As always, there are few surprises with these types of awards – Carly Rae Jepsen and Celine Dion being nominated isn’t really news so much as a formality.
However, there are usually a few artists whose inclusion is somewhat interesting, given the crowd they are lumped with – this would include The Barr Brothers, Purity Ring, Afie Jurvanen aka Bahamas and Claire Boucher aka Grimes.
As for prairies-folk, local rock-herders The Sheepdogs picked up multiple nominations including Group of the Year, Rock Album of The Year and Single of the Year for “The Way It Is”.
Prince Albert’s Donny Parenteau was nominated for Aboriginal Album of the Year and Colin James was nominated for Blues Album of the Year.
Also, it should go without saying that the Juno Awards is pretty much a huge party where music and liquor run freely and everyone gets excited about everything.