Your 2018 Indigenous JUNO Nominees Are …
Thanks to an epic opening performance (A Tribe Called Red featuring Tanya Tagaq and Black Bear Singers), and a quartet of awards (A Tribe Called Red, William Prince, Quantum Tangle and Buffy Sainte-Marie), the 2017 Juno Awards shone a well-deserved and long-overdue spotlight on the Indigenous music scene in Canada. After the nominee announcements on Feb. 6, this year’s awards show looks to be just as promising.
In all, eight Indigenous artists are up for awards in five different categories. Leading the way with two nominations each – including Contemporary Roots Album of the Year, won by Winnipeg’s William Prince in 2017 – are The Jerry Cans and living legend Buffy Sainte-Marie.
Riding the momentum of their latest album, Inuusiq, Nunavut’s The Jerry Cans are also up for Breakout Group of the Year, while Sainte-Marie’s Medicine Songs is nominated for Indigenous Music Album of the Year. Her fellow nominees include DJ Shub (Powwow Step), Indian City (Here & Now), Iskwé (The Fight Within) and Kelly Fraser (Sedna).
Following up on their Producer of the Year win in 2017, A Tribe Called Red also scored a nom for Group of the Year, while Tanya Tagaq’s Retribution is up for Alternative Album of the Year. The Nunavut Sivuniksavut Performers also got a joint nomination with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra for their collaboration on The Shaman & Arctic Symphony in the Classical Album of the Year (Large Ensemble) category.