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2024 Juno Award Nominees Reveal Everything You Didn't Know About Them

Billboard Canada caught up with Nelly Furtado, The Beaches, RealestK and others on the Juno nominations red carpet to hear about their musical tastes, how they feel about being nominated, and revealing facts about themselves.

Nelly Furtado on the Juno Nominations Red Carpet, Feb. 6 in Toronto

Nelly Furtado on the Juno Nominations Red Carpet, Feb. 6 in Toronto

Daniel Victor Louis

The 2024 Juno Awards nominations were announced this week at an event at the CBC building.

Canadian artists crowded the studio to find out if they had been nominated for an award. After hearing their names called, many of them also hit the red carpet, where Billboard Canada was ready with our cameras.


Nelly Furtado was a surprise guest at the event. The Canadian pop star, who's recently been on a comeback with new music, will host the Canadian music award ceremony for the first time since 2007. She also earned a nomination for her “Eat Your Man,” her 2023 collaboration with Dom Dolla, for Dance Recording of the Year.

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Right after learning the news, she hit the red carpet to talk to Billboard. As she tells us five things we don't know about her, she reveals that Dom Dolla left her on read when she called to tell him they were nominated.

Then, Juno Awards and CARAS President and CEO Allan Reid stopped by to tell us all the reasons we should be excited for this year's Junos. "Canada punches way above its weight with putting talent out to the world," Reid says. "And not just the Biebers and the Weeknds and the Drakes and Shawn Mendes. You see this list of nominees today... there are so many incredible artists that come from this country."

Then, social media sensation RealestK talks about his past as a Muay Thai fighter, his taste in comedy and more. He was just nominated in the Traditional R&B/Soul Recording of the Year category for his 2023 mixtape Real World.

The Beaches, a breakthrough artist of 2023 for their big hit "Blame Brett," are nominated for Rock Album of the Year and Group of the Year alongside Nickelback, Arkells, Loud Luxury and Walk off the Earth. They share the mic to each tell us something we don't know about them, including one more connection to the Jonas Brothers.

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After already making history as the first Indigenous artist to reach No. 1 on Canadian Alternative Rock Radio, Aysanabee picked up three nominations, one for Songwriter of the Year, and his album Here And Now was nominated for both Alternative Album of the Year and Contemporary Indigenous Artist or Group of the Year.

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Frank Walker was nominated for Dance Recording of the Year for "I Go Dancing." As we learn, he was almost a chef before he was a DJ, but he would have never worn a chef's hat.

Like RealestK, Jhyve is also nominated for Traditional R&B/Soul Recording of the Year for his album Unbreakable. He's a big pusher of Canadian music, especially from Toronto, and he gives us some picks.

Blackburn Brothers, nominees for Blues Album of the Year with their album SoulFunkn'BLUES. Here, they talk about how the history of their music and act and how they support the blues scene in Toronto.

Independent reggae artist Jah'Mila was nominated for Reggae Recording of the Year fo her album Roots Girl. Here, she gives us some Canadian reggae picks.

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Production: Jackson Turner & Daniel Victor Louis
Videography: Ali El Moudi
Video Editor: Yasseen Ashri, with help from Celina Tang (for RealestK) and Monica Lica (for The Beaches, Jhyve and Jah'Mila

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