The Juno Awards are often referred to as the Canadian equivalent of the GRAMMY Awards given in the United States, or the Brit Awards in Great Britain.They are more popularly known as the JUNOS, are awards presented annually to Canadian musical artists and bands to acknowledge their artistic and technical achievements in all aspects of music. New members of the Canadian Music Hall of Fame are also inducted as part of the awards ceremonies. Past JUNO Awards winners include Justin Bieber, The Weeknd, Drake, Shawn Mendes alongside Fil-Cans like Manila Grey & Keavan Yazdanin, see a full list of nominees here. The ceremony will return LIVE in person and air on TV on May 15, 2022 from the Budweiser stage in Toronto, Canada. The show will be hosted by Canada's beloved "Kim's Convenience" star turned Marvel Shang-Chi superhero, Simu Liu.
International Filipino Canadian comedian Keith Pedro is one of the country's most known comedians, recently being featured on Russell Peters' Roast Battle Canada on the CTV Comedy Channel. He's also been featured on Kevin Hart's LOL Network, Degrassi and was one of Canada's Top comedians on Sirius XM Canada in 2018. He has been nominated for a Comedy Album of the Year JUNO Award for his album, "Trillipino." "Trill," referring to Hip Hop's terminology of being "True" and "Real" and "Ilipino" paying homage to his Filipino roots.
Getting nominated for a JUNO Award is a huge accomplishment for all Canadians, especially Keith, who comes from a family of Filipino immigrants.
"“With the Canadian Screen Award nomination and now this. I am truly honored and bless for the recognition. I had to gather myself when I heard the news. It was too many emotions. But its good to see that TRILLIPINO is making waves in industry and the full bred Filipino voice is being heard!” said Keith Pedro about his nomation.
In the MYX original series, "Making it in Canada," Keith and his mom talk about his humble beginnings trying to make ends meet while he supported his new family and turning his passion into an occupation.
Follow Keith's next step in his career journey as he finally gets to travel to other countries again to perform and make appearances in the MYX original series, "The Crossover." For over 2 years, he has not been able to leave the country due to strict COVID protocols but will began performing again in cities like Las Vegas and Los Angeles.
ABOUT KEITH PEDRO:
The comedian Keith Pedro is one of Canada's most known comedians. He has been featured on Kevin Hart's new Laugh Out Loud Network and Russell Peters' Roast Battle Canada. Keith has been headlining legendary Yuk Yuks and touring all across the globe from Montreal's Just For Laughs comedy festival to CBC's Halifax Comedy Festival & the Filipino Kings of Comedy Tour alongside Jo Koy.
Watch his "Making it in Canada" journey that included being featured on the E-Talk Sketch Crew "THE BOOM," acting on Degrassi The Next Generation, being on Sirius XM, and his comedy albums "Grindecology" & "Trillipino." Keith's mom sought a better life in Canada for her children early on as a migrant RN from the Philippines. Although it took some time for her to understand her son's career path, she can now enjoy seeing Keith and her grandchildren grow up with endless opportunities.
ABOUT JUNO AWARDS:
The Juno Awards, more popularly known as the JUNOS, are awards presented annually to Canadian musical artists and bands to acknowledge their artistic and technical achievements in all aspects of music. New members of the Canadian Music Hall of Fame are also inducted as part of the awards ceremonies. The Juno Awards are often referred to as the Canadian equivalent of the Brit Awards in Great Britain or the Grammy Awards given in the United States.
Members of the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS), or a panel of experts, depending on the award, choose the award winners. However, sales figures are the sole basis for determining the winners of nine of the forty-two categories like Album of the Year or Artist of the Year. CARAS members determine the nominees for Single of the Year, Artist and Group of the Year. A judge vote by experts in the relevant genre, determines the nominees for the remaining categories. The names of the judges remain confidential. The judges represent all facets of the Canadian music industry. They are spread across the country and include men and women, and speakers of both official languages (English and French). No person can judge the same category two years in a row.