Nominees for the 2017 Juno Awards were announced Tuesday, with Drake, the Weeknd and Shawn Mendes leading the pack with five nominations apiece.
Local nominees include folk singer-songwriter William Prince, who picked up two nods: Indigenous Music Album of the Year and Contemporary Roots Album of the Year for his debut record, Earthly Days.
"It's incredible," Prince said in an email to the Free Press. "To be nominated alongside such talent and for my style of songs to be held in such high regard in two categories is truly an honour. Most of all, it feels like some return for the people who have believed in me for so long. I'm so thankful."
Two-time Juno winner Steve Bell is nominated for Contemporary Christian/Gospel Album of the Year for Where in the Good Way Lies. He is joined in that category by fellow Winnipegger Jaylene Johnson for Potter & Clay.
DJ collective A Tribe Called Red, which includes Winnipeg-based producer Tim "2oolman" Hill, is up for Electronic Album of the Year and Jack Richardson Producer of the Year for We are Halluci Nation. The music video for the trio's track R.E.D. is also up for Video of the Year.
Rounding out the local nominations, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s Going Home Star: Truth and Reconciliation — a piece that features the music of Tanya Tagaq, Steve Wood and the Northern Cree Singers, and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra — is nominated for Classical Album of the Year: Large Ensemble or Soloist(s) with Large Ensemble Accompaniment as well as Classical Composition of the Year.
The Juno Awards ceremony will be in Ottawa April 2.