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Nelly Furtado returns to the Juno stage as host and performer

The Juno Awards are coming back to Halifax in 2024, and they have a special host to celebrate the occasion. Nelly Furtado, the Canadian pop sensation who has won 10 Junos and a Grammy, will host the show on March 24 at the Scotiabank Centre. She will also take the stage to perform some of her hits, as well as new music from her upcoming album.

Furtado, who was born in Victoria, B.C. to Portuguese parents, rose to fame in the early 2000s with songs like “I’m Like a Bird”, “Turn Off the Light” and “Promiscuous”. She has sold over 40 million records worldwide and collaborated with artists such as Timbaland, Juanes and James Morrison. She last hosted the Junos in 2007 in Saskatoon, where she also won five awards, including Album of the Year and Artist of the Year.

“I’m thrilled to be hosting the Junos again, especially in Halifax, which is such a vibrant and diverse city,” Furtado said in a statement. “I can’t wait to celebrate the best of Canadian music with the fans and the industry. It’s going to be a sexy and spicy night, so get ready!”

The Junos, which are presented by the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS), are the biggest night in Canadian music. They honour the achievements of Canadian artists and industry professionals across 42 categories, spanning genres such as pop, rock, rap, country, jazz and classical. The awards are voted on by members of CARAS, as well as a panel of experts and the public.

The 2024 Juno Awards will feature performances by some of the hottest names in Canadian music, including Charlotte Cardin, The Beaches and Maestro Fresh Wes. The nominees and the recipients of special awards, such as the Humanitarian Award and the Hall of Fame, will be announced in the coming months.

The Junos were last held in Halifax in 2016, when The Weeknd, Alessia Cara and Buffy Sainte-Marie were among the winners. The show was a success, attracting over 10,000 attendees and generating an economic impact of $10.2 million for the city. Halifax Mayor Mike Savage said he is excited to welcome the Junos back to his hometown.

“The Junos are a great opportunity to showcase our city’s rich musical heritage and culture, as well as our hospitality and creativity,” Savage said. “We are proud to host Nelly Furtado and the rest of the Canadian music community, and we look forward to a memorable night of entertainment and celebration.”

The 2024 Juno Awards will be broadcast live on CBC, CBC Gem, CBC Radio One, CBC Music and the CBC Listen app. Tickets for the show will go on sale in January 2024. 

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