Indigenous Artists Score Slew of 2017 Juno Nominations
The Juno Awards announced their 2017 nominees Tuesday morning, and it was a big day for Canada’s Indigenous music scene.
Building on the success of their 2016 smash album We Are The Halluci Nation, Ottawa’s A Tribe Called Red scored nominations for Electronic Album of the Year, Producer of the Year and Video of the Year (for R.E.D., featuring Yasiin Bey, Narcy and Black Bear), as well a coveted performance spot on the Junos stage.
Winnipeg’s William Prince also kept his momentum from 2016 going; his debut album, Earthly Days, picked up nods for Contemporary Roots Album of the Year and Indigenous Music Album of the Year. His fellow nominees in the latter category, sponsored by APTN, include the ever-popular Crystal Shawanda (Fish Out of Water), along with newcomers Bryden Gwiss Kiwenzie (Round Dance & Beats – Powwow), Yellowknife’s Quantum Tangle (Tiny Hands), and throatsinger trio Silla + Rise (Debut).
Earlier in the year, it was announced that the legendary Buffy Sainte-Marie would be honoured with the 2017 Allan Waters Humanitarian Award, which is given out annually to Canadian musicians that have made philanthropic efforts and have made a positive impact on society.
The 2017 Juno Awards go down April 2 in Ottawa.