Posted on February 1st, 2011
Hi friends. Kathleen from the New.Music.Live. team here. It is Bieber day at Much! The floppy blonde-haired boy wonder will chat with Phoebe in mere hours but first, let’s talk JUNOs. The nominations were announced this morning and Bieber nabbed four noms including Album and Artist of the Year, Best Pop Album and a nod for the coveted Fan Choice Award.
Leading the pack is this year’s JUNO host Drake. His six nominations include best album, best rap recording and best single. He’ll also vie for the Songwriter, Fan Choice and Artist of the Year awards. Not bad Drizzy.
Of course, the whole New.Music.Live team is sending congrats to both Bieber and Drake but their nominations were pretty predictable. Obviously, the hottest act in hip hop and the reigning kid Prince of Pop were going to get recognized. But, the whole office was especially excited for Montreal’s Arcade Fire, who were recognized for Group of the Year, Songwriter of the Year, Alternative Album of the Year, the Jack Richardson Producer of the Year and the highly coveted Album of the Year.
I’m also super stoked to see Chromeo, DeadMau5 and Dragonette slug it out for Dance Recording of the Year. And my personal favourite, Nikki Yanofsky—seriously, she’s amazing—better go home with the Vocal Jazz Album of the Year award, and not just because I’ve never heard of the other nominees.
Okay, let’s get to the good stuff: the snubs. While a lot of Canadian artists were celebrating this morning, there were a lot left with bruised egos. Shawn Desman may have killed it on NML yesterday but he didn’t get a nomination. Shawn tweeted, “Congrats 2 all the Juno Nominees this year! Best of luck to all of u. Guess this year just wasn’t my year. 2 all the SD fans…I Luv u!” Very classy. Kardinal Offishall, who was nominated in the R&B Recording of the Year category, tweeted back his support for Shawn with, “@DaRealSD The beauty of being an artist in Canada is always tested come early spring. Just remember-we do this 4 the fans and for them only!”
Aside from that little jab at the JUNO committee, Kardi’s supportive tweet shows just how classy Canadian artists are. Congrats again to all the nominees and good luck to all those who weren’t nominated. Maybe next year!
Arcade Fire, Hedley, Down with Webster and Broken Social Scene and more will be performing at the show on March 27 on CTV.
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