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Thursday, March 4, 2010

Bub’s v Bieb’s – Juno Nominees Announced

I have to admit, I was getting a little anxious to see the nominations for this years edition of the Juno Awards. After all, there has been a plethora of great, new Canadian music releases in the last twelve months that might just make the cut. Basia Bulat, Dan Mangan, Sunset Rubdown, the Wooden Sky… The list is a huge one, each infinitely worthy of recognition and award. Sadly I was mistaken. Not quite your Mom’s Junos but if she likes Michael Buble she will be one happy lady. Not so much if she happens to like Lightnng Dust.

This year, the awards, which will be handed out in St. John's, Nfld., in April will likely see Monsieur Buble see a fair amount of stage time. He did after all pick up more nominations than anyone else with six nods. Billy Talent, Drake and country singer Johnny Reid follow closely behind the Canadian crooner, with four nominations apiece. Drake and Billy Talent will also perform at the Junos.

Classified and K'Naan both picked up three nominations, as did 16-year-old Festival City pop sensation Justin Bieber. Metric and Blue Rodeo, who were also nominated, will do some of their numbers live during the Junos.

Alas, saving, yet brief rays of hope emerged as Julie Doiron, Handsome Furs, Amy Millan, Cuff the Duke, Carolyn Mark and NQ Arbuckle, Joel Plaskett, Bahamas, Great Lake Swimmers and The Hylozoists are among some of the other nominees that may draw me in for a casual look come awards night.

As was previously announced, April Wine are this year's Canadian Music Hall Of Fame inductees, while Bryan Adams will receive the Allan Waters Humanitarian Award and former Universal Music Canada chairman Ross Reynolds will be honoured with the Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award. (Oooowattanite!)

The Junos will be televised live from St. John's on April 18th.

Here is a rundown of some of this year's Juno Award nominees:

Juno Fan Choice Award:

Ginette Reno
Johnny Reid
Maxime Landry
Michael Buble

Single Of The Year:

Billy Talent — "Rusted From The Rain"
Classified — "Anybody Listening"
Drake — "Best I Ever Had"
Michael Buble — "Haven't Met You Yet"
The Tragically Hip — "Love Is A First"

International Album Of The Year:

Black Eyed Peas — The E.N.D.
Britney Spears — Circus
Kings Of Leon — Only By The Night
Susan Boyle — I Dreamed A Dream
Taylor Swift — Fearless

Group Of The Year:

Billy Talent
Blue Rodeo
The Tragically Hip

New Artist Of The Year:

Carly Rae Jepsen
Danny Fernandes
Justin Bieber

New Group Of The Year:

Down With Webster
Ten Second Epic
The New Cities

Songwriter Of The Year:
Carly Rae Jepsen and Ryan Stewart — "Tug Of War"/"Bucket"/"Money And The Ego" (Carly Rae Jepsen — Tug Of War)
Emily Haines and Jimmy Shaw — "Gimme Sympathy"/"Sick Muse"/"Help I'm Alive" (Metric — Fantasies)
Joel Plaskett — "Through & Through & Through" (Joel Plaskett — Three)
K'Naan — "Wavin' Flag" (co-songwriters B. Mars, P. Lawrence and J. Duval)/"Take A Minute"/"If Rap Gets Jealous" (K'Naan — Troubadour)
Michael Buble — "Haven't Met You Yet"/"Hold On" (co-songwriters Alan Chang and Amy S. Foster) (Michael Buble — Crazy Love)

Album Of The Year:

Billy Talent — Billy Talent III
Diana Krall — Quiet Nights
Johnny Reid — Dance With Me
Justin Bieber — My World
Michael Buble — Crazy Love

Artist Of The Year:

Diana Krall
Jann Arden
Johnny Reid
Michael Buble

Adult Alternative Album Of The Year:

Nineteen Seventy-Seven — 1977
Amy Millan — Masters Of The Burial
Cuff The Duke — Way Down Here
Howie Beck — How To Fall Down In Public
Joel Plaskett — Three

Alternative Album Of The Year:

Handsome Furs — Face Control
Japandroids — Post-Nothing
Julie Doiron — I Can Wonder What You Did With Your Day
Metric — Fantasies
Tegan And Sara — Sainthood

Pop Album Of The Year:

Hedley — The Show Must Go
Justin Bieber — My World
LIGHTS — The Listening
Michael Buble — Crazy Love
Stereos — Stereos

Rock Album Of The Year:

Alexisonfire — Old Crows/Young Cardinals
Billy Talent — Billy Talent III
Nickelback — Dark Horse
The Tragically Hip — We Are The Same
Three Days Grace — Life Starts Now

Instrumental Album Of The Year:

Beats On Canvas — Beats On Canvas
Bell Orchestre — As Seen Through Windows
Pavlo, Rik Emmet, Oscar Lopez — Trifecta
Sultans Of Swing — Yalla Yalla!
The Hylozoists — L'Ile De Sept Villes

