The 2016 Indies Name Yoan Artist of the Year

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Going strong since Y2K, The Indies concluded the 16th annual gala last night at the Phoenix Concert Theatre in Toronto, the city that some think rhymes with piranha. The awards, settled upon both by public votes and the industry, celebrate the best works by artists, in theory, not directly signed to one of the big three (Universal, Sony, and Warner). Rather than give out trophies, The Indies handed out actual guitars. There were performances by Alberta Cross, The Strumbellas, Wintersleep, and The Zolas. The Voice winner Yoan, who scored a platinum album in 2015, won the award for Artist of the Year. Album of the Year was given to Grimes for Art Angels while Wintersleep’s “Amerika” was named Single of the Year. Find a list of nominations below with the winners bolded in red.

ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Carly Rae Jepsen – Emotion
Grimes – Art Angels
Majical Cloudz – Are You Alone?
Tobias Jesso Jr. – Goon
Viet Cong – Viet Cong

SINGLE OF THE YEAR
Arkells – “Leather Jacket”
Coleman Hell – “2 Heads”
Jocelyn Alice – “Jackpot”
The Strumbellas – “Spirits”
Wintersleep – “Amerika”

GROUP OF THE YEAR
BADBADNOTGOOD
Metric
The Strumbellas
Whitehorse
Young Empires

ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Carly Rae Jepsen
City and Colour
Grimes
Lights
YOAN

SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR
City and Colour
Hayden
Tobias Jesso Jr.
Whitehorse
Young Empires

ABORIGINAL ARTIST/GROUP OF THE YEAR
A Tribe Called Red
Buffy Sainte-Marie
City Natives
Drezus
Tanya Tagaq

ALTERNATIVE ARTIST/GROUP OF THE YEAR
Destroyer
Half Moon Run
Mac DeMarco
The Zolas
Yukon Blonde

ELECTRONIC/DANCE ARTIST/GROUP OF THE YEAR
A-Trak
Braids
Keys N Krates
Pomo
Purity Ring

FRANCOPHONE ARTIST/GROUP OF THE YEAR
Chocolat
Galaxie
La Bronze
Louis-Jean Cormier
Marie-Pierre Arthur

POP ARTIST/GROUP OF THE YEAR
Coleman Hell
Dan Talevski
Jocelyn Alice
Ria Mae
Tyler Shaw

RAP/R&B ARTIST/GROUP OF THE YEAR
Daniel Caesar
Jazz Cartier
John River
SonReal
Spek Won

ROCK ARTIST/GROUP OF THE YEAR
Dilly Dally
Hey Rosetta!
Monster Truck
The Elwins
The Glorious Sons

SINGER-SONGWRITER ARTIST/GROUP OF THE YEAR
Basia Bulat
Dan Mangan
Lindi Ortega
Patrick Watson
The Weather Station

INTERNATIONAL ARTIST/GROUP OF THE YEAR
Alabama Shakes
Courtney Barnett
Major Lazer
Mumford & Sons
Nathaniel Rateliff And The Night Sweats

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