The 2021 Juno Awards kicked off on Friday night time in a digital ceremony — their first for the reason that present was cancelled early final yr because of the COVID-19 pandemic. On their opening night time, they gave awards to JJ Wilde for rock album of the yr, Alanis Morissette for grownup up to date album of the yr, and cemented The Weeknd as a Junos frontrunner. He took dwelling essentially the most hardware, profitable up to date R&B recording of the yr, songwriter of the yr and single of the yr. In the meantime, Crown Lands received breakthrough group of the yr, rapper TOBi took dwelling rap recording of the yr and producer Kaytranada received dance recording of the yr — a class he received a Grammy in lower than three months in the past.
In an interview following his win, TOBi stated his profession, and perception in himself, began with the help of his group. The Brampton, Ont. rapper stated arts empowerment packages within the metropolis like The Remix Mission and RISE Edutainment helped his progress and improvement. These packages, he added, allowed him to witness highly effective examples of illustration within the trade, which impressed him to proceed transferring ahead. “There are lots of people who’re the unnamed champions,” he stated. “Canada punches above its weight for its artistry.” Elsewhere, Canadian producer Wondagurl (Ebony Naomi Oshunrinde) grew to become the primary Black girl to win the Jack Richardson producer of the yr award.
“It looks like a dream,” she advised CBC Information. “I have been making music since I used to be 9 and taking it critically once I was 12…. It is one thing I’ve at all times needed — to make it as a producer, and undoubtedly [to] get this award.” In a largely pretaped present, host Angeline Tetteh-Wayoe gave out awards alongside performances by TOBi, singer-songwriter Klô Pelgag, rock-duo Crown Lands and extra. Interspersed with these performances had been extra critical moments. The night time began with a second of silence to acknowledge the 215 youngsters whose stays had been found on the former Kamloops Indian Residential College in late Might, whereas Crown Lands started their efficiency with a tribute to lacking and murdered Indigenous girls and women.
Towards the tip of the present, Canadian Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (CARAS) president Allan Reid introduced the 51st Juno Awards would happen in Toronto for an “in-person” present. The final time the occasion occurred within the metropolis was for the 40th annual Juno Awards in 2011, which had been hosted by Toronto-born rapper Drake. Going into the awards, The Weeknd had essentially the most nominations with six. He received in all three classes for which he was eligible on Friday, together with his single of the yr win for smash-success Blinding Lights. He’s nonetheless up for fan selection, artist of the yr and album of the yr for After Hours. These awards can be handed out on Sunday, the second and closing night time of the ceremony. The awards can be broadcast on CBC TV, CBC Gem, CBC Radio One and can stream globally at eight pm ET/5 pm PT on CBCMusic.ca/junos.