49th Annual Junos 2020: The complete list of winners!!!
The 2020 Juno Awards has wrapped complete, announcing a list of winners that have been on hold since the COVID-19 pandemic shuttered the in-person Saskatoon weekend of events in March. The official order you see below is not the order of tonight’s broadcast. I placed the lineup of awards as the site stated and then list in RED the actual virtual presentation lineup, sorry for the confusion.
But tonight, June 29, the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) and CBC combined the usual two-night series of events into an hour-and-a-half-long pre-recorded special, delivering a night that Canadian music fans have been waiting for. 2020 Juno Awards canceled over coronavirus concerns. The event was scheduled to take place this Sunday, March 15, in Saskatoon but, the decision to cancel the 2020 Juno Awards was made a day after the World Health Organization declared the current COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic. The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS), the Junos and CBC Music announced that the 2020 Junos will no longer move forward with its March 15 broadcast and related Juno Week events in Saskatoon. The award show was scheduled to take place at SaskTel Centre with pop star Alessia Cara serving as this year’s host. Performers included Daniel Caesar, Lennon Stella, Tory Lanez, City and Colour, and more.
A press release from CARAS and the Juno Awards stated: “Through our collaborative discussions and with input and guidance and the full support of our trusted partners, including the province of Saskatchewan, the City of Saskatoon, Tourism Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Health Authority and Saskatchewan Ministry of Health, it is with an incredibly heavy heart that we collectively confirm the cancellation of the 49th Annual Juno Awards and Juno Week activities in Saskatoon due to concerns surrounding COVID-19.”
“We are devastated to cancel this national celebration of music, but at this time of global uncertainty, the health, safety
71 artists earned their first nomination this year across all categories. At 58 percent, men still make up more than half of the top awards, with women making up 34 percent and eight percent going to groups made up of both men and women. Most notably, the Juno Fan Choice Award only included two women compared to eight men. Cara is the standout woman of this pack, with five nominations out of the nine categories. If we look at all the categories though, there are six that are completely dominated by men: rock album of the year, jazz album of the year (solo), francophone album of the year, rap recording of the year, Jack Richardson producer of the year and recording engineer of the year.
Judging by the exact same categories as the gender breakdown, minus the one for international album of the year, it’s clear that Ontario artists reigned with 75.6 percent of the nominations. Juno veterans like Justin Bieber and the Weeknd, and newcomers like Ali
The following artists each became the sole representative for their provinces in the considered categories: Hunter Brothers (Saskatchewan), Neon Dreams (Nova Scotia), Tenille Townes (Alberta)
This also marks the first nomination for Tim Baker, who has previously been nominated with his band Hey Rosetta!, and Barenaked Ladies member Kevin Hearn, whose solo release, Calm and Cents, is up for instrumental album of the year and album artwork of the year. Three-time Juno nominee Andy Shauf also earned the first nomination for an alternative album of the year with his band, Foxwarren. With performances from Alessia Cara (who was supposed to host the March awards), iskwē, Neon Dreams and the Dead South, the night was quite different but just as celebratory. Cara led the night with three wins, while Shawn Mendes took home two awards, including one for his single with Camila Cabello, “Señorita.” Tory Lanez took home the award for rap recording of the year, Avril Lavigne scooped up the Juno Fan Choice Award and first-time winners included Alexandra Stréliski, Neon Dreams, Meghan Patrick and Lennon Stella.
WINNERS IN BOLD
Juno Fan Choice Award–20th Award – decided by the Fans.
Winner: Avril Lavigne– 9 time Juno winner and 2nd Juno in this category.
Single of the Year–17th Award presented by Saskatchewan Roughrider GENE MAKOWSKY.
- Alessia Cara, “Out of Love”
- Bülow, “Sweet Little Lies”
- Lennon Stella, “La Di Da”
- Scott Helman, “Hang Ups”
- Winner: Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello, “Señorita” – 2nd win for Shawn in this category. The video for Senorita has been over 1 billion views.
International Album of the Year – 22nd Award.
- Ariana Grande, Thank U, Next
- Winner: Billie Eilish, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
- Ed Sheeran, No.6 Collaborations Project
- Khalid, Free Spirit
- Post Malone, Hollywood’s Bleeding
Album of the Year – 43rd Award
- Winner: Alessia Cara, The Pains of Growing– 3rd with of 6 nominations.
- Alexandra Stréliski, Inscape
- Bryan Adams, Shine a Light
- Michael Bublé, Love
- Nav, Bad Habits
Artist of the Year – 42nd Award presented by Andrew Phung
- Alessia Cara
- Bryan Adams
- Jessie Reyez
- Winner: Shawn Mendes – 10th Juno and 2nd win for him in this category.
