The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences announced the nominees for this year's JUNO Awards. Indie Pop sister duo Tegan and Sara have been nominated for three awards and first expressed gratitude before criticising the CARAS for an underwhelming amount of female nominees. In a joint statement, the Canadian duo pointed out that women are not represented at all in eight categories and out of the others, only one in five nominees are female.
The sisters explained the necessity of their statement as being part of a broader conversation about "balancing the scales for women, people of colour, and the LGBTQIIA artists and bands" in Canada. They note that the fact the lack of representation exists, specifically in areas of production and engineering, is even more "discouraging."
Their message continues:
We bring this message to members of our industry who have tremendous power to sign, fund, promote, nominate, support, acknowledge, and celebrate the diverse population of our country working in the arts today. The demographic breakdown of Juno nominations reflects the structural confines of our society and industry. We must do better as it sends an outdated message to the next generation about whose art and voice and message is valuable.
Read Tegan and Sara's full statement here.