Juno Awards of 1981

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Juno Awards of 1981
Date 5 February 1981
Venue O'Keefe Centre, Toronto, Ontario
Hosted by Multiple (see article)
Television/Radio coverage
Network CBC

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.[1]

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 .[2]

Juno awards organiser CARAS announced the major nominees 6 January 1981, with additional nominees in classical, jazz and album graphics announced 20 January 1981.[3][4]

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.[5][6]

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.[7]

Although she received four awards, Anne Murray was once again absent from this year's show.[8] 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.[9]

The "Single of the Year" award was a tie between Anne Murray and Martha and the Muffins, and is the only time a tie for this award has occurred in the history of the Juno's.

Nominees and winners[edit]

Female Vocalist of the Year[edit]

Winner: Anne Murray

Other nominees:

Male Vocalist of the Year[edit]

Winner: Bruce Cockburn

Other nominees:

Most Promising Female Vocalist of the Year[edit]

Winner: Carole Pope

Other nominees:

Most Promising Male Vocalist of the Year[edit]

Winner: Graham Shaw

Other nominees:

Group of the Year[edit]

Winner: Prism

Other nominees:

Most Promising Group of the Year[edit]

Winner: Powder Blues Band

Other nominees:

Composer of the Year[edit]

Winner: Eddie Schwartz, "Hit Me with Your Best Shot" by Pat Benatar

Other nominees:

Country Female Vocalist of the Year[edit]

Winner: Anne Murray

Other nominees:

Country Male Vocalist of the Year[edit]

Winner: Eddie Eastman

Other nominees:

Country Group or Duo of the Year[edit]

Winner: The Good Brothers

Other nominees:

Folk Artist of the Year[edit]

Winner: Bruce Cockburn

Other nominees:

Instrumental Artist of the Year[edit]

Winner: Frank Mills

Other nominees:

Producer of the Year[edit]

Winner: Gene Martynec, "Tokyo" by Bruce Cockburn and "High School Confidential" by Rough Trade

Other nominees:

Recording Engineer of the Year[edit]

Winner: Mike Jones, "Factory" and "We're OK", Instructions

Other nominees:

Canadian Music Hall of Fame[edit]

Winner: Joni Mitchell

Nominated and winning albums[edit]

Album of the Year[edit]

Winner: Greatest Hits, Anne Murray

Other nominees:

Best Album Graphics[edit]

Winner: Jeanette Hanna, We Deliver by Downchild Blues Band

Other nominees:

Best Children's Album[edit]

Winner: Singing 'n' Swinging, Sharon, Lois & Bram

Other nominees:

Best Classical Album of the Year[edit]

Winner: Stravinsky - Chopin Ballads, Arthur Ozolins

Other nominees:

International Album of the Year[edit]

Winner: The Wall, Pink Floyd

Other nominees:

Best Jazz Album[edit]

Winner: Present Perfect, Rob McConnell & The Boss Brass

Other nominees:

Nominated and winning releases[edit]

Single of the Year[edit]

Winner (tie):

Other nominees:

International Single of the Year[edit]

Winner: "Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)", Pink Floyd

Other nominees:



  1. ^ Krewen (2010), p. 47.
  2. ^ Krewen (2010), p. 52.
  3. ^ "Juno nominations are announced". The Globe and Mail. 7 January 1981. p. 15. 
  4. ^ "Briefly: More nominees for Juno awards". The Globe and Mail. 21 January 1981. p. 17. 
  5. ^ "Injunction sought on Juno ballots". The Globe and Mail. 17 January 1981. pp. E9. 
  6. ^ "Juno wrangle settled". The Globe and Mail. 30 January 1981. p. 15. 
  7. ^ Krewen (2010), pp. 47-48.
  8. ^ Krewen (2010), p. 43.
  9. ^ "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

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