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to Rob Lutes of Quebec for his album Come Around .
The wife and husband duo of Chelsey June and Jaaji , better known as Twin Flames , were awarded Indigenous Songwriter ( s ) of the Year for their album Omen , as well as Vocal Group of the Year .
This year ’ s Slaight Music Unsung Hero Award was presented to Geneviève Nadeau , who has become a formidable manager , director , and producer in Quebec ’ s trad music and song scene . For more information , including a full list of winners , go to www . folkawards . ca .
Deborah Cox Becomes First Black Woman Inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame
Award-winning recording artist and world-renowned Broadway , television , film , and fashion icon , Deborah Cox , will be inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame at The 2022 Juno Awards . Cox will be the first Black woman to receive the national honour .
With a career spanning almost three decades , Cox has released six critically-acclaimed albums and has scaled the R & B and pop charts with six top-20 Billboard R & B singles and 13 number-one hits on Billboard ’ s Hot Dance Club Play Chart . To celebrate her induction during the 51st Juno Awards on May 15th , Cox will perform live from Toronto ’ s Budweiser Stage .
A new exhibition celebrating the career of Cox will open at Studio Bell , home of the National Music Centre and the Canadian Music Hall of Fame , on May 14 .
“ Music has always been about community for me , and I am so thankful to the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and CARAS for not only recognizing myself , but my family , friends , and loving fans who have supported me and helped make my dream possible for the past 25-plus years ,” says Cox . “ As the first Black woman to become an inductee , I am honoured to have the chance to show our younger generations that they can achieve whatever they set their minds to with hard work , dedication , and passion . I hope that my music can continue to bring peace , happiness , and comfort to anyone who might need it , and empower people of all ages to follow their dreams and believe in themselves .”
PHOTO : ROSALIND GUDER
CANADIAN MUSICIAN 19