– The Weeknd garners six 2016 JUNO AWARD nominations, including Artist of the Year –
– THE 2016 JUNO AWARDS airs Sunday, April 3 at 7 p.m. ET on CTV and CTV GO from The Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary –
– Tickets currently available through www.ticketmaster.ca–
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TORONTO, Feb. 2, 2016 /CNW/ - At a press conference today announcing the nominations for the 2016 JUNO Awards, CTV and The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) revealed that JUNO Award-winning and internationally acclaimed alternative R&B sensation The Weeknd is set to return to the JUNO stage during CTV's broadcast of THE 2016 JUNO AWARDS, airing Sunday, April 3 live from The Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary at 7 p.m. ET/8 p.m. AT.
Nominated today for six JUNO Awards, the most of any artist, including Album of the Year (sponsored by Music Canada) and Artist of the Year. The Weeknd joins additional performers announced today Bryan Adams, Dean Brody, and Shawn Mendes, as well as previously announced performer Alessia Cara.
"A true artist, The Weeknd is quickly becoming the voice of a generation," said Randy Lennox, President, Entertainment Production and Broadcasting, Bell Media. "It is an honour to welcome him back to the JUNO stage alongside our other knockout broadcast performers."
"We are thrilled that The Weeknd will be joining us this year in Calgary," said Allan Reid, President & CEO, CARAS/The JUNO Awards & MusiCounts. "After last year's incredible performance, we can't wait to see what he's got in store for the JUNOS!"
A native of Toronto, The Weeknd was one of the most influential artists of 2015 as a result of the release of Beauty Behind the Madness, which went on to break several Billboard records including spending 45 consecutive weeks in the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100, the longest streak for any male artist. "The Hills" clinched #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for six consecutive weeks, and he became the first male to top Hot 100, Billboard 100, and Artist 100 simultaneously, and the first artist to ever simultaneously hold the Top 3 slots on Billboard's R&B Chart. Meanwhile, Beauty Behind The Madness is the first album to surpass over 100 million global audio streams debut week.
**Media Note** – Photos and biographies for THE 2016 JUNO AWARDS performers are available at www.bellmediapr.ca/network/CTV and www.junoawards.ca.
Tickets are currently on sale for THE 2016 JUNO AWARDS. Tickets range from $39-$149 (plus service charges), and are available through the Scotiabank Saddledome Box Office, by phone at 1-855-985-5000, and online at ticketmaster.ca.
Additional performer and presenter announcements will be released in the coming weeks.
THE 2016 JUNO AWARDS is produced by Insight Productions in association with CTV and The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS). Executive Producers are John Brunton and Barbara Bowlby for Insight Productions, and Allan Reid and Mark Cohon for CARAS. Lindsay Cox is Supervising Producer. Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Independent Production, Bell Media. Mike Cosentino is Senior Vice-President, CTV Networks and CraveTV, Bell Media. Randy Lennox is President, Entertainment Production and Broadcasting, Bell Media.
Premier Partners of The 2016 JUNO Awards: CARAS acknowledges the financial support of FACTOR, the Government of Canada and of Canada's Private Radio Broadcaster, Radio Starmaker Fund, the Province of Alberta, the City of Calgary, Tourism Calgary, the National Music Centre, Google Play Music and TD Bank Group.
The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences/L'académie canadienne des arts et des sciences de l'enregistrement (CARAS) is a not-for-profit organization created to preserve and enhance the Canadian music industry and to contribute toward higher artistic and industry standards. The main focus of CARAS is the exploration and development of ongoing opportunities to showcase and promote Canadian artists and music through vehicles such as The JUNO Awards and other year-round initiatives. For more information on the 45th Annual JUNO Awards or The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) please visit www.junoawards.ca.
CTV is Canada's #1 private broadcaster. Featuring a wide range of quality news, sports, information, and entertainment programming, CTV has been Canada's most-watched television network for the past 14 years in a row. CTV is a division of Bell Media, Canada's premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio, digital, and Out-of-Home. Bell Media is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada's largest communications company. More information about CTV can be found on the network's website at CTV.ca.
Official JUNO Awards website: www.junoawards.ca
CTV's JUNO Awards website: www.junos.ctv.ca
JUNO TV: www.junotv.ca
CTV website: www.ctv.ca
For further information: about THE 2016 JUNO AWARDS on CTV, contact: Laura Berkenblit, 416.384.3173 or firstname.lastname@example.org; Amanda Rinaldo, 416.384.5325 or email@example.com; For more information about CARAS and THE 2016 JUNO AWARDS, contact: Adrienne Kakoullis, 416.628.5610 or akakoullis@holmesPR.com