Will The Weeknd Do Better in the Juno Nominations Than He Did in the Grammy Nods? Here's When We'll Find Out

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Duncan Loudon

Five years ago, The Weeknd swept the Juno Awards for artist of the year, album of the year and single of the year.

The Weeknd was unexpectedly snubbed in the nominations for the 63rd annual Grammy Awards. Will he do better in the Juno nominations in his native Canada? We’ll find out on March 9 when the nominations for the 50th Juno Awards are announced. Fellow Canadian stars Justin Bieber, Shawn Mendes, Drake, Tory Lanez and Nav are also among the artists in the mix to receive nominations in marquee categories.

The Junos announced the date that the nominations will be revealed on Monday (Jan. 11). The Junos had previously revealed that the show will be held May 16 at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto.

Five years ago, The Weeknd swept the Juno Awards for artist of the year, album of the year (Beauty Behind the Madness) and single of the year (“Can’t Feel My Face”). This year, he could find himself back in the running with his album After Hours and its blockbuster single “Blinding Lights.”

Mendes has won single of the year the last three years running -- a Juno record -- with “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back,” “In My Blood” and “Señorita,” a collab with his girlfriend, Camila Cabello. He has a chance to extend that streak with such hits as “Monster,” a collab with Bieber.

Bieber is also in the mix for a single of the year nod with “Holy” (featuring Chance the Rapper), “Stuck With U” (a collab with Ariana Grade) and “Lonely” (a collab with Benny Blanco).

Drake is in the mix with DJ Khaled’s “Popstar” (on which he was featured) and “Laugh Now Cry Later,” featuring Lil Durk.

In the album of the year category, other possible contenders include Mendes’ Wonder, Bieber’s Changes, Drake’s Dark Lane Demo Tapes, Nav’s Good Intentions and Lanez’s The New Toronto 3.

Two years ago, Mendes became the fifth artist to sweep artist of the year, album of the year (Shawn Mendes) and single of the year (“In My Blood”). He followed Michael Bublé (2006), Nelly Furtado (2007), Feist (2008) and The Weeknd (2016).

Last year’s Juno nominations were announced on Jan. 18, 2020. The show was originally set to be held on March 15, 2020, but was delayed to June 29 (and shifted to a virtual show) because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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