Nickelback is inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame at the Juno Awards in Edmonton

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Hanna, Alberta-born rock star Nickelback will be inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame as part of the 2023 Juno Awards in Edmonton on March 13.

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The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts ad Sciences (CARAS) announced this on Monday during a press conference in Edmonton.

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Formed in 1995, the band 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 pose backstage with their Juno Awards at the 2004 Juno Awards Ceremony at Rexall Place in Edmonton.
Nickelback pose backstage with their Juno Awards at the 2004 Juno Awards Ceremony at Rexall Place in Edmonton. SunMedia

Nickelback joins Oscar Peterson, Rush, The Tragically Hip, kd lang, Leonard Cohen, Neil Young, Jann Arden, Buffy Saint-Marie and dozens more who have been inducted since the Canadian Music Hall of Fame’s inception in 1978. It’s now housed at the National Music Center in Calgary. A new exhibition dedicated to the band will be launched on March 9.

“When I think about it and where the intent comes from, it’s extremely flattering and really nice that they would even consider having us there among everyone else,” Peake said. “I compare it to everyone out there and everyone that people revere as a Canadian musician and songwriter. Sometimes you go to those places, and I speak on my behalf, and it must be some strange inferiority complex because you (think) ‘I have no business here. I don’t know why we’re here.’”

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“It feels like we’re not old enough,” singer/guitarist Chad Kroeger added. “Why does it feel like we’re not old enough to get this? We’re too young! We’re not going to get this for the next 10 years. I think maybe that’s the difficulty of wrapping your head around it: you’re in amongst your peers and a lot of them I consider great artists and songwriters and just to be included in that club is just one of the most amazing things that can happen. in your career.”

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

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

CARAS also announced Monday that Nickelback will perform in the Junos, as will Calgary-born pop star Tate McRae.

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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 given annually and recognizes behind-the-scenes players in the industry “whose work has had a significant impact on the growth and development of Canada’s music industry.”

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

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

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