Toronto’s ‘Starboy’ leads Juno Award nominees

(Photo courtesy: Instagram/@TheWeeknd)

The nominees are in for the 2023 JUNO Awards, composed of fan favourites and new performers.

The nominees for The 52nd award show were announced by The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) in downtown Toronto on Tuesday. 

The music awards are coveted for Canadians, and some GTA locals have unsurprisingly made the cut.

The Weeknd leads with six nominations. The Scarborough native is nominated for TikTok JUNO Fan Choice, Single of the Year, Album of the Year, Artist of the Year, Songwriter of the Year and Pop Album of The Year.

Avril Lavigne and Tate McRae followed with five nominations each.

First-time nominees include Preston Pablo and Rêve.

Rexdale rapper NAV is up for three nominations, including Album of the Year, Rap Album/EP of The Year and Rap Single of the Year.

Pop star and Pickering native Shawn Mendes has been nominated for TikTok JUNO Fan Choice, Single of the Year and Artist of the Year, while country music duo The Reklaws are nominated for TikTok JUNO Fan Choice, Group of the Year and Country Album of the Year.

“The JUNO Awards will provide an unparalleled platform for our friends in Edmonton to highlight some of our most talented artists and celebrate the richness and diversity of the Canadian music scene,” Ontario Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport Neil Lumsden said in a press release. “As a proud supporter and partner of Ontario’s music sector, our government congratulates all nominees for the 2023 awards.”

You can find a full list of nominees and their biographies at Voting is now open online for TikTok JUNO Fan Choice.

The JUNO Awards, hosted for the second year by Simu Liu, is set for March 13 at 8 p.m.

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