Host Furtado among Juno noms
EmptyCanadian recording artists Billy Talent, k-os and Nelly Furtado led the field on Tuesday with five nominations apiece for the Junos, Canada's music awards.
Furtado, who will host the Junos on April 1 from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, is nominated for best single and best album and in the Fan Choice Award category, where she will compete against fellow Canadian artists Gregory Charles, Michael Buble, Nickelback and Sarah McLachlan.
Canadian rock band Billy Talent also earned a best single nomination for "Devil in a Midnight Mass" from its sophomore album "Billy Talent II," as well as noms for best album, group and rock album.
Hip-hop artist k-os also earned a best single nomination for "Sunday Morning," from his latest album "Atlantis: Hymns for Disco." He also will compete in the best single, songwriter and pop album competition.
The nominations were announced in Toronto by the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, organizers of the 2007 Juno Awards.
With such veteran Canadian divas as Celine Dion, Shania Twain, Avril Lavigne and Alanis Morissette sitting out this year's competition, the way is open for emerging artists to grab the spotlight in Saskatoon.
The best new artist field includes two "Canadian Idol" winners — Eva Avila and Melissa O'Neil — while the best new group category features Evans Blue, Idle Sons, Jets Overhead, Mobile and Stabilo.
Competing in the best international album competition, based on retail record sales in Canada, are Dixie Chicks, Il Divo, Justin Timberlake, Madonna and Red Hot Chili Peppers.
The Junos will be handed out during a live telecast on the CTV network.
A complete list of nominees can be found at www.hollywood reporter.com.