Nickelback to be inducted into Canadian Music Hall of Fame at Juno Awards in Edmonton


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The Hanna, Alta.-born Nickelback rock stars will be inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame at the 2023 Juno Awards in Edmonton on March 13.

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The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) made the announcement at a press conference in Edmonton on Monday.

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The group, which formed in 1995, has won 12 Juno Awards since 2001, when it won Best New Group.

“It’s nice to remember your roots and where we grew up, to have it there,” Nickelback guitarist Ryan Peake said in a previous interview.

Nickelback poses with their Juno Awards backstage at the 2004 Juno Awards at Rexall Place in Edmonton.
Nickelback poses with their Juno Awards backstage at the 2004 Juno Awards at Rexall Place in Edmonton. Sun Media

Nickelback joins Oscar Peterson, Rush, The Tragically Hip, kd lang, Leonard Cohen, Neil Young, Jann Arden, Buffy Saint-Marie and dozens of others who have been inducted since the Canadian Music Hall of Fame was established in 1978. It is now housed at the National Music Center in Calgary. A new exhibition dedicated to the group will see the light of day after the Junos.

“Thinking about it and where the intent came from, it’s extremely flattering and very sweet that they’re even considering having us among everyone else,” Peake said. “I compare him to everyone in there and everyone that people revere as Canadian musicians and songwriters. Sometimes you go to these places, and I speak for myself, and it must be some kind of weird inferiority complex because you (think) ‘I don’t belong here. I don’t know why we are here.

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“It’s like we’re not old enough,” singer/guitarist Chad Kroeger added. “Why do we feel like we’re not old enough to understand this? We’re too young! We’re not supposed to get this for 10 years. I think maybe it’s the difficulty of understanding this: you are among your peers and many of them i consider them amazing artists and songwriters and just to be included in this club is just one of the most amazing things that can happen .in your career.

The group has sold over 50 million records and produced hit songs such as Photograph, Someday and Rockstar. His latest album, Get Rollin’, is out November 18.

Calgary pop star Tate McRae will perform at the 2023 Juno Awards in Edmonton.  Photo by Lissyelle Laricchia.
Calgary pop star Tate McRae will perform at the 2023 Juno Awards in Edmonton. Photo by Lissyelle Laricchia. .jpg

CARAS also announced Monday that Nickelback will be competing at the Junos, as will Calgary-born pop star Tate McCrae.

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The Junos will also honor Alberta-born concert promoter, manager and philanthropist Ron Sakamoto with the Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award. The award is presented annually and recognizes behind-the-scenes industry players “whose work has had a significant impact on the growth and development of the Canadian music industry”.

Sakamoto was born in Coaldale, Alberta, and is best known for his work with country music artists including Shania Twain, Johnny Reid, The Washboard Union and Keith Urban. Sakamoto and his partner Paul Biro opened Sakamoto Agency in 2013. In 2022, the agency launched Sakamoto Music, a new label. The award will be presented on the JUNO Awards Opening Night on March 11.

Ron Sakamoto, Stars & Thunder music promoter.  Len Gillis/Timmins Daily Press/Postmedia Network
Ron Sakamoto, Stars & Thunder music promoter. Len Gillis/Timmins Daily Press/Postmedia Network Photo by Len Gillis /Len Gillis / The Daily Press

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