Just days before the Grammy Awards are handed out here in the States, the nominees for the Canadian version of the music awards show, the Juno Awards, were announced on Tuesday (February 7) with [artist id=”2545682″]Drake[/artist], [artist id=”3187077″]Justin Bieber[/artist] and Michael Bublé all landing nods.
Some of Canada’s biggest acts will face off in the Album of The Year category: Avril Lavigne for Goodbye Lullabye, Drake for Take Care, Justin Bieber for his Christmas-themed Under the Mistletoe, Michael Bublé for his holiday album Christmas and rockers Nickelback for Here and Now.
Bieber scored his second nomination in the Fan Choice Award category along with Arcade Fire, Lavigne, City and Colour, deadmau5, Drake, Ginette Reno, Hedley, Bublé and Nickelback. He, however, didn’t manage to land any nods in other major categories like Artist of the Year.
His pal Drake did nab a nom in the Artist of the Year category, along with Feist, Bublé, City and Colour and Deadmau5. While the roster of nominees for the show is uniquely Canadian, Drake’s Stateside crossover makes him the most high-profile nom in the Rap Recording of the Year category. His Take Care will face off against Classified’s Handshakes and Middle Fingers, D-Sisive’s Jonestown 2: Jimmy Go Bye Bye, Kardinal Offishall’s Anywhere (Ol Time Killin Part II) and Swollen Members’ Dagger Mouth.
Nickelback, Feist and Deadmau5 are among the artists set to perform at the show, which takes place on April 1.
A number of Juno nominees are also Grammy-nominated. Deadmau5, for instance, won’t have to wait until April to find out if his hard work has paid off. He is also up for several Grammy Awards including Best Dance/Electronica Album for 4×4=12. Drake’s work on tracks with Rihanna and DJ Khaled and Nicki Minaj has shined some Grammy light on him this year as well. And, Bieber’s “Born to Be Somebody” from his movie “Never Say Never,” is up for Best Song Written for Visual Media.
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