The Weeknd, Justin Bieber, and Jessie Reyez Lead 2021 Juno Award Nominations

The Weeknd leads the pack with six nods this year, while Beiber, Reyez, and JP Saxe have fix each. First-time nominees include Manila Grey and Curtis Waters.

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The nominees for the 2021 Juno Awards are in, and The Weeknd is leading the pack with six nods.

Abel Tesfaye is coming off a massive run—he recently became the first solo Canadian to headline the Super Bowl halftime show, got his own official day in his hometown of Toronto, and made history again with his No. 1 hit “Blinding Lights,” which just became the first song to ever spend a year in the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 chart. He was also the subject of controversy last year when he was shutout by the Grammy Awards, receiving zero nominations.

Such is not the case with the Junos, which take place May 16. The Weeknd’s album After Hours is nominated for Album of the Year, while “Blinding Lights” gets a nod for Single of the Year. As well, the artist has received nominations for Artist of the Year, Fan Choice, Songwriter of the Year, and Contemporary R&B Recording of the Year

Other artists leading the charge include Justin Bieber, Jessie Reyez, and JP Saxe, who have five Juno nods each.

Among nominees for Rap Recording of the Year are TOBi, for this mixtape ELEMENTS Vol. 1, 88GLAM for their project New Mania, and Nav, for his album Good Intentions (Brown Boy 2 Deluxe Version).

First-time nominees this year include TikTok stars Curtis Waters and Tate McRae, as well as Saxe and Vancouver-based R&B duo Manila Grey.

Check out some of the other Juno nominations below.

Juno Fan Choice 

Ali Gatie
Curtis Waters
JP Saxe
Justin Bieber
Lennon Stella
Les Cowboys Fringants
Shawn Mendes
Tate McRae
The Weeknd

Single of the Year

Drink About Me, Brett Kissel
If The World Was Ending (feat. Julia Michaels), JP Saxe
Intentions (feat. Quavo), Justin Bieber
Kissing Other People, Lennon Stella
Blinding Lights, The Weeknd

Album of the Year 

YOU, Ali Gatie
Courage, Céline Dion
Changes, Justin Bieber
Thanks for the Dance, Leonard Cohen
After Hours, The Weeknd

Artist of the Year 

Ali Gatie
Céline Dion
Jessie Reyez
Justin Bieber
The Weeknd

Group of the Year 

Half Moon Run
Loud Luxury
The Glorious Sons
The Reklaws

Breakthrough Artist of the Year 

Curtis Waters
JP Saxe
Ryland James
Tate McRae

Breakthrough Group of the Year 

Crown Lands
Manila Grey
Peach Pit
Young Bombs

Songwriter of the Year 

Alanis Morissette
Alessia Cara
Jessie Reyez
JP Saxe
The Weeknd

Album Francophone de L’Annee

À tous les vents, 2Frères MP3 Disques
Notre-Dame-des-Sept-Douleurs, Klô Pelgag Secret City
Les antipodes, Les Cowboys Fringants Les disques de La Tribu
Quand la nuit tombe, Louis-Jean Cormier Simone
Pour déjouer l’ennuiPierre Lapointe Les Disques Audiogramme

Rap Recording of the Year

New Mania, 88GLAM
Baby Gravy 2, bbno$ & Yung Gravy Baby Gravy
Cold World, Eric Reprid
Good Intentions (Brown Boy 2 Deluxe Version), NAV

Indigenous Artist or Group of the Year

Church House Blues
The Ridge
North Star Calling
Nunarjua Isulinginniani

Contemporary R&B Recording of the Year

Before Love Came to Kill Us, Jessie Reyez
Where You Are, Savannah Ré
Solaris, Shay Lia
After Hours, The Weeknd
Holiday, TOBi

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