Shad wins Rap Recording of the Year [News]
Toronto, ON – London rap artist Shad has won the 2011 Juno Award for Rap Recording of the Year for his album TSOL. The win will come as a surprise too many who speculated that Drake’s monumental international growth would guarantee him a win for Rap Recording. On the other hand Shad’s album TSOL is a raw, true to form hip-hop project, packed with strong messages that bring a golden era feel with a modern day approach; incredibly well done too so this win is no fluke – congrats to Shad!
Other projects Shad beat out included Eternia & MoSS’s At Last, D-Sisive’s Vaudeville and Ghettosock’s Treat of the Day. Congrats to all of the nominees and to Shad for taking home the gold. All in all, the category had 5 great nominations that were huge for Canadian hip-hop this past year. While most of the awards were announced earlier today, there are some big awards left for tomorrow where Canadian hip-hop is represented. Check out info on those after the jump.
Canadian Hip-Hop at the Junos
Juno Fan Choice Awards
Drake is up for Juno Fan Choice Award (Presented by Live Nation) against Hedley, Johnny Reid, Justin Bieber and Michael Bublé. His nomination listing on the JunoAwards.ca site summarizes his rise to fame:
This astronomical rise to success continued into 2010 with the release of his major label debut album Thank Me Later. After several setbacks from its original October 2009 release date, the album was released on June 15th, 2010 preceded by lead single “Over,” which peaked at #14 on the Billboard Hot 100 and at No. 1 on the Hot Rap Songs chart. The album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Album Chart and has since been certified platinum by the RIAA for sales of approximately 1,100,000 copies in the U.S. to date. It produced three further singles which attained chart success; “Find Your Love,” “Miss Me” (feat. Lil’ Wayne) and “Fancy” (feat. T.I. & Swizz Beatz).
Single of the Year
This is a strong category for national growth. Canadian hip-hop has three artists represented in this category – if you include K’naan as the original brains behind the “Wavin’ Flag” Young Artists for Haiti edition. Classified is nominated for “Oh Canada” and Drake is nominated for “Find Your Love.” Those songs are up against songs by Hedley and kd lang.
The JunoAwards.ca summarizes Classified’s rise on the scene: Self Explanatory is the 11th studio album and major label debut from East-Coast hip-hop heavyweight Classified. The album contains 22 songs and a unique way of listening to the entire body of work. Throughout Self Explanatory, Luke Boyd challenges the listener to create their own adventure as they progress from track to track. Want to go to the club? Go to Track 17. Tired, and want to go home? Go to Track 22. If you want to go for a quick bike ride and a date with your girl, go to Track 7 and if you want to reflect on life and re-affirm your inspiration, go to Track 6. Each adventure reveals different shades of the artist, Classified, who has created a unique place for himself in an art form that isn’t always true to its own path.
Album of the Year
The Canadian Recording Industry Association is the sponsor for the Album of the Year category. Drake is nominated for Thank Me Later and he’s got some tough competition potentially in his way. Drake is up against Grammy-winning “Album of the Year” The Suburbs by Arcade Fire, Justin Bieber, Johhny Ried and Hedley.
Artist of the Year
Drake is also the only Canadian hip-hop act nominated in this category. He’s up against Johnny Reid, Justin Bieber, Neil Young and Sarah McLachlan. He’s up against some people with lengthy resumes but in terms of accomplishments in the past year – Drake has a good chance at taking this one home.
Songwriter of the Year
This Sirius Satellite Radio sponsored category is looking good for Drake. With three song titles cited from Thank Me Later, he’s a strong nomination in a category with both new and veteran writers. Drake’s “Fireworks,’ “Over,” and “Show Me A Good Time” are listed with his nomination. He’s up against Arcade Fire once again, Hannah Georgas, Royal Wood and Sarah McLachlan.
Before anyone speculates on hate towards hip-hop by leaving the category off the televised portion of the awards, it’s important to note that none of the genre-based categories were included. All of the genre based awards were announced on Saturday leaving 8 for Sunday night.