The 2018 JUNO Awards are amping up in Vancouver, and the announcement of this year’s nominees is adding to the excitement.
In the announcement streamed over CBC Music, over 200 nominations were given recognition through 43 separate categories. Leading the charge with four nominations, including Group of the Year and Album of the Year for Everything Now is Arcade Fire. Also receiving four nominations is rising star Jessie Reyez with three nominations, including Breakthrough Artist of the Year and JUNO Fan Choice.
Gord Downie was given posthumous nominations in the Artist of the Year and Adult Alternative Album of the Year for Introduce Yourself. Downie also shares a Songwriter of the Year nomination with Broken Social Scene’s Kevin Drew for his contributions to Introduce Yourself. Other artists with three nominations a piece include Arkells, Hedley and Ruth B.
Host province, British Columbia, is also well represented within the 2018 nominations, with 24 nominations over 16 categories; including two for host Michael Bublé.
As the nominations were announced, so too were the first performance announcements. Grammy-nominated R&B and soul performer Daniel Caesar, rockers Hedley, and JUNO nomination-leading Jessie Reyez are all set to perform during the broadcast from Rogers Arena in Vancouver on March 25 on CBC, CBC Radio and cbcmusic.ca/junos.
For the full list of nominations, please visit http://junoawards.ca/
Born and raised with thoughts and aspirations of becoming a famous bassist in Sarnia, ON; Emily Plunkett now lives in Gatineau, QC, and considers National Capital Region home sweet home. A product of the Beatles, MuchMusic and the Southwestern Ontario summer festival circuit (circa 2000), her interest and love in concert photography came almost completely by accident when her journalism program at Algonquin College required courses in photojournalism (and she quickly realized that photos taken at concerts using a DSLR are enormously better than ones she was taking on a point-and-shoot she bought for a trip to England). She is extremely proud of the fact she has seen Sloan in some form or another 25 times.