Hip hop will be having its 50th year celebrations this year and Canada will have their part in the annual Juno Award show.
The event will celebrate the genre of hip hop with Toronto rappers Kardinal Offishall and Haviah Mighty leading the historical piece about how Canada has played a part in expanding the rap world outside of the United States.
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The performance will include appearances by “Let’s Ride” rapper Choclair, “Let Your Backbone Slide” hitmaker Maestro Fresh Wes and 1990s hip-hop duo Dream Warriors, known for “My Definition of a Boombastic Jazz Style.”
Others set to appear include female hip-hop pioneers Michie Mee and DJ Mel Boogie as well as relative newcomer Tobi.
The history of hip hop in the country will be written and produced by Kardinal and Joanne Gairy, the Toronto actress and hip-hop poet known as Jemeni according to Canadian Press.
The Juno Awards take place March 13 at Edmonton’s Rogers Place, and air on CBC-TV and CBC Gem.
HISTORY OF HIP HOP AT THE JUNO AWARD SHOW
The Juno Awards are the most prestigious music awards in Canada, and they recognize excellence in a variety of musical genres, including hip hop. Hip hop has been represented at the Juno Awards since the early 1990s, and over the years, many talented Canadian hip hop artists have been nominated for and won Juno Awards.
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Some of the most notable hip hop artists to have won Juno Awards include Maestro Fresh Wes, who won the award for Best Rap Recording in 1991 for his album “Symphony in Effect”; k-os, who won the award for Best Rap Recording in 2003 for his album “Exit”; K’naan, who won the award for Best Rap Recording in 2010 for his album “Troubadour”; and Drake, who has won multiple Juno Awards for his work in hip hop, including the awards for Best Rap Recording and Artist of the Year in 2017.
In recent years, the Juno Awards have also recognized the growing diversity within the Canadian hip hop scene. In 2019, for example, the award for Best Rap Recording was won by Toronto-based rapper Tory Lanez for his album “Love Me Now?”.
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Overall, the Juno Awards provide an important platform for Canadian hip hop artists to showcase their talent and to be recognized for their contributions to the music industry.