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Nelly Furtado leads A-list artists at Sunday’s Juno Awards | News from Radio-Canada

Nelly Furtado will get the party started this weekend as some of the biggest names in Canadian music gather in Halifax for the 53rd Juno Awards.

The 10-time Juno Award-winning pop singer, who has an album in the works this year, will open with a medley of her hits and host Sunday’s main event at the Scotiabank Centre, followed by performances from established and rising stars from all over the country.

“It’s really his party and his show,” Lindsay Cox, the show’s creative producer and senior vice-president of Insight Productions, told CBC’s Eli Glasner.

“But throughout the show, there are so many moments – really moving moments, really important moments and really special moments, hearing these artists sing their songs in front of a television audience.”

Allison Russell performs on stage for the 22nd Annual Americana Honors & Awards at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville last year. Russell will take the stage at the Juno Awards on Sunday. (Erika Goldring/Getty Images for Americana Music)

Montreal folk singer Allison Russell, who just won a Grammy and is up for three Junos, will team up with three-time Juno nominee Aysanabee for a tribute to folk singer Gordon Lightfoot and The Band guitarist Robbie Robertson, two Canadian icons who died last year.

Another Sunday duet will see Elisapie, a multi-talented Inuit artist from northern Quebec, team up with Jeremy Dutcher, an Indigenous pianist and composer, born in New Brunswick and winner of the Juno and Polaris Prizes.

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Aysanabee, an Oji-Cree musician from northwestern Ontario, is nominated for three Juno Awards. Ahead of the ceremony, the singer-songwriter sat down with CBC’s Shannon Martin to discuss what the nominations mean to him and his upcoming tribute to Gordon Lightfoot and Robbie Robertson.

Charlotte Cardin, a Montreal pop singer who won four awards at the 2022 Junos, will also perform and is set to have another big year with six nominations — more than any other artist — including Album and Artist of the Year.

“We perform on behalf of the artists. It’s very, very collaborative, but we really listen so that each performance is tailor-made and truly represents who they are,” Cox said.

A woman holds an award statue aloft in one hand and a microphone in front of her face in the other.
Charlotte Cardin holds a statue at the 51st JUNO Awards in Toronto in 2022, where she won four awards. This year she is nominated for six. (Evan Mitsui/CBC)

The Beaches from Toronto, whose song Blame Brett went viral last year, are the hottest rock band on the roster and will attempt to win Group of the Year for the first time, taking on past winners Nickelback, Loud Luxury, Walk Off the Earth. and Arkells.

Furtado previously hosted the 2007 Junos in Saskatoon, where she descended from the rafters dressed like a bird. Reviewing her past hosting experience with CBC Music, Furtado said she would be cutting out comedy this time around.

The trick is to simply “detach yourself and do your best,” she said.

“Don’t troll me. Don’t hate me. Thank you.”

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Canadian rap legend Maestro Fresh Wes, aka Wesley Williams, will also make an appearance to be inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.

His album Symphony indeed made him the first black Canadian artist to record a platinum album and won the first-ever Juno for rap recording of the year in 1991. Williams told CBC Music that the year he won this historic Juno, he was inspired by Leonard Cohen’s induction.

“Who would have believed it back then?” » Williams said. “That’s the memory I had in mind, you know. And now here I am, doing something he must have done years ago.”

A man dressed in a white blazer and black pants poses on a red carpet.
Maestro Fresh Wes will be inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame on Sunday. (CARAS/iPhoto)

Toronto R&B sensation Daniel Caesar and Ottawa Talk newcomer are among the most important artists to watch this year, with five nominations each, including both for album of the year.

Calgary pop singer Tate McRae could score her first win, with three nominations, adding to her previous nine Juno nominations, while Amanda Marshall, who rose to fame in the 1990s, could break her Juno curse with his 12th career nomination.

A man holds up an award statue while speaking into a microphone.
Daniel Caesar holds up his award at the 2018 Junos in Vancouver. César is nominated for five awards this year. (Darryl Dyck/Canadian Press)

Veteran country star Shania Twain, meanwhile, will have the chance to add to her 13 Juno wins with two nominations this year.

New faces to watch include Markham, Ont., actor-turned-rapper Connor Price, who is up for three awards, as well as Toronto pop singer Lu Kala and Surrey, B.C.-based Punjabi pop singer, Karan Aujla, with two nominations each. .

The Saturday evening ceremony, where more than 40 Junos will be awarded before the main event on Sunday, will be co-hosted by Aba Amuquandoh, host of This hour has 22 minutes and host of The best in miniatureand Damhnait Doyle from CBC Music, and will be broadcast live at cbcmusic.ca/junos starting at 5 p.m. ET/6 p.m. AT.

The Sunday show will air live across Canada starting at 8 p.m. ET/9 p.m. AT on CBC-TV, CBC Gem, CBC Radio One, CBC Music, CBC Listen and worldwide on cbcmusic.ca/junos and CBC Music Youtube page.

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