McLachlan, Morissette, More Up For Junos

When Sarah McLachlan accepts the International Achievement Award at this year’s Juno Awards — Canada’s most prestigious music industry event — she’ll take home the first completely redesigned statuette in the event’s 29-year history.

The new award, a human image made of molten glass wrapped in a spiralling blank musical staff that emerges from a half-sphere base, was unveiled at a press conference held Wednesday at the Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto.

Considering that Alanis Morissette has been nominated in five catgeories (Best Album, Best Female Artist, Best Songwriter, Best Pop/Adult Album, and Best Video), it’s a fair bet that she, too, will be taking home one of the new statues.

Up for four trophies each are “She’s So High” singer Tal Bachman (son of noted Canadian guitarist Randy Bachman), Vancouver’s Matthew Good Band, and Toronto dance outfit Prozzak, who received some video airplay south of the border with “Sucks To Be You.”

Bryan Adams, Celine Dion,
Amanda Marshall, Moist, The Tea Party, and Len of “Steal My Sunshine” fame each boast three nominations.

Competition’s stiff in three categories: Best Group (Matthew Good Band, Our Lady Peace, Moist, The Tea Party, and La Chicane), Best Pop/Adult Album (Bryan Adams, Alanis Morissette, Tal Bachman, Joni Mitchell, and Chantal Kreviazuk), and Best Rock Album (MGB, OLP, Moist, The Tea Party, and Edwin).

Interestingly, jazz pianist/singer Diana Krall, whose CD “When I Look In Your Eyes” has been nominated for a Grammy in the Best Album and Best Jazz Vocal categories, only received a nomination in a new category, Best Vocal Jazz Album.

While Juno Awards are given out to Canada-bred artists only (except in the “Foreign Or Domestic” album category), there are several Canadians vying for Grammy Awards this year, including Sarah McLachlan, Shania Twain, Celine Dion, Alanis Morissette, and producer David Foster.

Teen pop heartthrobs The Moffatts will host this year’s Juno Awards
ceremony, which will be held on March 12 at Toronto’s SkyDome Stadium.

Here are this year’s Juno nominees in a selection of categories:

    BEST SINGLE:
  • The Tea Party – “Heaven Coming Down”
  • Len – “Steal My Sunshine”
  • Prozzak – “Sucks To Be You”
  • Matthew Good Band – “Hello Time Bomb”
  • The Tragically Hip – “Bobcaygeon” BEST SELLING ALBUM (FOREIGN OR DOMESTIC):
  • The Offspring – “Americana”
  • Britney Spears – ” …Baby One More Time”
  • Backstreet Boys – “Millennium”
  • Ricky Martin – “Ricky Martin”
  • Celine Dion – “These Are Special Times” BEST ALBUM:
  • Bryan Adams – “On A Day Like Today”
  • Alanis Morissette – “Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie”
  • Celine Dion – “These Are Special Times”
  • Amanda Marshall – “Tuesday’s Child”
  • Prozzak – “Hot Show” BEST FEMALE ARTIST:
  • Celine Dion
  • Chantal Kreviazuk
  • Lynda Lemay
  • Amanda Marshall
  • Alanis Morissette BEST MALE ARTIST:
  • Paul Brandt
  • Edwin
  • Choclair
  • Bryan Adams
  • Tom Cochrane BEST GROUP:
  • La Chicane
  • Matthew Good Band
  • Moist
  • Our Lady Peace
  • The Tea Party BEST NEW GROUP:
  • Gob
  • Len
  • Prozzak
  • Serial Joe
  • Sky BEST SONGWRITER:
  • Shania Twain
  • Alanis Morissette
  • Tal Bachman
  • Amanda Marshall
  • Bruce Cockburn BEST POP/ADULT ALBUM:
  • Chantal Kreviazuk – “Colour Moving And Still”
  • Bryan Adams – “On A Day Like Today”
  • Alanis Morissette – “Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie”
  • Tal Bachman – “Tal Bachman”
  • Joni Mitchell – “Taming The Tiger” BEST ROCK ALBUM:
  • Edwin – “Another Spin Around The Sun”
  • The Tea Party – “Triptych ”
  • Matthew Good Band – “Beautiful Midnight”
  • Our Lady Peace – “Happiness… Is Not A Fish That You Can Catch”
  • Moist – “Mercedes Five And Dime” BEST ALTERNATIVE ALBUM:
  • Tricky Woo – “Sometimes I Cry”
  • Danko Jones – “My Love Is Bold”
  • Julie Doiron – “Julie Doiron and
    the Wooden Stars”
  • Thrush Hermit – “Clayton Park”
  • Len – “You Can’t Stop The Bum Rush” BEST R&B/SOUL RECORDING:
  • 2Rude featuring Latoya & Miranda – “Thinkin’ About You”
  • Michael Clarke – “All My Love”
  • Ivana Santilli – “Brown”
  • Nodéjà – “Nodéjà”
  • Blacklisted featuring ORA., Taj and Delisha Thomas – “Tha Crab Theory” BEST RAP RECORDING:
  • Michie Mee – “Slave”
  • Saukrates – “Money Or Love”
  • Choclair – “Ice Cold”
  • Citizen Kane – “Deliverance”
  • Rascalz – “Global Warning” BEST VIDEO:
  • Matthew Good Band – “Hello Time Bomb”
  • Big Sugar – “On The Scene”
  • Alanis Morissette – “So Pure”
  • Prozzak – ” Strange Disease”
  • Moist – “Underground”

– Errol Nazareth

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