Rap Recording Of The Year:

Big Page, Drake & U.G.O. Crew — Still Fly
Classified — Self Explanatory
Drake — So Far Gone
K-OS — Yes!
K'Naan — Troubadour

Dance Recording Of The Year:

Carmen And Camille — Shine 4U
Deadmau5 — For Lack Of A Better Name
Doman And Gooding featuring Dru & Lincoln — Runnin
Misstress Barbara — I'm No Human
Thunderheist — Thunderheist

R&B/Soul Recording Of The Year:

Danny Fernandes — INTRO
Jacksoul — Lonesome Highway
Jarvis Church — The Long Way Home
Jully Black — The Black Book
Melanie Fiona — The Bridge

Roots & Traditional Album Of The Year: Solo:

Amelia Curran Six — Hunter, Hunter
Bahamas — Pink Strat
Corb Lund — Losin' Lately Gambler
John Wort Hannam — Queen's Hotel
Romi Mayes — Achin In Yer Bones

Roots & Traditional Album Of The Year: Group:

Annie Lou — Annie Lou
Carolyn Mark & NQ Arbuckle — Let's Just Stay Here
Good Lovelies — Good Lovelies
Great Lake Swimmers — Lost Channels
Madison Violet — No Fool For Trying

Jack Richardson Producer Of The Year:

Rob Rock — "Haven't Met You Yet"/"Baby (You've Got What It Takes)" (Michael Buble — Crazy Love)
David Foster — "Cry Me A River"/"All Of Me" (Michael Buble — Crazy Love)
Fred St-Gelais — "Plaisirs Amers"/"C'est Mois" (Marie-Mai — Version 3.0)
Kevin Churko — "Look Where You're Walking" (co-producer Kane Churko) (Modern Science — Modern Science) and "The Dream" (In This Moment — The Dream)
Michael Phillip Wojewoda (co-producer Jennifer Foster) — "Palm Trees"/"The Key (Different Than I Used To Be)" (Jennifer LFO — Songs From The Alien Beacon)

Recording Engineer Of The Year:

Dan Brodbeck — "Apple Of My Eye"/"Be Careful" (Dolores O'Riordan — No Baggage)
Darryl Neudorf — "And When You Wake Up" (Blue Rodeo — The Things We Left Behind) and "Fever" (Neko Case — Middle Cyclone)
Denis Tougas — "Save Your Love"/"The Mad Mile" (Kristen Jones — The Mad Mile)
John "Beetle" Bailey — "I Can't Make You Love Me" (Sophie Milman — Take Love Easy) and "Havana City" (Hilario Duran — Motion)
John Drew — "Oh! The Boss Is Coming!"/"Pullin' Punches" (Arkells — Jackson Square)

Recording Package Of The Year:

Alex Durlak — Canaille's Potential Things
Justin Ellsworth, Vanessa Heins, Daniel Romano and Ken Reaume — City And Colour's Bring Me Your Love (Special Edition)
Martin Bernard, Stephane Cocke and Thomas Csano — Beats On Canvas' Beats On Canvas
Rachelle Dupere, Derek Henderson and Evan Kaminsky — Amy Millan's Masters Of The Burial
Thomas Csano and Alex McLean — Patrick Watson's Wooden Arms

Video Of The Year:

Beast — "Mr. Hurricane" (Director: Ben Steiger-Levine)
The Most Serene Republic — "Heavens To Purgatory" (Director: Ben Steiger-Levine)
Classified — "Anybody Listening" (Director: Harv)
Serena Ryder — "Little Bit Of Red" (Director: Marc Ricciardelli)
Land Of Talk — "It's Okay" (Director: WeWereMonkeys)

Music DVD Of The Year:

Arcade Fire — Miroir Noir (Vincent Morisset and Arcade Fire)
Rush — Snakes & Arrows Live (Pierre and Francois Lamoureaux, Allan Weinrib, Pegi Cecconi and Ray Daniels)
Iron Maiden — Iron Maiden Flight 666 (Sam Dunn, Scott McFadyen, Ron Smalwood, Stefan Demetriou and Andy Taylor)
The Trews — The Trews Acoustic: Friends & Total Strangers (Tim Martin, John-Angus McDonald, Larry Wanagas)
DRUM! — DRUM! Live (Aaron Young, Doris Mason, Colin Smeltzer, Daniel Brooker, Brookes Diamond)


Allison said...

Much like the Grammy's, I don't really pay attention to the Juno's. Award shows of this variety are becoming more and more out of date it seems.

I'm still haunted by the closing ceremony concert last weekend...

Barbara Bruederlin said...

With the few exceptions that you mentioned, the whole list just makes me despair for the youth of our country. And then I remember, nobody cares about the Junos anyway and I'm good again.

Does anybody have any clue what the difference is between alternative and adult alternative?