- Tory Lanez
Group of the Year –29th Award
- Elijah Woods x Jamie Fine
- Winner: Loud Luxury- Diamond selling artist- 1 billion views globally.
- The Reklaws
- Walk Off the Earth
MUSICOUNTS MUSIC TEACHER of the year – Carter Chiasson ? 30th Award
Breakthrough Artist of the Year– 13th Award of the night presented by Ministry of Canadian Heritage, the Honourable Steven Guilbeault, sponsored by private Canadian Recording Broadcasters, Government of Canada thru Canadian Music Fund, Factor.
- Alexandra Stréliski
- Ali Gatie
- Winner: Lennon Stella
- Tenille Townes
Breakthrough Group of the Year–25th Award
- Hunter Brothers
- Winner: Neon Dreams
- Palaye Royale
- The Blue Stones
Songwriter of the Year–14th Award, presented by Jessie Reyez and Sponsored by SOCAN.
- Winner: Alessia Cara: “Growing Pains” (co-songwriters Andrew Wansel, Warren Fielder); “Out of Love” (co-songwriter Rick Nowels) (Alessia Cara, The Pains of Growing); “Rooting For You” (co-songwriter Jon Levine) (Alessia Cara, This Summer)
- Bülow, Two Punks in Love: “Boys Will Be Boys” (co-songwriters David Charles Fischer, Mike Wise, Nathan Ferraro for Bülow, The Contender); “Sweet Little Lies” (co-songwriters David Charles Fischer, Mike Wise, Nathan Ferraro for Bülow, Crystalline); “Two Punks in Love” (co-songwriters David Charles Fischer, Mike Wise, Nathan Ferraro)
- Patrick Watson, Wave: “Broken,” “Dream for Dreaming” (co-songwriters Joseph Baron Grass, Mikhail Stein, Robbie Kuster); “Here Comes the River” (co-songwriters Joseph Baron Grass, Jules Buckley, Mikhail Stein)
- Tenille Townes, White Horse: “I Kept the Roses” (co-songwriters Chris Gelbuda, Dustin Christensen for Tenille Townes, I Kept the Roses); “Jersey On The Wall (I’m Just Asking)” (co-songwriters Gordie Sampson, Tina Parol for Tenille Townes, Jersey on the Wall (I’m Just Asking)); “White Horse” (co-songwriters Daniel Tashian, Jeremy Spillman)
- Tim Baker, Forever Overhead: “All Hands,” “Dance,” “The Eighteenth Hole”
Country Album of the Year – 2nd Award of the night. This is Meghan’s 1st Juno.
- Aaron Goodvin, V
- Dallas Smith, The Fall
- Dean Brody, Black Sheep
- Hunter Brothers, State of Mind
- Winner: Meghan Patrick, Wild as Me
Adult Alternative album of the Year–8th Award of the night.
- City and Colour, A Pill for Loneliness
- Winner: Half Moon Run, A Blemish in the Great Light
- Iskwē, acākosīk
- Leonard Cohen, Thanks for the Dance
- Patrick Watson, Wave
Alternative Album of the Year – 26th Award
- Black Mountain, Destroyer
- Foxwarren, Foxwarren
- Mac DeMarco, Here Comes the Cowboy
- Orville Peck, Pony
- Winner: Pup, Morbid Stuff
Pop Album of the Year– 33rd Award.
- Winner: Alessia Cara, The Pains of Growing
- Avril Lavigne, Head Above Water
- Bülow, Crystalline
- Elijah Woods x Jamie Fine, 8:47
- Walk Off the Earth, Here We Go!
Rock Album of the Year – 37th Award
- Big Wreck, …but for the sun
- Sum 41, Order in Decline
- The Dirty Nil, Master Volume
- Winner: The Glorious Sons, A War on Everything – 2nd with for them in this category.
Vocal Jazz Album of the Year–7th album of the night.
- Bria Skonberg, Nothing Never Happens
- Winner: Dominique Fils-Aimé, Stay Tuned!
- Elizabeth Shepherd, Montréal
- Jazz Affair, Wishes
- Monkey House, Friday
Jazz Album of the Year: Solo – 36tth Award
- Winner: Jacques Kuba Seguin, Migrations
- Joel Miller, Unstoppable
- John Stetch, Black Sea Suite
- Ted Quinlan, Absolutely Dreaming
- The Mark Kelso Jazz Project, The Chronicles of Fezziwig
Jazz Album of the Year: Group–18th Award.
