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Aboriginal artists nominated for Juno Awards

Nominees for Aboriginal album of the year include George Leach and Inez Jasper

CBC News

The nominations for the 2014 Juno Awards were announced today.

Electronic group A Tribe Called Red earned two Juno nominations. The electronic group, comprised of DJ’s NDN, Bear Witness and DJ Shub, were nominated for Electronic Album of the Year and Breakthrough Group of the Year.

Nominees for Aboriginal Album of the Year include Métis​ artist Amanda Rheaume, whose album Keep a Fire features a song about her grandfather and Ojibway great grandmother.

Sto:lo, Ojibwa and Métis pop artist Inez Jasper received her second Juno nomination, for her album Burn Me Down. Nathan Cunningham, the country singer-songwriter from the Sucker Creek First Nation in Alberta was nominated for his album Highway Reclamation.

Desiree Dorion from Dauphin, Manitoba, is nominated for her country album titled Small Town Stories. Blues man George Leach earned a nomination for his album Surrender.

Yamantaka//Sonic Titan, an Asian, indigenous and diasporic musical collective from Montreal, garnered a nod in the Alternative Album category.

Spearheaded by the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, the 43th annual Juno Awards will be held in Winnipeg on March 30 after a week of musical celebrations across the city.

Artists who released albums between Sept. 1, 2012, and Nov. 13, 2013, were eligible for nominations.

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