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|Awarded for||Outstanding achievements in the record industry|
|Presented by||The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences|
|First awarded||23 February 1970(as Gold Leaf Awards)|
The Juno Awards are presented annually to Canadian musical artists and bands to acknowledge their artistic and technical achievements in all aspects of music. New members of the Canadian Music Hall of Fame are also inducted as part of the awards ceremonies.
Members of the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS), or a panel of experts, depending on the award, choose the award winners. However, sales figures are the sole basis for determining the winners of nine of the forty-two categories like Album of the Year or Artist of the Year. CARAS members determine the nominees for Single of the Year, Artist and Group of the Year. A judge vote by experts in the relevant genre, determines the nominees for the remaining categories. The names of the judges remain confidential.
The judges represent all facets of the Canadian music industry. They are spread across the country and include men and women, and speakers of both official languages (English and French). No person can judge the same category two years in a row.
The Juno Awards are named in honour of Pierre Juneau, the first president of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission(CRTC) and former president of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC).
For several days prior to the weekend award presentations, events are held in the host city as part of a "Juno Week". Local venues host multiple events throughout the week. Events include: Juno Cup, an ice hockey game that pits a team of musicians against a team of National Hockey League players as a fundraiser for MusiCounts, a charitable music education program operated by CARAS, Juno Fan Fare, a meet and greet where fans can meet their favourite Canadian artists, Juno Songwriters' Circle, a chance for Canada's most talented songwriters to tell their stories and play an intimate set in support of MusiCounts, and JUNOfest, a two-night music celebration that showcases over 100 bands at over a dozen venues in the host city. In 2015, Hamilton hosted the inaugural Juno Awards KickOff Concert.
Launched in January 2013, Juno TV is a digital channel featuring original and archival content specific to the Juno Awards and its nominated artists and Canadian celebrities such as Alanis Morissette, The Weeknd, Lights, and Rush. Juno TV delivers new content weekly, presenting content on a year-round basis.
Award names have changed through the years. The previous awards are listed under their present names or the present award that is most similar. As of 2018 there are 43 awards listed below and previous categories.
- Juno International Achievement Award - awarded from 1992–2000
- Juno Award for International Entertainer of the Year - awarded from 1989–1993
- Juno Award for Best Selling Single - awarded from 1975–1993
- Juno Award for Music DVD of the Year - awarded from 2004–2013 - discontinued in 2014
- Juno Award for Traditional Jazz Album of the Year - awarded from 1977–2014 - discontinued in 2015
- Juno Award for Roots & Traditional Album of the Year – Solo - awarded between 1989–2015
- Juno Award for Roots & Traditional Album of the Year – Group - awarded between 1989–2015
Categories for 2018:
- Adult Alternative Album of the Year
- Adult Contemporary Album of the Year
- Album of the Year
- Alternative Album of the Year
- Artist of the Year
- Blues Album of the Year
- Breakthrough Artist of the Year
- Breakthrough Group of the Year
- Children's Album of the Year
- Classical Album of the Year–Solo or Chamber Ensemble
- Classical Album of the Year–Large Ensemble or Soloist(s) with Large Ensemble Accompaniment
- Classical Album of the Year–Vocal or Choral Performance
- Classical Composition of the Year
- Comedy Album of the Year
- Contemporary Christian/Gospel Album of the Year
- Contemporary Roots Album of the Year
- Country Album of the Year
- Dance Recording of the Year
- Electronic Album of the Year
- Fan Choice Award
- Francophone Album of the Year
- Group of the Year
- Indigenous Music Album of the Year
- Instrumental Album of the Year
- International Album of the Year
- Jack Richardson Producer of the Year
- Jazz Album of the Year: Solo
- Jazz Album of the Year: Group
- Metal/Hard Music Album of the Year
- Pop Album of the Year
- R&B/Soul Recording of the Year
- Rap Recording of the Year
- Recording Engineer of the Year
- Recording Package of the Year
- Reggae Recording of the Year
- Rock Album of the Year
- Traditional Roots Album of the Year
- Single of the Year
- Songwriter of the Year
- Vocal Jazz Album of the Year
- Video of the Year
- World Music Album of the Year
Images for kids
Shania Twain holds a Juno Award trophy 2011
Juno Award Facts for Kids. Kiddle Encyclopedia.