Music News: Tegan and Sara note 'disappointing' number of women among Juno nominees


Tegan and Sara at The Current
Tegan and Sara at The Current (Nate Ryan/MPR)

This year's Juno Awards nominations have been announced. Considered "the Canadian Grammys," this year's Junos will be presented on April 2. Group of the Year nominees include Arkells, Billy Talent, the Strumbrellas, the recently-retired Tragically Hip, and Tegan and Sara. (CBC)

Tegan and Sara issued a statement saying they're "humbled and honoured to be included" among this year's nominees, but also pointing out the "disappointing" prevalence of male artists among nominees. "In 8 categories no women were recognized at all," they write, "and in over 12 additional categories, only 1 in 5 of the nominees included a woman. Specifically in the areas of production and engineering, it is discouraging to not see a single woman represented."

In other awards news, Sting and Wayne Shorter have been announced as this year's winners of the Polar Music Prize. The Swedish award is a recognition of lifetime excellence, and comes with a cash prize of one million krona — about $113,000. Both artists plan to attend the June 15 prize gala in Stockholm. (New York Times)

Monday night at the Turf Club, R&B singer Nick Jordan won the annual Are You Local? contest for new Minnesota artists. Jordan performed on a bill with fellow finalists Ayvah, Graveyard Club, Kiss the Tiger, and Lazy Scorsese. By virtue of winning, Jordan will be added to a First Avenue bill headlined by the Suburbs and Gramma's Boyfriend on Feb. 17. (Star Tribune)

Daft pop-up

Daft Punk have announced their first-ever pop-up store. The shop will be open at Maxfield in L.A. from Feb. 11-19, while the dance duo are in town for the Feb. 12 Grammys. The shop will include "a retrospective of archival set pieces, props, wardrobe, artwork, photography and robot helmets," say the artists, along with limited-edition merchandise available for sale. Rolling Stone)

Today's lawsuit news

The estate of the late YouTube personality Messy Mya has sued Beyoncé over the sampling of Mya's voice on "Formation." The estate claims that Mya's voice, which can be heard saying "What happened after New Orleans?" and "B----, I'm back. By popular demand," near the beginning of the song, was sampled without permission, and that attempts to contact Beyoncé about the matter have been unsuccessful. The suit seeks over $20 million in royalties and damages. Mya was murdered in 2010, a crime that remains unsolved. (Pitchfork)

As the legal battle between singer-songwriter Kesha and Dr. Luke continues, the superproducer is claiming he's owed $1.3 million in royalties on her revenue. The careers of both artists, formerly top pop stars, have largely ground to a halt since Kesha sued the producer in 2014 for both sexual assault and exploitative business practices, in response to which Dr. Luke immediately countersued for defamation and breach of contract. (BuzzFeed)

Lady Gaga and Metallica to duet at Grammys

At Sunday's Grammys, Lady Gaga and Metallica will perform together, Rolling Stone reports. Meanwhile, Gaga's latest album Joanne is expected to return to the top five in the wake of her Super Bowl halftime show.

Michael Bolton: Sexier than ever?

Netflix has released a new trailer for a Michael Bolton Valentine's Day special that premieres this week. "The loosely plotted special," Rolling Stone notes, "finds Bolton hosting a Valentine's Day telethon/variety show to encourage the world to procreate so that in 10 months there will be enough babies to receive Santa's surplus of Christmas presents."

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