Diemonds’ album ‘Never Wanna Die’ nominated for Juno Award
Canadian sleaze rockers Diemonds‘ new album Never Wanna Die, which was released in August 2015 has been nominated for a Juno Award for “Heavy Metal Album of the Year.” The other albums that were nominated are Cancer Bats‘ Searching For Zero, Fuck The Facts‘ Desire Will Rot, Kataklysm‘s Of Ghosts and God and KEN mode‘s Success.
The prestigious Juno Awards is the Canadian equivalent of the Grammy Awards and has been dubbed as the “Canadian Grammys” in the past. It has evolved from an industry awards event to a week long festival encompassing both public-facing fan events and industry/networking opportunities featuring a diverse array of Canadian artists and emerging talent.
The 45th annual Juno Awards will be held this year from March 28 to April 3, 2016 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
Wikipedia provides the following information on the “Heavy Metal Album Of The Year” Juno Award:
“The Juno Award for Heavy Metal Album of the Year is an annual award, presented by the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) to honour the year’s best album by a Canadian artist in the genres of heavy metal. The album is open to all subgenres of heavy metal. Rock, punk, crossover and hardcore artists are not eligible for this category.
The award was introduced by the Juno Awards in September 2011, and was presented for the first time at the 2012 Juno Awards. The five nominees and winner in the category are chosen by a panel of judges selected from the Canadian music industry. The award was named “Juno Award for Metal/Hard Music Album of the Year” from 2011 to 2015, and it was renamed for the 2016 ceremony “in order to more clearly define the category criteria”.”
As is often the case with nominees selected for “heavy metal” awards at events such as the Juno Awards, it is questionable whether most of the artists would even fall under the category “heavy metal.” While Sleaze Roxx wholeheartedly supports the nomination of Diemonds‘ Never Wanna Die for the “Heavy Metal Album of the Year” Juno Award in 2016 since after all the album was #3 on Sleaze Roxx’s Top ten Albums of 2015, none of the other four nominees have ever even been featured on Sleaze Roxx. In fact, out of all the nominees for the Juno Award in question since its inception in 2011, only two other bands (Anvil in 2011 and Skull Fist in 2015) have ever been mentioned on Sleaze Roxx in the past.