The Juno Awards recognize the best musical achievements of Canadian artists each year, with awards selected by the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. 2021 marks the 50th JUNO Awards and like we’ve mentioned previously, Africa is well represented as Tome and TOBi bagged nominations at the awards. Tome got nominated for reggae recording of the year while TOBi was nominated for rap recording of the year and contemporary R&B recording.
The 50th JUNO awards ceremony consisted of smaller events running from May 27th up until the main event on Sunday, June 6th. There were a host of performances in the build-up to the main event as some of Canada’s most talented musicians hit the stage for special performances to be broadcast all over the country.
One of the performances that stood out for us was from Canadian-born Nigerian, Tome. She hit the stage with fellow artists Ammoye, Kirk Diamond, and performed a medley of their hits on the opening night of the awards ceremony. It was certainly a special and heartwarming performance that was befitting for the 50th edition of the awards.
The night only got better for Tome as it was later announced that she bagged her first ever JUNO Award for the reggae recording of the year for her song with Sean Kingston, I Pray.
The young Nigerian was ecstatic to hear the news! “It feels amazing receiving this award only 2 years into my career” she said.
It was certainly a good night for Tome with a performance at the awards and then going on to win it in her first-ever nomination, and she had also released her first single of the year, ‘Nana’.
‘Nana’ is a warm, feel-good song that gives you that summer vibe. Tome’s smile is going to be as bright as the summer sun after last weekend.
TOBi, a Canadian-Nigerian rapper, also had his chance to perform on the opening night of the JUNO’s. The rapper took to the stage and gave a stunning performance of the acapella version of ‘Family Matters’ followed by an energetic performance of ‘Made Me Everything’.
TOBi has released 2 critically acclaimed albums in the last 2 years and is rumored to be working on a 3rd album that might be released later this year. TOBi ended the night with all smiles as he won the 30th anniversary of the JUNO rap recording of the year.
The rapper also took advantage of the JUNO’s hype to release his first single of 2021, ‘Don’t Touch’, an upbeat and swingy tune produced by grammy winner Kaytranada. It’s the match up that we never knew we needed.
CONGRATULATIONS to Tome and TOBi for winning these prestigious awards, the future looks bright for these artists and we’re excited for what they have achieved and to see what more is in store for them.
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