The Juno Award Nominations Provide A Stark Reminder Of Nickelback’s CanCon Status

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Nominations for the Juno Awards—the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences’ equivalent to the Grammys—were announced today, and the big winner was the Vancouver band of heshers Nickelback, who are up for five prizes including Single Of The Year and Album Of The Year; personal favorites like Black Mountain and Sloan, as well as that deliciously inescapable Kardinal Offishall/Akon track from last summer, got nods as well. I’m sure Gene Simmons is studying this list very closely right now, trying to figure out what works in the Great White North. (Perhaps he should try and find a Guns N’ Roses tribute band up there, since CARAS had the balls to nominate Chinese Democracy for International Album Of The Year.) Partial list of nominees after the jump.

JUNO FAN CHOICE AWARD Céline Dion Feist Hedley Nickelback The Lost Fingers

SINGLE OF THE YEAR “Taking Chances,” Céline Dion “Lay It On The Line,” Divine Brown “Dangerous,” Kardinal Offishall feat. Akon “Lost,” Michael Bublé “Gotta Be Somebody,” Nickelback

INTERNATIONAL ALBUM OF THE YEARBlack Ice, AC/DCViva La Vida, ColdplayChinese Democracy, Guns N’ RosesSleep Through The Static, Jack JohnsonDeath Magnetic, Metallica

ALBUM OF THE YEAR (SPONSORED BY CANADIAN RECORDING INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION)Famous Last Words, HedleyDark Horse, NickelbackSimple Plan’70s Volume 2, Sylvain CossetteLost In The ’80s, The Lost Fingers

ARTIST OF THE YEAR Bryan Adams City and Colour k.d. lang Sam Roberts Serena Ryder

GROUP OF THE YEAR Great Big Sea Nickelback Simple Plan The Trews Tokyo Police Club

NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR Crystal Shawanda Jessie Farrell Kreesha Turner Lights Underground Nikki Yanofsky

NEW GROUP OF THE YEAR Beast Cancer Bats Crystal Castles Plants and Animals The Stills

SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR Alanis Morissette, “Underneath” | “Not As We” | “In Praise Of The Vulnerable Man” Dallas Green, “Waiting…” | “Sleeping Sickness” | “The Girl” Gordie Sampson, “When I Said I Would” | “Just A Dream” | “Davey Jones” Hedley, “Old School” | “For The Nights I Can’t Remember” | “Never Too Late” – Greig Nori Nathan Ferraro, “Never Again” | “Change For You” | “Unaware”

COUNTRY RECORDING OF THE YEARThankful, Aaron PritchettDawn Of A New Day, Crystal ShawandaBeautiful Life, Doc WalkerWhat I Do, George CanyonChasing The Sun, Tara Oram

ADULT ALTERNATIVE ALBUM OF THE YEARBetween The Beautifuls, Hawksley WorkmanAsking For Flowers, Kathleen EdwardsExit Strategy Of The Soul, Ron Sexsmith Ronboy Rhymes*WarnerThe Baroness, Sarah Slean WEA*Warneris it o.k, Serena Ryder EMI

ALTERNATIVE ALBUM OF THE YEARIn The Future, Black MountainSoft Airplane, Chad VanGaalenThe Chemistry Of Common Life, Fucked UpParc Avenue, Plants and AnimalsOceans Will Rise, The Stills

POP ALBUM OF THE YEARFlavors of Entanglement, Alanis MorissetteNo Sleep At All, CreatureWake Up And Say Goodbye, David UsherPassion, Kreesha TurnerHoles, The Midway State

ROCK ALBUM OF THE YEARTerminal Romance, Matt Mays & El TorpedoFortress, Protest The HeroLove At The End Of The World, Sam RobertsParallel Play, SloanNo Time For Later, The Trews

RAP RECORDING OF THE YEARA Captured Moment In Time, DL IncognitoThe Book, D-SisiveI Rap, Now FamousNot 4 Sale, Kardinal OffishallPoint Blank

DANCE RECORDING OF THE YEAREverything’s Gonna Be Alright, James DomanGet Blahsted, Hatiras & MC FlipsideMove For Me, Deadmau5 vs. KaskadeRandom Album Title, Deadmau5Yes We Can, House Music United

R&B/SOUL RECORDING OF THE YEARThe Love Chronicles, Divine BrownThe Promise, Deborah Cox Deco*KOCHElise EstradaTONY, Ivana SantilliMoney, Zaki Ibrahim

JACK RICHARDSON PRODUCER OF THE YEAR David Foster Daniel Lanois k.d. lang Nickelback & Joey Moi (co-producer Mutt Lange) Stuart Brawley

Juno Awards [Official site; HT Vancouver Sun]