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Junos 2016: Too commercial. Too delayed. Can the Junos ever win?

Our special q Juno panel weighs in on this year's Juno awards, discussing the nominations and predicting the winners.
The Weeknd performs during the 2015 Juno Awards in Hamilton, Ont. (Nathan Denette/Canadian Press)

Drake. Justin Bieber. Alessia Cara. This year's Juno Awards cap off a banner year for Canadian music. 

The Weeknd alone is up for six Junos — the most nominations of any artist this year. 

In the lead-up to this Sunday's show, Shad checks in with a special Junos panel: 

  • Lisa Christiansen, CBC Radio arts reporter and former Juno judge.
  • Michael Barclay, music critic and author. 
  • Damian Abraham, lead singer of F--ked Up and host of the podcast Turned Out A Punk.

The panellists debate whether the Junos got it right, whether album sales are a good benchmark of success, and how relevant the awards are in today's global music market. 

WEB EXTRA | This year's Junos, hosted by singer Jann Arden and Olympian Jon Montgomery, will be handed out in Calgary. Performers include the Weeknd, Bryan Adams, Whitehorse and Shawn Mendes. The broadcast airs this Sunday on CTV. 

You can also watch the Red Carpet livestream below, beginning April 3 at 4 p.m. ET. 

 

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