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Who's up for Juno Awards

Fiery R&B singer Jessie Reyez, whose potent songs include one about sexual abuse in the music industry, has tied with Arcade Fire for the most nominations at this year's Juno Awards.

The Toronto performer picked up four nods at the Junos unveiling on Tuesday — best R&B/soul recording, best music video, breakthrough artist of the year and the Juno Fan Choice award.

Rock favourites Arcade Fire grabbed best group, single, album and alternative album nominations, while other leading Juno contenders include late Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie, the Arkells, Ruth B and Hedley, who have three nominations apiece.

Drake was notably absent from the list despite his album "More Life" being released within the year. Organizers said he chose not to submit the project for consideration, which falls in line his decision to skip the Grammy Awards earlier this year.

Reyez stood out as a particularly timely contender for her outspokenness towards an industry where she's only just begun making inroads.

The single "Gatekeeper" recounts the singer's experience as a young artist being pressured into sex by a powerful music industry player who promises her fame. The song, released before the #MeToo and Time's Up movements made headlines, took on even greater resonance with its troubling Juno-nominated music video that visualizes the incident.

"Figures," another track on Reyez's 2017 debut EP "Kiddo," has received heavy airplay on Canadian radio.

Here's a look at the nominees in some of the top categories:

SINGLE OF THE YEAR

  • "How Far I'll Go" by Alessia Cara
  • "Everything Now" by Arcade Fire
  • "Knocking at the Door" by the Arkells
  • "There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back" by Shawn Mendes
  • "I Feel It Coming" by the Weeknd

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

  • "Everything Now" by Arcade Fire
  • "Nobody But Me" by Michael Buble
  • "Revival" by Johnny Reid
  • "Safe Haven" by Ruth B
  • "Now" by Shania Twain

ARTIST OF THE YEAR

  • Daniel Caesar
  • Gord Downie
  • Lights
  • Ruth B
  • Shania Twain

GROUP OF THE YEAR

  • Alvvays
  • Arcade Fire
  • Broken Social Scene
  • Hedley
  • A Tribe Called Red


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