Deborah Cox will be inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.
The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) and the CBC announced today that the award-winning singer, songwriter and actress will be honoured at this year’s Juno Awards presentation on Sunday, May 15.
A press release notes that Cox is the first Black woman to be inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.
“I feel incredibly grateful to experience this true milestone moment,” Cox said in a statement. “Music has always been about community for me, and I am so thankful to the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and CARAS for not only recognizing myself, but my family, friends and loving fans who have supported me and helped make my dream possible for the past 25+ years. As the first Black woman to become an inductee, I am honoured to have the chance to show our younger generations that they can achieve whatever they set their minds to with hard work, dedication and passion. I hope that my music can continue to bring peace, happiness and comfort to anyone who might need it, and empower people of all ages to follow their dreams and believe in themselves.”
During a career spanning almost three decades, Cox has released six critically acclaimed albums that have scaled the R&B and pop charts and won a combined three Juno Awards. Her fourth album Destination Moon in 2007 was a tribute to Dinah Washington that peaked at No. 3 on Billboard’s top jazz albums chart and was nominated for a Juno for vocal jazz album of the year.
“Deborah is a multi-dimensional artist who has been entertaining and captivating audiences around the world for over 25 years,” said Allan Reid, president & CEO of CARAS and the Juno Awards. “Her resounding voice and powerful performances have made her an international icon.”
To celebrate her induction, Cox will perform live from the Budweiser Stage in Toronto during the Juno Awards ceremony.