Juno Award for Indigenous Music Album of the Year

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[[File:Tanya Tagaq at Interstellar Rodeo, 2015.jpg|thumb|300px|right|Singer Tanya Tagaq was the 2015 recipient of the award for her album Animism. The Juno Award for Indigenous Music Album of the Year is an annual award presented by the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences for the best album by an Indigenous Canadian artist or band. It was formerly known as Best Music of Aboriginal Canada Recording (1994–2002), Aboriginal Recording of the Year (2003–2009), and Aboriginal Album of the Year (2010–2016).[1] Indigenous artists are not excluded from consideration in other genre or general interest categories; in fact, some indigenous musicians, most notably A Tribe Called Red, have actively chosen not to submit their music in the indigenous category at all, instead pursuing nomination only in the more general categories.

The award faced controversy in its inaugural year, after nominee Sazacha Red Sky was accused of cultural appropriation.[2] According to the surviving children of Chief Dan George, the writer of the song she had been nominated for, she was not personally a member of the Tsleil-Waututh First Nation and according to the George family did not have the right to record it under their cultural traditions.[2] George's son Leonard sought a legal injunction to prevent the award from being presented at the Juno Awards ceremony at all,[3] and a final compromise revising Red Sky's nomination to reflect the album instead of the song was announced on the morning of the ceremony.[4]

More recently, some indigenous artists have called for the category to be discontinued, on the grounds that a dedicated indigenous category "ghettoizes" their music as a niche interest not relevant to non-indigenous music fans, while others have defended it as a platform for increasing the visibility of indigenous music, arguing that even though indigenous artists are eligible in all Juno award categories, relatively few indigenous artists actually receive such nominations due to their lack of mainstream prominence and the much wider range of competition for nomination slots.[5]

Winners[edit]

Best Music of Aboriginal Canada Recording (1994–2002)[edit]

Year Winner(s) Album Nominees Ref.
1994 Wapistan Wapistan Is Lawrence Martin [6]
1995 Susan Aglukark Arctic Rose [7]
1996 Jerry Alfred and the Medicine Beat ETSI Shon "Grandfather Song" [8]
1997 Buffy Sainte-Marie Up Where We Belong [9]
1998 Mishi Donovan The Spirit Within [10]
1999 Robbie Robertson Contact from the Underworld of Redboy [11]
2000 Chester Knight and the Wind Falling Down [12]
2001 Florent Vollant Nipaiamianan [13]
2002 Eagle & Hawk On and On [14]

Aboriginal Recording of the Year (2003–2009)[edit]

Year Winner(s) Album Nominees Ref.
2003 Derek Miller Lovesick Blues [15]
2004 Susan Aglukark Big Feeling [16]
2005 Taima Taima [17]
2006 Burnt Project 1 Hometown [18]
2007 Leela Gilday Sedzé [19]
2008 Derek Miller The Dirty Looks [20]
2009 Buffy Sainte-Marie Running for the Drum [21]

Aboriginal Album of the Year (2010–2016)[edit]

Year Winner(s) Album Nominees Ref.
2010 Digging Roots We Are... [22]
2011 CerAmony CerAmony [23]
2012 Murray Porter Songs Lived and Life Played [24]
2013 Crystal Shawanda Just Like You [25]
2014 George Leach Surrender [26]
2015 Tanya Tagaq Animism [27]
2016 Buffy Sainte-Marie Power in the Blood

Indigenous Music Album of the Year (2017–present)[edit]

Year Winner(s) Album Nominees Ref.
2017 Quantum Tangle Tiny Hands [28]
2018 Buffy Sainte-Marie Medicine Songs [29]
2019 Jeremy Dutcher Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa
2020 Celeigh Cardinal Stories from a Downtown Apartment [30]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Junos rename aboriginal album category to indigenous music album of the year". Toronto Star, January 11, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Controversy surrounds aboriginal category". Montreal Gazette, March 20, 1994.
  3. ^ "Dispute threatens aboriginal Juno award". Toronto Star, March 19, 1994.
  4. ^ a b "Juno compromise reached in native song controversy". Toronto Star, March 20, 1994.
  5. ^ Brad Wheeler, "Should there be an Indigenous Juno Awards category?". The Globe and Mail, March 20, 2020.
  6. ^ "Nominees: 1994". JunoAwards.ca. Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Retrieved January 5, 2016.
  7. ^ "Nominees: 1995". JunoAwards.ca. Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Retrieved January 5, 2016.
  8. ^ "Nominees: 1996". JunoAwards.ca. Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Retrieved January 5, 2016.
  9. ^ "Nominees: 1997". JunoAwards.ca. Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Retrieved January 5, 2016.
  10. ^ "Nominees: 1998". JunoAwards.ca. Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Retrieved January 5, 2016.
  11. ^ "Nominees: 1999". JunoAwards.ca. Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Retrieved January 5, 2016.
  12. ^ "Nominees: 2000". JunoAwards.ca. Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Retrieved January 5, 2016.
  13. ^ "Nominees: 2001". JunoAwards.ca. Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Retrieved January 5, 2016.
  14. ^ "Nominees: 2002". JunoAwards.ca. Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Retrieved January 5, 2016.
  15. ^ "Nominees: 2003". JunoAwards.ca. Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Retrieved January 5, 2016.
  16. ^ "Nominees: 2004". JunoAwards.ca. Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Retrieved January 5, 2016.
  17. ^ "Nominees: 2005". JunoAwards.ca. Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Retrieved January 5, 2016.
  18. ^ "Nominees: 2006". JunoAwards.ca. Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Retrieved January 5, 2016.
  19. ^ "Nominees: 2007". JunoAwards.ca. Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Retrieved January 5, 2016.
  20. ^ "Nominees: 2008". JunoAwards.ca. Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Retrieved January 5, 2016.
  21. ^ "Nominees: 2009". JunoAwards.ca. Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Retrieved January 5, 2016.
  22. ^ "Nominees: 2010". JunoAwards.ca. Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Retrieved January 5, 2016.
  23. ^ "Nominees: 2011". JunoAwards.ca. Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Retrieved January 5, 2016.
  24. ^ "Nominees: 2012". JunoAwards.ca. Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Retrieved January 5, 2016.
  25. ^ "Nominees: 2013". JunoAwards.ca. Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Retrieved January 5, 2016.
  26. ^ "Nominees: 2014". JunoAwards.ca. Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Retrieved January 5, 2016.
  27. ^ "Nominees: 2015". JunoAwards.ca. Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Retrieved January 5, 2016.
  28. ^ "Nominees: 2017". JunoAwards.ca. Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Retrieved March 8, 2017.
  29. ^ "Arcade Fire and Daniel Caesar lead 2018 Juno Award nominations". CBC Music, February 6, 2018.
  30. ^ Melody Lau, "Alessia Cara and Tory Lanez lead the 2020 Juno nominations". CBC Music, January 28, 2019.