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

Feb 3rd, 2009 // 17 Comments

photograph.jpgNominations 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 YEAR
Black Ice, AC/DC
Viva La Vida, Coldplay
Chinese Democracy, Guns N’ Roses
Sleep Through The Static, Jack Johnson
Death Magnetic, Metallica

ALBUM OF THE YEAR (SPONSORED BY CANADIAN RECORDING INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION)
Famous Last Words, Hedley
Dark Horse, Nickelback
Simple Plan
’70s Volume 2, Sylvain Cossette
Lost 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 YEAR
Thankful, Aaron Pritchett
Dawn Of A New Day, Crystal Shawanda
Beautiful Life, Doc Walker
What I Do, George Canyon
Chasing The Sun, Tara Oram

ADULT ALTERNATIVE ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Between The Beautifuls, Hawksley Workman
Asking For Flowers, Kathleen Edwards
Exit Strategy Of The Soul, Ron Sexsmith Ronboy Rhymes*Warner
The Baroness, Sarah Slean WEA*Warner
is it o.k, Serena Ryder EMI

ALTERNATIVE ALBUM OF THE YEAR
In The Future, Black Mountain
Soft Airplane, Chad VanGaalen
The Chemistry Of Common Life, Fucked Up
Parc Avenue, Plants and Animals
Oceans Will Rise, The Stills

POP ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Flavors of Entanglement, Alanis Morissette
No Sleep At All, Creature
Wake Up And Say Goodbye, David Usher
Passion, Kreesha Turner
Holes, The Midway State

ROCK ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Terminal Romance, Matt Mays & El Torpedo
Fortress, Protest The Hero
Love At The End Of The World, Sam Roberts
Parallel Play, Sloan
No Time For Later, The Trews

RAP RECORDING OF THE YEAR
A Captured Moment In Time, DL Incognito
The Book, D-Sisive
I Rap, Now Famous
Not 4 Sale, Kardinal Offishall
Point Blank

DANCE RECORDING OF THE YEAR
Everything’s Gonna Be Alright, James Doman
Get Blahsted, Hatiras & MC Flipside
Move For Me, Deadmau5 vs. Kaskade
Random Album Title, Deadmau5
Yes We Can, House Music United

R&B/SOUL RECORDING OF THE YEAR
The Love Chronicles, Divine Brown
The Promise, Deborah Cox Deco*KOCH
Elise Estrada
TONY, Ivana Santilli
Money, 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]

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  1. kevink.

    all kinds of barf

  2. Maura Johnston

    @kevink.: that black mountain record is the bomb.

  3. sicksteanein

    How are The Stills a New Artist while Tokyo Police Club aren’t?

    But ya, these are the worst Juno nominations in a while. I swear the same people get nominated for Adult Alternative Album every year.

    And, in case you were wondering, no one really seems to care about Ron Sexsmith up here either.

  4. Anonymous

    It’s nice to see DL Incognito get the hip-hop nomination he deserves, and the R&B/Soul category has very strong contenders (although Deborah Cox will likely win based on name recognition alone).

    @sicksteanein: Add Cancer Bats and Plants And Animals as two other supposedly new groups, despite each having two full-length releases to their names.

  5. kicking222

    If this is any indication, it’s been a very, very, very sad twelve months for music. Very sad.

  6. Thierry

    @dulledsenses: Plants and Animals have an EP and an album, no?

    How the hell was Shad not nominated? I imagine he fell outside of the timeframe to qualify, because otherwise he was robbed. Also, no Caribou?

  7. ZipZapZopZoup

    @Thierry: No, there’s an album before this one as well, but it’s entirely instrumental and received approximately zero notice. Which may explain the new artist nomination.

  8. dsven

    @DJorn: Well in all fairness, unlike the Grammys, in almost all the categories you have to be Canadian to be eligible. That kind of narrows the playing field a bit.

    As a Canadian myself though, not quite sure how Bryan Adams even was nominated. I guess he released an album this year that nobody listened to (he really has not been a commercial force up here since about 1995, same as in US)

  9. Anonymous

    No fucking Triumph, I’m boycotting this bullshit.

  10. cassidy2099

    I guess The Stills could be considered “new” since they’ve changed their line up so many times.

  11. Cos

    No Brendan Canning? Drag.

  12. DJorn

    Bryan Adams. Artist of the Year.

    Attention Canadians. This is why your country is often used as a punchline.

    I mean, come on Canada, you guys are better than that. Also, Fucked Up is Canadian? See, there you go right there: better than that.

  13. Rob Murphy

    “Something In Your Mouth” wuz robbed…

  14. Anonymous

    ugh the album of the year are awful nominees.

    both 70′s volume 2 and lost in the 80′s are cover albums. way to go for the creativity

  15. Anonymous

    I am moving to Iceland thank you….

  16. Anonymous

    Also…The Junos are and have always been out of touch…
    Please understand that this is the Canadian music industry of old timers patting itself on the back…for a job shittily done…

    I am sorry…now please go and listen to some real people from here…
    Black Mountain of course…and of course Pink Mountaintops…

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