Furtado is Canadian idol with leading 5 Juno nods

Includes album, single of year

Canadian songstress Nelly Furtado swept the Junos, Canada's music awards, by picking up trophies during the weekend in all five categories in which she competed.

Victoria-born Furtado, whose third album, "Loose," has sold 10 million copies worldwide, picked up the fan choice award and the best single and album of the year prizes Sunday night as the Junos aired live from Saskatoon in most parts of the country on the CTV network.

Furtado, who hosted the telecast Sunday, also picked up artist and pop album of the year honors for "Loose" during an invite-only industry gala Saturday.

She beat out Gregory Charles, Michael Buble, Nickelback and Sarah McLachlan to earn the fan choice award, voted on by the Canadian public.

Other winners during Sunday's televised awards included Billy Talent picking up trophies for best group and rock album of the year, while singer-songwriter Tomi Swick was crowned best new artist.

Furtado, Talent and hip-hop artist k-os came into the Junos with five nominations each to lead the field.

Other winners Saturday included Dixie Chicks (album of the year for "Taking the Long Way"), Diana Krall (vocal jazz album for "From This Moment On") and Jim Cuddy (adult alternative album for "The Light That Guides You Home").

Gordie Sampson grabbed the songwriter of the year award for his country music output, including Carrie Underwood's "Jesus, Take the Wheel."

A complete list of winners is available at www.holly woodreporter.com.
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