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Albertan talent recognized in multiple 2020 Juno nominations

Nuela Charles, Nehiyawak, Tenille Townes and Al Muirhead are among the Alberta artists nominated for the 2020 Junos.

Nominations were for songwriting, Indigenous artists, R&B, jazz and metal

Edmonton artist Nuela Charles' album Melt is up for Adult Contemporary Album of the Year. (Courtesy of the artist)

Congratulations are in order for all our local artists making national news by getting nominated for the 2020 Juno Awards.

Alberta has nominees in several very big categories: songwriting, Indigenous artists, R&B, jazz and metal.

Nuela Charles is up for one of the biggest Junos, Adult Contemporary Album of the Year, for the third year in a row. Maybe it'll be third time's the charm for her album Melt, which also scored a Juno nod for video producer Ryan Worlsey.

Two Edmonton artists are vying for the Indigenous Album of the Year honours: Nehiyawak's ode to water, Nipiy — and Celeigh Cardinal's Stories from a Downtown Apartment.

Tenille Townes was born and raised in Grande Prairie. Her passion for songwriting took her to Nashville, where she has a record deal with Columbia Nashville. She's up for Songwriter of the Year and Breakthrough Artist of the Year at the Junos.

Al Muirhead is an inspiration to any musician who wonders how long they'll be able to keep performing. Now in his mid-80s, Undertones is up for a jazz Juno.

Plus, there are nominations for songs by Striker, Royal Tusk, Tanika Charles and Dana Wylie

  • Share which Canadian artist you are rooting for in the 2020 Junos in the comments section below.

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Katherine Duncan

Key of A Host

A classically trained musician, Katherine hosts CBC Music (formerly Radio 2) programs Choral Concert and Centre Stage, and highlights original music by Alberta artists on CBC Radio 1's Key of A. From 2016 to 2019, she served as Jury Foreperson of the Polaris Music Prize.