Indigenous artists score big with JUNO nominations

Less than a month ago, our 2015 Year in Review blog post heralded the phenomenal year that was for Indigenous musicians across Canada. Following the announcement of this year’s JUNO nominations, 2016 looks every bit as promising.

Aboriginal Album of the Year nominees include Armond Duck Chief, Black Bear, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Derek Miller and Don Amero

Aboriginal Album of the Year nominees include Armond Duck Chief (The One), Black Bear (Come & Get Your Love), Buffy Sainte-Marie (Power in the Blood), Derek Miller (Rumble) and Don Amero (Refined).

At 74 years young, and fresh off her 2015 Polaris Music Prize win, the iconic Buffy Sainte-Marie led the way with three nominations. Her critically-acclaimed album, Power in the Blood, is up for Aboriginal Album of the Year and Contemporary Roots Album of the Year. Sainte-Marie’s third nomination is for Songwriter of the Year, a category packed with the likes of Tobias Jesso Jr., Coeur de pirate’s Béatrice Martin, Dallas Green of City and Colour, and The Weeknd.

Singer/songwriter Don Amero, who has been turning heads on the Manitoba music scene since his first JUNO nod in 2013, picked up a pair of nominations (Aboriginal Album of the Year and Adult Contemporary Album of the Year) for his fifth album, Refined, while west-coast cellist Cris Derksen’s haunting Orchestral Powwow was recognized for Instrumental Album of the Year.

Multi-Indigenous Music Award winner Armond Duck Chief (The One), contemporary drum group Black Bear (Come & Get Your Love), and eclectic rocker Derek Miller (Rumble) closed out the nominees for Aboriginal Album of the Year.




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