The 2008 Juno Awards: Avril, Profanities, Feist, Christmas Albums, And A Dude Named Belly

gwn.jpgThe announcement of the nominees for the 2008 Juno Awards–”Canada’s Music Awards”–makes us wonder: Why do the Junos slay the Grammys this year? Well, it’s because we don’t actually have to live-blog the broadcast, where the canned dialogue will probably be less awkward but feature just as many quasi-celebrities tsk-tsk’ing us over illegal downloading. And it’s also because they’ve brought together neo-krautrockers Holy Fuck and Tom “Life Is A Highway” Cochrane for the first (and likely last) time. (And the fact that Cochrane and Neil Young are apparently “adult alternative” now.) And it’s also also because the nominees for “Best International Album” seem chosen specifically for their SoundScan numbers. (The Josh Groban Christmas album??) And it’s also also also because the nominees include a band called God Made Me Funky and a rapper named Belly. And it’s definitely also also also also because it’s an awards ceremony where Leslie Feist is for once not up against indie rock bands and crossover dubstep producers, but Celine Dion. And Michael Bublé. And Avril. Which seems more, we dunno, fitting. (Speaking of Avril: we guess that out-of-court settlement with the Rubinoos means there’s nothing hinky with Lukasz Gottwald being nominated for “Songwriter Of The Year” for Avril’s “Girlfriend.”) Too many categories to list in full, but we’ve included some of our favorite match-ups after the jump.

ADULT ALTERNATIVE ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Blue Rodeo SMALL MIRACLES
Jeremy Fisher GOODBYE BLUE MONDAY
Neil Young CHROME DREAMS II
Rufus Wainwright RELEASE THE STARS
Tom Cochrane NO STRANGER

ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Avril Lavigne THE BEST DAMN THING
Céline Dion D’ELLES
Celine Dion TAKING CHANCES
Feist THE REMINDER
Michael Bublé CALL ME IRRESPONSIBLE

ALTERNATIVE ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Arcade Fire NEON BIBLE
Holy Fuck LP
Patrick Watson CLOSE TO PARADISE
Tegan and Sara THE CON
Wintersleep WELCOME TO THE NIGHT SKY

ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Avril Lavigne
Celine Dion
Feist
Michael Bublé
Pascale Picard

DANCE RECORDING OF THE YEAR
Billy Newton-Davis vs. Deadmau5 ALL YOU EVER WANT
Chromeo FANCY FOOTWORK
Hatiras POPPIN’ BEATS
Melleefresh vs. Deadmau5 AFTER HOURS
Nick Fiorucci EVERY TIME YOU MOVE

FRANCOPHONE ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Céline Dion D’ELLES
Damien Robitaille L’HOMME QUI ME RESSEMBLE
Daniel Bélanger L’éCHEC DU MATéRIEL
Isabelle Boulay DE RETOUR à LA SOURCE
Jorane VERS à SOI

GROUP OF THE YEAR
Arcade Fire
Blue Rodeo
Finger Eleven
Hedley
Kaïn

INTERNATIONAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Bon Jovi LOST HIGHWAY
Fergie THE DUTCHESS
Josh Groban NOEL
Rihanna GOOD GIRL GONE BAD
Timbaland TIMBALAND PRESENTS SHOCK VALUE

2008 Juno Awards [Official Site]

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  • loudersoft

    Canada – a country where you can be called Holy Fuck and still have your nomination mentioned on television.

    Progress.

  • Diglett

    Yup, that last category is about as international as a house of pancakes.

  • myname

    Some of these awards ARE based on soundscan numbers. That’s how Nickelback gets nominated time and again.

  • bcapirigi

    jesus mary and joseph, celine dion got TWO album of the year nominations. that and john candy totally make me reconsider fleeing across the border.

    ps–where’s the choir practice?!

  • Thierry

    Actually, the International Album of the Year category is based strictly on sales figures of non-Canadian albums in Canada.

  • Chris Molanphy

    @Diglett (and Jess): You realize that Can-Con rules are the reason why, to the Juno people, “International” means “anything not recorded by our beloved and heavily subsidized countrymen,” right?

  • Jess Harvell

    @dennisobell: yes.

  • Laurrel

    How upsetting.

    CanCon ruins everything.

  • Thierry

    @Laurrel: Canadian content rules also explain why the movie that shares its name with these awards, while shot in Vancouver, directed by a Canadian and starring two Canadian actors, did not qualify for the Genies, Canada’s version of the Academy Awards – and yet clearly-non-Canadians Viggo Mortensen and Julie Christie are up for acting awards. Go figure.

  • matthew

    @loudersoft:

    …or it would if that award even made it to the broadcast. I don’t think they’ve ever put it on the air…it’s really just there so they can claim that they’re in touch with all kinds of music (and further evidenced that they let me, a lowly blogger, be on the “Alternative Steering Committee”).

  • cheesebubble

    The Junos are completely lame and only excite people lacking taste. Most categories are a matter of voting for the best of the worst. Instead of leaning on bonafide talent, these awards are largely a big let’s-pat-ourselves-on-the-back-fest for the commercial conglomerate of suits & ties. It’s not about music with integrity. The closest Canada comes to a legitimate award is the relatively new [PolarisMusicPrize.ca] . I’d like to see schlock like Nickelback and Nelly Furtado try to claim that honour.

    What the hell is an “adult alternative” album? Sounds like Enya belongs on the nomination list more than Neil Young does. And how are we supposed to believe that the best albums of the year come down to Celine Dion, Avril Lavigne and Michael Bublé? They’re the “best” at being shoved down our throats by commercial radio. Only a handful of artists name-dropped at these awards are truly good. The Junos are an insult to real music fans. Last year, I attended the awards ceremony and related events – and thought it was all a pile of shit.

  • stix

    Americans fawning over CAN CON funded bullshit makes me ill.

    If you lived here and Feist et al was literally the only crap you were allowed to listen to, you’d understand.

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