Here are your 2021 Juno winners in the roots, world, reggae and Indigenous categories
The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences has just unveiled the winners of all of the Juno Awards we care about here at Roots Music Canada. That is to say, the roots, world and Indigenous categories. And bravo to CARAS for dropping the pretense this year and giving us a show that prioritized substance over style.
Also, great news! CARAS has announced that next year’s Junos will have two Indigenous categories, a contemporary and a traditional category, so perhaps we can look forward to seeing trad groups like Northern Cree finally get recognized with nominations.
Congratulations to all of this year’s winners, and enjoy these videos. If you haven’t already heard them, they are all great discoveries.
World Music Album of the Year
OKAN – Espiral
Contemporary Roots Album of the Year
Rose Cousins – Bravado
Indigenous Artist or Group of the Year
Traditional Roots Album of the Year
Pharis and Jason Romero – Bet On Love
Blues Album of the Year
Crystal Shawanda – Church House Blues
Country Album of the Year
Tenille Townes – The Lemonade Stand
Reggae Recording of the Year
Töme – “I Pray”