Jann Arden is the first Canadian Music Hall of Fame inductee of the new year. The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) made the announcement on January 14 when they also confirmed that Arden will perform at the 2020 JUNO Awards on Sunday, March 15 at the SaskTel Centre in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
Arden released a statement about her inclusion in the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, saying, “I am so honoured to be inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. I’ve spent my career creating and performing music that I hoped would resonate with others. I feel incredibly humbled to be recognized with this award and to join such an esteemed group of past honourees whose art has helped connect us to one another as Canadians.”
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Arden is no stranger to the JUNO Awards. The multi-talented singer-songwriter hosted the show in 1997 and returned as co-hosted in 2016 along with Canadian Olympic skier Jon Montgomery. Nominated for 26 JUNOs and taking home eight throughout her three-decade career, Arden is one of the most popular and prolific artists in Canadian pop music.
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In 1993, Arden released her debut album Time For Mercy, which included her breakthrough single “I Would Die For You.” She followed it up in 1994 with Living Under June, which included the singles “Could I Be Your Girl” and “Insensitive,” the latter of which received a massive bump on radio thanks to its inclusion in the Christian Slater film Bed of Roses. In 2018, Arden released her 12th studio album, These Are The Days.
In addition to her music, Arden has also become one of the most recognizable Canadian artists thanks to her work in television and books. The Calgary native has released four memoirs, including 2017’s Feeding My Mother, with chronicled the singer’s years caring for her mother after she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.
Known for her honest opinions and comedic timing, Arden has been a staple on Canadian TV. She is a frequent guest host on CTV’s daily show The Social and appeared several times on longtime friend Rick Mercer’s weekly show The Rick Mercer Report. She’s also appeared as a mentor on CTV’s The Launch and lent her voice to Corner Gas: Animated. In 2019, Arden starred as a fictionalized version of herself on the half-hour comedy Jann, which has been renewed for a second season (watch Season 1 now on Crave).
In December, Arden released her latest TV special Jann Arden: One Night Only on CTV, which featured intimate performances by Arden of some of her biggest songs.
In 2006, Arden received a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame. In 2012, she was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and in 2017, she was appointed as a member of the Order of Canada for her work in the arts and her charitable endeavours.