Canadian pop singer-songwriter Alessia Cara was on hand for the Tuesday (Jan. 28) morning revelation that she would host the 49th annual Juno Awards on March 15 at the SaskTel Centre, in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan; she also leads the pack with six nominations.
“Besides being a great artist, she has also become an incredible role model for young women, and, I must say, she is wise beyond her years,” said Allan Reid, president and CEO of the Canadian Academy of Recordings Arts and Sciences (CARAS) before bringing her out onstage at Toronto’s CBC headquarters, the show’s broadcast partner.
“For those of you who are hoping it was someone else like Shawn Mendes, I’m sorry, it is me. You’re stuck with me,” said the 23-year-old Cara, who toured globally with Mendes, a fellow Torontonian. “This is really, really exciting. I’m so excited to be a part of Canada’s biggest night in music in this way. This is the first time I’ve been the sole host of anything, so I hope I don’t disappoint. My first reaction was ‘Why?'” she chuckled. “My second was ‘No way.’ And then my third was obviously ‘Yes’ because I’m here.
“But yeah, I’m super excited. Thank you to everyone who decided that I can do this. I’m very, very honored.”
Cara, who is a two-time Juno winner and been nominated 13 times (and won the best new artist Grammy), is herself up for fan choice, single of the year, album of the year, artist of the year, pop album of the year and songwriter of the year. Additionally, Jon Levine is in the running for producer of the year for his work on her This Summer EP.
No other artist has six nominations, but Tory Lanez is a close second to Cara with five: fan choice, artist of the year, rap recording of the year and two R&B/soul recording of the year nods – one for his “Chixtape 5” and the other for “Feel It Too” with Jessie Reyez and Tainy. There are six acts with three nominations apiece: Alexandra Stréliski, Bryan Adams, bülow, Loud Luxury, NAV and Shawn Mendes. Numerous artists have two noms: 88Glam, Ali Gatie, Avril Lavigne, bbno$, Elijah Woods x Jamie Fine, Hunter Brothers, iskw?, Jessie Reyez, Kevin Hearn, Lennon Stella, Mark Kelso, Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Patrick Watson, Reg Schwager, Tenille Townes, and Walk Off The Earth.
Cara will also perform on the telecast, alongside 2020’s Canadian Hall of Fame inductee Jann Arden, Tory Lanez, The Glorious Sons, Daniel Caesar and Lennon Stella, with more acts to be announced in the coming weeks. The two-hour broadcast is filled with performances, as most of the Juno Awards will be doled out at a private, industry-only gala dinner that takes place March 14 at the World Trade Center Saskatoon.
For the past two decades, CARAS has moved the Junos from city to city each year. The 50th anniversary celebration will be in Toronto, where the show originated.
The Junos hand out awards in a range of genres as well as for video, album art, engineer, producer and songwriter. The full nominees can be found here.