About 1,300 Canadian artists, industry executives, sponsors and local dignitaries will attended the ceremony, presented by the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (CARAS), which puts on the Juno Awards.
During the award’s first night CARAS president Melanie Berry congratulated the 177 nominees, 80 of which were first-time nominees whom she asked to stand up and be acknowledged.
2014 Juno Awards: Artists And Fans Alike Celebrate Music For Two Nights
The three-hour gala includes a range of genre categories such as pop, alternative, jazz, classical, rap, rock, dance, country, blues, reggae, roots & traditional, blues, Christian/gospel, R&B/soul, world, electronic, metal/hard rock, adult alternative, and adult contemporary. Other categories cover Francophone, children’s, Aboriginal, instrumental, international album, artist of the year, breakthrough group, video, producer, recording package, and recording engineer.
Also on the ceremony’s first night — there were two 20-minute presentations for special achievement awards: Our Lady Peace frontman Raine Maida and wife, singer-pianist Chantal Kreviazuk received the Allan Waters Humanitarian Award for all the great humanitarian work they do, particularly with War Child Canada; and 50-year music industry executive Frank Davies got the Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award.
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