The JUNO Awards 2020 ceremony , originally scheduled to be held in Saskatoon in mid-March, was cancelled because of the virus lockdown. But on Monday evening 42 awards were presented online.
The big winners were singer-songwriter Alessia Cara (3 awards) and Shawn Medes (Single of the Year Award). For the second year in a row, nine-time JUNO Award winner Avril Lavigne won for JUNO Fan Choice.
Three Caribbean Canadian performers from the GTA were nominated for Junos in the categories of Reggae, R&B /Soul Recording and Rap. Only one of the three received a trophy.
Brampton’s Daystar Peterson (aka Tony Lanez) won again in the Rap Recording of the Year category. It was his third consecutive win. He was also the first artist to win in both the Rap Recording and R&B/Soul Recording category in the same year. The 27-year performer, whose parents are Barbadian and Guyanese, was a co-winner of the R&B award alongside Jessie Reyez of the Jane and Finch community in North Toronto.
Longtime Reggae performing artistes Jay Douglas (Jah
Children) and Exco Levi competed against each other in the Reggae classification. But neither won. The JUNO in that category went to Lyndon John X for his song, The Warning Track.