Nelly Furtado, Barenaked Ladies Lead Juno Nominees

Moffatts, SoulDecision, Our Lady Peace also up for Canadian equivalent to Grammys.

Newcomer Nelly Furtado leads a strong field of international success stories announced Wednesday as nominees for this year’s Juno Awards, Canada’s equivalent to the Grammys.

Victoria, British Columbia, native Furtado walked off with nominations for Best Single (“I’m Like a Bird”), Best Pop Album (Whoa Nelly!), Best New Solo Artist, Best Songwriter and Best Producer. Whoa Nelly!, Furtado’s debut, also received a nomination in the Best Recording Engineer category.
The Barenaked Ladies garnered four nominations, including Best Group, Best Album and Best Pop Album (Maroon), and Best Single (“Pinch Me”), while bandmembers Steven Page and Ed Robertson got a nod in the Best Songwriter category.

Canadian boy-band heroes the Moffatts, a group of brothers that includes 16-year-old triplets, were nominated for Best Group and Best Pop Album (Submodalities), and their album also received production nods for Canadian producer Bob Rock and engineer Randy Staub.

SoulDecision were given three major nominations, for Best Album (No One Does It Better), Best Single (“Faded”) and Best Group.
Snow, best known for his 1993 hit “Informer,” was recognized in the Best Pop Album (Mind on the Moon), Best Male Artist and Best Songwriter categories.

Other Canadian artists with three nominations include the Tragically Hip and the Matthew Good Band.
Finger Eleven are up for Best Rock Album for The Greyest of Blue Skies — also nominated in the Best Producer category — and Best Video (“Drag You Down”).
Rockers Our Lady Peace ended up with two nods — their late-1999 effort, Happiness … Is Not a Fish That You Can Catch, will compete for the Best Album award, and their clip for “Thief” is up for Best Video.
Girl rockers Kittie were nominated in the Best New Group category, as were Vancouver, British Columbia, band Nickelback.
The awards ceremony, which will feature live performances by Furtado, the Moffatts and SoulDecision, among others, will be staged on March 4 in Hamilton, Ontario.

For a full-length interview with Furtado, check out the MTVi News feature “Nelly Furtado: Teen Pop Goes Global.