Canada’s best-known music awards show unveiled the nominees for the 2018 Juno Awards. Here is a quick breakdown of all the Indigenous nominees for the awards showcase taking place in Vancouver this March.
INDIGENOUS MUSIC ALBUM OF THE YEAR
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Medicine Songs – Buffy Sainte-Marie
PowWowStep – DJ Shub
Here & Now – Indian City
The Fight Within – Iskwé
Sedna – Kelly Fraser
Also announced, The Jerry Cans are nominated for Breakthrough Group of the Year.
A Tribe Called Red are nominated for Group of The Year.
Tanya Tagaq has been nominated for Alternative Album of the Year for her critically acclaimed album Retribution.
The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra is nominated in the Classical Album of the Year (Large Ensemble) for their collaboration with the Nunavut Sivuniksavut Performers.
Longhouse was also nominated in the Metal/Hard Music category for their album II: Vanishing. The frontman is Joshua Cayer, he is Algonquin from Kitigan Zibi (Quebec).
Shania Twain who is a member of the Temagami First Nation, (Ont) from her adopted father has also been nominated in the Artist of the Year and Album of the Year categories.
The Juno Award for Indigenous Music Album of the Year was formerly known as Best Music of Aboriginal Canada Recording (1994–2002), Aboriginal Recording of the Year (2003–2009), and Aboriginal Album of the Year (2010-2016).
The 2017 recipient was Quantum Tangle for their album Tiny Hands.
The 47th annual JUNO Awards and JUNO Week 2018 will be hosted in Vancouver from March 19 through March 25, 2018, culminating with The JUNO Awards, on Sunday, March 25, at Rogers Arena. They will be broadcast nationwide 5 PM PT / 8 PM ET on CBC.
This year’s awards also mark the first time the Junos will air on CBC in 16 years.
Miigwetch David McLeod for the breakdown!