Burton Cummings to be inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame at the 2016 JUNO Awards

Legendary rocker will be the first to place his name plaque in the Canadian Music Hall of Fame's new home at the National Music Centre in Studio Bell

TORONTO, Jan. 25, 2016 /CNW/ - The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) is pleased to announce Burton Cummings as the 2016 inductee into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. One of the most celebrated artists in Canadian history, Cummings' remarkable career as a performer, singer, songwriter and recording artist has spanned over five decades and garnered a myriad of awards and accolades, including seven JUNO Awards. On Friday, April 1, he will become the first inductee to place their name plaque on the wall inside the Canadian Music Hall of Fame's new home in the National Music Centre in Studio Bell. Cummings will also be honoured with a special induction tribute during the 45th annual JUNO Awards Broadcast on CTV, Sunday, April 3 from The Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta.

"I wish my mother had lived long enough to see this. She would have been over the moon about it. I've received many acknowledgements through the decades, but truthfully, I cannot say that any of them outweighs this one. I watched the Canadian industry evolve from its fledgling days into a global contender, and witnessed one brilliant artist after another leave a mark that was recognized all over Earth. I'm extremely proud to have been a part of those early days…extremely proud. After considerable success in a band situation, I took that huge, frightening step into solo artist territory. Initially, my single instinct was just to keep going…keep recording," said Burton Cummings in a statement.

Cummings is a member of the Canadian Music Hall of Fame through his band The Guess Who (inducted in 1987) and 2016 will mark the singer-songwriter's solo induction.

For more information on Burton Cummings, visit www.burtoncummings.com.

For a complete list of Canadian Music Hall of Fame recipients or to download photos of Burton Cummings, go to www.junoawards.ca.

The 45th Annual JUNO Awards and JUNO Week will be held in Calgary, Alberta, March 28-April 3, 2016.

SOURCE Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences

For further information: For more information on CARAS and the 2016 JUNO Awards: Adrienne Kakoullis, 416-628-5610, akakoullis@holmespr.com; Vanessa Andres, 416-628-5612, vandres@holmespr.com

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