2019 Juno Awards nominees: Shawn Mendes, The Weeknd lead nominations

Sarah Mclachlan receives award at the 2017 Juno Awards at the Canadian Tire Centre on April 2, 2017 in Ottawa. George Pimentel/Getty Images

The 2019 Juno Awards honour the best in Canadian music and this year’s nominees have been announced.

On Tuesday, the 2019 contenders were unveiled, along with the news that 12-time Juno-winner Sarah McLachlan will host the show.

“I’m honoured to have been asked to host the 48th Annual Juno Awards,” McLachlan said. “I know intimately what it feels like to be on the Juno stage and I feel truly blessed to play a new role for an organization that has supported me throughout my career,” she added.

Shawn Mendes attends the Billboard 2018 Live Music Awards on Nove. 13, 2018 in Beverly Hills, Calif. Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images

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Shawn Mendes leads the pack of nominees with a total of six, including Artist of the Year. The Weeknd was close behind with five, while newcomer Bülow received four nods.

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British Columbian country trio The Washboard Union — one member is Corus Entertainment’s own Chris Duncombe, the Director of Streaming and Podcasting — has had a rapid ascent in the Canadian country music world over the past several years. Duncombe, along with his two bandmates Aaron Grain and David Roberts, were nominated for their first-ever Juno Award in the Breakthrough Group of the Year category.

“Proudly growing up on Canadian music, the Juno Awards were something all our favourite bands were part of,” said the band members in a collective statement to Global News. “To now be recognized by the Junos with a nomination for Breakthrough Group of the Year is an incredible feeling and one we will never forget. We look forward to celebrating Canadian music in London this March with all of our talented fellow nominees.”

Loud Luxury also got four nods, including Breakthrough Group of the Year, while Alessia Cara, Bahamas, Killy, Michael Bublé and Roy Lanez were each nominated for three awards apiece.

Corey Hart will also perform live on TV for the first time in two decades as he is inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.

Corey Hart attends the 2016 Canada’s Walk Of Fame Awards at Allstream Centre on Oct. 6, 2016 in Toronto. George Pimentel / WireImage

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The 2019 Junos will be broadcast live from London, Ont. on Sunday, March 17. You can see the list of nominees in the major categories, below.

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2019 Nominees

Juno Fan Choice Award
Alessia Cara
Avril Lavigne
Elijah Woods x Jamie Fine
Loud Luxury
Shawn Mendes
The Weeknd
Tory Lanez

Album of the Year
Hubert Lenoir – Darlene
Jann Arden – These Are the Days
Shawn Mendes – Shawn Mendes
The Weeknd – My Dear Melancholy
Three Days Grace – Outsider

Single of the Year
Growing Pains – Alessia Cara
Not A Love Song – Bulow
Body – Loud Luxury
In My Blood – Shawn Mendes
Pray For Me – The Weeknd, Kendrick LamarArtist of the Year
Alessia Cara
Michael Bublé
Shawn Mendes
The Weeknd
Tory LanezGroup of the Year
The Sheepdogs
Three Days GraceBreakthrough Artist of the Year
Johnny Orlando
Meghan PatrickBreakthrough Group of the Year
Elijah Woods x Jamie Fine
Loud Luxury
The Washboard UnionInternational Album of the Year
Camila Cabello – Camila
Cardi B – Invasion of Privacy
Maroon 5 – Red Pill Blues
Post Malone – Beerbongs & Bentleys
Travis Scott – AstroworldSongwriter of the Year
Afie Jurbanen
Donovan Woods
Frank Dukes
Jessie Reyez
Shawn MendesFor a complete list of nominees, please visit the official Junos site.

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