Juno Awards: Justin Bieber, The Weeknd & Charlotte Cardin Top Nominations List

Justin Bieber at the American Music Awards in 2020.
Justin Bieber at the American Music Awards in 2020. Photo by ABC/WDTV (11029324r)

The Juno Awards are coming back to honor Canada’s best recording artists this May, and some of our favorites are in the running for the top awards. Justin Bieber and The Weeknd both received five nominations, but newcomer Charlotte Cardin managed to surpass them and receive six nods.

Bieber, Cardin, and The Weekend are all in the running for the biggest award of the night—artist of the year— where they’ll also face Shawn Mendes and JP Saxe. The Weekend is the only one of these five artists to miss out on the best album nomination, with Tate McRae taking the fifth spot.

Unlike the rest of the major nominees, Cardin is the only artist whose name may be unfamiliar to the mainstream audience. She’s yet to gain international success, but she already has several Juno nominations under her belt and her debut album Phoenix reached no. 1 in Canada.

The 2022 Juno Awards will take place on May 15th at the Budweiser Stage in Toronto. This will be the first in-person ceremony since 2019, and Simu Liu, star of Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, will be in charge of hosting the festivities.

List of Major Nominees for 2022 Juno Awards:

Artist of the year
Charlotte Cardin, Cult Nation*The Orchard
JP Saxe, Arista*Sony
Justin Bieber, Def Jam*Universal
Shawn Mendes, Island*Universal
The Weeknd, XO*Universal

Album of the year
Phoenix, Charlotte Cardin, Cult Nation*The Orchard
Dangerous Levels of Introspection, JP Saxe, Arista*Sony
Justice, Justin Bieber, Def Jam*Universal
Wonder, Shawn Mendes, Island*Universal
Too Young to Be Sad, Tate McRae, RCA*Sony

Single of the year
“Make a Life, Not a Living,” Brett Kissel, Warner, publisher: Bennett’s Dad Songs
“Meaningless,” Charlotte Cardin, Cult Nation*The Orchard, publisher: Big Boy Ed./SOCAN
“I’m Not Pretty,” Jessia, Republic*Universal
“Peaches,” Justin Bieber and Daniel Caesar featuring Givēon, Def Jam*Universal, publisher:  Universal Music/ASCAP and Bieber Time Pub/ASCAP / Universal Music Canada/Socan
“Take My Breath,” The Weeknd XO*Universal, publisher:  KMR Music Royalties II SCSp

TikTok Juno fan choice
347aidan, Columbia *Sony
bbno$, bbno$ *mtheory
Charlotte Cardin, Cult Nation *The Orchard
Forest Blakk, Atlantic
Jessia, Republic *Universal
Justin Bieber, Def Jam *Universal
Loud Luxury, Armada *Sony
Pressa, Sony
Shawn Mendes, Island *Universal
The Weeknd, XO *Universal

Songwriter of the year
Abel “The Weeknd” Tesfaye
Allison Russell
Charlotte Day Wilson
Mustafa Ahmed

Jack Richardson producer of the year
Charlotte Day Wilson Chromeo

Group of the year
Arkells, Arkells Music*Universal
Loud Luxury, Armada*Sony
Mother Mother, Warner
The Reklaws, Starseed Entertainment*Vydia
Valley, Universal

Breakthrough artist of the year
347aidan, Columbia*Sony
Faouzia, Warner
Jessia, Republic*Universal
Pressa, Sony
Tesher, Capitol Records*Universal

Breakthrough group of the year
Black Pistol Fire, Blackhill*The Orchard
Cleopatrick, Nowhere Special*The Orchard
Monowhales, True Records*ADA
Ocie Elliott, Nettwerk*ADA
Spiritbox, Rise/BMG*ADA

Rap album/EP of the year
See You Next Wednesday, Belly, XO*Universal
Stock Exchange, Haviah Mighty Mighty, Gang Inc.*Foundation Media
Emergency Tsunami, NAV, XO*Universal
The Extravagant Collection, NorthSideBenji, Nrthrn*Believe
Gardner Express (Deluxe), Pressa, Blue Feather*Sony

Contemporary R&B recording of the year
“Tabula Rasa,” a l l i e, Oracle Records*Believe
“Vibe for Me (Bob for Me),” Aqyila, Sony
“Gifted,” Kallitechnis, Independent*Stem
“Supernovas,” k-os, Fontana North
“Take My Breath,” The Weeknd, XO*Universal

Alternative album of the year
Hope for Sale, Chiiild, 4th & Broadway*Universal
Death of an Optimist, grandson, Warner
When Smoke Rises, Mustafa, Regent Park Songs*The Orchard
If It Comes Down to It, Ruby Waters, Independent*The Orchard
The Fool, Sate, Clk*Independent/Idla

Underground dance single of the year
“Waves,” Blond:Ish feat. Grace Tither, Spinnin’
“Hood Sh*t,” Carlo Lio feat. MC Flipside, Rawthentic
“Shadows in the Dark,” Hntr feat. Elliot Moss, mau5trap/Awal
“All I Need (DJ-Kicks),” Jayda, G !K7 Music
“Sobriety,” Korea Town Acid, Independent

Contemporary indigenous artist or group of the year
When the Magic Hits, Adrian Sutherland, Midnight Shine*Independent
War Club, DJ Shub, Shub Music*The Orchard
Wild Whisper, Jayli Wolf, Alt Eden*Fontana North
Shawnee Kish, Shawnee Kish, Independent
Life After Snotty Nose, Rez Kids, Independent*Fontana North