Justin Bieber, Carly Rae Jepsen Score Multiple Juno Award Nominations
TORONTO – Justin Bieber may have been snubbed at the Grammys, but the pop phenom felt the love Tuesday from the Junos, Canada's music awards, as he earned a nomination for best artist of the year.
The Canadian singer's third album, Believe, and its top-10 singles like “Boyfriend” and “As Long as You Love Me,” also earned the 18-year-old superstar three other nods -- for best album of the year, pop album of the year and top fan choice.
Fellow Canadian Carly Rae Jepsen, enjoying a breakout year under the guidance of Bieber's manager Scooter Braun, received nominations for best artist of the year, best single and best album.
In all, Jepsen scored five Juno nominations to lead the field and set up a friendly competition with Bieber.
Also nominated for best artist: deadmau5, Johnny Reid and Leonard Cohen.
Elsewhere, the best international album of the year competition, driven by domestic retail-sales performance, will be fought out by Maroon 5, Mumford & Sons, One Direction, Taylor Swift and Rod Stewart.
Other multiple nominees at the Junos included Marianas Trench, Serena Ryder, deadmau5, The Sheepdogs and Nickelback.
The Junos, organized by the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, will take place in Regina’s Brandt Centre on April 21.
Jepsen and Canadian rockers Marianas Trench and Billy Talent will be among the performers at the Junos, with more talent to be unveiled in the coming weeks.
Michael Buble will host the 2013 Junos, which will air on the CTV network.
A highlight of this year’s Junos will be k.d. lang being inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.