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.
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.