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The Juno Awards of 1994, representing Canadian music industry achievements of the previous year, were awarded on 20 March 1994 in Toronto at a ceremony in the O'Keefe Centremarker. Roch Voisine was the host for the ceremonies, which were taped that afternoon for broadcast that evening on CBC Television.

Nominations were announced 8 February 1994. Starting in 1994, the Best New Solo Artist combined the former Most Promising Male and Female Vocalist categories. Reggae also received its own category, after years of being included under banners such as "world beat" or mixed with calypso.

A new category for aboriginal music was also introduced and was awarded by Robbie Robertson. Nominee Sazacha Red Sky generated controversy over her recording of a prayer song her adopted brother Leonard George claimed was used by the family of Chief Dan George. Leonard objected to the song's recording by Red Sky aka Nancy Nash on the Peter Gzowski radio show.Red Sky is a former Vancouver resident who is many ancestries including First Nations. She is adopted into four First Nations families including Salish, Haida, Okanagan and Cherokee. Juno regulations for the aboriginal category required that the music, rather than the artists, be of native content or origin. Grand Chief Slaholt also brother to Dan George confirmed the song Red Sky recorded was not from his nation or a song of his brothers. This origin of this song is Tibetan and since 1995 was listed with Socan as Public Domain.

Around the time of the 1994 ceremonies, there were plans to host the 1995 ceremonies in Winnipeg. However, Juno organisers CARAS was demanding substantial funding from the Winnipeg committee attempting to host the awards.

Atlantic group The Rankin Family was the major winner in 1994, winning awards in four categories including Entertainer of the Year.

Nominees and winners

Canadian Entertainer of the Year

This award was chosen by a national poll rather than by Juno organisers CARAS.

Winner: The Rankin Family

Other Nominees:

Best Female Vocalist

Winner: Celine Dion

Other Nominees:

Best Male Vocalist

Winner: Roch Voisine

Other Nominees:

Best New Solo Artist

Winner: Jann Arden

Other Nominees:

Group of the Year

Winner: The Rankin Family

Other Nominees:

Best New Group

Winner: The Waltons

Other Nominees:

Songwriter of the Year

Winner: Leonard Cohen

Other Nominees:

Best Country Female Vocalist

Winner: Cassandra Vasik

Other Nominees:

Best Country Male Vocalist

Winner: Charlie Major

Other Nominees:

Best Country Group or Duo

Winner: The Rankin Family

Other Nominees:

Best Instrumental Artist

Winner: Ofra Harnoy

Other Nominees:

Best Producer

Winner: Steven MacKinnon and Marc Jordan, "Waiting For A Miracle" from Reckless Valentine by Marc Jordan

Other Nominees:

Best Recording Engineer

Winner: Kevin Doyle, "Old Cape Cod" and "Cry Me a River" by Anne Murray

Other Nominees:

Canadian Music Hall of Fame

Winner: Rush

Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award

Winner: John V. Mills

Nominated and winning albums

Best Album

Winner: Harvest Moon, Neil Young

Other Nominees:

Best Children's Album

Winner: Tchaikovsky Discovers America, Susan Hammond, Classical Kids

Other Nominees:

Best Classical Album (Solo or Chamber Ensemble)

Winner: Beethoven: Piano Sonatas, Opus 10, No 1-3, Louis Lortie

Other Nominees:

Best Classical Album (Large Ensemble)

Winner: Handel: Concerti Grossi, Op.3 No. 1-6, Tafelmusik, director Jeanne Lamon

Other Nominees:

Best Classical Album (Vocal or Choral Performance)

Winner: Debussy Songs, soprano Claudette Leblanc, piano Valerie Tryon

Other Nominees:

Best Album Design

Winner: Marty Dolan, Faithlift by Spirit of the West

Other Nominees:

Best Selling Album (Foreign or Domestic)

Winner: The Bodyguard, Whitney Houston

Other Nominees:

Best Mainstream Jazz Album

Winner: Fables and Dreams, Dave Young/Phil Dwyer Quartet

Other Nominees:

Best Blues/Gospel Album

Winner: South At Eight/North At Nine, Colin Linden

Other Nominees:

Best Contemporary Jazz Album

Winner: Don't Smoke In Bed, Holly Cole Trio

Other Nominees:

Best Selling Francophone Album

Winner: Album de Peuple Tome 2, Francois Perusse

Other Nominees:

Hard Rock Album of the Year

Winner: Dig, I Mother Earth

Other Nominees:

Best Roots or Traditional Album

Winner: My Skies, James Keelaghan

Other Nominees:

Nominated and winning releases

Single of the Year

Winner: "Fare Thee Well Love", The Rankin Family

Other Nominees:

Best Classical Composition

Winner: "Among Friends", Chan Ka Nin

Other Nominees:

Best Rap Recording

1994 - TBTBT, One Track Mind

Best R&B/Soul Recording

Winner: "The Time Is Right ", Rupert Gayle

Other Nominees:

Best Music of Aboriginal Canada Recording

Winner: Wapistan, Lawrence Martin

Other Nominees:

Best Reggae Recording

Winner: "Informer", Snow

Other Nominees:

Best Global Recording

Winner: "El Camino Real", Ancient Cultures

Other Nominees:

Best Dance Recording

Winner: "Thankful ", Red Light

Other Nominees:

Best Video

Winner: Jeth Weinrich, Jann Arden, "I Would Die For You"

Other Nominees:

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