- Al Muirhead’s Canadian Quintet, Undertones
- Brad Turner Quartet with guest Seamus Blake, Jump Up
- Dave Young Trio, Trouble in Mind
- Winner: Ernesto Cervini’s Turboprop, Abundance
- Jane Bunnett & Maqueque, On Firm Ground/Tierra Firme
Instrumental Album of the Year –35th Award.
- Winner: Alexandra Stréliski, Inscape
- Bill McBirnie with Bernie Senensky, The Silent Wish
- Kevin Hearn, Calm and Cents
- Ron Davis’ SymphRONica, SymphRONica UpfRONt
- Tanya Tagaq,
2nd performer Neon Dreams with We Are Kings.
Francophone Album of the Year– 21st Award.
- Fred Pellerin, Après
- Jean Leloup, L’étrange pays
- Koriass, La nuit des longs couteaux
- Winner: Les Louanges, La nuit est une panthère
- Loud, Tout ça pour ça
Children’s Album of the Year–6th Award of the night .
- Winner: Big Block Singsong, Greatest Hits, Vol. 4
- Diana Panton, A Cheerful Little Earful
- Gforce Fan, It’s GForce
- Girl Pow-R, This is Us
- Sharon & Bram, Sharon, Bram & Friends
Classical Album of the Year: Solo or Chamber – 40th Award
- Winner: Angela Schwarzkopf, Detach
- Ensemble Paramirabo, Alone & Unalone
- James Ehnes, Beethoven: Violin Sonatas Op. 12
- Marina Thibeault and Marie-Ève Scarfone, Elles
- Quatuor Molinari, John Zorn: Cat O’Nine Tails, The Dead Man, Memento Mori & Kol Nidre
Classical Album of the Year: Large Ensemble–9th Award
- Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra/Orchestre du Centre National Des Arts du Canada, conducted by Alexander Shelley, The Bound of our Dreams
- Jan Lisiecki with Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Beethoven: Complete Piano Concertos
- Orchestre Métropolitain de Montréal, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Sibelius 1
- Winner: Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, conducted by Kent Nagano, The John Adams Album
- Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, conducted by Kent Nagano feat. Charles Richard-Hamelin, Chopin: Concertos Nos. 1 & 2
Classical Album of the Year: Vocal or Choral– 3rd Award
- Chor Leoni Men’s Choir, When There is Peace: An Armistice Oratorio
- Gerald Finley, Schubert: Schwanengesang; Brahms: Vier ernste Gesänge
- Winner: Ottawa Bach Choir, conducted by Lisette Canton, Handel: Dixit Dominus; Bach & Schutz: Motets
- Peter Barrett, Martha Guth, Allyson McHardy, Helen Becqué, Summer Night
- Philippe Sly with Le Chimera Project, Schubert: Winterreise
Canadian Iconic Media Personality GEORGE STROUMBOULOPOULOS introduced the 1st performer and 2 time Juno Nominee from Saskatchewan, Dead South with their song Diamond Ring.
Classical Composition of the Year-34th Award
- Winner: Ana Sokolović,
- Bekah Simms, Everything is… Distorted
- Jared Miller, Under Sea, Above Sky
- Rose Bolton, The Coming of Sobs
- Vincent Ho, Kickin’ It 2.0
Tom Power introduced 3rd performer ISKWE with Little Star.
Rap Recording of the Year–10th Award of the night.
- 88Glam, 88Glam2
- Classified, Tomorrow Could
bethe Day Things Change
- Nav, Bad Habits
- Winner: Tory Lanez, Freaky–Tory’s 3rd Win in this category.
Dance Recording of the Year WAS THE 1ST of the night presented by Tom Power of CBC Radio 2 and Q.
- Winner: Felix Cartal & Lights, “Love Me” this song has gone Platinum with 20 million streams.
- Frank Walker x Astrid S, “Only When it Rains”
- Loud Luxury and Bryce Vine, “I’m Not Alright”
- Ralph, “Gravity”
- Sultan + Shepard x Showtek, “We Found Love”
R&B/Soul Recording of the Year – 39th Award
- Amaal, Black Dove
- Daniel Caesar, Case Study 01
- Winner: Jessie Reyez, Tory Lanez, & Tainy, “Feel it Too”
- Tanika Charles, The Gumption
- Tory Lanez, Chixtape 5
Reggae Recording of the Year–12th Award of the night.
