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Tuesday, February 3, 2009

2009 Juno Awards Nominees Announced

The 2009 Juno Awards nominees were announced this morning at the Fairmont Royal York in Toronto. Leading the way with five nominations is Nickelback, with Sam Roberts in close behind with four, and Celine Dion and Hedley both tied with three apiece. But fear not Canadian music lovers, the Juno’s are not awash in only major label contenders. In fact, representation is quite diverse with various elements of the Canadian music illuminati and not so illuminati all making the grade.

Leslie Feist earned a Juno Fan Choice Award nod, Kardinal Offishall is up for Single of the Year, Cancer Bats, Crystal Castles and Plants and Animals will compete for New Group of the Year.

Of course, there is plenty of talent to be found in the "adult" alternative, alternative and rap categories. Treasured artists such as Kathleen Edwards, Ron Sexsmith and Serena Ryder were recognized for their ‘mature’ alternative stylings, while Black Mountain, Chad VanGaalen and even Fucked Up managed to finagle their way in with the alternative set. (I can’t wait to see Pink Eyes acceptance speech.) Rappers such as DL Incognito, D-Sisive and of course, Kardinal Offishall were also recognized for their work.

I am still at a loss for words though as to why Celine Dion and Nickelback still rule supreme. Does a Juno award even mean anything to them anymore? Moreover, do the Juno awards have any relevance in the Canadian music industry anymore? Quite honestly I’ve got my money on the Polaris Prize.

Oh hell, I’ll probably still watch at least some of it. A guy needs to get his Buble fix somewhere. The 2009 Junos will be held in Vancouver on March 29th and broadcast on CTV. For a second year in a row, the show will be hosted by comedian Russell Peters. For a full list of the categories and nominations, click here.


Barbara Bruederlin said...

Some of the categories will forever confound me. How do alternative differ from adult alternative, for example? And when did the Stills become a new band?

Oh Juno....

I may just watch this year though, for a bit.

Sean Wraight said...

There must be some test of relative maturity that determines adult from adult alternative... Totally nutty Barb.

As for the Stills... Oi. At least they could have picked a good fairly old band. ;-)

I may just watch for a bit too. I'll be sure to load up on the caffeine.


Dale said...

Aren't the Junos based solely on sales rather than any sort of actual voting? This might explain why some of these people keep showing up on top.

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