For singer-songwriter Alessia Cara, it’s exciting enough to be named the host of the 2020 Juno Awards — but to be nominated for six awards on top of that is something she failed to predict.

“I just failed to hope to be nominated,” she mentioned in an interview with q‘s Tom Power. “Simply because I am web hosting, I just thought that was it. And then, like five minutes in advance of the crimson carpet, I discovered out that I had six [nominations].”

It’s the most nominations of any artist at this year’s Junos, with Cara’s single Out of Like and album The Pains of Expanding earning her nominations for finest artist, songwriter, album, one, pop album and the Juno Lover Option Award.

The 23-yr-old Brampton, Ont., native is going up against the likes of Canadian new music icons Shawn Mendes, Avril Lavigne, Justin Bieber and Michael Bublé.

“It’s ridiculous. I truly went into it with out expecting nearly anything,” she mentioned.

What is crazier for Cara is the truth that she will host the award clearly show in the initially put. 

“My gosh, I will not know why they enable me do that,” she joked. “I was just truly bewildered … and also incredibly flattered that they would talk to me or that they think that I could get that on.”

“Hopefully I can bring something distinctive to the clearly show,” she mentioned.

Much more importantly, Cara needs to encourage any small children who will be seeing. She understands that several long term Canadian musicians will be getting inspiration from their musical heroes and heroines, largely since she was in their put not far too extended ago. 

“As a kid, I don’t forget accomplishing the exact matter, watching young artists or young girls both web hosting or executing,” she mentioned. “So I hope that I can do that for one more very little Canadian lady seeing, or boy, or whoever.”

With six nominations, Cara has the most nominations out of any 2020 Juno attendant. (Rich Fury/Getty Photographs)

Self-deprecation

If victorious, the 2020 Junos is not going to be Cara’s initially style of achievements on a significant amount. In 2016, she gained the Juno for breakthrough artist of the yr and the subsequent yr she gained pop album of the yr.

A yr later on, she grew to become the initially Canadian to win the Grammy for finest new artist. 

But for each and every accomplishment, Cara has skilled a second of self-deprecation.

“For me, for a when, I was like, ‘Am I even deserving of all this things?'” she mentioned. “My see of myself almost receives worse since the extra accolades you acquire, the extra lonely you can experience and the extra bewildered you can experience about all of it.”

Cara states that some men and women think that remaining productive will trump all their inner thoughts of self-doubt, but she notes that no total of fame, money or accolades can erase your anxieties and unfavorable feelings if you’re not addressing those inner thoughts immediately. 

“If you will not offer with the things which is going on, no subject what paper you wrap it in, it’s always going to arrive out ultimately,” she mentioned. “So you’ve got to offer with that initially.”

Unsurprisingly, one particular way Cara tackled her own self-deprecation is by way of her new music. Specially, by way of her music Alright Alright

The music was produced on Aug. 23, 2019, as the third one from her hottest EP, This Summer. Explained by Cara as “the most favourable” music she’s at any time written, Alright Alright serves as a reminder to Cara that she is accomplishing, perfectly, alright.

“My own reflection of myself, it’s at times incredibly skewed to where by I just think I am not as awesome as men and women see me or not as excellent as some of my admirers tell me,” she mentioned. “So this music was like how I want to see myself.

“I want to be like, ‘Look at all the things I’ve been by way of and glance at where by I am. Glance at me, I am accomplishing alright, you know.'”

Tunes have the ability to get men and women to distinctive destinations, Cara states. So, she wanted to be in a position to perform a music where by she can knowledge experience alright about herself. 

“It’s great to get out of that psychological side and just have a second where by I can remind myself you’re accomplishing alright,” she mentioned.

After a great deal advancement, Cara now feels ready to get on the new problem of web hosting the Junos.

“It’s however incredibly frightening,” she mentioned. “But I think I am in a put now where by I am assured adequate to check out at minimum, and to check out something distinctive.”

Observe the 2020 Juno Awards broadcast on Sunday, March fifteen, at the SaskTel Centre in Saskatoon, at eight p.m. ET across the country, to be aired dwell on CBC-Tv, CBC Radio A single, CBC Tunes, the absolutely free CBC Gem streaming service in Canada and globally at cbcmusic.ca/junos. If you’re in Saskatoon and would like to attend the Juno Awards, you can locate ticket information here. 


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