Criteria That Crosses All Categories | The JUNO Awards

Criteria That Crosses All Categories

For a list of criteria by category, visit Category Specific Criteria

Canadian Criteria

With the exception of category 3 (International Album of the Year), all nominated artists must be Canadian.  Canadian is defined by CARAS to be:

1. 50% or more of group members hold Canadian birth certificates, passports or are Canadian Permanent Resident(s) with residency in Canada during the last six months of the eligibility period;


2. The group is deemed by CARAS, in it sole discretion, to be Canadian as a result of: 

  • the Canadian member(s) receiving the majority of royalties, touring profits and other proceeds earned by the group; and 
  • the Canadian member(s) being the creative force behind the group and/or the principal songwriters for the group. 

CARAS shall have sole discretion in applying the criteria above and determining whether the artist/group is Canadian.

Non-Canadians will receive named credit only and will not be considered nominees or winners if part of a nominated song or technical project. The only exceptions are if they are in a nominated group that meets the 50% Canadian criteria or are nominated in the International Album of the Year category.


Eligibility Period/Release Date
  • Eligibility period is between September 1, 2019 and November 6, 2020.
  • Product must be released for national sale* (in stores or online for all Canadians to access) or via a recognized national music streaming provider**. The first available consumer access as noted on each platform will be the release date for JUNO Award eligibility purposes. Product released (digital or physical) only internationally (not in Canada) outside of the eligibility period, may be eligible as long as Canadian release date falls within the eligibility period. 
  • *Product must be released nationally via brick and mortar stores or third-party online retailers.
  • **Product must be released via a nationally accessible streaming service that has paid subscriptions, full catalogue, or on-demand streaming. Eligible streaming services are Canadian versions of Amazon Music, Apple Music, Google Play Music/YouTube Music, Soundcloud PRO, Spotify, Tidal. 
  • “Release date” for CARAS eligibility purposes is defined as the date of the first online transaction or stream. Albums available for pre-order online no later than November 6, 2020 will also qualify.  Pre-ordered online albums (digital or physical copies) will need to be available no later than November 20, 2020.  Proof of transaction may be requested.  PLEASE NOTE: The online submission must still be completed by 11:59PM ET on the November 6 deadline day. The 12 physical copies of the album/vinyl required for Album Artwork of the Year must be received in the CARAS office by November 6 at 5PM ET however if you submit by the early bird deadline your product must be in the office by October 16 at 5PM ET.


Due to the ongoing restrictions surrounding COVID-19, there will not be CARAS staff in the office on an ongoing basis to receive submissions. If you are sending your product by courier, you MUST REMOVE the signature option. Please aim to send any product by courier on WEDNESDAYS of each week ONLY until submissions close. You can make note for the delivery service that they can leave the box outside the door if no staff are in at the time.

If you are sending your product by mail, it may take time to mark them as received so we appreciate your patience. 

If CARAS does not receive your physical product and form by 5pm ET on deadline day, your submission will be disqualified.

If an album’s release date falls within the eligibility period for two voting years in succession, it may be submitted both years but it may be nominated only once in the same category.

  • If an album’s release date falls within the eligibility period for two voting years in succession, it may be submitted both years but it may be nominated only once in the same category.


Making Multiple Submissions

Non-genre category:  categories that are not tied to one genre.  These categories are: Artist of the Year (5), Group of the Year (6), Breakthrough Artist of the Year (7) and Breakthrough Group of the Year (8). 

Technical category: categories that are not tied to a specific genre and have a technical component. These categories are: Songwriter (9), Classical Composition (24), Producer (35), Recording Engineer (36), Album Artwork (37), and Music Video (38).

Crossover category:  a category representing the following: French-language content, Indigenous ancestry, and inspirational faith in God, but may also fit into a different category based on musical sound. These categories are: Francophone (19), Indigenous Artist or Group (29) and Contemporary Christian/Gospel (33). 

Genre category:  a category that is a specific genre such as Rock, Pop, Jazz, Classical, etc. 

  • You may only make one submission in any of the genre categories (10-18, 20-23, 25-28, 30-32, 34 and 40-44). 
  • You may make a submission in all the crossover categories if eligible (19, 29, 33)
  • You may only make one submission in categories 5-8.
  • You may make submissions in all the remaining categories if eligible (3-4, 9, 24, and 35-38).   


Previously Released/Newly Arranged Material
  • Albums containing previously released songs may qualify if a minimum of 50% of the album’s songs are considered to be “new.”   To be considered “new,” a song must be completely re-recorded (CARAS may require proof of the recording). Adding to existing instrumental or vocal tracks, or replacing instruments or vocals does not qualify as “new.”
  • This criteria may not apply to Breakthrough Artist and Breakthrough Group of the Year as previously released tracks may be eligible at CARAS’ discretion. 
  • Live recordings or stripped-down versions of the previously released songs are NOT eligible.  
  • If an album has been previously released and then re-released in a different language with the same musical arrangement it will NOT qualify.  


Greatest Hits
  • “Greatest Hits” packages are not eligible. Greatest hits packages are defined as albums containing over 50% of previously released original cuts. Live albums are eligible only if 50% or greater of the cuts are new (not previously released or newly arranged).  


Unreleased/Archival Material
  • Music that has been previously recorded but never released for consumption is only eligible provided it was recorded no longer than ten years prior to the current eligibility period (September 1, 2019 – November 6, 2020) and now available for national consumption during the current eligibility period. CARAS will have sole discretion in determining eligibility. 


  • Multi-artist compilation projects are NOT eligible. Projects that contain two or more artists performing individual tracks will not qualify. Projects with two or more artists performing together or collaborating as a group on 60% or more of the tracks are eligible. Tribute albums by multiple artists (various artists) are NOT eligible; however tribute albums by a single artist or multiple artists acting as a group or band are eligible. This criteria may also encompass TV/Movie Soundtracks.


Tv/Movie Soundtracks/Live Show Productions 
  • TV and movie soundtracks are eligible provided a featured artist or band is performing on 60% of the tracks. 


Live Albums
  • Live albums are eligible only if 50% or greater of the selections are new (not previously released or newly arranged). “Live” refers to albums that are recorded live with an audience in attendance in a concert setting and not “live in the studio” recording.


Submitting Eps
  • EPs are only eligible for full album categories if they meet the following criteria.  A full album is defined as having a minimum running time of 20 unique minutes or 6 unique tracks – “unique” meaning no remixes, instrumental versions, acoustic, added accompaniment etc.  
  • EPs can be submitted into any categories that do not have “album” in the title (Rap Recording of the Year, Reggae Recording of the Year, Songwriter of the Year, etc.). The exception to this is Indigenous Artist or Group of the Year, which still requires a full album.
  • If EP is in the title of the project but still meets the full album criteria, it can be submitted to a category with “Album of the Year” in the title.


Items Of Note
  • If the total number of submissions for a category is less than ten (10) the category may be dropped from the current year’s awards.
  • All information provided will be used.  Names and titles submitted will appear on the voting site as entered.  Please be accurate.  


Professional Services Firm

PwC, Trusted partner of the JUNO Awards, is CARAS’ professional services firm.  All consumption information collected by PwC is strictly confidential.  CARAS reserves the right to request PwC to review the information provided on any submission.