Winnipeg Rock Icon Burton Cummings CMHoF 2016
CALGARY – The 2016 Juno Awards will recognize Burton Cummings one of Canada’s best known musicians and artists.
We are very pleased to announce Burton Cummings as the 2016 inductee into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame! The seven time JUNO Award winner and four time host will join the ranks of Canadian music icons Alanis Morissette, Neil Young and many others who have made an outstanding contribution toward the recognition of Canada’s music scene.
A lifetime of performing, singing and song writing has resulted in a myriad of awards and accolades for Cummings.
Cummings was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame with his band The Guess Who in 1987, and 2016 will mark his solo induction. With an incredible career spanning over five decades, Cummings is one of the most celebrated artists in Canadian history.
Alongside Canada’s original rock ‘n’ roll superstars The Guess Who, Cummings scored an unprecedented string of international hit singles and albums including “These Eyes”, “Laughing”, American Woman and Share The Land. By 1970, The Guess Who had sold more records than the entire Canadian music industry combined, and their achievements remain unparalleled.
But Cummings didn’t stop there. Striking out on his own in 1976, he received a gold record for his debut solo single, “Stand Tall”, which he followed with more than a dozen hit singles and albums. His 1978 album Dream Of A Child became the first quadruple platinum-selling album by a Canadian artist.
In 1999, after years apart, The Guess Who reunited to appear at the closing ceremonies of the Pan American Games in Winnipeg. From there, they mounted several high-profile North American tours. Cummings later teamed with Guess Who alumnus Randy Bachman. The Bachman Cummings Songbook, released in 2006, became another platinum seller, followed by Jukebox the following year.
In 2008, his critically-acclaimed solo album Above The Groundfeatured all original songs by Cummings. Despite so many years in the business, fans and critics praised the album as his best work in decades. It was evident: Cummings still possessed the muse and the uncanny ability to craft magic in the recording studio.
Described as Canadian rock ‘n’ roll royalty, a national treasure and a living legend, Cummings continues to be true to himself and his way to rock. We are thrilled to celebrate his achievements.
On Friday, April 1, Cummings will be the first inductee to place his name plaque on the wall at the National Music Centre in Studio Bell, the Canadian Music Hall of Fame’s new home. He will also be honoured with a special induction tribute during the 45th annual JUNO Awards Broadcast on CTV, Sunday, April 3 from The Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta.