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Published on April 1st, 2016 | by Alan Cross

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The 2016 Junos by the Numbers

The 2016 Juno Awards will be given out over two nights in Calgary. First, the Saturday night gala dinner will take care of more than 30 awards (we can stream that event starting at 6pm ET here) while the remaining eight(ish) will be held back for the broadcast, which will begin at the very civilized time of 7pm ET. Wise, given that many people will be flipping to the premiere of Game of Thrones.

Here are some facts about this year’s Junos (in addition to what I’ve already written here and here):

  • 178: JUNO Award nominees
  • 88: first-time nominees
  • 80: the age of the oldest nominee, Al Muirhead. Nominated for Jazz Album of the Year: Solo, this is the Calgary native’s first nomination and the first album he has released under his own name
  • 63 years: the age difference between this year’s oldest nominee (Al Muirhead, 80) and youngest nominee (Shawn Mendes, 17)
  • 30 under 30: Shawn Mendes and The Weeknd were both listed on Forbes 2016’s 30 under 30 in Music
  • 8: nominees from Calgary, including Al Muirhead (Jazz Album of the Year: Solo), AM Static (Electronic Album of the Year), BRAIDS (Alternative Album of the Year*), Jann Arden (Adult Contemporary Album of the Year), Paul Brandt (Country Album of the Year), Tommy Banks (Instrumental Album of the Year), Viet Cong (Alternative Album of the Year*) and Tareya Green from Autumn Hill (Country Album of the Year)
  • 6: first-time nominees in the JUNO Fan Choice Award* category (Alessia Cara, Cœur de pirate, Dean Brody, Shawn Hook, Shawn Mendes, The Weeknd), and 4 past nominees (Carly Rae Jepsen, Drake, Justin Bieber, Walk Off The Earth)
  • 3: 2016 JUNO nominees that have been inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame – Bryan Adams (2006), Bob Ezrin (2004) and Buffy Sainte-Marie (1995)
  • 2: lung transplants received by Toronto Jazz vocalist Alex Pangman, who is now nominated for Vocal Jazz Album of the Year
  • 1: 2016 Canadian Music Hall of Fame recipient, Burton Cummings, will be the first to place his name plaque in the Canadian Music Hall of Fame’s new home in Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre in Calgary
  • For the first time, the Junos will be broadcast in 4K video. Very cool, except that while lots of people have 4K TV, almost no one has the special decoder boxes. Still, we’ll remember this as a some kind of broadcast milestone.

Still need more?

Twitter accounts for all 10 performers, ranked by number of followers: 

  1. Shawn Mendes (@ShawnMendes) – who has gained just under 3 million followers since the 2015 edition of the #JUNOS
  2. The Weeknd (@theweeknd) – who has gained 1.8 million followers since the 2015 edition of the #JUNOS
  3. Bryan Adams (@BryanAdams)
  4. Alessia Cara (@alessiacara)
  5. Dean Brody (@deanbrody)
  6. Scott Helman (@ScottHelman)
  7. Shawn Hook (@ShawnHook)
  8. Dear Rouge (@DearRouge)
  9. Whitehorse (@wearewhitehorse)
  10. Coleman Hell (@colemanhell)

 Here is a look at which of the 10 #JUNOFanChoice nominees are owning the fan vote so far:

  1. #JFCJustinBieber 1.5M
  2. #JFCAlessiaCara 1.1M
  3. #JFCShawnMendes 250K
  4. #JFCCalryRaeJepsen 3.2K
  5. #JFCTheWeeknd 1K
  6. #JFCDeanBrody 590
  7. #JFCWalkOffTheEarth 650
  8. #JFCShawnHook 440
  9. #JFCCoeurdepirate 100
  10. #JFCDrake 90



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is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.


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