Juno Awards of 1981
|Juno Awards of 1981|
|Date||5 February 1981|
|Venue||O'Keefe Centre, Toronto, Ontario|
|Hosts||Multiple (see article)|
The Juno Awards of 1981, representing Canadian music industry achievements of the previous year, were awarded on 5 February 1981 in Toronto at a ceremony hosted by multiple co-presenters at the O'Keefe Centre. The first co-hosts were Andrea Martin and John Candy of SCTV fame, then Frank Mills and Ginette Reno, and finally Ronnie Hawkins and Carroll Baker.
Ceremonies were broadcast nationally on CBC Television from 7pm Eastern Time. More capacity was now available at the O'Keefe Centre and tickets were made available to the public at $15 each. The television show was seen by an estimated 1,880,000 viewers .
The Emeralds, previously nominated four times for the Country Group award, were not nominated this year. Controversy ensued when a committee declared to CARAS that the band was a polka band that should not be nominated in a country category. A reported attempt to file their nomination in a folk category was rejected due to a relative lack of sales. The Emeralds then looked to the courts to stop CARAS from issuing ballots that omitted their group. The group's legal challenge was unsuccessful, but the settlement required the Juno awards to mention the band and its previous nominations during the broadcast.
Performers during the broadcast included Frank Mills on piano with Ginette Reno singing "The Poet and I", Ronnie Hawkins and Carrol Baker singing "Hey, Bo Diddley", Graham Shaw singing his hit "Can I Come Near", and single songs each from Diane Tell, Shari Ulrich and the Powder Blues Band.
Although she received four awards, Anne Murray was once again absent from this year's show. Joni Mitchell's entry into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame was introduced by then Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau. During her acceptance speech, Mitchell quipped that she felt like hockey star Bernie "Boom Boom" Geoffrion for receiving this honour.
- 1 Nominees and winners
- 1.1 Female Vocalist of the Year
- 1.2 Male Vocalist of the Year
- 1.3 Most Promising Female Vocalist of the Year
- 1.4 Most Promising Male Vocalist of the Year
- 1.5 Group of the Year
- 1.6 Most Promising Group of the Year
- 1.7 Composer of the Year
- 1.8 Country Female Vocalist of the Year
- 1.9 Country Male Vocalist of the Year
- 1.10 Country Group or Duo of the Year
- 1.11 Folk Artist of the Year
- 1.12 Instrumental Artist of the Year
- 1.13 Producer of the Year
- 1.14 Recording Engineer of the Year
- 1.15 Canadian Music Hall of Fame
- 2 Nominated and winning albums
- 3 Nominated and winning releases
- 4 References
- 5 Bibliography
- 6 External links
Nominees and winners
Winner: Anne Murray
Winner: Bruce Cockburn
Winner: Carole Pope
Winner: Graham Shaw
Winner: Powder Blues Band
- Doug Bennett, "Too Bad - The Move" by Doug and the Slugs
- Burton Cummings, "Fine State of Affairs"
- Mark Gane, "Echo Beach" by Martha and the Muffins
- Lindsay Mitchell, Allen Harlow, "Young and Restless" by Prism
Winner: Anne Murray
Winner: Eddie Eastman
Winner: The Good Brothers
Winner: Bruce Cockburn
Winner: Frank Mills
- Bruce Fairbairn, "Young & Restless" and "Satellite", Prism
- Claire Lawrence, "Long Nights" and "Bad, Bad Girl", Shari Ulrich
- Jack Richardson, "Battle Scar", Max Webster and "Heads Are Gonna Roll", Straight Lines
- George Semkiw, "Hot Spikes" and "What Am I To Do", Fist
- Terry Brown, "Metropolitan Life", B. B. Gabor
- Gary Gray, "What About the Bond", Bruce Cockburn and "High School Confidential", Carole Pope and Rough Trade
- David Greene, "Battle Scar", Max Webster
- Gord Paton, "The Invisible Man" and "Oh No", Zero One
Winner: Joni Mitchell
Nominated and winning albums
- Doug Bennett, Cognac and Bologna by Doug and the Slugs
- Dean Motter, Loverboy (self-titled)
- James O'Mara, Straight Lines (self-titled)
- Hugh Syme, Michael Gray, Lookin' for Trouble by Toronto
- The Cat Came Back, Fred Penner
- Listen To Me, Jim & Rosalie
- Merry-Go-Round, The Travellers
- You've Got To Be A Kid To Get In, The Free Rose Corporation
- Bach Toccatas, Vol 2, Glenn Gould
- The Village Band, Canadian Brass
- Orford String Quartet (self-titled)
- Francois Dompierre (self-titled)
- The Book of the Heart, Glen Hall
- Circles, Don Thompson
- Entre Amis, Bob Stroup
- Live in Jazz City, Bob Stroup
- Tommy Ambrose at Last, Tommy Ambrose with the Doug Riley Band
Nominated and winning releases
- "Fine State of Affairs", Burton Cummings
- "Too Bad - The Move", Doug and the Slugs
- "Wasn't That a Party", The Rovers
- "Another One Bites the Dust", Queen
- "Funkytown", Lipps Inc.
- "It's Still Rock and Roll to Me", Billy Joel
- "Rapper's Delight", Sugar Hill Gang
- Krewen (2010), p. 47.
- Krewen (2010), p. 52.
- "Juno nominations are announced". The Globe and Mail. 7 January 1981. p. 15.
- "Briefly: More nominees for Juno awards". The Globe and Mail. 21 January 1981. p. 17.
- "Injunction sought on Juno ballots". The Globe and Mail. 17 January 1981. pp. E9.
- "Juno wrangle settled". The Globe and Mail. 30 January 1981. p. 15.
- Krewen (2010), pp. 47-48.
- Krewen (2010), p. 43.
- "Juno Hall of Famer". 1981 Juno Awards. CBC Television. 5 February 1981. Retrieved 2009-02-16.
- "Tickets on sale for Juno awards". The Globe and Mail. 16 January 1981. p. 17.
- McGrath, Paul (6 February 1981). "Anne Murray sweeps the Junos - again". The Globe and Mail. p. 17.
- Krewen, Nick. (2010). Music from far and wide: Celebrating 40 years of the Juno Awards. Key Porter Books Limited, Toronto. ISBN 978-1-55470-339-5