February 4, 2016


Go Grimes! Singer Calls Out Juno Awards for Lack of Female Representation

Gregg DeGuire/WireImage
Gregg DeGuire/WireImage

Following this week's Juno Award nominations, Grimes has called out Canada's top music prize for its heavy emphasis on male artists.

In a since-deleted series of posts on Twitter, the "Kill V. Maim" star wrote that the prestigious ceremony didn't feature any women in several categories. "No female noms for album, artist, engineer or producer of the year etc," she wrote. "I don't expect recognition, but I believe there were qualified women besides myself for many categories. 

"I can't help but feel that if women were equally rewarded for technical work they would feel inclined to participate more," she continued. Read the screenshotted tweets on Canadian music site Exclaim.

Grimes mentioned Wondagurl, Allie X, and Mozart's Sister as Canadian female producers with big years, adding, "I know there's more but I'm sleepy."

Like Grimes pointed out, the Juno Awards of 2016 have all-male nominees in the categories for Album of the Year, Artist of the Year and Engineer of the Year. Though, in the Producer of the Year category artist/producer Emilie-Claire Barlow shares her nomination with Steve Webster. The ceremony is on April 3 in Calgary.