2017 Juno Award nominees: The Weeknd, Drake and Shawn Mendes lead the pack

The Weeknd performs at the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show on November 30, 2016 in Paris, France. Francois G. Durand/WireImage

Canadians have been everywhere on the music stage this year, and the Juno Awards will reward the best artists of the Great White North.

The nominees for the 2017 Junos were announced Tuesday morning by The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) at Rebel Nightclub in Toronto. Canada’s top artists are getting ready for a trip to Juno Week in Ottawa, which runs from March 27 – April 2, 2017. The awards will be handed out at the end of the week in a ceremony on April 2.

The Weeknd garnered five nominations, including Juno Fan Choice, Single of the Year, Album of the Year, Artist of the Year, and R&B/Soul Recording of the Year.

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Tied with The Weeknd with five nods are Drake and Shawn Mendes, both nominated for Juno Fan Choice, Single of the Year, Album of the Year, and Artist of the Year.

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Drake is also nominated for the Rap Recording of the Year and Mendes is nominated for Pop Album of the Year.

Close behind with four nominations are Alessia Cara — nominated for Juno Fan Choice, Single of the Year, Artist of the Year and Pop Album of the Year — and the late Leonard Cohen for Album of the Year, Artist of the Year, Songwriter of the Year and Adult Alternative Album of the Year.

Toronto hip-hop artists Tory Lanez and Jazz Cartier are both nominated for Breakthrough Artist.

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Among the expected performers at the ceremony are Mendes, Cara, the Strumbellas, Ruth B and A Tribe Called Red.

This year’s show will also include a tribute to Sarah McLachlan, who is being inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.

Album of the year

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


Wild Things, Alessia Cara
One Dance, Drake
Treat You Better, Shawn Mendes
Spirits, The Strumbellas
Starboy, The Weekend

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Pop album

Know It All, Alessia Cara
Summerland, Colman Helm
Astoria, Marianas Trench
Illuminate, Shawn Mendes
Love You to Death, Tegan and Sara

Rock album

Morning Report, Arkells
Sittin’ Heavy, Monster Truck
Afraid of Heights, Billy Talent
TerraForm, Sam Roberts Band
Man Machine Poem, The Tragically Hip

Country album

Kiss Me Quiet, Jess Moskaluke
Tin Roof, Gord Bamford
Side Effects, Dallas Smith
Hearts on Fire, Chad Brownlee
The Score, Aaron Pritchett

International album

Dangerous Woman, Ariana Grande
A Head Full of Dreams, Coldplay
Made in the A.M., One Direction
Anti, Rihanna
This Is Acting, Sia

Rap recording

Views, Drake
I Told You, Tory Lanez
Another Day in Paradise, Belly
Hotel Paranoia, Jazz Cartier
Die Every Day, Tasha the Amazon

Dance recording

Limitless ft. Delaney Jane, Adventure Club
Northern Lights, Zeds Dead
Let You Get Away ft. Ashe, Shaun Frank
You Can’t Deny, Jacques Greene
Off the Ground ft. Shae Jacobs, Bit Funk

R&B/Soul recording

Starboy, The Weeknd
Pilgrim’s Paradise, Daniel Caesar
Sept. 5th, Dvsn
Soul Run, Tanika Charles

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Breakthrough artist

Andy Shauf
Jazz Cartier
Ruth B.
Tory Lanez

Breakthrough group

Bob Moses
Cold Creek County
The Dirty Nil
The Zolas

JUNO Fan Choice Award

The Weeknd
The Strumbellas
Ruth B.
Tory Lanez
Alessia Cara
Shawn Mendes
Justin Bieber

Group of the year

Billy Talent
Tegan and Sara
The Strumbellas
The Tragically Hip

Video of the year

Kill V. Maim, Grimes
Killa, Wiwek/Skrillex
The Stranger, Gord Downie
Lite Spots, Kaytranada
R.E.D., Yasiin Bey
Narcy & Blackbear, A Tribe Called Red

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Michael Bublé  is still slated to host the show, although his involvement has become uncertain.

Bublé and his wife, Argentine actress Luisana Lopilato, announced in November that they would put their careers on hold to devote attention to their three-year-old son Noah, who has been diagnosed with cancer.

The singer backed out of hosting duties for the Brit Awards last week, although he said in a statement that son Noah is “progressing well” as he undergoes treatment.

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Tickets for the 2017 Juno Awards are on sale now. For a complete list of nominees, visit the official Junos site.

A live broadcast of The 2017 Juno Awards will air on Sunday, April 2 from the Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa.

With files from The Canadian Press


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