Celine Dion has led the pack of nominees at 2008 Juno Awards by gathering six nods including Artist of the Year, and two kudos for her recent release, "Taking Chances". The pop artist also released a French album last year called "D'elles" that draws her 2 additional nominations in the categories Album of the Year and Francophone Album of the Year.
Just one count under Dion are Avril Lavigne, Michael Buble and Feist who garner 5 shots each at the awards. Beside being nominees, the three acts have been confirmed as the performers, joining Anne Murray, Finger Eleven and opera superstar Measha Brueggergosman.
"Girlfriend" the first single of Lavigne's 2007 album "The Best Damn Thing" is up for Single of the Year while the album is taking chances on the category Album of the Year. She is also named the contender of Artist of the Year as well as Songwriter of the Year.
Buble meanwhile, is chosen as the nominee of Juno Fan Choice Awards alongside Dion, Lavigne, Claude Dubois, and Nelly Furtado. The singer who is a frequent winner at previous years' event, is placed under three other same categories with Dion, namely Album of the Year and Pop Album of the Year for "Call Me Irresponsible" and Artist of the Year.
Relatively newcomer Feist are pretty much running for the same categories with Lavigne. Her single "1234" is placed under Single of the Year while the album "The Reminder" is competing for Pop Album of the Year and Album of the Year.
Other nominees include Rufus Wainwright, Bon Jovi, Stacy Ferguson aka Fergie, Rihanna, Josh Groban and Arcade Fire. For complete list of nominees, log on to JunoAwards.ca.
"Each year we continue to see more artists raising the profile of Canadian music on the international stage - today's nominees have not only achieved tremendous success in Canada, but worldwide," said Melanie Berry, President of The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. "With such incredible talent represented, it's going to be a tough one to call - but one thing is for sure, The 2008 JUNO Awards is going to be Canada's biggest music party of the year!"
The 2008 JUNO Awards, will air on CTV on Sunday, April 6 from the Pengrowth Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta.