This year's Juno Awards' nominees have been revealed Tuesday, February 3 at a media conference at Toronto's Fairmont Royal York Hotel, and Canadian rock band Nickelback lead the pack with five kudos. They are among the contenders for the titles of Juno Fan Choice, Single of the Year, Album of the Year, Group of the Year and Producer of the year.
In Juno Fan Choice, Nickelback are up against Celine Dion, Feist, Hedley and The Lost Fingers. In Single of the Year, they put their single "Gotta Be Somebody" into a battle with Celine's "Taking Chances", Divine Brown's "Lay It on the Line", Kardinal Offishall's "Dangerous" and Michael Buble's "Lost".
In Album of the Year, Nickelback furthermore are on the run with Simple Plan and Sylvain Cossette in addition to facing off Hedley and The Lost Fingers. In two other categories, they are among such big contenders as Great Big Sea, The Trews, Tokyo Police Club, David Foster, Daniel Lanois, k.d. lang and Stuart Brawley. Complete nominations list of 2009 Juno Awards can be found on JunoAwards.ca.
Beside listed as one of its nominees, Nickelback have also been tapped to perform at 2009 Juno Awards to be held on March 29. City and Colour as well as Simple Plan are also confirmed to sing during the show. They all will be joined by another previously-announced performer Sarah McLachlan. Other performers are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.
Commenting on the awards' performers lineup, President of CTV and The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences Melanie Berry is sure that "three, heavy-hitting, top-of-the-chart performers known around the world will leave a memorable mark on the JUNOS stage." She added, "We're thrilled to welcome back City and Colour, Nickelback and Simple Plan to The JUNO Awards stage. All three have given electrifying performances in the past, and we can't wait to see what they have in store for audiences at The 2009 JUNO AWARDS."