Dion earns six Juno noms

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TORONTO -- With her latest album "Taking Chances" rising on the charts, Quebec pop diva Celine Dion earned six Juno nominations Tuesday as the contenders for the Canadian music awards were named.

Dion grabbed two nominations in the best album category, for "Chances" and her French-language album "D'elles," along with nominations for best artist, pop album, Francophone album and the fan's choice award.

Dion last appeared at the Junos in 1999, when she took home five trophies and announced she was taking time off to start a family. Now she's back after a successful Las Vegas stint, challenging fellow Canadian artists Avril Lavigne, Fiest and Michael Buble, each of whom earned five nominations.

Lavigne, Feist, Buble and Quebec City singer-songwriter Pascale Picard will shoot it out with Dion for best artist honors, while Lavigne, Dion, Feist and Buble are in a four-way fight for best album.

Lavigne also is up for the Juno fan choice award, best single ("Girlfriend") and best songwriter.

Canadian artist Feist, who also garnered four Grammy nominations, comes into the Junos riding the success of hit single "1234" from her album "The Reminder."

Other multiple Juno nominees include the rock groups Finger Eleven, Arcade Fire and Blue Rodeo, with three nominations each.

Celine Dion has not yet signed up to perform at the Junos. Artists scheduled to perform on the main stage include Anne Murray, Lavigne, Buble, Feist, Finger Eleven and Measha Brueggergosman.

The Junos, organized by the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, will air live April 6 on the CTV network from Calgary, Alberta.

A complete list of Juno nominees follows.




JUNO FAN CHOICE AWARD
Avril Lavigne
Celine Dion
Claude Dubois
Michael Buble
Nelly Furtado

SINGLE OF THE YEAR
Girlfriend, Avril Lavigne
1234, Feist
Paralyzer, Finger Eleven
Seven Day Fool, Jully Black
Everything, Michael Buble

INTERNATIONAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Lost Highway, Bon Jovi
The Dutchess, Fergie
Noel, Josh Groban
Good Girl Gone Bad, Rihanna
Timbaland Presents Shock Value, Timbaland

ALBUM OF THE YEAR
The Best Damn Thing, Avril Lavigne
D'elles, Celine Dion
Taking Chances, Celine Dion
The Reminder, Feist
Call Me Irresponsible, Michael Buble

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

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

NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Belly
Jeremy Fisher
Justin Nozuka
Serena Ryder
Suzie McNeil

NEW GROUP OF THE YEAR
Dragonette
Faber Drive
illScarlett
State of Shock
Wintersleep

COUNTRY RECORDING OF THE YEAR
Moments That Matter, Aaron Lines, Outside The Lines
Honkytonks And Heartaches, Gord Bamford
Kicking Stones, Johnny Reid
Risk, Paul Brandt
Life Is Calling My Name, Shane Yellowbird

ADULT ALTERNATIVE ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Small Miracles, Blue Rodeo
Goodbye Blue Monday, Jeremy Fisher
Chrome Dreams II, Neil Young
Release The Stars, Rufus Wainwright
No Stranger, Tom Cochrane

ALTERNATIVE ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Neon Bible, Arcade Fire
LP Holy Fuck, Young Turks
Close To Paradise, Patrick Watson
The Con, Tegan and Sara
Welcome To The Night Sky, Wintersleep

POP ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Duets: Friends & Legends, Anne Murray
Street Gospels, Bedouin Soundclash
Taking Chances, Celine Dion
The Reminder, Feist
Call Me Irresponsible, Michael Buble

ROCK ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Them Vs. You Vs. Me, Finger Eleven
Hospital Music, Matthew Good
The Lucky Ones, Pride Tiger
Underclass Hero, Sum 41
The Saint Alvia Cartel, The Saint Alvia Cartel

VOCAL JAZZ ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Destination Moon, Deborah Cox
The Very Thought of You, Emilie-Claire Barlow
Holly Cole, Holly Cole
Days Like These, Michael Kaeshammer
Make Someone Happy, Sophie Milman

RAP RECORDING OF THE YEAR
The Revolution, Belly
The FEWturistic, Brassmunk
Fall From Paradise, Classified
Port Authority, Marco Polo
The Old Prince, Shad Black

DANCE RECORDING OF THE YEAR
All U Ever Want, Billy Newton-Davis
Fancy Footwork, Chromeo
Poppin' Beats, Hatiras
After Hours, Melleefresh
Every Time You Move, Nick Fiorucci

R&B/SOUL RECORDING OF THE YEAR
The Birth of Cornelius, Corneille
Ebrahim, Ebrahim
Revival, Jully Black
2U, Keshia Chante
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