This year’s Juno nominations are in, and Radio Humber had the pleasure of meeting many of this year’s nominees.
Let’s start off with Brampton native Alessia Cara; we had the pleasure of meeting Alessia back in June at Bestival. She talked to us about her upcoming album, now known to the public as her debut album Know-It-All that graced our ears back in November. All this hard work that she’s been putting in for the past couple years sure seems to be paying off as she’s been nominated for 4 awards including Juno Fan Choice.
Listen to our interview with Alessia Cara here:
We got a chance to talk to Coleman Hell back in June at Bestival about his whirlwind of a year and he headlined our Humber Street Fest back in September. Hailing from Thunder Bay, Coleman released his hit single “2 Heads” last year and the song blew up going platinum, making it no surprise that he is nominated for Breakthrough Artist at this year’s Junos.
Listen to our interview with Coleman Hell at Bestival here:
Another Breakthrough Artist nominee Francesco Yates blew up this year. Starting out with his debut single “Better to be Loved”, followed by “Call” Francesco Yates was always in the speakers of radio stations. Being featured in his producer Robin Schulz song “Sugar”, Francesco shows that his big voice comes from a big city. Not only did we see him last year at the MMVA’s but this city boy played Humber College’s frosh and we were able to sit down with the rising star to discuss his music.
Listen to our interview with Francesco Yates here: http://radio.humber.ca/assets/files/Francesco%20Yates%20Interview%20-%20FROSH.mp3
Rounding off the Breakthrough Artist category is Torontonian Scott Helman who is also nominated for Pop Album of the Year for his album Augusta, named after the street downtown. Scott wrote his album while living in downtown Toronto and we saw him at the MMVA’s where he performed his debut single “Bungalow” which was released in 2014.
One artist who raked up the nominations this year was none other than Abel Tesfaye better known as the Weeknd. He has been nominated for 6 Junos included the very notable Songwriter of the Year as well as Album of the Year for his album Beauty Behind the Madness. Born and raised in Scarborough the Weeknd was described as a shy boy with a big voice and we witnessed this big voice not only perform but win Best Artist at last year’s Junos and can’t wait to see it happen again.
This year hoping to win the title of Video of the Year and hoping to win Rap Recording of the year once again is Vancouver hip hop artist SonReal. This being his 10th year in the industry SonReal continues to be acknowledged for his creative and catchy tunes. We haven’t seen him since last year’s Juno fest and we hope that he gets acknowledged for his brilliant work once again.
Another couple familiar faces that are nominated are those of the boys of Hedley. Nominated for Pop Album of the Year and Group of the Year it will be 10 years since the boys were first nominated in 2006. This was a wild year for the boys who released their sixth studio album in November titled “Hello” and will be touring starting in April and will be stopping by Toronto on April 29th at the Air Canada Centre. With front man Jacob Hoggard coming off his hosting high from last year we can’t wait to see what him and the band will doing this year at the Junos.
Getting their start on YouTube for their cover of “Somebody That I Used to Know” by Gotye, Walk the Earth have been walking the Earth for quite some time. From releasing their album “Sing It All The Way” to touring the world with fellow Juno nominee Scott Helman, to lead singer Sarah Blackwood giving birth right after the last time we saw the band perform at the MMVA’s. This year the band is nominated for 3 Junos including Juno Fan Choice, which is well deserved considering all the amazing covers they continue to post on their YouTube channel.
Similar to Walk Off the Earth, Shawn Mendes is also nominated for Juno Fan Choice as well as 3 other Junos. So if you did the math that’s 4 nominations for the young man from Pickering. Also similar to Walk Off the Earth, Shawn made his world debut on the internet using the vine app. Not only did Shawn release his debut album, Handwritten, with numerous hits like “Life of the Party”, “Something Big”, and “Stitches”. Shawn is definitely a fan favourite among the younger crowd, and his success is definitely not stopping anytime soon.
And finally the electro pop duo HUMANS from Vancouver is nominated for Electronic Album of the Year. They released they album NoonTide this year and we sat down with the boys both at Canadian Music Week and Bestival and talked music, inspirations and just life in general.
Listen to our interview with HUMANS from Bestival here:
To check out the full list of nominees you can head over to http://junoawards.ca/nominees/ .
Written by: Tori Fixman