Charlotte Cardin, Daniel Caesar, Talk lead 2024 Juno nominees

In an almost exact repeat of her showing in 2022, Montreal artist Charlotte Cardin leads the 2024 Juno nominations with six, with nods for artist, album, pop album, songwriter and single of the year, along with TikTok’s fan choice award, the show’s organizers announced on Tuesday. 

Cardin, who both hosted the event and won in four of those categories two years ago, was among a crop of somewhat newer artists following the 2023 ceremony, which seemed preoccupied with nostalgia.

Just behind Cardin, Toronto’s Daniel Caesar has five Juno nominations this year: fan choice, as well as single, album, artist and contemporary R&B recording of the year. He now has more total Juno nominations than he does Grammy noms for the first time since 2018.

Right alongside Caesar is Ottawa’s Talk, real name Nick Durocher, who also pulled in five nominations: album, alternative album, single, breakthrough artist and songwriter of the year.

Durocher’s career success is even more recent than Caesar’s. After spending the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic out of work and living in his parents’ basement, he wrote and released the song Run Away to Mars in 2022. 

Talk, a.k.a. Nick Durocher, poses at the Danforth Music Hall in Toronto on Dec. 16, 2022. Despite only recently making it onto the music scene, he has five Juno nominations this year. (Jackson Weaver/CBC)

The TikTok virality of that track catapulted Durocher to talk show appearances and wider fame. His debut album Lord of the Flies & Birds & Bees, on which Run Away to Mars appears, was released in 2023.

Juno organizers also announced on Tuesday that the awards, which will be held in Halifax, would include performances by Josh Ross, Karan Aujila and Talk. Cardin had already been announced as a performer.  

Multi-platinum Canadian singer Nelly Furtado will host and perform, while also being up for dance recording of the year. 

Furtado last hosted in 2007, when she took home all five trophies for which she was nominated. 

WATCH | Nelly Furtado on why she returned to host the Junos: 

Nelly Furtado on returning to the studio and hosting the Junos again

Speaking to CBC’s Eli Glasner, Nelly Furtado says she’s excited to host the 2024 Junos because it ‘feels like home’. The multi-platinum Canadian artist will host and perform at the event in Halifax this year and is also nominated for dance recording of the year.

“This is my favourite music event, the Junos,” Furtado, who received her first Juno nomination in 2001, told CBC News at an interview on Tuesday. “It  feels like home. The first time I was at the Junos it was my first award show ever, and it was, like, true Cinderella vibes.”

But while classic names like Furtado, Nickelback and Arkells are once again up for awards, musicians with a bit less gold on their shelves made up the bulk of the nominee list.

Nominees in key categories:

TikTok Juno fan choice: Charlotte Cardin, Daniel Caesar, DVBBS, Josh Ross, Karan Aujla, Shubh, Tate McRae, the Weeknd, ThxSoMch, Walk off the Earth.

Artist of the year: Charlotte Cardin, Daniel Caesar, Lauren Spencer Smith, Shania Twain, Tate McRae.

Album: Néo-Romance, Alexandra Stréliski; 99 Nights, Charlotte Cardin; Never Enough, Daniel Caesar; Mirror, Lauren Spencer Smith; Lord of the Flies & Birds & Bees, Talk.

Single: Confetti, Charlotte Cardin; Always, Daniel Caesar; Pretty Girl Era, Lu Kala; A Little Bit Happy, Talk; Greedy, Tate McRae.

Group: Arkells, Loud Luxury, Nickelback, the Beaches, Walk off the Earth.

Breakthrough artist: Connor Price, Karan Aujla, Lu Kala, Shubh, Talk.

Breakthrough group: Busty and the Bass, Crash Adams, Good Kid, Men I Trust, New West. 

Songwriter: Allison Russell; Aysanabee; Charlotte Cardin, Jason Brando & Lubalin; Nicholas Durocher & Connor Riddell; William Prince.  

Breakthrough fame

A number of musicians are tied for three nominations, including breakthrough artist nominee Connor Price. A former actor with guest spots on Chicago Med, Supernatural and The Rick Mercer Report, Price also found success on TikTok — particularly with his “Spin the Globe” series, later released as an album by the same name. 

The series, which saw the Toronto rapper choose artists from around the world to collaborate with at random, netted an album and rap single of the year nod for Spinnin, a collaboration with the Netherlands’ Bens. 

Alberta’s Tate McRae, who is quickly becoming a Juno mainstay, heads to the awards for the fourth year in a row since being nominated for breakthrough artist in 2021. Despite netting nine nominations from 2021 to 2023, she has yet to win. 

But those opportunities have been against stiff competition: six of the categories McRae’s been nominated in have also included the Junos’ second-winningest artist, the Weeknd. This year, for the first time since 2020, he is only up for one award — fan choice. 

WATCH | Tate McRae rises to pop stardom: 

Juno nominee Tate McRae’s rise to pop stardom

Songwriter and dancer Tate McRae, 19, is on a roll this year, nominated for five Juno awards including Pop Album of the Year. She chats with Ian Hanomansing about her path from dancing on So You Think You Can Dance to becoming a pop star.

Allison Russell, fresh off a Grammy win and performance alongside Joni Mitchell, is similarly up for three statues. She will compete for music video, songwriter and contemporary roots album of the year — the category for which she received her one prior nomination and win in 2022. 

