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Junos 2013: we predict who will win big this Sunday

April 18th, 2013


The Junos are taking place this Sunday in Regina and surely, you’ve got some sort of pool going on (not that we condone gambling and betting). But, just in case you’re doing some friendly wagers, here’s a little guide of who we personally think will win and who we should win in 10 selected categories. Let us know what you think of our picks!

And don’t forget to catch the 2013 JUNO Awards this Sunday at 8E/8P on CTV.

Single of the Year
Billy Talent – “Viking Death March”
Carly Rae Jepsen – “Call Me Maybe”
Hedley – “Kiss You Inside Out”
Serena Ryder – “Stompa”
The Sheepdogs – “The Way It Is”

Who should win: Carly Rae Jepsen
Who will win: Carly Rae Jepsen

“Call Me Maybe” was hands down one of the biggest singles in the world this past year next to “Gangnam Style” and the Harlem Shake. Both viral and legitimately great, this song became Jepsen’s launching pad, making her one of the biggest hits to come out of Canada since her mentor and friend, Justin Bieber.

International Album of the Year
Maroon 5 – Overexposed
Mumford & Sons – Babel
One Direction – Up All Night
Rod Stewart – Merry Christmas, Baby
Taylor Swift – Red

Who should win: Taylor Swift
Who will win: Mumford & Sons

Boy troubles aside, Taylor Swift’s Red was a great album that definitely stands up against the rest of her nominees, but will her love life overshadow her phenomenal music? That being said, we think the award will go to Mumford & Sons anyway for riding their folk hits to the top of the charts and into stadiums and people’s hearts everywhere.

Album of the Year
Carly Rae Jepsen – Kiss
Celine Dion – Sans Attendre
Hedley – Storms
Justin Bieber – Believe
Mariana’s Trench – Ever After

Who should win: Carly Rae Jepsen
Who will win: Carly Rae Jepsen

I know we’ve said it already with our ‘5 reasons why Carly Rae Jepsen will dominate this year’s Junos‘, but we’ll reiterate this: Kiss is one of the best pop albums of 2012. Sorry, other nominees, try again next year because this will (fingers crossed) be the year of Carly Rae.

Breakthrough Artist of the Year
Cold Specks
Kira Isabella
Shawn Hook
The Weeknd

Who should win: Grimes
Who will win: The Weeknd

When it comes to breakthrough artists, no one broke through into the mainstream and indie world quite like electronic artist Grimes (read more below), but we think the cultivated mystery and buzz of Toronto’s The Weeknd might be a tough one to beat.

Breakthrough Group of the Year
Hey Ocean!
Monster Truck
The Pack a.d.
Walk Off the Earth
Yukon Blonde

Who should win: Yukon Blonde
Who will win: Walk Off the Earth

B.C. rockers Yukon Blonde has grown exponentially since they formed in 2005 and even with a How I Met Your Mother reference in their back pockets, we’re going to have to give this one to viral internet sensations Walk Off the Earth.

Group of the Year
Billy Talent
Mariana’s Trench
The Sheepdogs

Who should win: Metric
Who will win: Mariana’s Trench

Metric’s latest album, Synthetica, propelled the Toronto indie band to new heights. With an already big fan base, the band continued to grow this past year, playing some of the biggest stadium and festival shows they’ve ever played. But, Mariana’s Trench has a pretty good shot at this prize as well, riding their wave of success off of their album Ever After, will the Vancouver band override Metric? We’ll see!

Pop Album of the Year
Carly Rae Jepsen – Kiss
Justin Bieber – Believe
Kristina Maria – Tell the World
Nelly Furtado – The Spirit Indestructible
Victoria Duffield – Shut Up and Dance

Who should win: Carly Rae Jepsen
Who will win: Carly Rae Jepsen

Refer to our comments above!

Alternative Album of the Year
Hannah Georgas – Hannah Georgas
Japandroids – Celebration Rock
Metric – Synthetica
Said the Whale – Little Mountain
Stars – The North

Who should win: Metric
Who will win: Metric

Metric might have gained even more attention and success this year with their album, Synthetica, but that is completely backed up by an album that’s worthy of such praise. The album still adheres to Metric’s signature indie-rock sound, but elevates everything a notch or two, producing some of the band’s best music yet.

R&B/Soul Recording of the Year
Jully Black – Fugitive
Kreesha Turner – Tropic Electric
Melanie Fiona – Change the Record
Shawn Desman – Nobody Does It Like You
The Weeknd – Trilogy

Who should win: Melanie Fiona
Who will win: The Weeknd

Melanie Fiona put out one of the best R&B albums this past year and we seriously urge you to give it a spin if you haven’t already, but again, The Weeknd’s success is a tough one to beat out this year. I mean, it’s not one, but three albums!

Electronic Album of the Year
Grimes – Visions
Purity Ring – Shrines
Crystal Castles – (III)
Daphni – Jiaolong
Trust – TRST

Who should win: Grimes
Who will win: Grimes

Montreal artist Grimes not only dominated electronic music this past year, she took over music, period. The one-woman electro-pop machine’s album, Visions, is weird enough to intrigue and pop enough to appease everyone. Her singles “Oblivion” and “Genesis” were infectiously unavoidable and had the videos to back them up, garnering praise from music critics, fans and celebs including Lena Dunham and Katy Perry.

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