‘Am I even deserving of all this stuff?’: Alessia Cara on self-deprecation and hosting the 2020 Junos

For singer-songwriter Alessia Cara, it is exciting enough to be named the host of the 2020 Juno Awards — but to be nominated for 6 awards on top of that is something she failed to predict.

“I just failed to anticipate to be nominated,” she mentioned in an interview with q‘s Tom Energy. “Mainly because I’m hosting, I just considered that was it. And then, like five minutes just before the pink carpet, I uncovered out that I experienced 6 [nominations].”

It really is the most nominations of any artist at this year’s Junos, with Cara’s single Out of Adore and album The Pains of Rising earning her nominations for most effective artist, songwriter, album, single, pop album and the Juno Supporter Decision Award.

The 23-calendar year-old Brampton, Ont., native is going up versus the likes of Canadian tunes icons Shawn Mendes, Avril Lavigne, Justin Bieber and Michael Bublé.

“It really is nuts. I really went into it with out expecting everything,” she mentioned.

What is actually crazier for Cara is the point that she will host the award show in the very first spot. 

“My gosh, I you should not know why they let me do that,” she joked. “I was just really confused … and also pretty flattered that they would check with me or that they think that I could just take that on.”

“Ideally I can carry something different to the show,” she mentioned.

More importantly, Cara needs to encourage any youngsters who will be looking at. She is aware of that numerous upcoming Canadian musicians will be taking inspiration from their musical heroes and heroines, mostly simply because she was in their spot not also extended ago. 

“As a kid, I don’t forget executing the very same matter, watching younger artists or younger women of all ages both hosting or undertaking,” she mentioned. “So I hope that I can do that for yet another minimal Canadian girl looking at, or boy, or whoever.”

With 6 nominations, Cara has the most nominations out of any 2020 Juno attendant. (Rich Fury/Getty Photos)

Self-deprecation

If victorious, the 2020 Junos will never be Cara’s very first taste of accomplishment on a significant amount. In 2016, she gained the Juno for breakthrough artist of the calendar year and the following calendar year she gained pop album of the calendar year.

A calendar year later on, she grew to become the very first Canadian to win the Grammy for most effective new artist. 

But for every single accomplishment, Cara has experienced a moment of self-deprecation.

“For me, for a although, I was like, ‘Am I even deserving of all this stuff?'” she mentioned. “My check out of myself just about gets even worse simply because the more accolades you acquire, the more lonely you can feel and the more confused you can feel about all of it.”

Cara says that some individuals think that currently being thriving will trump all their feelings of self-doubt, but she notes that no sum of fame, funds or accolades can erase your anxieties and adverse feelings if you’re not addressing people feelings straight. 

“If you you should not deal with the stuff that is going on, no issue what paper you wrap it in, it is constantly going to appear out at some point,” she mentioned. “So you have got to deal with that very first.”

Unsurprisingly, 1 way Cara tackled her own self-deprecation is as a result of her tunes. Exclusively, as a result of her track Ok Ok

The track was introduced on Aug. 23, 2019, as the third single from her most up-to-date EP, This Summer season. Described by Cara as “the most good” track she’s at any time created, Ok Ok serves as a reminder to Cara that she is executing, properly, ok.

“My own reflection of myself, it is sometimes pretty skewed to where by I just think I’m not as awesome as individuals see me or not as excellent as some of my admirers convey to me,” she mentioned. “So this track was like how I want to see myself.

“I want to be like, ‘Look at all the stuff I have been as a result of and glance at where by I am. Glimpse at me, I’m executing ok, you know.'”

Tunes have the energy to just take individuals to different destinations, Cara says. So, she preferred to be able to complete a track where by she can encounter experience ok about herself. 

“It really is pleasant to get out of that psychological side and just have a moment where by I can remind myself you’re executing ok,” she mentioned.

Following a lot progress, Cara now feels completely ready to just take on the new challenge of hosting the Junos.

“It really is however pretty terrifying,” she mentioned. “But I think I’m in a spot now where by I’m self-confident sufficient to consider at least, and to consider something different.”

Check out the 2020 Juno Awards broadcast on Sunday, March 15, at the SaskTel Centre in Saskatoon, at 8 p.m. ET throughout the state, to be aired are living on CBC-Tv, CBC Radio Just one, CBC Audio, the absolutely free CBC Gem streaming services in Canada and globally at cbcmusic.ca/junos. If you’re in Saskatoon and would like to go to the Juno Awards, you can uncover ticket information here. 


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