Aysanabee, a first-time nominee and performer last year who will soon embark on a Canadian concert tour with Russell, repeats his nod for contemporary Indigenous artist of the year, while extending his nominations to songwriter and alternative album of the year for Here and Now

“You’re seeing so many Indigenous artists popping up in all kinds of genres,” Aysanabee told CBC News of both his and his fellow artists’ expanding success. “There’s just loads of talent being recognized. I’m really excited to see what the next couple years bring.” 

Record-breaking band of the year

Five men pose for a photo while smiling.
Arkells are once again up for band of the year at the Junos, after breaking a record at last year’s awards. (Canada’s Walk of Fame)

Arkells, another returning act, continue their supremacy in the group of the year space. With this year’s nod, they are now tied with April Wine for the fourth-most nominated band (with eight nominations), putting them behind only the Tragically Hip, Blue Rodeo and Rush. In 2023, Arkells became the band to win the category the most times, beating Blue Rodeo’s record of five. 

They will be competing against Nickelback, Walk off the Earth, Loud Luxury and the Beaches — the last of which are also scheduled to perform. 

The Toronto band’s track Blame Brett now puts the Beaches in the running to potentially dethrone Arkells after working to establish themselves for the past decade.

They said the viral success of that song was actually partially helped by Nelly Furtado, who they had the opportunity to befriend at the nominations ceremony.   

“I think more than friends, if I can say that live,” joked guitarist Leandra Earl.  

“It’s been so nice to have her champion us,” said vocalist and backup guitarist Kylie Miller. “Especially knowing that we were going to be seeing her so much this month. It’s awesome.”

LISTEN | The Beaches talk to CBC’s Q about crafting Blame Brett: 

Q21:58The Beaches: How everything needed to fall apart for everything to come together

This year’s awards will take place on Sunday, March 24 and broadcast live on CBC. Tegan and Sara will be honoured with the 2024 Humanitarian award, presented by actor Elliot Page.

Rapper Maestro Fresh Wes will be inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, while Halifax’s Chip Sutherland will receive the Walt Grealis Special Achievement award. 

Other nominees include: 

Country album of the year: The Compass Project – South Album, Brett Kissel; Right Round Here, Dean Brody; Do It Anyway, Jade Eagleson; Ahead of Our Time, James Barker Band; Spillin’ My Truth, Tyler Joe Miller.

Adult alternative album: Powder Blue, Begonia Birthday Cake; Multitudes, Feist; Are We Good, Hayden; Motewolonuwok, Jeremy Dutcher; Revolution, Shawnee Kish.

Alternative album: Here and Now, Aysanabee; Dizzy, Dizzy; Too Learn, Leith Ross; See You in the Dark, Softcult; Lord of the Flies & Birds & Bees, Talk.

Rap album/EP: Bag or Die, Bbno$; Spin the Globe, Connor Price; Crying Crystals, Haviah Mighty; Kaytraminé, Kaytraminé; Panic, Tobi.

Rap single: American Nightmare, Belly; Spinnin (feat. Bens), Connor Price; Honey Bun, Haviah Mighty; Minimum Wage, Pressa; Someone I Knew, Tobi.

Contemporary Indigenous artist or group: Here and Now, Aysanabee; Scream, Holler & Howl, Blue Moon Marquee; Inuktitut, Elisapie; Revolution, Shawnee Kish; Bekka Ma’iingan, Zoon.

Traditional Indigenous artist or group: Sing. Pray. Love., Joel Wood; LFS5, Nimkii & the Niniis; Mitòòdebi (For My Relatives), The Bearhead Sisters; Reverie, The Red River Ramblers; Drum Nation, Young Scouts.  

Pop album: 99 Nights, Charlotte Cardin; Mirror, Lauren Spencer Smith; Saturn Return, Rêve; Queen of Me, Shania Twain; Lost in Translation, Valley.

A young woman in a purple dress sings into a microphone.
Lauren Spencer Smith performs during the Juno Awards in Toronto on May 15, 2022. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press)

Francophone album: Zayon, Fouki; Dans la seconde, Karkwa; En concert avec l’Orchestre symphonique de Montréal (sous la direction du chef Simon Leclerc), Les Cowboys Fringants & l’Orchestre symphonique de Montréal; À boire deboutte, Salebarbes; Non conventionnel, Souldia.

Children’s album: Big Words, ABC Singsong; Going Back: Remembered and Remixed Family Folk Songs, Vol. 1, Ginalina; Love-a-By, Splash’N Boots; Welcome to the Flea Circus, The Swinging Belles; Maestro Fresh Wes Presents: Young Maestro Stick to Your Vision for Young Athletes.

Contemporary roots album: The Returner, Allison Russell; We Will Never Be the Same, Good Lovelies; Beyond the Reservoir, Julian Taylor; A Light in the Attic, Logan Staats; Stand in the Joy, William Prince. 

Traditional roots album: Paint Horse, Benjamin Dakota Rogers; The Breath Between, David Francey; Roses, Jackson Hollow; Second Hand, James Keelaghan; Resilience, Morgan Toney.

Contemporary R&B recording: For the Better, Aqyila; Never Enough, Daniel Caesar; Heartbreak Hill, Jon Vinyl; When it Blooms, Nonso Amadi; Facets, Shay Lia. 

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