Jessie Reyez is the most nominated first-timer this year, with four nominations. Other first-time nominees include Allan Rayman, Charlotte Cardin, James Barker Band, the Beaches, NAV, the Jerry Cans, the Dead South and The Franklin Electric.

Young stars rising up the ranks

More than a dozen of this year's nominees are under the age of 25. The youngest nominee is Shawn Mendes, who is 19 years old, although this isn't his first time being nominated. Other young stars include Justin Bieber (23), Ruth B (22), Scott Helman (22), Clairmont the Second (20), Rezz (22), Alessia Cara (21) and Daniel Caesar (22). 

Notable artists missing from the nomination list 

While this year's nominations list included its fair share of newcomers and veterans, there were some notable Canadian artists who didn't make the cut. 

Broken Social Scene scored a group of the year nod, and member Charles Spearin's other band, Do Make Say Think, was recognized in the instrumental album of the year category, but affiliated acts such as Feist, Emily Haines and Stars failed to secure any nominations. 

Even though More Life wasn't a proper album (it's referred to as a "playlist"), Toronto rapper Drake is not nominated this year. In fact, none of OVO's eligible artists — dvsn, PartyNextDoor, Majid Jordan — were nominated. 

Other artists who missed out this year: Ralph, Japandroids, Whitney Rose, Pierre Kwenders, the Barr Brothers, Cold Specks, the New Pornographers and Carly Rae Jepsen (for her single "Cut to the Feeling," which made CBC Music's top 100 Canadian songs of 2017 list). 

Wherever you are in the world, you can watch the 2018 Juno Awards broadcast live from the Rogers Arena in Vancouver on March 25 at


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