The Weeknd Tops the 2021 Juno Awards Nominations With Six Nods

The Weeknd performs during the half time show at Super Bowl LV.
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The Weeknd may have been snubbed by the Grammys this year, but the Canadian version of this award show is ready to celebrate his achievements. The nominations for the Juno Awards are in, and the “Blinding Lights” singer is leading the way with a total of six nods.

The Weeknd is in the running for the biggest awards of the night—artist of the year—and he’s in a pretty good company in this category. The list of nominees also includes Ali Gatie, Céline Dion, Jessie Reyez, and Justin Bieber.

He’s also competing for album of the year and contemporary R&B/soul recording of the year with his chart-topping album After Hours. “Blinding Lights” brought him several more nominations, including single of the year, and he’s also one of 10 contenders for the fan choice award.

The list of major nominees also includes Jessie Reyez, JP Saxe, and Justin Bieber, with five nominations each. The 50th Juno Awards are set to take place on May 16th at several iconic musical landmarks from across Canada.

Full List of 2021 Juno Awards Nominations:

Juno Fan Choice
Ali Gatie
Curtis Waters
JP Saxe
Justin Bieber
Lennon Stella
Les Cowboys Fringants
Shawn Mendes
Tate McRae
The Weeknd

Single of the Year
“Drink About Me” – Brett Kissel
‘If The World Was Ending’ (feat. Julia Michaels) JP Saxe
“Intentions” (feat. Quavo) Justin Bieber
“Kissing Other People” Lennon Stella
“Blinding Lights” The Weeknd

Album of the Year
YOU Ali Gatie
Courage Céline Dion
Changes Justin Bieber
Thanks for the Dance Leonard Cohen
After Hours The Weeknd

Artist of the Year
Ali Gatie
Celine Dion
Jessie Reyez
Justin Bieber
The Weeknd

Group of the Year
Half Moon Run
Loud Luxury
The Glorious Sons
The Reklaws

Breakthrough Artist of the Year
Curtis Waters
JP Saxe
Ryland James
Tate McRae

Breakthrough Group of the Year
Crown Lands
Peach Pit
Young Bombs

Songwriter of the Year
Alanis Morissette — “Ablaze”, “Reasons I Drink”, “Smiling”
Alessia Cara — “Hell and High Water
Jessie Reyez — “Coffin,” “Before Love Came to Kill Us,”
“Far Away,” “No One’s In the Room.”
JP Saxe — “A Little Bit Yours” “Golf On TV,” “If The World Was Ending.”
The Weeknd — “After Hours,” “Blinding Lights”, “Save Your Tears.”

French Language Album of the Year
A tous les vents — 2Freres
Notre-Dame-des-Sept-Douleurs — Klo Pelgag
Les antipodes — Les Cowboys Fringants
Quand la nuit tombe — Louis-Jean Cormier
Pour dejouer l’ennui — Pierre Lapointe

Rap Recording of the Year
New Mania — 88GLAM
Baby Gravy — 2 bbno$ & Yung Gravy Baby
Cold World — Eric Reprid
Good Intentions — NAV

Indigenous Artist or Group of the Year
The Ridge
North Star Calling
Nunarjua Isulinginniani

Contemporary R&B Recording of the Year
“Before Love Came to Kill Us” — Jessie Reyez
“Where You Are” — Savannah Ré
“After Hours” — The Weeknd
“Holiday” — TOBi

Producer of the Year
Akeel Henry
Jordon Manswell
Murda Beatz