- Exco Levi, “Wah Gwaan”
- Jay Douglas, “Jah Children”
- Winner: Lyndon John X, The Warning Track
- Petraa, “Never Broken ”
- Storry, “Another Man”
Indigenous Artist or Group of the Year-24th Award. Sponsored by
- Winner: Celeigh Cardinal, Stories from a Downtown Apartment – 1st win
- Digawolf, Yellowstone
- Northern Haze, Siqinnaarut
Contemporary Roots Album of the Year – 41st Award
- Catherine MacLellan, Coyote
- Del Barber, Easy Keeper
- Irish Mythen, Little Bones
- Justin Rutledge, Passages
- Winner: Lee Harvey Osmond, Mohawk
Traditional Roots Album of the Year–15th Award- presented by CBC’s Tom Power.
- April Verch, Once a Day
- Miranda Mulholland, By Appointment Or Chance
- Natalie MacMaster, Sketches
- Winner: The Dead South, Sugar & Joy – 2nd win in this category for them.
- The Small Glories, Assiniboine & The Red
- * SPECIAL NOD TO KAWARTHA’S OWN Natalie MacMaster-mother of 7 of the Lakefield’s Donnell Leahy family for the nomination of her 1st solo recording in 8 years
Blues Album of the Year – 27th Award
- Big Dave McLean, Pocket Full Of Nothin’
- Winner: Dawn Tyler Watson, Mad Love
- Durham County Poets, Hand Me Down Blues
- Michael Jerome Browne, That’s Where It’s At
- Whitehorse, The Northern South Vol. 2
Contemporary Christian/Gospel Album of the Year – 38th Award
- Brian Doerksen, The Heart of Christmas
- Brooke Nicholls, Pursue
- Dan Bremnes, Wherever I Go
- Fresh I.E.,
- Winner: Matt Maher, The Advent of Christmas – 9 time Grammy winner
LAST PERFORMER OF THE NIGHT WAS ALESSIA CARA with Rooting For You.
World Music Album of the Year– 31st Award
- Winner: Djely Tapa, Barokan
- Okan, Sombras
- Okavango African Orchestra, Africa Without Borders
- Romina Di Gasbarro, Risorgimento
- Silla and Rise, Galactic Gala
Jack Richardson Producer of the Year–16th Award-
- Winner: Ben Kaplan: “Brittle Bones Nicky” (Rare Americans, Brittle Bones Nicky); “It’s Alright” (co-producer Ryan Guldemond) (Mother Mother, Dance
- Derek Hoffman: “Fear of the Flame” (Logan Staats, Fear of the Flame); “Hide Your Love” (Caveboy, Night in the Park, Kiss in the Dark)
- Jon Levine: “October,” “Rooting For You” (co-producer Midi Jones) (Alessia Cara, This Summer)
- Michael Wise: “Just Friends” (Virginia to Vegas, Hartland St.); “Sweet Little Lies” (Bülow, Crystalline)
- Steve Bays: “Record Shop” (Said the Whale, Cascadia); “Song In My Head” (We are the City, RIP)
Recording Engineer of the Year –28th Award
- George Seara: “If I Can’t Have You” (Shawn Mendes, If I Can’t Have You); “Incredible” (James TW, Incredible)
- Jason Dufour: “Push For Yellow,” “There’s Still a Light in the House” (Valley, Maybe)
- Winner: John “Beetle” Bailey: “Dividido (feat. Silvana Estrada)” (Alex Cuba, Sublime); “Shotgun” (Monkey House, Friday)
- Ryan Worsley: “2 Myself” (Ludic, Ludic); “Known Better” (Nuela Charles, Melt)
- Vic Florencia: “Midnight,” “Over Me” (Brooke Palsson, Midnight)
Album Artwork–23rd Award
- Winner: Chad Moldenhauer (art director), Ian Clarke (designer), Warren Clark and Lance Inkwell (illustrators) for Kristofer Maddigan, Selections From Cuphead
- Kevin Hearn (art director), Antoine Moonen (designer), Lauchie Reed and Harland Williams (illustrators) for Kevin Hearn and Friends, The Superhero Suite
- Kris Knight (art director and designer), Chris Peters (illustrator) and Stefanie Schneider (photographer) for Ensign Broderick, Bloodcrush/Bloodmyth
- Sean Brown and Keavan Yazdani (art directors) for Daniel Caesar, Case Study 01
- Terri Fidelak (art director, designer and illustrator) and Carey Shaw (photographer) for Belle Plaine, Malice, Mercy, Grief and Wrath
Music Video of the Year – presented by Sting Ray. 4th award
- Caraz, “Bun Dem” (Sarahmée)
- Johnny Jansen, “Record Shop” (Said the Whale)
- Jonathan Robert, “Topographe” (Corridor)
- Le GED, “Back Off” (Laurence Nerbonne)
- Winner: Sarah Legault, “Little Star” (Iskwē)
Electronic Album of the Year–11th Award
- Bob Moses, Battle Lines
- Electric Youth, Memory Emotion
- Jacques Greene, Dawn Chorus
- Keys N Krates, A Beat Tape For Your Friends
- Winner: Rezz, Beyond the Senses- (Isabella Rezazadeh, Canadian DJ and record producer from Niagara Falls. 2nd-time winner in this category
Metal/Hard Music Album of the Year–5th Award
- Kobra and the Lotus, Evolution
- Lindsay Schoolcraft, Martyr
- Single Mothers, Through a Wall
