JUNO spotlight: Rush

Toronto band Rush formed in Toronto in the late ’60s and has been the dork touchstone of rock since. A 2008 Rolling Stone article called Rush fans “the Trekkies of rock.”

This is the original lineup. I love this photo because doesn’t it look like Geddy Lee (on the right) is grabbing the middle guy’s crotch? For the record, the middle guy is John Rutsey and the guy on the right is Alex Lifeson.

They’ve sold 40 million albums worldwide, plus they have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, 7 Grammy nominations, they’re members of the Order of Canada and the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Whatever, nerds. What really matters is their JUNO Award track record. Let’s have a looksee:

  • Total nominations: 40
  • Total wins: 9

Here’s what they won:
1975: Most Promising Group of the Year
1978: Group of the Year
1979: Group of the Year
1991: Best Hard Rock/Metal Album for Presto
1994: Canadian Music Hall of Fame
2004: Music DVD of the Year for ‘Rush In Rio’
2011: Music DVD of the Year for ‘Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage’
2013: Rock Album of the Year for ‘Clockwork Angels’

And here are some of their most shocking losses:
1980: Loses Group of the Year to Trooper
1980: Loses Album of the Year to Anne Murray’s ‘New Kind of Feeling’
1981: Loses Group of the Year to Prism
1981: Loses Album of the Year to ‘Anne Murray’s Greatest Hits’
1982: Loses Group of the Year to Loverboy
1982: Nominated for both ‘Moving Pictures’ and ‘Exit …Stage Left’ for Album of the Year, loses to Loverboy’s ‘Loverly.’ (Bob & Doug McKenzie’s ‘The Great White North’ was also nominated in this category.)
1983: Loses Group of the Year to Loverboy again
1983: Loses Album of the Year to Loverboy’s ‘Get Lucky’
1984: Loses Group of the Year to Loverboy a-fucking-gain
1984: Loses Group of the Year to Honeymoon Suite. In case you forgot what Honeymoon Suite is, it’s this:

1992: Loses Group of the Year to Crash Test Dummies
1994: Loses Group of the Year to The Rankin Family

In 2015, Rush totally won the Allan Waters Humanitarian Award, which recognizes “outstanding Canadian artists whose contributions have positively enhanced the social fabric of Canada.”

So put that in your pipe and smoke it, Loverboy, where ever you are.

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