Junos 2016: The Weeknd, Drake, Justin Bieber nominees for music awards

R&B singer The Weeknd, rap superstar Drake, pop phenom Justin Bieber and teen sensations Shawn Mendes and Alessia Cara are among the nominees for 2016 Juno Awards.

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      The Weeknd, Drake and Justin Bieber — the three Canadian acts who have dominated the music charts at home and abroad for months — are leading the race for the 2016 Juno Awards.

      The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) revealed the latest musicians up for Canada's most prominent music honour, with contenders in more than 40 categories, in Toronto Tuesday morning.

      Toronto R&B star The Weeknd heads the list with six nominations, including artist and songwriter of the year as well as album of the year for Beauty Behind the Madness. The singer, whose real name is Abel Tesfaye, was also among the lead contenders for the Grammy Awards being handed out in Los Angeles on Feb. 15.

      Right behind him is Toronto rapper and former collaborator Drake and Stratford, Ont., pop phenom Justin Bieber, who earned five nods each.

      Two newcomers to the scene who also shot to fame over the past year — singer-songwriter Alessia Cara and digital video sensation Shawn Mendes — earned four nominations each.

      Other top nominees include music legend Buffy Sainte-Marie, singer-songwriter City and Colour, songwriter Tobias Jesso Jr. and pop troupe Walk Off the Earth.

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      Select nominees include:

      Artist of the year:

      • City and Colour
      • Drake
      • Justin Bieber
      • Shawn Mendes
      • The Weeknd


      • If You're Reading This It's Too Late, Drake
      • A Paradis City Jean Leloup
      • Purpose, Justin Bieber
      • Handwritten, Shawn Mendes
      • Beauty Behind the Madness, The Weeknd


      • Here, Alessia Cara
      • Hotline Bling, Drake
      • What Do You Mean?, Justin Bieber
      • Clothes Off, Ria Mae
      • Can't Feel My Face, The Weeknd

      Juno Fan Choice award:

      • Alessia Cara
      • Carly Rae Jepsen
      • Coeur de Pirate 
      • Dean Brody
      • Drake
      • Justin Bieber
      • Shawn Hook
      • Shawn Mendes
      • Walk Off the Earth
      • Hedley
      • Marianas Trench
      • Metric
      • Three Days Grace
      • Walk Off the Earth


      • Abel Tesfaye (The Weeknd)
      • Béatrice Martin (Coeur de Pirate)
      • Buffy Sainte-Marie
      • Dallas Green (City and Colour)
      • Tobias Jesso Jr.
      Breakthrough artist:
      • Alessia Cara
      • Coleman Hell
      • Francesco Yates
      • Scott Helman
      • Tobias Jesso Jr.
      International album:
      • 25, Adele
      • Hozier, Hozier
      • Title, Meghan Trainor
      • Four, One Direction
      • Dream Your Life Away, Vance Joy

      Over the past year, Canadian artists were a dominant force in North American music, with The Weeknd, Drake and Bieber delighting fans and regularly topping the charts, Mendes moving from social media attraction to real-life star and teen singer Cara earning praise from music critics and celebrities.

      Cara was previously announced as a performer at the upcoming gala. Organizers added to the lineup today, with Dean Brody, Bryan Adams, The Weeknd and Mendes also set to take the stage.

      The 2016 Juno Awards take place in Calgary, with a week of JunoFest celebrations set for March 28 through April 3. 

      The 45th annual Juno Awards broadcast takes place Sunday, April 3 at the Scotiabank Saddledome. 

      The televised ceremony will include a tribute to singer-songwriter Burton Cummings, who will be inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame for his solo career.


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