Tegan and Sara Criticize Juno Awards’ lack of female nominations

Following yesterday’s Juno Award nominations, pop-duo Tegan and Sara aren’t too pleased with the lack of female nominees.

While Tegan and Sara are nominated for three awards (Group of the Year, Songwriter of the Year and Pop Album of the Year for their album Love You to Death), they were quick to take note of the lack of female representation among the nominees.

The sisters posted a statement to their social pages thanking the Canadian Academy of Recordings Arts and Sciences (CARAS) for the nominations, but didn’t hold back regarding the lack of gender diversity among the nominees. “In 8 categories no women were recognized at all, and in over 12 additional categories, only 1 in 5 of the nominees included a woman.”

They noted specific categories like production and engineering were the most male-dominated among nominees, saying it was “discouraging” not to see a single woman represented.

They mention that steps should be taken in order for the industry to move forward and fix these sort of issues. “The demographic breakdown of Juno nominations reflects the structural confines of our society and industry,” they wrote. “We must do better as it sends an outdated message to the next generation about whose art and voice and message is valuable.”

The duo ended the post on a hopeful note. “We write this message today in the hopes that we can all work towards balancing the scales for women, people of colour, and LGBTQIIA artists and bands in our country in the years to come.”

You can read their full post here.

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Kelsey Coles
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Kelsey is a recent journalism graduate just trying to find her place in the scary world of post-college life. She currently is the assistant manager at a Toronto tattoo shop and writes in her free time. While she tries her best to live life like Ferris Bueller, she ends up being more like Cameron Frye in the process.


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