- Winner: Striker, Play to Win
- The Agonist, Orphans
Adult Contemporary Album of the Year-32nd Award
- Winner: Bryan Adams, Shine a Light
- Lauren Spencer-Smith, Unplugged Vol. 1
- Marc Jordan, Both Sides
- Nuela Charles, Melt
- Renee Lamoureux, Empower
Comedy Album of the Year–19th Award-presented by SiriusXM
- Adam Christie, General Anxiety Disorder
- Jarrett Campbell, Straight White Fail
- Monty Scott, The Abyss Stares Back
- Winner: Sophie Buddle, Lil Bit of Buddle –
- Steph Tolev, I’m Not Well
Canadian Music Hall of Fame recipient 2020 is a multi-platinum award-winning singer and songwriter Jann Arden and she is the first 2020 inductee into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, according to the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS). Arden, an acclaimed singer, songwriter, actress, broadcaster
A beautiful tribute to those in the industry that passed away since 2019 ceremony, was truly emotional when the name and photo of my friend and prior employer, Gord Kidder came upon the screen, I was devastated. Back in 2012-2014 I was the sales manager for Muskoka Information Radio and enjoyed working for this extremely spirited and kind man. I moved away in 2015 and last was in touch with him via Facebook in 2017. Kidder, a partner in Muskoka Information Radio (CIIG-FM) Port Sydney/Gravenhurst, ON, and former account manager at CHUM and Newstalk 1010 (CFRB-AM), was in Europe in early April 2019 to take part in ceremonies around the 75th anniversary of The Great Escape. The trip was made in honor of the uncle he is named for, a POW at Stalag Luft III during WWII, who was one of the men captured and shot in the infamous plot. Well, Gord was stranded in the Czech Republic after he was on his way home in the airport when he suffered a cerebral hemorrhage. After two surgeries, he then remained in the Intensive Care Unit in a Prague hospital in a coma. With no out-of-country or private health insurance, Kidder’s medical expenses continue to mount. To transfer his home to Canada safely the word went out. Bill Herz, the former SVP of Sales for Standard Broadcasting, who worked with kidder at CFRB, says friends and colleagues are trying to get the word out to as many people as they can. and the overwhelming generosity of close to 500 contributors Gord was finally to go home as long as he remained medically stable, to fly Kidder home by air ambulance. Gary Slaight, president and CEO of Slaight Communications, and former CHUM Group chairman Jim Waters matched further donations to a
The Juno Awards are named in honor of Pierre Juneau, the first president of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) and former president of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). Canada’s music recording industry awards. They have been administered by the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) since 1975 when the awards ceremony was the first telecast. The popularity of the awards ceremony has grown significantly since 1995 when it was transformed from an industry function into a public event. Presented annually to Canadian musical artists and bands to acknowledge their artistic and technical achievements in all aspects of music. New members of the Canadian Music Hall of Fame are also inducted as part of the awards. Members of the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS), or a panel of experts, depending on the award, choose the award winners. However, sales figures are the sole basis for determining the winners of nine of the forty-two categories like Album of the Year or Artist of the Year. CARAS members determine the nominees for Single of the Year, Artist and Group of the Year. A judge vote by experts in the relevant genre determines the nominees for the remaining categories. The names of the judges remain confidential. The judges represent all facets of the Canadian music industry. They are spread across the country and include men and women, and speakers of both official languages (English and French). No person can judge the same category two years in a row and Fans Choice is solely voted and chosen by the Fans.
NEXT YEAR, 2021 marks the 50th Annual Junos awards scheduled to be held in Toronto at the Scotiabank Arena on March 28, 2021, let’s hope COVID-19 is cleared by then.