Drake, The Weeknd, Shawn Mendes lead 2017 Juno nominations

Feb 7, 2017 | News

By: Krystal Mohan

The 2017 Juno nominations were unveiled Tuesday morning at Toronto’s Rebel Nightclub.

Canadian artists who are dominating the charts will be recognized on April 2, as well as newer artists making their breakthrough.

Drake, The Weeknd, and Shawn Mendes have five nominations each, and Alessia Cara and Leonard Cohen are up for four, according to the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.

Juno organizers announced that Cara will be performing, as well as A Tribe Called Red, The Strumbellas, Mendes, and Ruth B.

Some of the nominees include:

Artist of the Year:

Alessia Cara
Leonard Cohen
Shawn Mendes
The Weeknd

Album of the Year:

Céline Dion Encore Un Soir
Drake Views
Leonard Cohen You Want It Darker
Shawn Mendes’ Illuminate
The Weeknd’s Starboy

Single of the Year:

Alessia Cara “Wild Things”
Drake “One Dance ft. Wizkid & Kyla”
Shawn Mendes “Treat You Better”
The Strumbellas “Spirits”
The Weeknd “Starboy ft. Daft Punk”

Breakthrough Artist of the Year:

Ruth B
Tory Lanez
Andy Shauf
Jazz Cartier

Breakthrough Group of the Year:

Cold Creek County
Bob Moses
The Zolas
The Dirty Nil

Check out the full list of nominations here:

The Strumbellas were almost at a loss for words after hearing of their nomination.

The Juno Fan Choice Award is open for voting, and includes Alessia Cara, Belly, Drake, Hedley, Justin Bieber, Ruth B, Shawn Mendes, The Strumbellas, The Weeknd, and Tory Lanez.

Fans can vote here or tweet using specific hashtags for their favourite artist.

Alessia Cara: #JFCAlessiaCara
Belly: #JFCBelly
Drake: #JFCDrake
Hedley: #JFCHedley
Justin Bieber: #JFCJustinBieber
Ruth B: #JFCRuthB
Shawn Mendes: #JFCShawnMendes
Strumbellas: #JFCTheStrumbellas
The Weeknd: #JFCTheWeeknd
Tory Lanez: #JFCToryLanez

A tribute will be dedicated to Sarah McLachlan as she is being inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame this year.

Michael Bublé is scheduled to host the show in Ottawa as part of Canada’s 150-year anniversary. The show will take place at the Canadian Tire Centre.