Shawn Mendes will be honored by The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences with a 2022 Juno Award for International Achievement. The Canadian singer-songwriter, who has earned 11 Juno Awards throughout the years, will be recognized during the May 15 ceremony for his global success in the music industry. As a recipient of the grand honor, Mendes is also confirmed to attend the Toronto-based ceremony, which marks the first in-person Juno Awards since the pandemic. The Junos will broadcast live across Canada on CBC TV, CBC Gem, CBC Radio One, CBC Music, CBC Listen, and CBC’s Junos site starting at 8 p.m. ET.
“Accepting this award will be a surreal moment,” Mendes shared in a statement. “To be recognized for my work not only in Canada, but around the world, is a tremendous honor and I am humbled to join an outstanding group of artists who have helped put Canadian music on the map.”
Mendes will be joining a rarified list of musicians who have received the award (given to recording artists who have extended the legacy of Canadian music). In the Juno Awards’ 51 year history, only eight artists have been celebrated with the honor, including Shania Twain, Drake, and Celine Dion. “Shawn’s dedication and passion for his craft is truly inspiring,” CARAS/JUNO Awards’ President and CEO Allan Reid said in a statement. “From his work as a singer-songwriter to the creation of The Shawn Mendes Foundation, he has demonstrated an incredible commitment to music and cultivating the next generation of creatives. We are grateful as Canadians to claim Shawn as our own and can’t wait to commemorate all of his achievements in-person at this year’s JUNO Awards.”
Last month, Mendes returned with his first single of the year, “When You’re Gone,” while looking ahead, he’ll kick off the North American leg of Wonder: The World Tour in Portland, OR on June 27, with shows continuing into the fall.