Shawn Mendes Could Be First Artist to Win Back-to-Back Single of the Year Junos Since Alanis Morissette
One month after receiving his first two Grammy nominations, Shawn Mendes could be the big winner at Sunday’s Juno Awards in his native Canada. His smash "In My Blood" is nominated for single of the year, an award he won last year for "There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back."
Mendes, who is up for six Junos, is vying to become the first artist to win back-to-back awards in this category since Alanis Morissette, who won in 1996 with "You Oughta Know" and in 1997 with "Ironic." (Mendes wasn't even born at the time. He came along in 1998.)
The Weeknd is also looking for his second win for single of the year. He is nominated for "Pray for Me," a collaboration with Kendrick Lamar from Black Panther. The Weeknd won three years ago for "Can't Feel My Face." The other nominees in the category are Alessia Cara's "Growing Pains," bülow's "Not a Love Song" and Loud Luxury's "Body."
Mendes and The Weeknd are also competing against each other for artist of the year, album of the year and the Fan Choice Award. The Weeknd took artist of the year in 2015 and 2016. If he wins again, he'll become the first three-time winner in the category's history. Mendes has yet to win in that category. This is his third nomination.
Sarah McLachlan, a 12-time Juno winner, will host and perform at the ceremony, held at Budweiser Gardens in London, Ontario. Mendes will perform from Europe, where he's on tour.
Mendes' self-titled third album vies for album of the year with The Weeknd's My Dear Melancholy EP, Jann Arden's 12th studio album These Are the Days, Hubert Lenoir's solo debut Darlène and Three Days Grace's sixth studio album Outsider. The Weeknd won in this category three years ago for Beauty Behind the Madness.
Mendes won the Fan Choice Award the last two years running. If he wins again, he'll rank just behind Justin Bieber, who won it four times in a row (and has won five times overall). The Weeknd has yet to win that fan-voted award.
Mendes is also nominated for songwriter of the year for co-writing his hits "Lost in Japan," "Youth" and "In My Blood." Mendes was up for the Grammy for song of the year last month for "In My Blood." Mendes is the first songwriter in five years to be nominated in both of these marquee categories. The last songwriter to do so was Henry "Cirkut" Walter, who was Grammy-nominated for song of the year for co-writing the Katy Perry smash "Roar" and Juno-nominated for songwriter of the year. Mendes is the first artist/songwriter to be nominated for both prizes since Avril Lavigne 15 years ago. Lavigne was Grammy-nominated for song of the year for co-writing both "Complicated" and "I'm With You" and Juno-nominated for songwriter of the year.
Mendes is competing for songwriter of the year with Afie Jurvanen (who won four years ago under his stage name, Bahamas), Donovan Woods, Frank Dukes and Jessie Reyez.
David Foster is slated to receive the Humanitarian Award. Foster is also nominated for the Jack Richardson producer of the year award. Foster has won in this category twice before (in 1985 and 1986). He is nominated this year alongside Bublé. The other nominees are Eric Ratz, Greg Wells, Mike Wise and Thomas D'Arcy.
Corey Hart, who won single of the year in 1985 for "Never Surrender," is being inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. American pop fans will remember Hart for his '80s hits "Sunglasses at Night" and "Never Surrender," both of which reached the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100. Hart was a Grammy nominee for best new artist in 1984. Trivia note: Hart is the fourth onetime Grammy nominee for best new artist to be ushered into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. He follows Anne Murray, Shania Twain and Morissette.
Hart is expected to perform on the Junos, which will broadcast live across Canada on CBC, CBC Radio One, CBC Music, the free CBC Gem streaming service and globally at CBCmusic.ca/junos at 8 p.m. ET Sunday.